Samsung may have a reputation for its wide array of touchscreen phones, but it also carries a number of side-sliders and candybars boasting QWERTY pads for users who prefer typing on physical keyboards. Two of these smart phone candybars are the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro and the Samsung Galaxy M Pro.
Both phones are part of Samsung’s line of budget smartphones, specifically geared towards users who text and e-mail very often. The keys on the QWERTY pad are chiclet-style, with individual keys separated from their neighbors, which reduces accidental pressing on neighboring letters. The display also supports touch input, which allows users to scroll through icons on a 4×3 grid. Both Samsung devices are also capable of multiple homescreen pages on which to deploy widgets and shortcuts.
Because of the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro and the Samsung Galaxy M Pro’s landscape-oriented display, the four main shortcuts are positioned at the right side of the screen instead of at the bottom.
Now that we’ve seen how these phones are alike, let’s start dissecting them to really see the difference.
Design and Display
The Samsung Galaxy Y Pro has a display diagonal of 2.60 inches, with a resolution of 320×240 pixels. It’s a little small, making webpages a little difficult to read. To make up for the lack of pinch-to-zoom functionality, users can double-tap to zoom in on a page. It also has virtual Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons on the lower right side of the screen. Due to the small size of the display, there may be a fair share of zooming involved. The Samsung Galaxy Y Pro is the portrait image of a QWERTY phone, with rounded corners and a back cover of simple design and made of plastic. The Samsung Galaxy Y Pro weighs 3.83 oz.
The Samsung Galaxy M Pro boasts a larger display of 2.66 inches, with a resolution of 480×320 pixels. The screen resolution is just enough to guarantee some details on the screen size. Web browsing has the same limitations as the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro, with a lack of pinch-to-zoom which leaves the user having to double-tap to zoom. The phone also has rounded corners, with a bit of metal on the back to give it a classy look.
The Samsung Galaxy Y Pro has an internal memory of 160 MB, which is dwarfed by the Samsung Galaxy M Pro’s own internal memory of 1 GB. The internal storage on both phones, however, can be expanded up to 32 GB.
With a decent camera, the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro packs 3 megapixels. The Samsung Galaxy M Pro boasts 5 megapixels and a LED flash. So, in terms of camera pixels, the Galaxy M Pro is the clear winner.
Processor and Operating System
The Samsung Galaxy Y Pro bears a single-core 832 MHz processor, while the Samsung Galaxy M Pro boasts a single-core 1 GHz processor. Both phones run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Winning this round, the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro takes the belt with a talk time of 17 hours and a standby time of 800 hours. The Samsung Galaxy M Pro’s own battery can support a talk time of 6.25 hours, with standby time of 279 hours.
Although both the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro and the Samsung Galaxy M Pro share a lot of similarities, there are also stark differences, such as display resolution, camera megapixels, and battery power.
The Samsung Galaxy Y Pro, although less powerful, is a good entry-level phone for people on a budget, such as students or for users who want a QWERTY experience in an Android phone.
The Samsung Galaxy M Pro, complete with its more powerful camera and processor, is perfect for those who want a larger display for browsing and answering messages.
Which one of these phones best suit your needs?