I think, Samsung has more phones in the market currently than any other brand. They have plenty of choices in every price range and for every type of user. Yes, they’ve imitated Apple and iPhone’s UI since the Omnia days. But still, Samsung has done a commendable job in bringing feature laden smarphones for the masses. The Galaxy Y was my first ever Android phone. This phone is one of the cheapest Gingerbread (Android 2.3) phones available in the market. When I went out to choose one, all I was looking for was a decent and inexpensive smartphone experience. Here’s my first ever mobile phone review of my first ever Android.
I ordered the device online. It costed me around Rs. 7.5k. The package includes the device, a travel charger, a USB data cable, a headset and a 2 GB MicroSD memory card. Quite reasonable, I think. Everything essential is included. Though, 2 GB of storage might not suffice for everyone, it certainly didn’t for me.
Look and Feel:
This phone looks rather cute with it’s smoothly curved corners and glossy finish. I received a black colored phone. It’s quite light at just 97 g. It feels nice to hold. One handed operation is pretty easily done on this one. Build quality is pretty good too. Back cover feels solid despite entirely made of plastic. Metallic rim around the screen imparts both looks and solidity to the device. It’s reasonably compact, especially for a smartphone.
Display is undoubtedly one of the most striking features of a phone. Sadly, this phone disappoints here. Not only the resolution is low but the viewing angles and contrast aren’t extraordinary either. Due to the low resolution, a large number of apps in the Google Play store refuses to work on it.
Performance of the 2 megapixel senson built in the phone is quite appaling, even for it’s megapixel count. If the subject’s slightly brighter, images come out with a white tinge. If there isn’t enough light, the resulting images come out terribly grainy. Camera UI is similar to other phones in the Galaxy series. It has a good feature set, but small good those features do to the quality of the images. If you’re looking for a smartphone with a good camera, just skip this one
Sound quality is pleasing. Only the volume is a bit low. Bundled earplugs are nothing to write about. They do their job well enough as a headset, however. The default music player has a easy to use UI but you can’t set custom presets in the equalizer. For this reason, I installed an app simply called ‘Equalizer’.
The Galaxy Y has a familiar Touch Wiz based UI stacked upon the Android 2.3 Gingerbread. UI is mostly snappy though it lags now and then. For instance, when using a high resolution live wallpaper. Having fiddled with many Android phones and tablets, I had no trouble getting used to the phone. The UI is quite layman friendly and straightforward, I reckon. There are three homescreen panes by default. You can add as many as you want and can put shortcuts to the items you use most.
Every connectivity option is available including WiFi and 3G. It may be noted that there’s no secondary camera in the device, so video calling is out of question.
I’m quite satisfied with this phone. It’s not very expensive, has every feature I need, performs reasonably fast and is built well while looking good.
Value for money: 4/5