The Galaxy Ace Duos is a dual SIM version of the popular Samsung Galaxy Ace Smartphone that launched early in 2011.
Apart from the Dual SIM feature, the specs of the phone are very much alike to the Galaxy Ace Single SIM version.
Here is the review of the Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos.
Samsung retained the 3.5″ display on the Ace Duos, however, it comes as a bit of a disappointment to note that the vibrant 16M Capacitive display has been replaced with a 256K display.
Despite the ‘downgrade’, the phone still maintains the 165 ppi per pixel density resolution on the 3.5-Inch TFT display.
The display supports multi touch operations but lacks the Gorilla corning glass protection layer found on the Galaxy Ace.
The Galaxy Ace Duos comes with a 112.7 x 61.5 x 11.5 mm body and weighs in at 122 g. Compared to the Galaxy Ace the phone is bigger but lighter.
Samsung maintained the touch sensitive control plus the single menu key and the volume rockers on the right edges of the phone. However, the buttons are not backlit.
Unlike the Galaxy Ace, the phone comes with thin chrome like strip that covers its edges, giving it a premium look. The Galaxy Ace Duos comes in white and black colors.
CPU and OS
Samsung maintained Android v 2.3 (Gingerbread) found on the Galaxy Ace Mono SIM version.
However, the phone comes packed with a slightly powerful processor clocked at 832 MHz but lacks the Adreno 800 graphical processing unit found on the Single SIM version of the phone.
The Duos comes with a generous 3 GB internal memory on-board unlike the paltry 158MB storage found on the Galaxy Ace.
The phone also comes with 512MB of RAM, almost double the size found on the Galaxy Ace, making multitasking a flawless affair.
The Galaxy Ace comes with a memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of Micro SD memory.
The phone supports GPRS, Edge and HSPA networks. The phone can handle up to 7.2 Mbps on HSPDA networks.
The Galaxy Ace has a WI-Fi 802.11 b/g/n chip and has a WI- Fi hotspot functionality, additionally, the phone comes Bluetooth version v3.0 with A2DP.
On the multimedia, the Ace Duos maintains the 5 MP camera with Auto Focus but lacks the LED flash found on the Galaxy Ace.
The video however can handle a 30 fps frame rate, up from the 24fps found in the Galaxy Ace.
The Galaxy Ace Duos delivers a decent image quality, though the photos may appear grainy in low light scenes.
On the music player, the phone comes with the stock Samsung Android player. The player has an inbuilt equalizer and can emulate a 5.1 channel Audio.
The Galaxy ace Duos comes with a standard Li-Ioan 1300 mAh, a slightly lower capacity battery compared to the Li-Ion 1300 mAh found on the Galaxy Ace.
This is a bit overwhelming in that a dual SIM standby feature requires more juice power compared to the single SIM standby feature.
However, with moderate battery use and the phone can pack enough power to get you through a day or two.
Tech Trends Diary Verdict
What I liked most about the Galaxy Ace Duos is the increased RAM and the 3 GB internal memory.
However, Samsung could have done much better by including a gorilla glass protection (I really hate scratches on my phone) and shipping the phone with the standard 1500 mAh for an improved battery life.
With a dual SIM standby feature, you can realize significant savings on your phone bill.
The 512MB RAM plus the increased clocked speed makes multi-tasking apps on the phone fluid. At that price tag, the Galaxy Ace Duos strikes a fair bargain especially if on a tight budget.
Tech Trends Diary Rating
Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos: [usr 7]
Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos rivals include the Samsung Galaxy Young Duos, Sony Xperia Tipo Dual and HTC Desire V.
Pricing in Kenya
In Kenya, the Galaxy Ace Duos has a suggested retail price Ksh 17,800. For experiences and questions about the Galaxy Ace Duos, drop them in the comments section below.