Call quality on the Samsung Galaxy Young is what you would expect. Calls are mostly clear, although clarity can be a little off with a small amount of distortion creeping in from time to time. Like the built-in speaker, the earpiece could be louder, while calls taken on the speaker phone sound hollow with an unwanted element of echo and tininess to conversations.
The Samsung Galaxy Young’s battery life is as middle of the road as the rest of the phone. It clears the one day hump with ease, and steady use of the Young will see you push into a second day but little further.
With a 1,300mAh Lithium-Ion battery under the plastic hood, the claimed six and a half hour talk time rings true. The Young's small, slightly dull screen is a benefit here, requiring less juice to power it along. With not quite the staying power of the Galaxy Fame, the Young is by no means overshadowed by its closest rivals.
Connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy Young are limited to the barebones basics. No NFC, no HDMI, no 4G, but that is not an issue. What the Young has all works well and with little fuss.
Wi-Fi signals are strong and easy to set up, more than can be said about some more expensive phones.
With the Young, Samsung is hoping its brand appeal will help it squeeze a few extra quid out of parents' pockets.
There are phones at the same price with improved specs and features but a less tantalising name stamped across the back. This might not matter to some but in the image conscious pre-teen market the phone is targeting, it could be a deal breaker and one which Samsung is willing to push its luck on.
The Samsung Galaxy Young, as value for money, is the clear choice over the Fame. It's hard to understand why the Fame exists.
Compared with comparatively priced rivals, it falls somewhere in the middle. It's better than the LG Optimus L3, but not quite as pleasing or impressive as the Vodafone Smart 3 or even some Huawei handsets. It's just an adequate, but far from ground-breaking, entrant to the sub £100 scene.
If your needs are basic, you could do worse than the Samsung Galaxy Young. It is £50 cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Fame with a performance and spec that better matches its price tag. The Young might not set the smartphone world alight, but for a penny shy of £90 you will feel like you are getting good value.