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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:

PriceRs. 7,830 (MRP)
NetworkEdge + HSDPA upto 7.2 Mbps
Phone Style

Touchscreen Capacitive

OSAndroid 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Thickness11.5mm
Length104mm
Width 58 mm
Weight97.5 g
Built-in Memory160 MB Rom Ram Unknown
Additional MemorymicroSD, up to 32GB
High-speed Data3G
ConnectivityBluetooth, Wifi , 
Screen Size

3-inch, 240×320 pixels

Secondary Screen SizeN/A
Screen Colours256k
Camera2-megapixel ff
Camera Resolution1600×1200 pixels
FlashNO
GPS Yes
Wifi802.11 b/g/n
Music FormatsMP3
RadioYes
SpeakerYes
Processor832 Mhz Processor
BrowserAndroid Browser, Full Flash Enabled
GamesAndroid MarketPlace Games
Battery1200mAh

 

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
Founder and Chief Editor of iGyaan. Bharat likes to keep on top of technology and loves to help people around him get through the day to day trouble they face with technology. So that, they can love technology as much as he does! Follow Him on Google Plus : Google+
94 comments
yuseifan
yuseifan

Can this phone use Whatsapp?

yuseifan
yuseifan

Can this phone use Whatsapp?

g21
g21

Hi Is this mobile has mobile printing feature? and what are the other smartphones has mobile printing feature? Do let me know. Thanks in advance

jonty
jonty

even its multimedia specially music strong, only u gotta install good eq and player. rooting and making some add ons it sounds very good(not my ipod touch though). camera aint matter, good for photos of frnds at hangout.

Nishant
Nishant

on which online portal can i get it under 7,000 please tell and is the screen resolution debetter than samsung pop's resolution

Ialfitri
Ialfitri

my samsung galaxy young disabble to call  

Msantosh_kumar
Msantosh_kumar

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

Jafar Sherif
Jafar Sherif

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

Jafar Sherif
Jafar Sherif

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....

Milind MOre
Milind MOre

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

Arsam
Arsam

its an awxm poneee....lv it...

Pheonix
Pheonix

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

Anujbhukesh
Anujbhukesh

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

Jullferimran
Jullferimran

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

Milind More
Milind More

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

Jdk
Jdk

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

Abijaris
Abijaris

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

Ashish
Ashish

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

b@
b@

which is better Galaxy Y or Galaxy Fit

Keith Watson
Keith Watson

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
Djay_121

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

Mohammad Arafat
Mohammad Arafat

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

Chetan Kumar007
Chetan Kumar007

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"

RashmiRanjan
RashmiRanjan

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

Golbyduckling09
Golbyduckling09

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?

Sachgk
Sachgk

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

Pushkarmandale
Pushkarmandale

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

Rb7817
Rb7817

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

Praveen Gusain
Praveen Gusain

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

Priyank
Priyank

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

Danish Salahuddin
Danish Salahuddin

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

Ashish S
Ashish S

I winder why Samsung always compromises on display resolution when it comes to low budget android. They can at least have a HVGA display

Guest
Guest

I am confused between galaxy pop and galaxy Y. Please suggest which one is better.

Daemon
Daemon

dell xcd3 is better becz it has more RAM,if you are an gamer you should be aware how ram is important

Swapnil Kumar
Swapnil Kumar

cant help but notice reviews hand hair is trimmed ..... is he so embarrassed?  :p 

Rahulpv102
Rahulpv102

@ee03a14d009b40d74355aecfc6fbd1eb:disqus  and @Gopikrishna:disqus This fone is better than Dell XCD35 and Micromax A70 hands down...you wont get a better fone at this price!!! go for it blindly!!! @google-c61ef82c41486684b53fe3ff1e27b661:disqus try loading flash content after downloading adobe flash player !!!best of luck!!!

Rahulpv102
Rahulpv102

I own dis fone and unlike d video review games like Ninjump,Yoo Ninja,Fruit Ninja,Air Control,Drag Racing,Angry Birds,Glow Hockey Pro,Doodle Jump , work well... As for Asphalt ,the market itself says this fonr is incompatible for running this game... And installing juice defender pro does improve battery life singnificantly

Miteshdave
Miteshdave

video calling on samsung galaxy Y... possible or not...????

Sam SMR
Sam SMR

my Samsung Galaxy Y which I brought 2 days back doesn't show flash content on websites, can anybody help me how to fix this.. i tested both on default android browser and dolphin browser

Ashish6190
Ashish6190

WHAT SHOULD I BUY DELL XCD35 OR SAMSUNG Y ??? CAN ANY1 TELL ME WHERE IS DELL MOBILE PHONE SERVICE CENTER IN KOLKATA?

Ashish6190
Ashish6190

WHAT SHOULD I BUY DELL XCD35 OR SAMSUNG Y ??? CAN ANY1 TELL ME WHERE IS DELL MOBILE PHONE SERVICE CENTER?

Balhar
Balhar

Nice video. The presentation was awesome.

guest
guest

are the touch sensitive buttons backlit like samsung ace? i just got a brand new galaxy y but the buttons are not backlit...is this a defect?

Relp123
Relp123

Hi really nice reviews , i really appreciate you efforts. I wanted to know about the GPS in this phone is it like nokia 5800 along with voice and direction guidance?

Ashish6190
Ashish6190

Which phone should i buy MICROMAX ANDRO A70 or SAMSUNG GALAXY Y(YOUNG)

Digibee
Digibee

Planning to get Galaxy Y and also use GPS for navigation in car. Would it manageable or screen would be too small for this purpose?  Please advise.