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  • Specifications

Full Review

Phones these days have all kinds of bells and whistles on offer, but if what you really want is simply a handset that you can make calls on and send texts with, along with the added bonus of some apps and access to the internet, then the Samsung Galaxy Y could be the phone for you.

 

Good looking

 

There is a 3.5mm audio jack along with a USB charger port on the top of the handset, while the volume rocker sits on the left and the power button on the right side. On the back of the device (which is textured plastic with a metallic-effect finish) you’ll see a snapper.

 

The phone will fit nicely in most pockets, being 11.5mm thick and weighing only 97g. But for the less careful among you, the plastic lightweight body may not stand up to being dropped on the ground, for instance.

 

The Galaxy Y looks like a Samsung device – its curves, flush buttons, light body and easy-to-negotiate menu make this obvious. It has a 3in screen, which has onscreen back and menu buttons as well as a physical Home key at the bottom middle of the device.

 

Gingerbread

 

The operating system on offer here is Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is really easy to find your way around – Back and Home speak for themselves, and the onscreen menu key shows what choices you have in any screen or app. You can have up to seven home screens, with four icons remaining constant – Contacts, Phone, Messages and Apps. On the default home screen you’ll find the likes of Android Market apps and Gmail.

 

Unfortunately we found browsing the web rather frustrating – it lacked tabbed web browsing and pinching to zoom was hard to get working reliably. The touchscreen is pretty unreliable too, which leads to more frustration. Under the chassis is an 830MHz chip, which isn't bad, but it crumbles under the pressure if you have too many apps open at any one time.

 

There are plenty of preloaded apps – Samsung’s Social Hub, task manager and FM Radio to name but three. Of course, because it runs on Android, setting up your Gmail account is simple. It’s just a shame the display is so low-res (240x320 pixels is very average) and text appears blurred much of the time.

However, the Galaxy Y is still a very accessible handset – and to get Android features and functions at this kind of price is really impressive.

 

Our conclusion

 

We don’t all need or want a fancy smartphone with more features than we can shake a stick at – and for anyone who wants a pretty basic phone, but wants to try out the Android OS at an affordable price, this is a great start. Okay, it’s never going to be up there with the likes of the Galaxy S II in terms of what it can do, the quality of its screen or its design, but it doesn't pretend to be in its league, and with a price of less than £100 it’s a great value Android phone with plenty to make it appealing.

Specifications

Specifications

Type of phone:

Smartphone

Style:

candy bar

Size:

104x58x11.5mm

Weight:

97.5g

Display:

N/A colours

Resolution:

240x320

Camera:

2 megapixels

Video recording:

Yes

Video playback:

Yes

Video calling:

No

Video streaming:

Yes

Music formats played:

MP3, eAAC+, WAV

3.5mm jack port:

Yes

Handsfree speakerphone:

Yes

Voice Control:

No

Voice Dialling:

No

Call records:

Yes

Phonebook:

Yes

Ringtones customization:

Yes

Display description:

TFT capacitive touch-screen

Website:

www.samsung.co.uk


SAR:

N/A

Portfolio:

N/A

Standard color:

Metallic grey or white

Launch Status:

Available

Ringtones:

MP3

Radio:

N/A

Operating system:

Android

Connectivity:

WLAN, MicroUSB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Announced date:

September 2011

What's in the Box:

N/A

RAM:

290MB RAM

International launch date:

October 2011

Battery life when playing multimedia:

N/A

CPU:

830MHz ARMv6

FM Radio Description:

Stereo FM radio with RDS

Internal memory:

180MB

Memory Card Slot:

microSD

Messaging:

IM, Email, SMS, MMS

Internet Browser:

WAP 2.0, HTML, XHTML

GPS:

A-GPS

Java:

Yes

Games:

Yes and downloadable

Data speed:

HSDPA

Frequency:

Quad-band

Talktime:

380 mins

Standby:

540 hours

Display size:

3 inches

Keypad:

QWERTY

Audio recording:

N/A

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