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Samsung Galaxy Young Review

By Simon Thomas on 13th June 2013

3G Total Score

Pros :

Decent budget snapper; Neat, reasonably sturdy design.


Cons :

Pricey for what you get; Low-res display; Disappointing performance.



If the price tag were smaller, the Samsung Galaxy Young would be a reasonable choice for a starter smartphone, but the price, combined with the tiny screen, makes it a non-starter.

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Full Review and Specification for the Samsung Galaxy Young

At first glance, the Galaxy Young looks just like the Galaxy Fame – which is not surprising, as they were launched at the same time and come from the same manufacturer. Both are neat, shiny Android handsets, with low-res screens and single-core chips, each costing upwards of the £100 mark.

Galaxy Young v Galaxy Fame

Samsung Galaxy Young (left) and Samsung Galaxy Fame (right)


The Galaxy Young, however, is lacking some major features, including NFC support and a front-facing lens, which means only those making their first foray into the world of smartphones will find it of any appeal.


Back snap

The back snaps off to offer access to the SIM card and micro SD memory card slots, along with the removable battery. You'll want to buy a memory card too, especially if you plan to download apps, take photos or listen to music, as the Galaxy Young comes with a meagre 1GB of usable onboard memory. 


We reviewed a white model, but the handset also comes in Wine Red, Deep Blue and Metallic Silver.


The Galaxy Young may be a bit chunkier than the Galaxy Fame, but otherwise they could be twins – sporting the same silver edging, shiny plastic back and glass front panel.


It has a decent heft, so avoids managing to feel cheap, without being so weighty that it pulls down your pocket. Beneath the display sit the menu and back buttons, which this time are marked on the surface (on the Fame you could only see what they were as they lit up when pushed). The Fame's design may look a tad cleaner for the lack of markings, but it's not user-friendly.


As we said at the start, NFC support has been cut, so you need to use Bluetooth for sharing files and so on with other smartphones. It's hardly a deal-breaker, but it's a shame that it's missing when the Young is hardly much cheaper than the Fame.


Slow performance

 The Galaxy Young runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, just as the Fame does – and it looks the same, albeit reduced to fit on the small 3.27in display. The screen is low-res and suffers from disappointing viewing angles. Because of its size, trying to surf the net turns into a slow and jerky experience.


And the virtual keyboard is cramped to fit on the screen – making it suitable only for very small fingers and a slow typing speed. The good news is that auto correct works well, but bear in mind you can get starter smartphones at a better price with a bigger and crisper screen – the LG Optimus L5 II and Huawei Ascend G510 are two that spring to mind.


Thanks to the 1GHz single-core chip under the hood, the handset finds it hard to keep up, even in basic tasks such as bashing out an email. If you want to play games such as Temple Run and Vector, expect a lot of stuttering and jumping. Simple puzzle games such as Bejewelled are a better bet.


Let's get outdoors

 While the Fame has a five-megapixel snapper, the Young has been consigned with a three-megapixel affair, although actually performance does not suffer that much. While indoor snaps were grainy (and there's no flash to help out at all), outdoor snaps were impressive, producing sharp, colourful images.


Taking close-up images was not successful as there is no manual focus facility, so you'll end up with a lot of blurred shots.


 Camera features include Smile Shot, Panorama, some scene modes and a few filters. Plus there's GPS tagging and you can rotate and crop snaps before sharing. One major omission is a front-facing camera for video chats and self-portraits.


Battery life is pretty much what you'd expect from a small mid-range handset. You should squeeze out a couple of days with average use, but if you're streaming video, the battery will run out of juice in about five hours. The good news is that the handset charges speedily, so a quick half-hour charge before you head out of the door should keep it going for a few hours,


 Our conclusion

With a low-res screen, single-core chip and basic features, we would expect to pay less than £100 for the Samsung Galaxy Young. With that sort of pricetag we'd have happily recommended it as a cheap starter phone for kids and smartphone newbies. However, as it comes in at more than £120 we suggest you look at the likes of the LG Optimus L5 or Huawei Ascend G510 instead.

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Samsung Galaxy Young Review Scoring

  • Style and Handling
  • User Friendliness
  • Feature set
  • Performance
  • Battery
  • Overall Score

Samsung Galaxy Young Phone Specification


Type of device


Operating System

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean


58.6 x 109.4 x 12.5mm


112 grams

Processor speed



1GHz processor


Screen size

3.7 inches

Screen type


Display type




768 MB

Internal storage


Memory card slot




3 megapixels

Secondary camera



3.5mm Jack


Music player

MP3, Vorbis(OGG), AAC, AAC+,eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB), I-Melody, MIDI, WMA Music Player with SoundAlive




Video recording


Video player

Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264 Playback: WVGA@30fps Record: VGA@24fps

Video calling


Additional Features


Google Browser


Download via Marketplace

Voice control


Voice dialling



Motion UI: Smart Alert, Shake to update, Turn over to mute

























Colours (Standard)


What's in the box

Charging adaptor, USB cable, Stereo headset with In-Line Mic and Call control, Quick Start Guide and reference material



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Battery life multimedia

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