Samsug Galaxy Y Review


Welcome to the 2012 Samsung Galaxy Y mobile phone review page. The Galaxy Y is one if the latest iteration of a cheap Android based phone from Samsung. We were not exactly thrilled to have to do a review but felt it was necessary as a public service. You see we couldn’t fully recommend it on the simple basis that the screen is too low resolution. No you don’t need glasses folks, the screen is actually fuzzy to look at.

Less than 12 months ago (prior to March 2012) a touch screen phone priced at $129 in a pre-paid package would interest us but today and for not much more money you can get something that you would be happier with for much longer – eg. Huawei Vision.

All Andriod OS phones are 90% the same so the main points of comparison are really simple. The price is OK, the design is OK, the modifications to Android are OK, there are enough hardware features to keep most users occupied and dependent on your network the reception and call quality is OK too. The only thing not oK is the small and low resolution touch screen.

In terms of construction the Galaxy Y is quite light and a reasonable size. ¬†While the buttons feels cheap to use it shouldn’t break due to the larger sized components? The plastics would appear to scratch easily around the case but the capacitive touch screen should be a little more resistant. You pay for what you get in this model. However the Galaxy Y is infinitely better than the Telstra branded models released less than 12 months ago and even better than the latest effort the Active Touch T28, although the T28’s screen is slightly better.

In terms of daily use the Galaxy Y works in a relative fast and efficient switching between apps and menus thanks to the higher quality touch screen and for being low resolution hence less pixels to push around. Like all Android based mobile phones it does the lot, email, text, skye navigation with relative ease. The low speed CPU does not work with high def games but works well with Angry Birds. The low definition screen means that battery life is quite good for a touch screen phone.

The Galaxy Y is an annoying cheap Android that could have been a little better ie. improve screen to make this recommended model in the low end mobile phone market and compete with the influx of 2nd hand iPhone 3G’s and 3GS. Despite the screen the Galaxy Y does work well to cope with everything we tried with it.


  • Samsung Galaxy Y
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Dual-band 3G 900/2100
    HSDPA 7.2 Mbits data speed (download)
    384kpbs data speed (upload)
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L104 x W58 x D11.5 mm
    Weight 97 grams
  • Display/s
    External 3.0 Inch TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
    LED Flash
  • Video Camera
    800 x 480 video camera 15FPS
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V3
  • CPU
  • Memory
    Up to 512MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 32Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    Accelerometer (G-Sensor)
    Light Sensor
    FM Radio with RDS
    Music and Media player
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    FM radio
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Li-Po 120mAh battery
    Up to 850 hours Standby
    Up to 7 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $129 AUS 2012 (Pre-paid)