Samsung Galaxy S Duos Review

Interface and Functionality:

The device comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with the latest TouchWiz out of the box.

Liking or disliking the slightly cartoony TouchWiz is a matter of taste, but there is a quite obvious clash in the design language between Samsung’s skin and the sharper looks of elements of ICS that show up every here and there. This inconsistency is something we hope Samsung will straighten out with future iterations of TouchWiz, but right now it’s there.


Function-wise, there is a ton of nice little tweaks that Samsung has sprinkled all around. First off, you have the familiar dandelion wallpaper along with the other nature inspired decorations from the S III here, and the same watery sounds. The notification shade is full-packed with settings toggles and handily includes a screen brightness adjustment bar. In the notification bar, the remaining battery shows in percentage for those caring for the exact numbers.

None of the advanced features such as SmartStay, S-Voice or PopupPlay can be found here though, staying exclusive for the higher end models.

Dual-SIM implementation:

The biggest focus of this device is its dual-SIM functionality. There is plenty of choice of single-SIM Android handsets at that price, but if you are looking for a handset that allows you to juggle with two SIM cards, this is one of the better options among few.

In Android 4.0 with TouchWiz you have various options to control the two SIM cards and fine tune when to use what. Choosing which card to use for calls happens in a very simple and straightforward way in the notification shade. You select one of the two SIM cards as active and when calling someone the phone automatically uses the active card. Flip down the notification slide and select the other one if you want to call from the other card.

For more details, you go into Settings -> SIM card manager. There, you can have both cards on standby at the same time, select which card to use for cellular data, and enable receiving calls on one card while you use data on the other.

The Galaxy S Duos supports quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands for both SIM cards.

Processor and Memory:

With the lower price of this device come compromises. The biggest one is the single-core 1GHz Cortex-A5-based processor on a Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon S1 chip. It works along with an impressive 768MB of RAM, and while this isn’t enough for fancy stuff like demanding games, the massive amount of memory makes navigating around the device relatively fluid.

There is little delay browsing around menus, making it a pleasure using this device. We are not saying it’s perfect, though. ICS still lacks the visual buttery polish of Jelly Bean, and when opening apps like the contacts there is an almost omnipresent excruciating lag, but as a whole the device feels snappy.

The Adreno 200 graphics used will do for games like Temple Run and Jetpack Joyride, but don’t expect handling more 3D and 2D graphic intensive titles.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2032 3439 19,9
HTC Desire V 1807 2866 19,7
Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos 982 1876 12,9


Internal storage is 4GB, but half of that is already used by the operating system so you have around 2GB for apps and your other files. That can be easily expanded with a microSD card. There is a microSD slot on the side allowing you to hot swap cards of up to 32GB capacity.

Internet and Connectivity:

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is not just about the interface but also a lot about the choice of apps. And that’s probably most evident in browser where some of the best browsers like Chrome require the 4.0 version of Android.


If you are wondering about Adobe Flash - it is not supported on it, nor on the default Android browser. Despite the not so fast processor, browsing is a relatively smooth affair on the S Duos. You can freely scroll and pan around, pinch to zoom in and out with virtually no stutter.

The device does support 3G and Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn. Bluetooth is supported at version 3.0, and rounding up the connectivity package is an A-GPS chip.

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21 Comments

1. jeethendrab2r

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

nice device

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

For India, it will be successful...outside Asia?? I don't have much hope!!

6. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

I dont think that it'll be a success in India too as its nearly $310 in India which is dangeorusly close to somy xperia sola which is somewhat better than this.. sola has better camera with hd video recording,dual core,NFC,e.t.c

19. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

I have used the s-duos of my friend and the cam is better in shooting still shots than my sola.But sola has better video recording.And ICS with TouchWiz is laggy but I installed nova on it and it works fine.

3. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Samsung making phones at random..sooner or later they will run out of names to give this phones.. Smh!

4. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

ICS is very laggy on it...

7. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

how can u say?? do u have the phone??

5. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

smartphone with dual SIM cards and native video call support is a rare breed. so i'm going to get one as soon as it become available in ny country.

8. gelsseans

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

can you please check and let me know if this device support offline map ? i mean can i download map frrom google map and use it without GPRS . i heard that latest version of Google map support offline caching ... can you pleasse confirm ifs working with this device... i really need to know this please reply

9. Glenville

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Can one get GPS position- longitude & latitude in degrees minutes and seconds with this phone?

10. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Its not laggy phone... And compering with xperia sola is useless... Sola is expensive than s duos..

11. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Its not laggy phone... And compering with xperia sola is useless... Sola is expensive than s duos..

12. AngryBird

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

can you please check and let me know if this device support offline map ? because i would like to travel in my provice but i need the GPRS. i heard that latest version of Google map support offline caching ... can you pleasse confirm ifs working with this device... i really need to know this please reply

13. maxspecs

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

@phonearena i need your experience and recommendation, I am a man who cares only about processor, cpu, gpu and i want the cheapest phone possible to provide that. so would please make an article about cheap but yet powerful phones with a list in ascending order for increasing price and processor power. sorry for troubling and have a happy new year!!! :)

14. maxspecs

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

the writer said that there are non-duos phones with the same price tag and are better offerings so anyone can give me some examples please

15. sunil4uing

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

Apart from camera, Useless mobile. Very slow. cant play games smoothly. gets hanged while playing games and especially u cant play temple run smoothly in this mobile. battery life is also poor.

16. SUNIL1978

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

It is worst and useless phone, It does not support many softwares which are being supported by cheap android phones, i bought this and within 2days i went to dealer, service center and mentioned to CEO to change for upper model but they say, why did not you check at time of purchase, even google mail is not working well, skype some times otherside is unable to hear.

17. billyken2006

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

my browser is really really slow and cant even access High Speed Data connection

18. me0613

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

Seems like a decent device for a dual-SIM.

20. suraj1

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

the samsung galaxy s dous very hang pices they lagging very badly what it the solution of s dous laggig plzz help me...... how to partition of sd card in samsung galaxy s duos reply fast and help me guyzzz,,,,,

21. suraj1

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

how to increase ram of samsung galaxy s duos
Galaxy S Duos
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(8.66h 3G talk time)

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