Samsung Galaxy Y Duos is new member of Samsung dual SIM mobile family. It is dual SIM version of Samsung Galaxy Y which is a popular entry-level Android smartphone. This affordable Android mobile simultaneously supports two GSM SIM cards. The main difference between Samsung Galaxy Y and it’s dual SIM version is that Galaxy Y Duos has better camera (3.15 MP vs 2 MP), little larger screen and battery capacity (1200 mAh vs 1300 mAh). In this Samsung Galaxy Y Duos review, I’ll be giving you a brief idea about this dual SIM mobile phone.
Samsung Galaxy Y Duos features:
- 3.14 inch QVGA touch screen
- 832 MHz processor
- 384 MB RAM
- Android 2.3 with Tochwiz skin
- 3.2 MP fixed focus camera
- Dual SIM (GSM+GSM) functionality
- Simultaneous Call and Data usage
- 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
- FM Radio
- 1300 mAh battery
Design and Hardware: Samsung Galaxy Y Duos has typical Samsung styling which all new mobiles are following. The front side is dominated by 3.14 inch screen which has QVGA (240×320) resolution. There are three buttons in front – Home, Back and Menu key. In the right side power button is located and in left side of the device volume keys are present. 3.5 mm headphone jack is present at the top and Micro USB connector is present at the bottom. This mobile weights only 109 gm and thickness is 12 mm. It comes with 1300 mAh battery and free 2GB Micro SD card.
Display: Samsung Galaxy Y Duos has QVGA screen just like Galaxy Y, but in this case the display size has been increased by 0.14 inch. Due to the lower resolution, the display looks pixelated, colors looks washed out and it has poor viewing angle. I wish Samsung should at least use 480×360 resolution in entry level mobiles. This QVGA screen also limits app selection, many apps and games will not support this resolution. Other than this problem the capacitive screen is very responsive and sunlight visibility is average. This poor screen quality can be a deal breaker for some people.
User Interface and Software: This mobile runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with Samsung’s Touch Wiz UX skin. When all new mobiles are coming with latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or getting promised ICS update in future, this mobile is stuck with older Gingerbread. The hardware limitation is to be blamed for this. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos has 832 MHz ARM 11 processor coupled with 384 MB RAM. After turning on the device you will get around 290 MB usable RAM. The user interface is fast and there is not much noticeable lag and application opening and switching speed is fast.
You can install thousands of free and paid apps and games from Google Play. I’ve tried some games like Angry Birds and they run smoothly though the poor screen resolution spoils the fun. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos has only 170 MB internal memory which gets filled up very quickly if you install big apps and games.
Music and Video player: The video player is very simple, it can play 3GP and MP4 video formats. The video player managed to play videos up to VGA (640×480) resolution. It has simple video editing feature which can be used to trim video clips.
There is a Touch Wiz UI music player in this mobile. You can sort songs bay Artists, Albums or view All songs. The music player comes with 11 sound equalizer presets which can be used to enhance the listening experience. It also has virtual 5.1 channel sound effect which only works in earphone mode. Sound quality through the bundled headphones is just average, I’ll recommend you to invest in good headphones if you want to get better music quality.
Camera:This mobile has 3.15 MP fixed focus camera without any flash. The camera has three shooting modes Single shot, Smile shot and Panorama. You can adjust brightness and white balance before taking photos. There are 11 predefined scenes like Landscape, Night, Sports, Sunset, Dawn, etc which comes handy sometime. It also has Geo Tag feature which uses the internal A-GPS and adds location details in photos. Photo quality is average and tends to have noise when light is little low.
You can shoot videos as well with this mobile. Video can be recorded at 320×240(QVGA) at 24fps and 176×144 resolution. In video mode only brightness and white balance can be adjusted. Video quality is poor and due to low fps it looks even worse. VGA video at 30 fps would have been great feature in this mobile.
Connectivity and Internet: Samsung Galaxy Y Duos has all connectivity options. With 7.2 Mbps 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 it is a well-connected device. A-GPS is there with Google Maps to satisfy all your navigation needs. With the help of mobile internet Galaxy Y Duos locked my location under 5 minutes which is really good. If you need offline navigation software then you can use Sygic maps.
Default Android browser is fast and easy to use. It renders almost all webpage correctly. The low screen resolution somewhat spoils the fun of browsing as you need to scroll more. The browser doesn’t support Adobe flash but there is a dedicated YouTube app for watching videos.
Conclusion: Overall Samsung Galaxy Y Duos is a good entry level Android mobile. It is suitable for those who are looking for a good dual SIM mobile with smartphone functionality. There are very few Dual SIM Android mobiles available in the market. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos is available in market for around Rs 9,000 ($163) which is a good price for this mobile phone.
- Dual SIM support
- Fast and responsive
- Good build quality
- Small and light weight
- 3G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS support
- Good battery life
- Poor screen resolution and display quality
- Limited internal memory (only 170 MB)
- Average camera
- No ICS update
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