The Samsung Galaxy S Duos is a good dealby Ravi Sinha, on 16 Oct. 2012
Pop quiz question: You’ve just suffered a lawsuit, stating that the major design and features that make your phone have been copied from some where else? As far as Samsung is concerned, it’s simply a matter of changing the design, adding some dual SIM functionality and re-releasing the device to an eager audience (with Ice Cream Sandwich included, of course). So we have the second coming of the Galaxy S, now called the Galaxy S Duos. What could have been a simple marketing wash, however, actually puts forth a long overdue function to dual SIMs.
But first the design. Much of the philosophy that went into creating the Samsung Galaxy S3 was ensuring that it looked nothing like then Apple iPhone, which was the accusation heaped on the S1 and S2. Hence, a more S3-like design with curved edges and a similar silhouette has been devised.Weighing 120 grams and measuring 0.41 inches thick, it’s of sturdy construction despite the plasticky build that Samsung is so well known for.
It’s backed by quite a bit if power as well, packing a Cortex-A5 1 GHz CPU, 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB internal storage (with a microSD slot for 32 GB more). Performance wise, the Galaxy S Duos is strong, flitting about applications well enough. However, you may see a hint of lag here and there, and it’s best to temper your gaming and power-using expectations. Nonetheless, it’s on pretty good ground compared to the HTC Desire VC and One V. The 4-inch, 800x480 resolution, TFT display is a few notches shy of the One V, but it’s still quite effective. Don’t expect the sharpest display or AMOLED tech, and you won’t be disappointed. Connectivity is achieved via Wi-Fi and 3G, with options for converting the device to a hotspot.
The cameras are a bit iffy on the Galaxy S Duos, providing a 5 megapixel rear and 0.3 megapixel front camera. The rear camera takes decent snaps, though nothing spectacular, and it’s video recording is stuck at an awkward and muddy 640x480. At least it comes with an LED flash and 2x digital zoom. The front camera isn’t very ideal for video conferencing, sadly.
As for the dual SIM functionality, Samsung may have struck gold by allowing you to use both SIM cards simultaneously. Now you can receive and answer calls from one while the other is active. The battery does a good job of supporting it, offering a solid 7-8 hours under heavy usage, and a day’s worth of average use.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich is pretty normal here, with the standard Samsung apps and Google Search along with ChatOn, a somewhat heavy-duty take on WhatsApp that works great. Again, extreme multi-tasking isn’t viable but the device can run apps fairly quickly.
The Samsung Galaxy S Duos is a good deal. It may not have the best camera but it combines performance and simultaneous dual SIM use for a decent price.