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Samsung Galaxy Young review - Call Quality, Battery Life, Value and Verdict

Luke Johnson

By Luke Johnson



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Samsung Galaxy Young - Call Quality

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.

Samsung Galaxy Young - Battery Life and Connectivity

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.

Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy Young?

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.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Camera 6
  • Design 6
  • Features 5
  • Performance 6
  • Screen Quality 5
  • Usability 6
  • Value 7
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May 14, 2013, 9:27 am

can we make skype or viber calls on this phone?


July 1, 2013, 7:13 pm

Is this a 3.5 inch, 3.2 inch or a 3.27 inch ?????????????????????


September 9, 2013, 3:21 am

3.3 actually


September 27, 2013, 2:39 pm

Yes, I tried skype.


October 15, 2013, 6:28 am

Is the phone very small? and will it be difficult to handle apps and games on this phone with such a small screen?

shah nawaz

October 19, 2013, 8:51 pm

This phone have a front camera


November 3, 2013, 9:10 pm

Ugh. My 4.5 year old 3GS is more powerful than this thing. My sister just bought the Galaxy Young and it feels like a 2009 phone, not a 2013 one. Sure it's cheap, but meh.


December 5, 2013, 5:54 pm

I just got it. It's nice enough.


January 8, 2014, 8:37 pm

is it good?


January 8, 2014, 8:41 pm

i just got one. it is not bad. if you have a daughter or a son, then this phone is perfect for him.well it is a good phone :)

Sean kissane

April 7, 2014, 4:19 pm

Is the screen bigger than a Vodafone Smart 2?

John Philip

May 22, 2014, 9:49 am

I bought this phone last 11 May 2014. My gt-s6310 has only 1.4Gb Internal Memory... Why is that?? I need someone who could explain me if the store got fool me selling fake gt-s6310???

jay casanova

June 19, 2014, 10:17 am

this is a hopeless cheap version of a real samsung product. The only good thing of the phone is the price in Australia it cost $100. however the negatives is that it a slow phone it shuts off in below 5ª and also shuts off at 30ª, it also has a poor battery life and last about 2hr and in sleep mode it last 1 and a half day before the battery runs dead. also at the end of talking to some one it hard to hang up. also the key pad is small, dodgy and and also auto selects words for you, for every word and chose the wrong word u dont want. it a shit phone do not buy. 0.5/10


January 7, 2015, 11:02 am

as for dropping on the floor, mine was dropped hundreds of times and survived very well. the bad part was battery life and storage. it did last 2 yr tho.

its a nice phone if you're not after loads of apps, pics, music etc. if you're a techy geek get an expensive one!

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