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Samsung DoubleTime Review

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Samsung DoubleTime Review
Introduction:

Oh Samsung, they continue to be one of the more aggressive manufacturers out of the bunch, mainly because they poke their nose in almost every handset category out there. Surely, when you boast a massive market share, it’s only common to find them even going out of the norm to reel in some people. Well, we have to give them credit for steering outside of the box, now that their clamshell dual-touchscreen device in the Samsung DoubleTime is ready for the taking. Of course, it’s not trying to win over power users, but rather, it’s ducking to entice feature phone users to transition over.

Samsung DoubleTime Review
Samsung DoubleTime Review
The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • microSD card adapter
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Health & Safety and Warranty Guide

Design:

Right off the bat, the Samsung DoubleTime easily reminds us of some kind of feature phone because of its clamshell dual-screen form factor, and rightfully so, everything about its construction and design confirms our suspicions. Blatantly, it exudes a design that’s akin for a feature phone with its all-white plastic exterior, though, it still feels a bit weighty (5.22 oz) in the hand. Fortunately, the added weight aids in keeping it somewhat durable feeling, as opposed to being completely cheap in overall build.

The Samsung DoubleTime feels a bit weighty in the hand - Samsung DoubleTime Review
The Samsung DoubleTime feels a bit weighty in the hand - Samsung DoubleTime Review
The Samsung DoubleTime feels a bit weighty in the hand - Samsung DoubleTime Review

The Samsung DoubleTime feels a bit weighty in the hand


Samsung DoubleTime Review

You can compare the Samsung DoubleTime with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Indeed a distinguishable quality, the Samsung DoubleTime as its name implies, features two 3.2” HVGA (480 x 320) displays with support for 262k colors. With the internal one, it’s locked in landscape orientation, but the quality of the two are rather lacking due to their poor viewing angles and washed out colors. Details on the other hand are decent, especially when you factor in their screen size and resolution – albeit, fine text have a soft tone to them.

Samsung DoubleTime as its name implies, features two 3.2” HVGA displays - Samsung DoubleTime Review
Samsung DoubleTime as its name implies, features two 3.2” HVGA displays - Samsung DoubleTime Review

Samsung DoubleTime as its name implies, features two 3.2” HVGA displays


Flipping the front portion of the handset to expose its 4-row QWERTY keyboard, it locks into position at a 135-degree angle to give you that laptop-like feel, and can go further to a full 180-degrees. Sporting uniform squarish buttons, they’re flush to the surface and offer minimal distinction, but at least they exhibit a nice clicky feel. More than usable to keep a constant rate of input, its layout is further supplemented by its incorporation of a directional pad and typical Android menu buttons.

The 4-row QWERTY keyboard - Samsung DoubleTime Review
The 4-row QWERTY keyboard - Samsung DoubleTime Review
The 4-row QWERTY keyboard - Samsung DoubleTime Review

The 4-row QWERTY keyboard


Not something we typically see, it boasts physical Android buttons as opposed to capacitive ones, which seemingly prevents any accidental presses from happening. Meanwhile, around the sides, we find its microUSB port, microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, power button, and volume control.

Android buttons - Samsung DoubleTime Review
microUSB port (bottom) - Samsung DoubleTime Review
Volume rocker (left) - Samsung DoubleTime Review

Android buttons

microUSB port (bottom)

Volume rocker (left)

Power key and 3.5 jack - Samsung DoubleTime Review
Right side - Samsung DoubleTime Review

Power key and 3.5 jack

Right side


Lastly, laying flush to the surface, it sports a 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera in the rear, but lacks any sort of flash whatsoever. Moreover, two notches for the handset’s speakerphone are placed nearby. Prying off the rear plastic cover, we gain access to the microSD slot, 1,200 mAh battery, and SIM card slot.

Back - Samsung DoubleTime Review
Camera - Samsung DoubleTime Review
Battery compartment - Samsung DoubleTime Review

Back

Camera

Battery compartment



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posted on 28 Nov 2011, 05:40 1

1. DrMoto (Posts: 17; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Yuck! That's one awkward phone...

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 07:41 3

2. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


Copy LG -.-

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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 800 MHz, Qualcomm S1 processor
256 MB RAM
Size4.45 x 2.44 x 0.59 inches
(113 x 62 x 15 mm)
5.22 oz  (148 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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