Samsung’s strategy with the Galaxy Y is simple. Bank in on the curiosity surrounding the Android phones by introducing an Android phone so cheap that people cannot say ‘No’. A little bit of compromise would have to be made here and there on the features, but it will serve its purpose – introducing Android to the bulk of cell phone users. It is a small introduction to the amazing world of Android smart phones for those people who haven’t had such features on a cell phone. And for its price, at around Rs. 7500, it is a quite impressive one.
Samsung has chosen simple over fancy in terms of design, and that is a plus. It is neat and simple. The phone is small, and runs the risk of falling out. The screen is only 3 inches, and hence is not for thick fingers. In terms of buttons, Samsung has gone with its tradition. One home button beneath the screen, a couple of touch buttons on either side. Even the other buttons on the sides have the same arrangement, with the volume rocker being on the left, lock and power key on the right and the 3.5mm jack and microUSB port on the top side.
The phone is compact and on testing we saw that it could take in a bit of falling and crashing, which is very good. Samsung was aware of the small size of the phone, and the problems in holding it, and have gone for a snakeskin texture on the back, so that the grip is good, and it serves its purpose. The display is poor, at a resolution of 240x320p, and the display is neither very bright nor crisp. Samsung is usually spot-on with the touchscreen. The touchscreen is fine initially, but with time the responsiveness goes down. At a mere 97.5g of weight, it is very light on the hands.
Samsung has given a very decent performance with this phone. The 832Mhz processor is very good at handling the Android 2.3 Gingerbread interface and we face no problem as such with the navigation. This is also aided by a TouchWiz UI, so thats a plus. Since the main purpose of the phone is to introduce Android 2.3 to the people, the Google Play Store is just a click away and you can download cool apps to customize your phone. The 2 MP camera without LED flash isn’t worth a huge mention because it is absolutely ordinary and obsolete in the present circumstances. The talktime is average at 6 hours. The internal memory is 160 MB and Samsung has again saved a bit here. You can always use external cards though.
The timing of introduction of the phone is perfect, and it will find a number of curious people lining up to buy this one. The phone doesn’t disappoint either, and is pretty fine for its price. If you are on a tight budget, you can certainly consider this one. But this is not a phone for heavy usage, so beware if you have a tendency to keep using the phone for a number of tasks all day.