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Android phones continually exceed our expectations when it comes to bang for your buck. A great example is the Samsung Galaxy Y. See also Samsung Galaxy Nexus review

There isn't anything new or remarkable about the Galaxy Y. It's a candybar phone with a small 3in touchscreen, a 2-megapixel camera and an MP3 player. The smartphone is 11.4 mm thin and is available in coral pink or metallic grey colours — all in all, it has a straightforward set of features. Visit Samsung Galaxy S3 release date, specs and rumour round-up.

For £79 though, that standard features list includes full access to the Android Market. There's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a GPS receiver. The Galaxy Y even comes pre-loaded with the Navigon GPS application. This provides full turn-by-turn navigation using the Galaxy Y's built-in GPS receiver. Telstra says the Samsung Galaxy Y is Blue Tick rated, so it should provide superior mobile network coverage in regional and rural areas of Australia. See also Samsung Galaxy Note review.

As with most budget smartphones, you need to find out what you're NOT getting rather than what is included. The biggest issue will no doubt be the small 3in screen: we suspect this will be fine for general use, like swiping through home screens and dialling phone numbers, but it is likely to result in a cramped on-screen keyboard. Though we won't judge the Galaxy Y until we get our hands on it, we expect Web browsing to be significantly affected by the small screen, too. See also Samsung Galaxy Ace review.

One feature that may be a saviour for text input is the addition of Swype technology, an optional, on-screen keyboard that allows you to slide your fingers over the letters you want to type in a single motion. It's a nice inclusion considering the Galaxy Y's low price tag.

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Samsung Galaxy Y: Specs

  • Camera resolution (megapixels): 2
  • Geotagging: Yes
  • Video mode: Yes
  • Screen resolution: 240x320
  • Screen size: 3in
  • Display technology: TFT
  • Number of colours: 256000
  • Touch screen: Capacitive
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • GPS receiver:Yes
  • RAM: 290MB
  • Removable battery:Yes
  • Talk time: 380min
  • Standby time: 540hours
  • Battery size (milliamp hours - mAh): 1200
  • Processor speed: 830MHz
  • Weight: 97.5g
  • Height: 104mm
  • Width: 58mm
  • Depth: 11.5mm
  • Operating system: Google Android Candybar
  • Application store: Yes
  • Internal storage: 180MB
  • Supported memory media: microSD
  • Wired Terminals / Ports: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB
  • Wireless technology supported3G, Bluetooth, Wireless 802.11b, Wireless 802.11g, Wireless 802.11n
  • Camera resolution (megapixels): 2
  • Geotagging: Yes
  • Video mode: Yes
  • Screen resolution: 240x320
  • Screen size: 3in
  • Display technology: TFT
  • Number of colours: 256000
  • Touch screen: Capacitive
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • GPS receiver:Yes
  • RAM: 290MB
  • Removable battery:Yes
  • Talk time: 380min
  • Standby time: 540hours
  • Battery size (milliamp hours - mAh): 1200
  • Processor speed: 830MHz
  • Weight: 97.5g
  • Height: 104mm
  • Width: 58mm
  • Depth: 11.5mm
  • Operating system: Google Android Candybar
  • Application store: Yes
  • Internal storage: 180MB
  • Supported memory media: microSD
  • Wired Terminals / Ports: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB
  • Wireless technology supported3G, Bluetooth, Wireless 802.11b, Wireless 802.11g, Wireless 802.11n

OUR VERDICT

With Skype text input and Navigon's turn-by-turn GPS application, the Samsung Galaxy Y appears to offer plenty of bang for your buck.

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