Samsung Galaxy Y Full Review

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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


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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