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Hands On: Samsung Galaxy Young 2 (Optus Prepaid)

2015-10-01 16.12.24Today we’re taking a look at a budget Samsung phone from Optus Prepaid, the Samsung Galaxy Young 2.

We always enjoy checking out budget smartphones here at Plan Panda, so we were excited to see what a cheap Samsung could do.

What’s In The Box?

In addition to the handset and removable battery, you also get a 240V Wall Charger that has a hard wired micro USB plug, a USB to Micro USB sync cable and a set of headphones, along with the manual.

Samsung have tried to copy the look of the expensive wooden boxes from their higher end Galaxy phones to this one, with a wood grain print on the cardboard box.

First Impressions

The Samsung Galaxy Young 2 has a plastic touchscreen, a hardware “Home” button, volume controls on the left hand of the phone and a lock/wake button on the right hand side.

The plastic back of the phone has a grippy texturised surface and a 3 Megapixel camera with no flash.

Despite being an all plastic phone, it actually feels well built in your hand and the touch screen feels very responsive.

Software

The Samsung Galaxy Young 2 ships with Android KitKat 4.4.2 and some of Samsung’s TouchWiz customisations, although a lot less than you get on their higher end devices, possibly due to the limited screen size (3.5″) and processing power.

In addition to the Google Play store, Samsung also include their own Samsung Apps store – a collection of apps for Android. Being an Optus Prepaid handset, it is also preloaded with the My Optus app on the home screen.

Unlocking the screen, navigating the menus, using Google Chrome or browsing around on Google Maps all felt rather responsive – obviously not as smooth as a flagship phone, but without too much lag.

Hardware

While not everyone requires the latest and most powerful hardware, it is always the spot that most budget smartphones let down purchasers, and compared to some of the similarly priced competition from Chinese brands Huawei and ZTE, the Samsung Galaxy Young 2 is a bit of a letdown. It includes a 3 Megapixel camera, but no flash – and no front facing camera.

It only features a 1 GHz Single Core processor and 512MB of RAM, which for the higher end of the budget smartphones is a bit disappointing.

The screen is a small 3.5″ with just 320×480 pixels for a 165 ppi (pixels per inch) density.

Internal storage is just 4GB, with about 1.8 GB usable after the core operating system and updates to factory apps are installed. This means you’ll likely need to purchase a MicroSD card to expand the phone’s storage if you’re using it on a daily basis, especially if you want to be able to download some songs or take more than a few photos.

Unlike a few of the budget smartphones that we’re starting to see in the sub-$100 price range, the Samsung Galaxy Young 2 does not support 4G – which means you’re limited to 3G networks.

Performance

With only a Single Core processor, I was surprised that the phone felt so responsive when navigating menus, browsing the web or typing small pieces of text using the keyboard. So, for day-to-day use, it’s seems like it would be alright.

However, we always like to put phones through their paces using the AnTuTu Benchmark, and so we were keen to see what this budget Samsung phone could do. It scored a rather low 7835 on AnTuTu Benchmark 5.7.1, much lower than some of the other contenders in this space.

Summary

The Samsung Galaxy Young 2 has a good build quality and feels solid and well built in your hand. It would be quite suitable for someone who was looking to get a cheap phone to use on Optus Prepaid or other Optus network resellers like Amaysim.

However, some of the other phones in the Optus Prepaid line up like the ZTE Fit 4G Smart have much better specs and 4G capability for not too much more than this phone.

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