Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 : Design, Specs, Price Comparison! Entry Level Android Battle!

Since TechPinas now has both Samsung Galaxy Mini and Samsung Galaxy Y in our hideout, I figured I'd pit them against each other in a design and specs comparison battle just to show which one offers more bang for the buck!

(This makes sense, I think. Afterall, Galaxy Mini and Galaxy Y could very well be the best-selling Samsung phones in the Philippines right now, apart from Samsung Corby 2 -- or at least that's what sales ladies in cellphone shops would usually tell me when I do my rounds in malls.)


Let's start with the design:


Samsung Galaxy Mini and Samsung Galaxy Y, respectively.



Design-wise, Samsung Galaxy Mini can be described as a 'Samsung Corby 2 doppelganger' while Samsung Galaxy Y looks like a shrunk Samsung Galaxy Ace with a metallic back panel. Now, I don't know about you but I think Galaxy Y pretty much slays Galaxy Mini in this department. Galaxy Mini looks and feels if a bit more plasticky while Galaxy Y's metallic accents and overall refined design give it a more sophisticated look and durable feel.

Now, on to the specs (No other way to do it than via TechPinas traditional specs comparison table. Here in TP, we stick to facts.):

TP Specs Comparison Table: Samsung Galaxy Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Y
Detail/Feature Samsung Galaxy Mini Samsung Galaxy Y

Availability and Price in Philippines

Now out in the Philippines
Price upon release - Php 10,000
Current Price in Malls - Php 6,850

Now out in the Philippines
Current Price in Malls - Php 5,990

Dimensions/
Weight

110.4 x 60.8 x 12.1 mm
105 g

104 x 58 x 11.5 mm
97.5 grams

Screen/
Features

3.14 inches (~127 ppi pixel density)
240 x 320 pixels,
TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Multi-touch input method
- Touch-Sensitive Controls
- TouchWiz User Interface

3 inches (~133 ppi pixel density)
240 x 320 pixels,
TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Multi-touch input method
- Touch-Sensitive Controls
- TouchWiz User Interface
Operating System Upon Release
Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo)

Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)

CPU

600 MHz processor

832 MHz processor
Internal storage
160 MB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB, ships with 2GB SDcard

160 MB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB, ships with 2GB SDcard

Wifi

Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

3G

Yes, HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps

Yes, HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps

MicroSD

Yes, Supports up to 32GB

Yes, Supports up to 32GB

Camera

3.15 MegaPixels, 2048x1536 pixels, no flash
Video capture: Yes, QVGA 15 frames per second
Secondary camera: No

2 MegaPixels, 1600x1200 pixels, no flash
Video capture: QVGA 15 frames per second
Secondary camera: No

Accelerometer

Yes

Yes

Digital Compass

Yes

No

EDGE

Yes

Yes

GPRS

Yes

Yes

Bluetooth

Yes, v2.1 with A2DP

Yes, v3.0 with A2DP

Built-in MicroUSB Port

Yes, v2.0

Yes, v2.0

Audio Jack

Yes, 3.5mm

Yes, 3.5mm

HDMI Port

No

No

Stereo FM Radio

Yes

Yes

Games and Apps

Yes, via Android Market

Yes, via Android Market

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Default Browser - Flash support

No (possible via SkyFire Browser)

No (possible via SkyFire Browser)

Battery Type

Li-Ion 1200 mAh

Li-Ion 1200 mAh

Specs-wise, Samsung Galaxy Mini has a slightly bigger screen and a higher resolution camera compared to Galaxy Y. Nonetheless, Samsung Galaxy Y has faster processor, a more updated operating system, and a screen with higher pixel density. Other specifications are largely the same.

Price-wise, as of writing, Samsung Galaxy Mini is more expensive than Samsung Galaxy Y by around a thousand bucks. In malls, Samsung Galaxy Y Smart Netphone Edition sells for Php 5,990 while you can get Samsung Galaxy Mini for Php 6,850.

So which phone do I prefer? Well, I actually think both phones are good enough for entry-level users. I'd imagine students will have a hard time choosing between these two. But 'pound-for-pound' (that is, all features considered), I think Samsung Galaxy Y is just a tad better.

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