Samsung Galaxy Young Duos Review3
The Samsung Galaxy Young Duos is at the bottom low end of the Android spectrum - an extremely affordable device that offers the functionality of a smartphone without such bells and whistles like a premium display, good camera and ultra-fast processor.
Now that we know all the things it’s not, it’s worth pointing out what the Galaxy Young comes with, and that’s a 3.3-inch screen, a 1GHz processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s also much more compact than the current crop of high-end devices, and comes with the benefit of dual SIM card support to lower your monthly bill.
But how does it stack up against the rampant competition on Android and other smartphones? We’re about to find out.
The Galaxy Young is a compact little youngster. A typical Samsung device, it’s of course made of plastic. It fits comfortably in the hand with its rounded edges and has a surprisingly solid build and feel given its light weight of just 4 ounces (112 g). It’s a chubby little thing measuring 0.49 inches (12.5mm) but while that would be a huge disadvantage for a larger device, for the compact Galaxy Young it’s not much of a drawback. The handset comes in three colors. There is a white, metallic silver, wine red and a deep blue version.
When it comes to buttons, the layout is again standard for a Samsung phone - a big elongated home key in the center and two capacitive keys (back and menu) around it. On the right hand side is the lock key and on the left is the volume rocker. The device charges via a microUSB port on the bottom and the headset jack is on top.
3.3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. That works out to a low pixel density of 176ppi and hence - noticeable pixelization. The resolution might seem low - and it is - but it’s a step up from last year’s low-end Androids featuring an even worse 240 x 320 pixel screens.
The display supports only 262k colors and you’d notice this when looking at borders between contrasting colors that do not flow smoothly. Viewing angles are also pretty narrow and the screen washes out at an angle. All of this makes along with the reflectance of the display makes it far from ideal for outdoor use.
The handset does not support automatic screen brightness setting. Luckily, Samsung’s TouchWiz skin makes it easy to change the screen brightness level from the notification pull-down.