Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos Review
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…
In the box:
- Wall charger
- MicroUSB cable
- Warranty and information leaflets
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.
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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.
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.
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.