Problems, Limitations, and Disadvantages of Samsung Galaxy Y or Totoro
Planning to buy a Samsung Galaxy Y? Before buying the Galaxy Totoro, you should see and know some of its problems and limitations. This post will tackle the disadvantages of the Samsung Galaxy Y and important things to know / consider when buying the said device.
Additionally, this post will not showcase nor discuss complete technical specifications of the Galaxy Y since this kind of information is widely available from other sources on the internet. The only photos and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Y that will be mentioned here are those that are relevant on the main topic.
Why buy the Samsung Galaxy Young after this review?
Naturally, for any disadvantage, there is an equal advantage or “solution” (if you will) to that particular limitation which will also be discussed in this Samsung Galaxy Y review. The benefits and advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S5360 will be shown in the section “Benefits and Reasons why to buy a Samsung Galaxy Y”.
So don't let the the disadvantages and limitations shown here water down your decision. At the end of this post, it is still up to the reader whether to purchase the Galaxy Totoro. For the benefit of those who are confused with the numerous names / handles, Samsung Galaxy Y is also known as Samsung Galaxy Young, Samsung Galaxy Totoro, and Samsung Galaxy S5360.
The first disadvantage and limitation of Samsung Galaxy Y is RAM
As can be seen from the screenshot on the right, Totoro only has 290 MB of user available RAM. Even with 800 MHz of CPU, the lag and slowness is easily noticeable. The animation when going to the home screen or when launching an app will be longer than usual when the RAM being used is over 220 MB.
Fortunately this Galaxy Y problem can easily be resolved with customized ROMs and Kernels. However, be sure to proceed with caution when using such a solution as there is a possibility of bricking the device. Needless to say, when it is bricked, it is will be unusable. Also, customized ROMs requires root access - rooting the device usually voids the warranty.
For a more safety approach, there are numerous Android apps for RAM management or simply use the built-in Task Manager app for clearing up the RAM.
CM Titan and Superion Navigator
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- The Cherry Mobile Superion Navigator
This hub aims to discuss the problems, disadvantages, and limitations of CM Superion Navigator tablet. Also included are impertinent information and review regarding said product based on ownership.
- The Cherry Mobile Titan
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Small screen is a limitation of the Samsung Galaxy Y
Some may argue that the Totoro’s screen size is acceptable – not too big, not too small. Just look at the S5360 screenshots on the right and judge for yourself. Only one fourth (sometimes even less) of the viewing screen is left when the virtual QWERTY keypad comes out. Obviously, typing a long message is quite a hassle and the letters of the virtual keypad is placed so near beside each other that it is enough to make some people with stubby fingers scream.
However, don’t let this S5360 product limitation water you down. Galaxy Young’s screen size is quite suitable for other functions such as viewing movies and playing games.
The third disadvantage of Galaxy Young is tied to Internal Memory and the camera feature
As can be seen on the picture on the right, Samsung Galaxy Y only has a small internal storage capacity. With the type of apps and its associated advancement, The problems of having a small internal storage are not that hard to understand - can accommodate only a number of apps, pictures, etc...
Samsung Galaxy Y’s camera is also a let down because
- it is only 2 Megapixel
- has no flash
- no focus
- no macro shot
- no dedicated camera key
Other problems and limitation of the Galaxy S5360
Lastly, the following may be considered as limitations of the device:
- Only 256K colors
- Does not have scratch proof screen (not corning Gorilla glass like its higher end counterparts)
- Battery life
- Radio needs the headset connected to function
- Bland packaging
I rarely used the above features so it does not have a big impact as the first mentioned problems. As for the battery life, it is already a given since I use the phone heavily. Besides, Galaxy Y can be charged via USB port – I simply USB-connect it to the TV or laptop and no need to carry the socket charger.
Aside from that, to overcome the Galaxy’s small storage capacity problem, I bought a 16 GB micro SD card and downloaded an app that can transfer internal phone apps to the external SD card. As for the camera, I seldom use it due to its meager functions. Instead, I use my other phone (a Nokia N8) for as-needed photo opportunities.
Below are some essential accessories for the Samsung Galaxy Y to improve its disadvantages in terms of storage, battery, and possible screen scratches.
Advantages and Benefits of Samsung Galaxy Totoro
And now, the part every reader is seemingly waiting for, here are some advantages and reasons why to buy Samsung Galaxy Totoro / S5360 / Young / Y:
- As an entry level phone budget phone, it is quite cheap (actually got mine for approximately 2,000 pesos which equates to 46.5 US dollars)
- It is easy to root – rooted mine for less than 5 minutes
- Useful and reliable apps
- Custom ROMS and Kernels
- It can be used as a wireless router wherein other Wifi enabled devices can connect to the Internet through Galaxy Y – use the tether function
- Can play various movie file formats without converting the files to mp4
- Supports Office 2010 files
- The device supports consumer standard basics such as 3.5 mm audio jack for earphones, conventional micro SD card, micro USB port, Bluetooth version 3 with A2DP
That’s basically it. For a really cheap price, I bought Galaxy Y as secondary phone to my Nokia N8. Didn’t really did a lot of research and only found out its features through hands on experience hence this review. However, if you are decided to really buy this phone, it would be advisable to consider the contents of this post and try to check out the related links included on this post.
UPDATE: As of October 14, 2012
Recently, after downloading an app that "soft reboots" the phone, the both soft keys (buttons on the left and right side of the home middle button) are at times unresponsive. A turn-around for this problem is to lock - unlock the screen. Another solution is to use the drop down menu on the top (menu that contains the shortcuts to WiFi, BT, GPS, etc...)
FYI please to fellow SGY owners.