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Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review

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Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review
Introduction:

According to Samsung’s naming scheme, the “Pro” component in the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos’s title indicates a physical keyboard, while “Duos” means it can support two SIM cards at once.

While “Pro” has often been included in the name of portrait or side-sliding physical QWERTY handsets, now the moniker is officialized by Samsung, guaranteeing some thumb gymnastics. Again following the Samsung nomenclature, “Y” should indicate an entry level handset, targeting emerging markets or the younger crowd, i.e. affordable handsets with lesser specs.

The Samsung Galaxy Y Pro covers these modest expectations with a humble sub-1GHz processor, 3MP camera and a 2.6” display with pedestrian resolution, but it sports a capacitive touchscreen in addition to the portrait QWERTY thumb-bender, and the big advantage of supporting two SIMs simultaneously. Are these features complementing each other well in the Galaxy Y Pro Duos? Let's find out…
Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review

In the box
:

  • Wall charger
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design:

The Y Pro Duos doesn’t shine with any unorthodox design decisions, it’s just a portrait QWERTY candybar. The phone looks like a soapbox with the tapered edges and rounded corners, making it more comfortable to hold, and the back cover is plastic, but imitates brushed metal looks very successfully.

With its tapered edges and rounded corners the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos is comfortable to hold - Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review
With its tapered edges and rounded corners the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos is comfortable to hold - Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review
With its tapered edges and rounded corners the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos is comfortable to hold - Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review

With its tapered edges and rounded corners the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos is comfortable to hold


Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review

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There are no fancy capacitive buttons underneath the display – all four Android keys and the optical pad in their middle are physical buttons, which will appeal to many who prefer reassuring clicks and clacks underneath their fingers.

All navigational buttons are large, and easy to feel and press. The optical pad can be clicked to execute a command, too, and it is sensitive enough for accurate navigation across the display.

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos - Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review
Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos - Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos - Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review

Volume rocker (left)

Power key (right)

3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos - Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review
Back - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos - Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review
Camera - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos - Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review

microUSB port (bottom)

Back

Camera

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos



Display:

At 2.6”, the screen size is what one can expect from such a form factor. It sport a bit washed-out colors and isn't winning any pixel density awards, too, with its 320x240 resolution (154 ppi), but that’s somewhat standard for the phone's category. It is sufficiently bright for comfortable use outside, but the horizontal viewing angles are pretty weak.


Keyboard:


Now it’s time to say a few words about one of Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos’ most important assets – its physical portrait QWERTY keyboard. The phone is relatively wide, with enough space for the keyboard; it is chiclet-style, with each dome separated from the others with enough space to easily feel the buttons by touch. There is a function key down right, which can be assigned to any action of your choosing, too. The only gripe is the somewhat shallow travel, which takes getting used to.

The keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos - Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review
The keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos - Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review
The keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos - Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review

The keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos



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posted on 26 Jul 2012, 08:31 2

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


Nice Phone . for a DUo Sim

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 08:32 1

2. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


but samsung makes too many phones..

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 10:45 2

3. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Great duos entry level android..yeah must say..

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 17:07

4. pegasso (Posts: 129; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


nice affordable dual SIM phone.
too bad it only available in selected countries...

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 17:32

5. domspencer01 (Posts: 15; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


My sister bought this a few weeks ago when she went to India. I facepalmed and shook my head when she bought it, thinking "Why was she so cheap? For a few bucks more she could have bought something decent." Thankfully this review alleviates many of my concerns. This phone definitely wouldn't fit my purposes, but for my tech ignorant sister, I think it will be a good phone!

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Display2.6 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (154 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 832 MHz
Size4.36 x 2.50 x 0.47 inches
(110.8 x 63.5 x 11.9 mm)
3.96 oz  (112 g)
Battery1350 mAh, 19.16 hours talk time

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