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Times have changed over the years, but never did we see the smartphones reach the consumer market with such a blow that feature phones would almost disappear. 

The new Samsung Galaxy Y offers a complete package for a fairly low budget, But is it actually a full smartphone ?

Lets find out in this iGyaan review :

Build Quality and Hardware

The Galaxy Y is well built to an extent where you wont be disappointed by any thing in terms of the exterior of the device. The screen is not tough so a screen protector is essential for the device. Every-thing else is built to last and will not need any extra care, solid built, tactile buttons and no rattle or noise from the body of the device.

In terms of the Hardware Specs:

Price Rs. 7,830 (MRP)
Network Edge + HSDPA upto 7.2 Mbps
Phone Style

Touchscreen Capacitive

OS Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Thickness 11.5mm
Length 104mm
Width  58 mm
Weight 97.5 g
Built-in Memory 160 MB Rom Ram Unknown
Additional Memory microSD, up to 32GB
High-speed Data 3G
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wifi , 
Screen Size

3-inch, 240×320 pixels

Secondary Screen Size N/A
Screen Colours 256k
Camera 2-megapixel ff
Camera Resolution 1600×1200 pixels
Flash NO
GPS  Yes
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
Music Formats MP3
Radio Yes
Speaker Yes
Processor 832 Mhz Processor
Browser Android Browser, Full Flash Enabled
Games Android MarketPlace Games
Battery 1200mAh

 

Screen and Multimedia

The screen on the device is a 3 inch 320×240 px capacitive display, its a relatively low res display, but its leaps and bounds better than the one found on the Pop and Fit. Why ? You ask. There is a massive difference in the pixellation levels of the Galaxy Y and the POP, on the Pop you aslo only get Android 2.2, this device comes preloaded with 2.3.5 and a display that does not bother you at all with reading webpages etc.

The screen is decent for movie playback and the speakerphone is loud enough to get the message across. This device will feature as a portable media player for many a youth, but don’t expect it to replace a TV or even an iPod. Audio quality is good but is only limited with the hardware chip used. The maximum throughput of sound is limited hence will not deliver performance compared to even the Wildfire S. The Audio is not really an issue because an everyday user will not notice it, as the device produces a loud sound with or without the earphones, whcih is mostly enough for a consumer.

Phone, Network and Messaging

The device is an excellent phone, with robust network connectivity and a solid signal strength. We noticed no dropped calls in the extensive network tests conducted. Audio (incoming and outgoing) on both channels was crisp and loud, with no feedback issues. The “Y” gets a great rating because it does a good job of what its basic purpose is: to make and receive calls. 

Messaging on the device is also easy and is demonstrated in our video review. Typing is simple thanks to an error correction algorithm by Samsung, which utilizes a most common error path and auto corrects the text errors. Pretty fancy for a sub 7k phone. You also get SWYPE inbuilt on the keyboard making it very useful indeed.

Data, Internet and Battery

By now we have learnt that Android devices are no too data friendly. Turning data on and off when required will boost your battery life enormously. That being said this device also features 3G data connectivity and HSDPA upto 7.25 Mbps. The connections are stable and not too power consuming, the Wifi Hotspot feature works great and does not suck the life forces from your device, like it used to on previous devices.

Internet connectivity is stable on both Wifi and 3G and the browser loads all sorts of Flash content, with a bit of hiccups. Browser is easily readable and on a screen this size you cant expect much more. The basics can be accessed from this browser, but its not a replacement for your computer.

Battery Life 

Companies talk about battery life in their own mood, we do some extensive real life tests to get out the best from the device.

  • Talk Time 2G  : 6 Hours
  • Talk Time 3G  : 4.5 Hours
  • Standby Time : 36-72 Hours
  • WiFi Surfing : 4-5 Hours
  • 3G Surfing : 3.5 Hours
  • Music : 7 Hours
  • Video : 2 Hours

Conclusion:

The Galaxy Y is now available for a price of 6800 INR on most online portals, possibly at a cheaper price at local vendors. At that price to get a 800+ MHz processor with native Android 2.3.5 capacitive touchscreen Wifi , 3G and Hotspot, we have no complaints from this device. Why should we? This is a complete device and offers anything you would need as a first time Android user on a budget, and also basics for somebody looking for a secondary device. It looks great, is manufactured by a trusted brand and has great service and support for a budget.
We say get it!

We Rate the GALAXY Y : 4 on 5

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Bharat Nagpal
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yuseifan
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Can this phone use Whatsapp?

Ialfitri
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my samsung galaxy young disabble to call
 

Msantosh_kumar
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Which mobile is better
1. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos
2. Micromax A75
3. Micromax A73

Adic5130
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i will suggest Galaxy Y Duos because i have it

Arpit Singhi
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Hi Adic. Can you share with me about galaxy y duos?

