The Samsung Galaxy range is stirring the smartphone market hugely and it’s recently taken over as being the most popular and sought-after type of phone out there. The problem for many is that the Galaxy S II and high-end models are a little pricey for some, so that’s why the Samsung Galaxy Y should be on your shortlist to check out.
It’s pitched at the budget-end of the scale but it looks essentially the same as the S. It’s loaded with Android 2.3 OS, has a still-impressive 800MHz processor but has a few less range-topping features so it can be thrown in a cheaper price point. Android 2.3 is virtually the same as Gingerbread, which is still deeply impressive but those that have experienced the latest Ice Cream Sandwich OS might not like going back an edition. That’s not to say it’s not good enough, as it still has TouchWiz and has the easy to get around screens, apps and features of other Galaxy phones, but it’s less advanced than the latest high-end models.
There is a 2-megapixel camera with QVGA video recording, which is a little lacking in terms of picture quality but it can still take good pictures. The Samsung Galaxy Y is simply for those that want an upgrade from an old style mobile to a smartphone but without the cost or complexity of the range-topping models.
The 2.8” touchscreen is a capacitive one so it’s easy to handle and use, however the screen does feel small when you see the Galaxy Note or even an iPhone 4 screen. That said, you soon get used to the size just don’t play on your friend’s larger-screened phones. There is an FM radio with RDS, music player, GPS with Google Maps and 64 polyphonic ringtones. Obviously, you can send MMS, SMS, emails and use instant messaging as well as a wealth of Google’s apps and products easily.
Connectivity is taken care of by Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi, and you can transfer files easily using the USB 2.0. Listening to the radio doesn’t have to be a bind as there is a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can pick and choose normal headphones when you’re listening to the radio or your favourite MP3s. At just 98g, it’s an ideal smartphone that doesn’t take up much room or is bulky. You can easily go for a job with it and not have it bouncing around, and at just 11.5mm thick it is pocket-friendly too.
Many will argue that the Galaxy Mini or Galaxy Fit are a little better in terms of features but the Galaxy Y is aimed at those that want a simple, straight-forward smartphone that doesn’t cost the earth because it has more technology than you could ever need. It stands up for itself well at the budget end of the smartphone scale and does not disappoint. You could try a Galaxy Ace if you can stretch your budget, but it’s a great phone to have as a spare or for your child’s first smartphone.