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Well worth the saving
on 10 April 2013
I am 34 and therefore not the typical target audience for the Galaxy Y. People often assume that most owners will be kids or school age. So what if, like me, you're older than that and are simply wondering if this phone makes the saving on your monthly tariff worthwhile?
For me, definitely yes. I have had absolutely no trouble surfing the internet with ease, downloading and using apps including viewing maps, and although the screen is small, typing texts is still faster than my old keypad phone. I wouldn't have thought this was a starter level phone were it not for the word 'Young' when you switch it on.
You do notice the difference in screen size and resolution when you see higher-spec phones, and the keyboard is fiddly if you have large fingers. But then my same tariff with a (still fairly basic) Samsung Galaxy Ace would be £60 a year more, and £120 a year more if I'd chosen the Galaxy SIII Mini. They're more advanced phones, but for me I simply don't think the advantages justify that extra money.
Bear in mind that I upgraded from a very basic Samsung e1100 that doesn't even have a camera, let alone internet. So I am probably easier to impress than many people. But don't think that you need to spend any more money on a higher spec phone than necessary. I am very happy with my choice.
I hope this review proves helpful if you're a similar buyer to me.
I'm glad this review seems to have proved helpful to most people so far. When I wrote it, it was still quite a new phone, so thought I would update it with a long term comment.
The Galaxy Y has proved a good phone but is not perfect. The main problem over time is the memory issue - I find the phone quickly complains about lack of space if you download a lot of apps, meaning I've needed to delete some to free up space. Perhaps there's a way around this, but I'm not great at working out that kind of thing, and I haven't found it. The phone can also be quite slow to load pages if you're not hooked up to a wifi network - but then it's a cheaper phone, so maybe that's not too surprising. Battery life isn't great, but isn't great on most other smartphones either.
But all things considered I still think this was a great buy. My original point was that there's no need to spend a whole lot extra on your tariff, for the sake of having a flashier phone you don't really need. I can make and receive calls, send texts and messages on WhatsApp, use a select few apps occasionally, and most importantly, not pay very much for it per month. If this sounds like you, then the Galaxy Y is a great buy. If you're into downloading lots of apps and find yourself whiling away many an hour looking at your phone screen, then you may find it worthwhile to pay more for a more advanced device.
Overall, still very happy with the phone and would still give it 4 stars!