Samsung Galaxy Y Android phone

Samsung Galaxy Y review: A cheap as chips Android phone, let down by a low resolution screen

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  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5
  • User Rating

    3.50 / 5 (of 9 Reviews)

Pros

  • Competitive price
  • Attractive design
  • Good features list

Cons

  • Tiny screen
  • Average battery life

Bottom Line

Provided you don't expect it to effectively compete with more expensive phones, the Samsung Galaxy Y is great value for money. A tiny screen and average battery life do dampen its appeal, but the Galaxy Y remains a good budget smartphone.

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Android phones continually exceed our expectations when it comes to bang for your buck and the Samsung Galaxy Y is a perfect example. Retailing for just $129 through Telstra, the Galaxy Y is a compact, functional and easy to use smartphone. The small screen and low resolution do hinder the overall user experience, but at the end of the day this is all about value for money.

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Samsung Galaxy Y: Design and display

There isn't anything new or remarkable about the Galaxy Y, but it at least manages a reasonably attractive look and feel. We love the etched silver plastic of the rear battery cover, which not only looks good but makes the phone easy to grip, too. The Galaxy Y may be a cheap phone but Samsung deserves credit for its good build quality. It's lightweight without feeling like a cheap toy and it does feel solid despite the largely plastic construction.

Samsung Galaxy Y

A glossy chrome edge attempts to give the Galaxy Y a touch of class while the bezel surrounding the display is gloss black. The phone is surprisingly easy to keep clean: fingerprints on the screen are visible, but less prominent than many other touch screen devices we've reviewed.

We love the physical home button below the Galaxy Y's screen. It's much more responsive than any capacitive button and it wakes the screen when it is locked. The home button is flanked by touch sensitive menu and back buttons, while physical volume controls are on the left side of the handset. A standard 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro-USB port are located on the bottom of the phone.

The biggest issue of the Samsung Galaxy Y is its small 3in screen. It's fine for general use, like swiping through home screens and dialing phone numbers, but its too small and cramped for Web browsing, typing a message and viewing photos. Adding to the small size is a very low resolution of 240x320 which makes text choppy and hard to read.

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Kaleb

1

Can u buy cases,covers for this exact type of phone we can't find the covers on eBay or anywhere if can u please reply to me and tell me were to get cases for this exact type of phone thanks.

Kaleb

2

So please tell me were to get these cases for the Samsung galaxy y.

Ally

3

Yes you can. You can buy pouches.

priya

4

i need a new body(orignal body) of my samsung y bcoz mah mobile fell down on the road & the color of my mobile is glied ...from where i get it.new bodt plz tell me.

Nonny

5

My phone keeps saying the sim card is full and to delete messages. I have deleted all the messages I can see - how can I access the sim card details to be able to delete the messages.

Diena

6

On my home screen I have 2 icons for FM Radio, 2 icons for the camera and 2 icons for gmail. How can I delete these icons as they have filled up the screen page.

Vic

7

Does anyone know how to get rid of the large rectangular Telsra icon that shows usage? It's just cluttering up the screen.

Karl

9

I have a Samsung Galaxy Y Duos. It is without a doubt in the world, the worst most atrociously disgusting piece of crap i have ever seen or heard of!!! My family & friends laugh and can't believe how bad it is. They're begging me to buy a new phone, which i am (maybe Sony Xperia z3 compact) I would tell you what's wrong with it, but i would be hear 4eva.......trust me, NEVER buy one you'll regret it!!!

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Christine Braybrook

5.0

1

Pros
I love my new Samsung Galaxy Y phone
Cons
It didn't come with full instructions about loading pictures or a disc
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wish i knew where to go to find information about loading pictures to my pc like my telecom R101 phone

Bear Star

4.0

2

Pros
It's small and shiny
Cons
Small screen
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Having had my HTC desire run over by a car, I decided bigger was not better and got the sumsung galaxy Y instead. I find the battery life more than ok as I am happy to charge once a day, and it lasts fine even with regular gmail and Facebook access during the day. The screen is too small to hold the keyboard and what ever you are typing into.. So I switch to my iPad for long emails, but it's ok just for txt or quick one liners..
Not like a full fledged top of the range phone, but great for what it is.

Charlie Taylor

2.5

3

Pros
Great to use, clear screen
Cons
Small keyboard, poor battery life
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I understood the adverts for the phone showed 600 hours standbye battery life, I get 50 if I am lucky. What a disappointment as I am a very low user and thought I was buying a phone which I could charge once per week. I consider the phone a disaster for that reason, otherwise it is OK.Another thing, my VW car dealer spent 1.5 hours loading the phonebook into bluetooth in the car--tough ask and there is no easy way to resolve this.

Charlie

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