Samsung Galaxy Y Young GT- S5360 Hands on Review

Samsung Galaxy Y

I haven’t done any product reviews but there are a lot of inquiries about this promising mobile phone so here’s the hands on review of the Samsung Galaxy Y Young GT- S5360 or Galaxy Young. Just weeks after the release in the Philippines last October 15, I ditched my old Samsung Punch and got this Android smart phone. I will list it in order base on my preferences.

Design
This is a matter of preference on the form factor, the candy bar like design can suit both gender. Unlike some designs that are too rounded, I find it more suited for the ladies. The silver black casing adds elegance and the textures hides the quality of plastic material. It also protects the back from scratches.

Display and Performance
The small screen size of 3.0” 256K capacitive TFT Display at 240 x 320 pixels, the quality is just like an upgrade to my Samsung Punch while other galaxy models like Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Mini has brighter, clear and crispier graphic displays. The 832 MHz processor is good enough to power this phone, sliding apps with ease though sometimes takes time to load if lot of applications are open.

Applications
The Android Marketplace has 300,000 apps to choose from both with free and paid apps. The fastest and easiest way to download applications is by using the handset connected to the internet though Wi-Fi. In case you’re charging the phone you can download using a desktop computer or laptop and the applications will be downloaded later. A Gmail account is needed to access the Android market.

Battery
One thing I don’t like smartphones is the battery life, this is an exception if you use a lot of applications and still running in the background. It only last for me for a day, with some internet browsing and games. I’m a Sun Cellular user so I make a lot of long phone calls. Installing an application named Juice Defender will somehow help increase the battery life. Kill unwanted running applications in the background with its built in task manager.

Audio
I found the audio a bit unpowered unlike other phones that has a crisp sound even during loud speaker mode. Listening to music using earphones is the next best thing with its 5.1 surround sound support. Glad that it has a 3.5mm audio jack and not the USB type.

Camera
Equipped with 2 megapixels and 15fps video recording, it has a decent quality photos and videos good for posting in social networks but not for print. Low light performance did not meet any of my expectations. Some samples are taken during sunny days except the candles and the Chowking food chain .

Samsung Galaxy Y Sample PhotoSamsung Galaxy Y Sample Photo

Samsung Galaxy Y Sample PhotoSamsung Galaxy Y Sample Photo

Ergonomics

This is a small phone so if you have big hands, you have to get used to it. The virtual keyboard is also really small; I found it hard to type even with the SWYPE feature. But the small size perfectly fits on my pocket.

Price
I’ve been looking for a cheap android phone for a long time here in the Philippines then this came and the first thing that catches my attention was the price. It’s an entry level phone, reasonably priced at P5990 but there’s a forecast that the prices will go up since this is only an introductory price. The current market price is not bad at all for an android smart phone with a descent specs. As the nickname says, it’s intended for the young people who want a galaxy series phone that can fit their budget. I can’t find any demo unit at the time of writing.

The screen protector is hard to find at this time, what I did is cut off the sides of the screen protector intended for the iPhone just to fit. But I did regret it later when the sides started to peel off.  I’ve been waiting for the call of the store for the free art wraps, still no SMS receive yet.

Having all those features and of course the price, its worth to have this as your first Android phone.

Samsung Galaxy Y Young is Now Part of Smart Netphone Edition

Samsung Galaxy Y, originally uploaded by ebarrun.

Just days after Samsung Philippines released the Samsung Galaxy Y, Smart Communications introduce the Netphone edition of it. Technically it has the same specifications but with the Netphone app developed by Smart that makes the difference, running on Android operating system is open source so anyone can create their own apps.

The Netphone app is like the BBM service of Blackberry that has its own network or some sort of a server that connects everyone with the same app installed for free. Storage of numbers in phone book is on a global directory so anyone can find their friends and you don’t have to worry about losing it. Check out more about the Netphone here.

Smart also has a competitive price for existing customers, with the rewards point system you can get the Samsung Galaxy Y for only P4,990 or P5,990 for prepaid plan with free 1000 worth of load. I’m excited to visit any Smart Center for a hands on experience of this smartphone.

Get the New BlackBerry Bold 9900 Smartphone at Plan 999 from Sun Cellular

BlackBerry Bold 9900, originally uploaded by 3 Sverige.

BlackBerry fans or soon to be converted fan like me here’s the chance to get the BlackBerry 9900 smartphone for only P999 a month from Sun Cellular. The BBM or BlackBerry Messenger is the feature I want to try with this elegant phone, also known being used by the business people that makes it something special.

Liquid Graphics
Reach out and touch your smartphone like never before, swiping, pinching and zooming on the Liquid Graphics™ touch screen. Together with a 1.2 GHz processor, and a 24-bit high-res display, BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone’s Liquid Graphics gives you fluid animations and instant response times.

The thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet
With an elegantly brushed stainless steel frame, sculpted surfaces and advanced composite backing, the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphones are as lightweight and durable as they are feature-packed.
Fast and powerful
Faster loading, faster scrolling, faster zooming. It’s the fastest BlackBerry experience to date. The premium BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphones feature the most powerful engine ever in a BlackBerry smartphone.

Boldly go anywhere
With BlackBerry 9900, move from home to the coffee shop to the airport and to the office without missing a beat while connecting to Wi-Fi® hotspots wherever they’re available.

BlackBerry 7 OS
BlackBerry® 7 is the next generation BlackBerry OS, packed with powerful new features and innovative apps. Augmented reality introduces exciting new ways to interact with the world around you, and with Near Field Communication1 (NFC) built-in, you can connect with other NFC-enabled devices and smart tags.

More on the specifications here

Blackberry Plan 999 inclusions are as follows.

• Unlimited BlackBerry Service
• Unlimited Mobile Internet
• Call & Text Unlimited*
• 30-month Holding Period

Every gadget is better on the other of course, the features are really tempting. One thing though for the Blackberry Plan 999 has a cash out of P19,995 well guys I think the unit would be FREE for this plan. So if you got the urge and the 20K cash, grab it to the nearest sun shop.

I’ve Been Thinking About Getting A Smartphone, REALLY!

An old advertisement by Microsoft for their smartphone Windows Phone 7, a really funny but strikes me the simple message. I seem to be very busy with phones and other gadgets that I’m losing focus on the things I’m presently doing. Sure enough you’re doing it too.

I’ve been thinking  about getting a smartphone, really!  a starter android phone and been scanning network plans for a great phone deal. Watching this ad makes me think again of having one, would it  really add productivity or the other way around.  Anyways  it’s for you to decide, see for yourself.