Samsung DoubleTime Review

Interface and Functionality:

The DoubeTime is running the TouchWiz UI that we’re all so accustomed to seeing by now, but it’s running on top of Android 2.2.2 Froyo. Yes folks, you heard that one right on the dot, it’s running Froyo rather than Gingerbread! Of course, some of us might be appalled by this revelation, but nonetheless, it boasts all of the wonderful and deep personalization aspects we’re normally presented.


Holy smokes Batman! This thing is running an aging single-core 600MHz Qualcomm processor with a heart wrenching 260MB of RAM! Obviously, some devices are able to muster up a decent performance even with such an unflattering CPU, however, we must admit this is downright abysmal with the Samsung DoubleTime. Almost everything we do, it’s muddied tremendously by instances of slowdown, lag, and delays. In the end, it’s simply unnerving to use and makes you wonder how this could all happen.

You’d be crazy to even fathom about using its on-screen keyboard over the physical one, but if you must go and use it, you won’t be impressed by it for one bit of a second. Not only are our thumbs fighting over its cramped spacing, but its performance is rather delayed at times as we speed type very quickly. Trust us, you’ll want to stick to that physical keyboard.

Luckily, the email experience is uncompromised, as both the Gmail and Samsung Email apps offer us plenty of control in organizing our emails with its extensive features. Additionally, the setup process is straightforward enough to get most popular accounts properly onto the handset.


AT&T’s presence is once again at full force with the Samsung DoubleTime, seeing that we find apps on there like AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, Live TV,  and myAT&T. Strangely, the only third part app found preloaded is YPmobile and nothing else.



Internet and Connectivity:

There’s absolutely nothing pretty with the web browsing experience, especially when it’s diminished by sluggish navigational controls, a low resolution display, and lack of Flash support – though, we saw the latter coming. In all honesty, it’s good enough for basic things, but if you prefer a much more fuller experience, your best bet is to look elsewhere.


Global trotters can choose to bring the Samsung DoubleTime abroad seeing that it’s your tried and true GSM enabled device – plus, it’ll offer 3G connectivity in a good amount of places, but there’s no HSPA+ connections with this one. As usual, it features other connectivity items like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.


Camera:

Ehh, it’s no point and shoot replacement, but some might still find its 3.2-megapixel camera tolerable enough to accept. During the day, it performs decently, but since it lacks a flash, it is unusable in a dark room.




In our modern smartphone age, we’re spoiled by devices that offer high-definition video capture, but every once in a while, we find one that simply brings us back to yesteryear. Well, there’s nothing nice to say about the QVGA (320 x 240) video recording found with the handset, except for its 29 frames per second capture and distortion-free audio recording.

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Multimedia:

Using the stock Android music player, there’s nothing interesting about its presentation, but it’s functional to get us by listening to some tunes on the go. With its built-in speaker, which offers a few different equalizer settings, its quality is satisfactory enough to withstand – though, it has a subtle hissy sound.


Unable to play high-definition videos, the highest quality one that we’re able to load is encoded in MPEG-4 800 x 480 resolution. Luckily, its smooth performance in playing the video is acceptable enough to enjoy, but it’s simply not the most optimal thing out there because of its small display and washed out colors.


Although it’s better than nothing, the handset is preloaded with a 2GB microSD card, which can be removed to accept cards up to 32GB in capacity. In addition, there is 48.47MB of storage reserved for strictly applications.

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2 Comments

1. DrMoto

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Yuck! That's one awkward phone...

2. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

Copy LG -.-
DoubleTime
  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 0.26 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh(6.00h talk time)

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