The Samsung Galaxy Young comes with the default Jelly Bean Gallery which, as you'd imagine, has been treated to some TouchWiz flavor. It opens up in Album view, which is what we're used to seeing. Rather than the familiar stacks, the app uses a grid of photos, two on a line.
Besides Album view, photos can also be sorted by Location, Time, Person (photos with tagged faces) and Group.
Getting inside an album displays all the photos in a rectangular grid, which is horizontally scrollable. When you try to scroll past the end, the photo thumbnails will tilt to remind you you're at the bottom of the list.
When viewing a single photo, you'll find several sharing shortcuts and a delete button above the photo, while below is a line of small thumbnails of all other photos in the album. You can tap those small thumbnails to move to other images or you can just swipe sideways.
The Gallery also supports highly customizable slideshows with several effects to choose from, as well as customizable music and speed. You can also highlight specific images to be included in the slideshow.
When viewing a photo with people's faces in it, the Galaxy Young will try to detect them automatically (and you can manually highlight faces where it fails). Buddy photo share will use your contacts' profiles to try and recognize people automatically.
Social tag makes sure that whenever a face is recognized in the photo, their status message appears and you can easily call or message that contact.
The Galaxy Young employs the same TouchWiz-ed music player as the Galaxy S4. Samsung has enabled equalizer presets (including a custom one) along with the sound-enhancing SoundAlive technology, which features 7.1 channel virtualization. The company also uses SoundAlive in some of their MP3 and Android-powered media players.
The music is sorted into various categories and one of the options, called Music square, is quite similar to the SensMe feature of Sony Ericsson phones. It automatically rates a song as exciting or calm, passionate or joyful and places those tracks on a square (hence the name).
From here, you can highlight an area of the square and the phone will automatically build a playlist of songs that matches your selection.
You can swipe the album art left and right to skip songs. You can also put the phone face down to mute the sound or place your palm over the screen to pause playback.
The Galaxy Young player sadly isn't DLNA-enabled, so you're limited to tracks on your handset.
The video player offers several view modes - grid, list and folders.
The video player lets you choose between three view modes for how the video fits the screen (fit to screen, fill screen, 100% resolution). The SoundAlive audio-enhancing technology is available here too.
Samsung droids usually have excellent video players, but this one wasn't quite up to par. It can't play 1080p videos, but more importantly, it lacks support for MKV files. It sticks to MP4 and AVI (and some XviD files didn't play smoothly).
The video player lets you tweak the viewing experience out of the screen by adjusting video brightness, Auto play next, play speed, SoundAlive and enable subtitles.
The Samsung Galaxy Young did win some points for its subtitles support. It scans for all available subtitles, so the file doesn't have to have the same name as the video file.
The Galaxy Young is equipped with an FM radio with RDS too. The interface is simple - there's a tuning dial and you can save as many as 12 stations as favorites. You can also play on the loudspeaker, but the headset is still needed as it acts as the antenna. You can record radio broadcasts as well.
The Samsung Galaxy Young did excellently in our audio quality test. The smartphone had pretty low volume levels, but its output was impressively clean, particularly when you consider its price tag.
When connected to an active external amplifier the Fame managed excellent scores all over the field, with the only average frequency response the only exception.
When we plugged in a pair of headphones, stereo crosstalk increased and some intermodulation distortion crept in, but it was nothing too bad. An impressively solid overall performance.
Here are the results so you can see for yourselves.
|Test||Frequency response||Noise level||Dynamic range||THD||IMD + Noise||Stereo crosstalk|
|Samsung Galaxy Young||+0.72, -0.82||-91.4||91.5||0.022||0.095||-92.5|
|Samsung Galaxy Young (headphones attached)||+0.42, -0.02||-89.3||89.6||0.020||0.201||-59.2|
|Samsung Galaxy Fame||+0.11, -1.11||-87.8||88.9||0.0033||0.130||-88.5|
|Samsung Galaxy Fame (headphones attached)||+0.15, -0.96||-87.6||88.8||0.064||0.160||-48.4|
|Samsung Galaxy Express||+0.37, -0.27||-82.5||82.3||0.0094||0.023||-82.0|
|Samsung Galaxy Express (headphones attached)||+0.49, -0.35||-81.6||81.5||0.028||0.089||-44.3|
Samsung Galaxy Young frequency response
You can learn more about the whole testing process here.