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Samsung Galaxy S Duos Review

Samsung Galaxy S Duos

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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.

The Samsung Galaxy S Duos comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with the latest TouchWiz out of the box - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Review
The Samsung Galaxy S Duos comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with the latest TouchWiz out of the box - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Review
The Samsung Galaxy S Duos comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with the latest TouchWiz out of the box - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Review
The Samsung Galaxy S Duos comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with the latest TouchWiz out of the box - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Review
The Samsung Galaxy S Duos comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with the latest TouchWiz out of the box - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Review
The Samsung Galaxy S Duos comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with the latest TouchWiz out of the box - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Review

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:

Samsung Galaxy S Duos Review
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.

Browser of the Samsung Galaxy S Duos - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Review
Browser of the Samsung Galaxy S Duos - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Review

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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PhoneArena rating:
7.7Good
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.75 GB RAM
Size4.78 x 2.48 x 0.41 inches
(121.5 x 63.1 x 10.5 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 12.83 hours talk time

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