Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos: Review

Samsung is known for its Android based Smartphones and the Galaxy line devices are the ones which gave Samsung that huge chuck of the smartphone market. Today we are looking at the Galaxy Ace Duos, the dual SIM version of the Galaxy Ace. Here is our take.

Design

 

 

The Galaxy Ace Duos has the same design as its single SIM sibling Galaxy Ace. The only difference is a “Duos” tag towards the top left front corner of the device. Like its sibling, its front is covered over by glass with the exception of the speaker and the home button. On either side of the home button are the “back” and “menu” capacitive keys.  The back is where you will notice the differences. The cam has been shifted onto the top centre with the speaker onto the right side of the cam. Other differences include the SIM slots which can be accessed by removing the back panel. Then there is the microUSB port which has been moved to the bottom. The power key is located on the right side and the volume rocker on the left side, which are the same as found on the Galaxy Ace. The design of the device is good, but not something extraordinary. Frankly one can find a hand full of devices from Samsung which will have similar design features.

Hardware

Display: The Galaxy Ace Duos has a 3.5 inch TFT display. It has a resolution of 320X480 pixels, which gives it a pixel density of 165ppi. It is the same display as the one found on its sibling the Galaxy Ace. The lower ppi means a not-so-good viewing experience.

Processor:  The Galaxy Ace Duos has an 832MHz single core processor. This a bit better than the one found on the Galaxy Ace which has an 800MHz single core processor. But the minuscule 32MHz boost in the clock speed would not give any visible performance superiority.

Camera: The Duos has a 5MP rear cam, but lacks flash. Hence indoor images turn out to be grainy. The cam is not so good at recording videos too. It can only record videos of VGA resolution @30fps.

Memory: The Galaxy Ace Duos come with an internal memory of 3GB, which options to expand upto 32GB with a microSD card. It also has 512MB of RAM.

Connectivity: The device comes with HSDPA, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and a microUSB port which doubles as a charging port. It also supports A-GPS.

Battery:  The Ace Plus comes with a 1300mAh battery which can give a talk time of up to 18 hours.

Software

The Ace Plus comes with Android 2.3 Ginger Bread out of the box, with touchwiz 4.0. It can be updated to Android 4.0 ICS and that is all that you will get. Yes, the Galaxy Ace Duos is not upgradable to Jelly Bean. Apps wise, it comes with the usual Google apps like maps, places, gmail, play store etc and Samsung also includes its bundle of apps with like facebook, chatON, etc. The only problem that you will face while using this device would be typing, especially people with big fingers. Other than that the device has a good UI.

Price: Rs.14,000

MachineHappy verdict

Pros

  • Dual SIM support
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Display is not up to the mark
  • Slow Processor
  • Weak RAM
  • No front cam
  • No flash
  • Not upgradable to Jelly Bean

The Galaxy Ace Duos is a good device. But not a great one. If you are searching for a dual SIM device on a budget with no intention of using any resource heavy apps, the Galaxy Ace Duos is a device you should consider.

Looks: 3/5

Performance: 2/5

Overall: 3/5