Into The Y Galaxy

I don’t want to sound like I ate my words about not being a “gadget person” on my previous post but since my mother and Cez’ phones were malfunctioning and became a snag in our everyday communication, I thought of replacing their busted gizmos.

That’s why I brought home three Samsung Galaxy Y last Saturday. The third one’s mine and my old Samsung Champ was handed over to Ziann.

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Samsung Galaxy Y is just right for me. In Tagalog, it is sakto. For its price, it’s worth it. Bundled with a responsive touch screen and a facile interface, it is indeed a decent entry-level smart phone.  Running in Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) operating system (and 830MHz ARMv6 processor) is enough to send SMS, make calls, browse the internet a little, and download cool applications from Samsung Apps and the Android Market without much trouble.

A low brightness screen setting and minimal use of live wallpapers can make the battery last for more than a day. Download speed is normal (depending of your service provider) and it already has YouTube, Google (GTalk, Gmail, Google Search), and Facebook installed in it.

2MP camera is kinda disappointing for most human beings and there’s a bit of paucity in the editing functions and controls, even in the photo gallery. The video quality is good for home use and for just having funCharger, headset, installer CD, manual and 2GB SD Card included in the box.

Here’s a screen shot of the camera. Sorry it’s a little bit blurry.

This is the actual shot… after the cat moved.

To give you a better look of the Samsung Galaxy Y, I made more screen shots on my phone.

The Home Screen is consists of probably the most important widgets that I use everyday like the clock, the weather shit, calendar, flashlight, and memo pad. I also made the camera easy to access to capture some quick stills. There is also a picture frame widget where my daughter and Om Nom are displayed.

Slide the screen to the left and my second batch of widgets will appear. It is consists of the Google toolbar and my social hub (Facebook, Gmail, and Yahoo Messenger). I put my music player too so I won’t have to enter the Menu if I want to listen to my MP3s.

You can also add more pages in the Home Screen and put more widgets but I think it will just make the entire phone slower.

Another cool thing about this Android phone is the Drop Down menu. Just tap the upper-most part of the screen and drag it down. Here you can see everything that’s happening like the newly received messages and updates. This is also the easiest way to turn on and off the WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and the sound of the phone.

The blue icon on the lower right is the Menu button.

Tap it and you will see all the tools and applications installed. I’m not really an app savvy so this is all I can show you.

Tap the green phone icon to open the manual keypad and the log records.

Next to it is the orange icon where you can see all the Contacts – be it in Facebook, Gmail, Gtalk, Yahoo, or phone.

My contacts are “synced” so all the information of a specific person (Facebook status, email address, Gtalk, YM, birthday etc.) will be under his/her name.

The envelope icon is apparently the Message tool.

The messages are arranged in a thread so you won’t be lost in the conversations.

Samsung Galaxy Y has 4 types of keypad.

1. The classic 3×4 keypad.

2. QWERTY

3. Handwriting Box 1

4. Handwriting Box 2

In the Handwriting boxes, you literally “write” the words using your finger. I personally use the QWERTY keypad and of course, the Samsung SWYPE input method where you just sweep your finger from letter to letter and lifting only between words. It is much faster to create a message or a post with it (some days of practice required). The predictive text system is also a big help because the dictionary shows the predicted cluster of words that you might want to type.

Go to Settings Language and Keyboard if you want to use this feature.

The Music Player of Samsung is simple and easy-to-use. The quality of the 5.1 surround sound channels is good enough for casual listening using a headset (the built-in speaker is located at the back of the unit and it sucks). It has a slight crunch on the low frequencies.

That’s why I bought WinAmp Pro and used it as my main player.

The WinAmp Pro manual equalizer is cool. This app can also be synced to the WinAmp on your pc. Isn’t it nice?

The installed Quick Office is a very helpful tool to open (upgrade to Pro for the editing stuff) Word, Excel, Quickpoint, and PDF files.

Use the USB cable in connecting the handset to your pc. A “USB Connected” message will appear on the Drop Down menu then tap it.

You will know that the phone is already connected when you see this.

And a window will appear on your pc’s desktop and that’s it. You can also go to My Computer. Transferring files is a very basic drag-and-drop-to-the-folder system. No need to install Samsung Kies (probably the equivalent of iTunes) because the said software is made for Bada-based devices.

Tap “Disconnect USB storage” when you want to, well, disconnect it.

Android devices can really be less responsive sometimes or can quickly drain the battery. Just make sure to end (kill) all the apps and tools that are not in use. Go to Task Manager to see the active applications.

You can also clear the RAM if you want. Just make sure to save all the data before doing so.

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That’s it for now. I hope this post helped you more. Here are the specs for Samsung Galaxy Y and here’s more info from the official site. Thank you for reading!

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