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Samsung Galaxy Y review | Smartphone Functions

Published on: Sunday, October 28th 2012                   Written by: Ralf Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Samsung Galaxy Y smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Y smartphone

Android 2.3 operating system

Despite many people’s expectations, Samsung managed to release an inexpensive smartphone that costs just over € 100 and runs well on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. With a 832 Mhz processor, which is relatively powerful for the Galaxy Y’s format, this Android smartphone does just fine. All functions and applications operate fairly quickly. With the Android operating system, it does not matter what your interests are, via the Play Market, you can find apps for a great variety of subjects.

Samsung smartphone interface

Samsung smartphone interface

TouchWiz 3.0 user interface

TouchWiz is Samsung’s touchscreen interface, and the Galaxy Y has version 3.0. Next to the Galaxy smartphones, the Samsung Bada phones (Samsung’s operating system) are equipped with the TouchWiz interface. There is now also a TouchWiz version 4.0 available and Samsung’s topmodel, the Galaxy S3, is even equipped with the TouchWiz Nature UX version. Nevertheless, the TouchWiz version 3.0 still offers a good user experience, more than enough for a low-budget Samsung phone such as the Galaxy Y.

 

Samsung Galaxy Y camera

Samsung Galaxy Y camera

Digital camera functions

Just like every smartphone, the Galaxy Y is also equipped with a digital camera on the back. The Samsung Y camera unfortunately does not have an autofocus function, making it much more difficult to take sharp photos. Considering that there is no flash on the Galaxy Y, it is nearly impossible to take a nice shot in the dark, and in bright light situations, the photos are almost always overexposed. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Y camera app reacts very quickly thanks to its powerful processor; within a second after taking a photo the camera is ready to take another one.

Galaxy Y camera functions

Galaxy Y camera functions

Taking pictures with the Galaxy Y

While taking photos with the Samsung Galaxy Y, you can choose from three different modes: a (normal) shot, Smile shot or panorama shot, and you can also use a timer, for example, to take self-portraits. There are nine different Scene modes available, the camera intuitively chooses the best possible settings, although these could be disappointing. You can also adjust photo brightness and there is a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200. The Samsung Galaxy Young also has a GPS function, a fun extra fucntion that allows you to see where the photos were taken afterwards.

 

Galaxy Y memory

T he Samsung Galaxy Y smartphone has 180 MB internal (Flash) memory, of which just less than 150 MB is available for storage of photos, videos and new apps. The microSD memory slot offers the possibility of using a memory card of a maximum of 32 GB. With so much memory capacity, you can almost endlessly transfer music and videos via a USB connection to the Samsung Galaxy Y. Other possibilities for transfering files are via Bluetooth or WiFi connection. According to Samsung, the Galaxy Y’s Li-Ion 1200 mAH battery will last for 850 hours in stand-by, and lasts for 17 hours of talk-time. You must consider that the battery life decreases considerably with extensive use of apps and internet.

Samsung Galaxy Y review

 
 
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