It’s easy to be tempted by phones such as the Xperia Z, the HTC One and the Galaxy S4, but their high prices are often prohibitive, particularly for first-time buyers or younger smartphones users. While Sony has almost entirely abandoned the lower end of the market, Samsung still makes smartphones which suit all pockets. Its latest is the Galaxy Young, a starter smartphone for those with a smaller budget.
The design is familiar though, as it shares plenty with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, just wrapped up in a much more modest package. The screen measures 3.3-inches, and has an acceptable 480 x 320 pixel resolution. Neither the size or the pixel count is going to win it any awards, but they’re both good enough for basic tasks.
Inside is a 1GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, which could make playing the latest games difficult, but won’t cause a problem for social networking apps. Around the back of the phone is a 3 megapixel camera with a basic video shooting mode. Perhaps best of all is Samsung has installed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Young, along with its TouchWiz user interface, so it’s as up-to-date and feature-rich as you could expect from a budget phone.
So how cheap are we talking? Samsung hasn’t announced the exact pricing, but a sub-£100 Pay As You Go cost should be achievable. At this price, it’s no surprise to find only 4GB of onboard memory, although a microSD card slot is built-in to store your music and photos.