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Samsung Galaxy Y review

£79 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Samsung

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

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.

This is a preview, a full review will be uploaded when available.

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 Expert Verdict »

Samsung Galaxy Y Scores 7.6 out of 10 based on 1206 reviews
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
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

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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