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Samsung Galaxy Y review
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Retail Price: RM 324
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24 August 2011 On the affordable spectrum, the Galaxy Y and Galaxy Y Pro were made official as well. Y stands for youth, and that is who the phones are aimed at, and both devices come with lower price points. Galaxy Y runs on Android 2.3 OS skinned with the TouchWiz UI. The Y will apparently feature specs such as an 832MHz processor, a 3-inch QVGA (320 x 240) TFT
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Review On : Samsung Galaxy Y

by Nigel Chew
 
At a glance:
 
+ Affordable
+ Modest specifications
- Uninspired design
 
20 December 2011 – Yet another addition to its budget stable, the Samsung Galaxy Y is one of the company’s latest entry-level devices designed for the budget-conscious and first time users in mind.
 
In the box:
-          Samsung Galaxy Y
-          Power Plug
-          Charger
-          Micro-USB cable
 
Exterior, Controls and Screen
 
 
Unlike the Galaxy W, which looks rather upmarket(albeit pricier), the Galaxy Y is without a doubt a low-end smartphone, particularly in the aesthetics department. Then again, its predecessor, the Galaxy Mini did not win any awards for its looks anyway, and the swapping of multi-coloured back covers felt like a gimmicky attempt to avert attention away from its uninspired design.
 
Its 3-inch QVGA display is a step-down from its predecessor, and at times we found ourselves squinting at the 320 x 240 pixel screen, which is way too small even at this price point.
 
Software, Application and Games
 
 
As a pre-requisite, the Samsung Galaxy Y comes with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) allowing users to enjoy a variety of home-screen widgets as well as a Flash-enabled browser. Via the Android Market, there are also hundreds and thousands of apps at your disposal.
 
Samsung’s TouchWiz interface is plastered on top of the operating system, granting you the ability to tweak menus and widgets to your heart’s content. Included is also Samsung’s proprietary software in the guise of hubs which lets you quickly access games, social-networking applications and music services.
 
Despite its paltry 800MHz processor and 290MB of RAM, there were no real signs of struggle when we tried it out.
 
Camera, Video and Audio
 
 
Its 2-megapixel shooter is really the bare minimum these days. At best, it is good for snapping photos and recording short clips that you would normally end up uploading to social networking sites like Facebook.
 
Connectivity
 
 
It was kind of a surprise that the 1200mAh battery that powers the Samsung Galaxy Y lasted longer than we had expected. We managed to squeeze roughly a day’s usage through medium high use, including making calls, using 3G to tweet and check into Foursquare, with some light web browsing thrown in for good measure. For what it is worth, Samsung promises roughly 1020 minutes of talk time on this device, with 850 hours of standby.
 
Basic connectivity features such as WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth 3.0 are present. For file syncing with the computer, there is Samsung Kies, the go-to application that Samsung has provided for that very purpose.
 
Verdict
 
 
As far as budget smartphones, Samsung is certainly heading down the right direction with the Galaxy Y, though execution could have been improved. For the asking price of RM 499, it is probably not much reason for us to rag on it, since it certainly is one of the more affordable offerings out there, with that kind of specifications to boot.

 


Editor's rating:
Good


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