I got my hands on a demo unit of the newest Netphone handset from Smart. It’s a smartphone by Samsung called Samsung Galaxy Y. If you are familiar with the new naming scheme of Samsung, entry level phones have a letter Y in the model name. Thus, Samsung Galaxy Y is for the young-minded. Since it’s an entry level phone, we expect it to be affordable and cheap.
Here’s a quick overview of Samsung Galaxy Y’s specifications:
- Size: 104 x 58 x 11.5 mm
- Weight: 97.5g
- Display: 240×320 pixels, 3.0 QVGA TFT Display,
- CPU: 830 mHz
- Internal Storage: 150MB (expandable upto 16GB via external microSD)
- RAM: 290MB (usable)
- Battery: Li-Ion 1200 mAh
- Imaging: 2MP Camera + Video Recording
- Data Connection: GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA 7.2
- Frequency Range: GSM 900/1800/1900 UMTS 2100
- Browser: WAP
- Messaging: SMS/MMS/Email
- OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Connectivty: Wi-Fi/BT 3.0
What’s in the box?
Samsung Galaxy Y unit, battery, stereo headset, micro-USB charger, USB sync cable, quick guide and micro-SD adapter.
Netphone works because of SmartNet
Teenagers would love this because of the extremely social applications built into SmartNet. Its features (Smart Center, Netphone Messenger, FX Messaging, Social Stream, Global Directory, Safe Internet Browsing) are all available on the Galaxy Y Netphone. Although user experience varies among the different Netphone handsets, for its pricepoint, it looks great!
Samsung Galaxy Y is a great entry-level Smartphone
I love the look and feel of Samsung Galaxy Y! It doesn’t look like a Php 5,990 phone at all. Considering that it’s an Android-powered smartphone and is faster than its bigger brother, the mid-range Galaxy Ace, you will really feel that you are getting your money’s worth, and maybe more!
However, while I enjoy the physical attributes of Samsung Galaxy Y, the display screen just doesn’t cut it. I guess this is the payoff for the low price. The camera is good when lighting conditions are great. However, don’t bother using your phone’s camera when it is dark.
Performance, on the other hand, is decent. With a 830mHz processor, tasks that we normally use on our phones work pretty well. However, if you are a heavy multi-tasker or if you use pretty intensive applications, then you might need to think twice if you want an entry-level smartphone for your needs.
If you’ve been longing for a smartphone and you are on a tight budget, then Samsung Galaxy Y Netphone is for you! It removes some of the higher-end features but it’s one of the best among the entry-level smartphones in the market. As an added bonus, you even have access to SmartNet for free till the end of this year.
Do you want it?
You can get your own Samsung Galaxy Y Netphone for free starting at the All-In Plan 800 and the Data Lite Plan 500. Or, you can check out their other exclusive plans. Whatever plan you choose, you can be assured that you’ll have a blast staying connected with all your social network friends!
But wait! I just learned that Smart is offering the Samsung Galaxy Y Netphone edition for free on Plan 349! Yes, you read that right, it’s free on Plan 349 with UnliTEXT & UnliSOCIAL!!!
This is the initial draft of my article. Final version can be found in Manila Bulletin’s November 21 issue. Also posted in MB’s website.