Review Samsung Galaxy Y - the New Kid’s Phone

Do you want to know whether the Samsung Galaxy “Y” is right for you or not? This phone is particularly meant for the young generation, which is clearly indicated by the letter ‘y’ in its name. Plus, the phone is designed to fit into the hands of young kids and their budget, as well. The Galaxy Y phone users will be happy browsing their fingers on its 3-inch, low-resolution display. If you are young or if you have young kids, you may consider buying this phone.

This is a budget Android Smartphone, specially designed for young users. Still, if you don’t find it worth enough to invest your money, you may go for some more powerful and efficient Android Smartphone available in this price bracket.

Key Features of Samsung Galaxy Y:

Let’s take a look at the key features of Samsung Galaxy Y, and if you find them impressive, you may buy one for yourself or for your young kids.


Compact and rounded, the Galaxy Y phone looks simple and clean but stylish. It has an uncluttered face with smooth and curved sides and back. Available in colors like black and silver, white and pink, the phone looks cheap for its plastic back.

Size and build quality:

The pocket-size Galaxy Y phone resembles the size of your credit card and is moderately light in weight. Its solid build quality makes the phone tough and durable. The phone has a premium look on the front and a poor back made up of cheap plastic.

The phone specifications:

  • A removable battery.
  • A micro-SD card slot that supports up to 32 GB of extra memory.
  • Just 160 MB of storage space. Check whether the device is supplied with a 2 GB micro-SD card.
  • Comes with three physical buttons
  • A power button on the right side,
  • A volume rocker on the left, and
  • A home key on the front.

It also sports two touch-keys on both sides of the home key -- menu and back.


One of the biggest drawbacks of this handset is the low resolution LCD screen. It is very small and unresponsive, and so the text and graphics look clumsy and hazy most of the time. Its cheap LCD screen will really bother you as you might get a headache whilst browsing the web on this device. It will be really difficult to fit the content on the screen when composing texts or emails. Thus, your web browsing experience can be really pathetic on this device.

Software features on Galaxy Y:

• Runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread

• Incorporates TouchWiz software for seven home screens filled with apps and widgets.

• Skype to swipe across keys for typing rather than tapping each individual letter.

Other Key Features of Galaxy Y:

  • A 2-megapixel snapper on the back
  • Very good battery back up
  • Moderate audio clarity.


Available free for around £10 a month on a two-year contract, from £60 on pay as you go or £120 SIM-free, this phone is one of the budgets Smartphone by Android.


The phone totally justifies the ‘Y’ in its name that stands for young and this phone is an entry-level Smartphone for kids. Its budget screen will not at all appeal to the kids below 10 years, still you can use it for playing apps like Angry Birds, visiting Facebook account, etc.

Some better alternatives for Android Smartphone in this price bracket include Huawei Ascend G300, the HTC Wildfire S, the Orange San Francisco 2 and the T-Mobile Vivacity. Among the non-Android phones, the BlackBerry Curve 8520 will make a good choice at this price range if you prefer a physical QWERTY keyboard for typing.

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