The Samsung Galaxy Y is a basic smartphone but it looks up-to-date. It comes with Android OS and a reasonably fast CPU for a low-end smartphone. It fits all the audiences. Take a look at its main features:
- Quad-Band GSM and dual-band 3G support
- 7.2 Mbps HSDPA
- 3” 256K-color QVGA TFT touchscreen
- ARMv6 830MHz processor, 290MB user available RAM
- Android OS v2.3.5 (Gingerbread) with TouchWiz UI
- 160MB of internal storage, hot-swappable MicroSD slot, 2GB card included
- 2MP fixed-focus camera with geo-tagging
- GPS receiver with A-GPS
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Document viewer
- Accelerometer and proximity sensor
- Swype text input
- MicroUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth 3.0
- Social network integration
Full specs on the official site here.
The device is made entirely of plastic but it feels that it a good quality material. Above the screen it has the proximity sensors and the ear piece speaker. Under the screen there is the hardware home button with a brushed texture finish. Still under the screen is the capacitive menu and back controls which are invisible if not pressed. The left side of the phone features the lanyard eyelet and the volume keys while the right side has the power button. At the top we find the 3.5mm jack and the microUSB port under a plastic pop-up lid.
The 3 inches display has 256k colors and supports multitouch. It has QVGA resolution of 230 x 320 pixels and a pixel density of 133ppi. The display has low brightness and contrast, poor viewing angles but it is pleasingly responsive. The phone weighs 97.5 grams and measures 104 x 58 x 11.5mm.
The Galaxy Y has a 2MP fixed focus camera. The details are low; sometimes you will get too bright pictures and sometimes too dark pictures. The exposure is very bad. But let’s face it, it is a 2MP camera right? It features geo-tagging, panorama mode, smile shot and preset scenes. The recorded videos have QVGA resolution at 15 fps.
At connectivity it stays good. It has 3G HSDPA speed up to 7.2 Mbps, Wi-Fi with b/g/n standards, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP + HS and a microUSB v2.0 slot. The browser is good but on a 3 inches screen with low quality resolution you need to have lot of patience to read a page.
Android OS v2.3.5 Gingerbread is powers the phone. The chipset is Broadcom BCM21553 ARM 11 and the GPU is VideoCore IV also made by Broadcom. The ARMv6 processor has 832 MHz the amount of RAM available is 290 Mb. Internal storage has 180 Mb and it can be extended up to 32 GB through a microSD card. The phone has proximity, accelerometer and compass sensors.
The phone comes in two different colors: metallic grey and white. The back covers can be changed and the following colors are available: white, dark black, fruity orange, bubblegum pink and silver platter.
The battery life is quite good. The phone can easily reach 2 days of use with continuous 3G and Wi-Fi connection. The battery has 1200 mAh.