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Problems, Limitations, and Disadvantages of Samsung Galaxy Y or Totoro

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Front view of the Samsung Galaxy Young / Y / Totoro

Front view of the Samsung Galaxy Young / Y / Totoro

Back view of the Samsung Galaxy Young / Y / Totoro

Back view of the Samsung Galaxy Young / Y / 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.

RAM limit of the Galaxy Young

RAM limit of the Galaxy Young

Galaxy Young with ROOT access - Notice the Android Pirate icon

Galaxy Young with ROOT access - Notice the Android Pirate icon

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.

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Horizontal keypad view of Galaxy Y

Horizontal keypad view of Galaxy Y

Vertical keypad view of Galaxy Y

Vertical keypad view of Galaxy Y

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
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