Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review
Call quality in the earpiece is about average, with a strong enough sound, but the voices sound a bit distorted. The microphone, however, relays very noisy, digitized voices to the other end, and to top it off they sound muffled.
The 1430mAh battery is quoted for seven hours of talk time in 3G mode, which is slightly below average, and maintaining two network connections at once takes a heavier toll on the battery.
The Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos looks poised to take on popular entry-level handsets with two SIMs, like those from Nokia’s Asha lineup. It, however, runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which immediately gives you the advantage of the Google Play Store
Handsets like this, targeted at teens or emerging markets, are usually guaranteed to sell in volume, if they are a compelling combination of features, and Samsung seems to have all the right ingredients here.
The handset sports a pretty decent hardware and design for the price, and navigation is aided by the capacitive touchscreen. Overall, we dig the simple and functional design of the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos. Its physical keyboard keys are of decent size, the navigational buttons are easy to press, and the capacitive touchscreen is responsive. Naturally, if you have larger hands, this won’t be the phone for you, unless you can make do by pecking with your nail edges.
Above all, the handset makes operating two SIM cards at once very easy, which is an extremely popular feature in emerging markets. The main gripes are the low quality microphone, and the useless video capture resolution.
The pricing is in line with the “Y” moniker, which guarantees it will be a sought-after handset, with very few brand-name competitors at this level. Actually a threat might be another Samsung handset, the Galaxy Y Duos, which ditches the physical keyboard, but sports the same hardware. If you want a larger screen on your dual SIM phone, you can look at last year’s Galaxy Ace Duos.
Nokia Asha 200 is actually the one resembling the Galaxy Y Pro Duos design most with its portrait physical keyboard and dual SIM support. Asha 200 is much cheaper, but doesn’t have Wi-Fi, and, of course, doesn’t run Android.
Finally, the HTC Desire V sounds like the best dual SIM choice alternative, as it sports the company’s renowned unibody design, has a 4” display with decent resolution, and runs Android ICS, but is more expensive.
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Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Video Review:
- Support for two SIM cards at once
- Good physical keyboard
- Weak microphone
- Basically useless 320x240 video capture
3. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
Great duos entry level android..yeah must say..
4. pegasso (Posts: 132; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
nice affordable dual SIM phone.
too bad it only available in selected countries...
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!