Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 Specs, Price and Review 2014 – Inside Is What Counts
The Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 was released recently in December of 2013.
As the successor of the mid-range Samsung Galaxy S Duos, the Galaxy S Duos 2 offers similar specs at a low cost. The two phones are nearly indistinguishable on the outside, but what Galaxy S Duos 2 packs on the inside is what counts.
Bang for Buck
The Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 has upgraded to a Broadcom 1.2 GHz Dual core chip with a VideoCore IV GPU, which tested well in synthetic performance benchmarks. The phone comes with 768MP of RAM, which generally fills up quickly and slows down apps. Users generally have to clear their RAM to keep the phones up to speed with certain tasks. Due to the low internal storage of 4GB, 2.16 of which is available for the user, the upgrade from 32GB microSD cards to 64GB microSD cards is very beneficial. The Dual SIM card feature is extended from the previous generation to Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2, allowing for the use of one card or both. Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS with GLONASS connectivity are features that have been upgraded to match the industry standard. Features like multiscreen, which are commonly boasted by Samsung’s high end phones are not included, as the phone is a low cost device at approximately $270USD and proves to be more functional than fancy.
The Phone In Review
The phone comes with a micro USB charger and a data cable, a headset that matches the phone’s color, and information booklets. The packaging is printed with soy ink on eco-friendly materials. The phone within features a backing of smooth matte plastic and less glossy false-metal plastic on the side panels, which makes the phone look less cheap despite its low price tag. The plastic materials pick up scratches and dirt easily which is especially noticeable on the white version of the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2. Luckily for Galaxy S Duos 2 owners, the backing can be replaced relatively easily. Default apps include the default browser, video player, and camera. Many third-party apps were not included, which is unusual for Samsung. The 1500 mAH Lithium Ion battery has an above average battery life that lasts about a day, give or take depending on usage. Phones like the Lumia 520 offer more bang for buck in money spent when compared to Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2.
With pros like the above average battery life, the great camera, and the good display, the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 is an excellent choice of phone, especially for its target audience: first time smartphone buyers. Some cons include storage management and the RAM slowing during multitasking, however for functionality the phone is fine. The price is a medium point: cheap but with some competitors offering more for less. Overall the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 is a firm medium in quality for a low price. Without all the neat gadgets attached, it serves its purpose as an entry-level smartphone.