Samsung Galaxy Young review

A super-budget smartphone which gives you all the basics

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The essentials

In terms of working as a phone there is little that the Samsung Galaxy Young can do wrong. It is able to make calls, send text messages as well as send emails and instant messages.

Video calling is notably missing, although the 3.3-inch screen doesn't lend itself to even the occasional Skype call.

Samsung Galaxy Young review

Samsung's SMS app leaves a lot to be desired in terms of looks although there are a variety of different text bubbles and backgrounds to choose from, as well as being able to pop in a photo of your own.

As an app it is perfectly functional, able to perform every take that you would want from a standard SMS app. Photos can also be attached to be sent as an MMS.

Samsung Galaxy Young review

In order to make use of this app you will need a decent keyboard, and thankfully Samsung has you covered there.

I thought that the keyboard on the Galaxy Fame was somehow a little fiddly and despite coming in on a smaller screen I didn't find the same problems on the Galaxy Young.

One handed typing was exceptionally easy, although not as accurate as on larger handsets.

Email is covered with the Gmail and Email apps depending on what accounts you plan on adding. Both apps come fully stocked, with the latter able to handle multiple accounts from multiple providers and aggregating them into one easy to use inbox.

Internet browsing is another area that is easy, although again I must bemoan Samsung's decision to include two browsers on one handset. I am all for choice but when you're only ever going to use one app, it seems more than a bit strange to include two almost identical apps, especially when space is limited.

Samsung Galaxy Young review

There is understandably no 4G, although with a single core the Galaxy Young would struggle to keep up with the speeds that 4G offers; 3G speeds are more than sufficient. The smaller screen also lets the Galaxy Young down for web browsing too.

Whilst ideal for light usage, including browsing mobile sites, the screen isn't ideal for searching through full desktop sites.

One key aspect that the Galaxy Young is let down on is its lack of auto brightness feature.

This is something that I've found to be missing all too often on lower powered handsets but its lack of inclusion on the Young is still confusing and frustrating.


If you're looking at buying the Samsung Galaxy Young as a camera replacement, something cheap and simple to use then you will be more than disappointed.

Even some of the oldest feature phones came with a 3.2MP sensor and a LED flash, the latter of which is missing from the Galaxy Young.

Samsung Galaxy Young review

This means that the Galaxy Young is immediately sat way behind its closest rivals, especially if you are looking at purchasing the Galaxy Young on a two year contract.

Thankfully the Galaxy Young is unlikely to be used for snapping some of the more precious moments, saved instead for snapping fun pictures in the playground or of your mates whilst at a festival.

A front facing lens is also missing and considering it's the selfie-loving, younger audience the Young is being aimed at it seems like a strange omission.

The camera app is also pretty poor, lacking in features that can be found on some of the more modern smaratphones. Having to manually switch between camera and video recording modes feels archaic and adds a level of frustration as it takes an extra second to record media.

Samsung Galaxy Young review

There are as couple of modes to play around with, from panorama, smile shot, buddy photo share and share shot. Buddy photo share and share shot work in a similar fashion to each other, allowing the instant sharing of photos via Wi-Fi Direct.

Other modes that can be played with include adding a standard black and white, sepia or negative filter, changing the photo's brightness, adding guidelines, changing the scene mode to try and get the right setting for the moment or even changing the image quality.

Why you would change the resolution to 2MP or VGA seems a tad strange, although if you're looking to share a photo via MMS rather than through WhatsApp or Kik then it will help save data.

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Image quality when taking close ups is really poor. There is little detail captured in the brick work and a lot of lost detail in the brighter cement area.

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Again the image quality is poor, and the central focus means that a lot of detail in the front has been lost.

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The inclusion of a zoom seems almost completely pointless as you can just about tell see that there is a plant there.

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With a strong back light and a fast moving subject the Galaxy Young really struggles and edges are lost.

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Even in brightly lit conditions the photos come out poor. There is little to no detail in the grass and the bright sky leaves edges blurred. Most detail is captured in the focus point in the centre but that is some distance meaning little detail is still caught.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory160 MB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value0.66 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy Y
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack, Grey
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time17 Hour
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution320 x 240
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)97.5 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution240 x 320
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging, EMS
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density133 ppi
Height104 mm
Width58 mm
Depth11.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time850 Hour
Product NameGalaxy Y Smartphone
Processor Speed830 MHz
Processor TypeARM6
Product LineGalaxy Y
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5360MAAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Powerful & Compact

Powerful performance meets stylish, compact design in the GALAXY Y. Strong processor, faster download speeds of 7.2Mbps makes this already a winner. Add the attractively compact form factor and 3" screen for ample viewing of videos and for playing games and you're really on top.

Rich Smart Experience

The Android operating system provides a smooth user experience ramped up by amazing Google Mobile services that interface web-based applications with real life options in entertainment, leisure and lifestyle choices. Social Hub integrates your texts, messages, emails and SNS updates into a single chronological feed to be accessed at any time. Free Samsung Apps (and also paid) are both handy and invaluable, and make your life easier and more fun.

Package Contents
  • Galaxy Y Smartphone
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Battery
Limited Warranty2 Year