1. Does it support flash?
2. Can you change the resolution via rooting?
3. How is the overall performance of the handset?

Adic5130
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this is the best affordable phone in this price group

Adic5130
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if u have more budget then you should go with galaxy ace series

Jafar Sherif
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 will galaxy y can be upgradable to android 4.0..????.

Arpit Singhi
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No it will not be upgradable

Kapilrawal
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samsung phones cannot be upgraded 

Jafar Sherif
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iAm interested in galaxy y…. Since it has many disadvantage still am loving it…. What about gaming experience and internet in galaxy y…???

Should i go for it…???

My mail id is jafarsherif786@yahoo.com…. pls suggest me….

Vishal
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Dear Bharat,
Please suggest me weather i should buy Galaxy y or galaxy fit?

Jafar Sherif
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fit

Vishal
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thank you Jafar

Milind MOre
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you said the phone is flash compatible can you explain but mine Galaxy Y doesn’t support flash can you explain ?

Arsam
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its an awxm poneee….lv it…

Pheonix
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Thank you for reviewing galaxy y, now i’m gonna buy this for my first android phone

Anujbhukesh
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plz tell me how to sign out form g mail app

Anujbhukesh
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Hi frnds plz tell me how sign out form g mail….. I can,t see the option of sign out   

Jullferimran
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hearing volume is very low how to increse the volume will u pls demo

Jullferimran
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how should we want to use volum

Abhinav Kartheek
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It can’t support adobe flash player…

Milind More
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Respected Sir 
The Galaxy Y is incompaitable with adobe flash player 11 please guide me on this

Jdk
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how’s the audio quality ..does it have 5.1 surround sound feature??

Stefan Dumitrache
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yes it does, and the next android update (android 5) will upgrade the audio to 7.1 for this phone.

Jafar Sherif
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will galaxy y can be upgradable to android 4.0..????

Abijaris
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awsomee,,,review of samsung galaxy y,,,hatts offf

Ashish
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can i watch online videos on samsung galaxy y.plz reply……….

Nitin
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yes u can watch it

b@
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which is better Galaxy Y or Galaxy Fit

Aditya
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y is Better

Keith Watson
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Here in the UK, Vodafone are swapping their defunct non-Android Samsung 360 M1 phones for this model. I was a bit hesitant until reading this article and watching the YouTube video review. Looks like a good deal to me.

Great site by the way, will be following you on Google+ :o)

Djay_121
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hey its not Flash Enabled….y ur saying its flash enabled…its nt playing flash content

Nitin
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you are right bro
i m facing this problem with this device

Sachgk 10
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its not having flash, u just download it in android  Market

Mohammad Arafat
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Quick question :  
Does viber works on this phone ? i know skype do but what about viber

Chetan Kumar007
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tell me???
 which PHONE  is good , “samsung galaxy Y or galaxy ACE”As Y  832 Mhz pro and ACE has 800 Mhz proY has better OS than ACE, And Now today Y costing around 6990 and ACE cost 13200. it really a big different in term of money, OS and PRO.SO, tell me still it be good choice to buy ACE which cost more than Y. or there will be more choices available in the the market for this range of prize..
please suggest me what to to?? 

“SAMSUNG GALAXY ACE” or “SAMSUNG GALAXY Y”

Adic5130
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 samsung galaxy ace

Akhil Tekade
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GALAXY Y

Chetan Kumar007
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please reply …

rockmania.rahul
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if u want to buy a well built, big smartphone , you should go with ace because of its big size but in other care galaxy y is much better!!

RashmiRanjan
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sir plz review huawei sonic as it launched 2-3 days before in India.

Golbyduckling09
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Can anybody help me with this? In the samsung keyboard part , whenever i click the voice icon , a error message – ‘ connection problem’  is shown. This problem however does not appear in above unboxing video. Any suggestions?

Manish
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you need to have either wifi or 3g swithed on in order to get it working

Sachgk
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My Phone is not connecting to Kies, please assist me..

Pushkarmandale
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My samsung Galaxy Y shows Firmware Update Avialable but when it downloads and reboots it stops @ 22% and on starting shows update failed…..But Kies doesnt show any update

Santosh6486
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It happens same me too.

Rb7817
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Which 1 should be preferd Galaxy Y or Galaxy Fit. Only a 2k diff but i get a 5Mp cam in Fit….??

Praveen Gusain
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Hi Every one,
Does Galaxy Y supports gtalk voice calling free with the help of Nimbuzz application.. Please reply..

Priyank
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can i update my andriod version to  icecream sandwich (ICS) in the galaxy y ??

Srishiv91
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not possible

Priyank
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reason..??

Vishal
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due to hardware limitations…

Abhinavkartheek
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Its cannot be updated to that version  …

Danish Salahuddin
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can we install Skype on the phone and able call from skype like nokia e70 ,c500 ,or other phone reply me soon on mail hidanish@in.com