Both SIMs can be active at the same time, so that’s good as well, but here’s the important part - there is no Internet access for the GSM SIM card. So, the only thing you can do with your secondary SIM card is make voice calls and send text messages. Downer, right? Yes, because that in itself greatly limits its target audience. Unless you’re going to be sticking to your CDMA card as your primary one, you don’t really have a valid reason to buy this device. It’s also important to note that though the other dual SIM phones (like the Spice Mi-350n) we reviewed didn’t support GSM + CDMA, they did have Internet access for both. Now, back to the regular stuff. The phone comes with Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi and GPS. The dedicated dual SIM button let’s you quickly configure your network and SIM options.
No Internet for GSM!
If you’re using Internet on CDMA, though, you’ll be happy to know that the Duos comes with EVDO Rev A, which in English means 3G CDMA. Yes, it’s super fast on CDMA, but has no data connectivity on GSM. Another big problem we had with this phone was locking on to Wi-Fi signals. Just like the Sony Tablet P, the Duos had problems in staying connected to Wi-Fi from a set point, where other phones had absolutely no problem. In call quality is fairly loud and the loudspeaker does a good job as well. As far as browsing is concerned, you won’t be able to play flash content.
Samsung have bundled in a SIM/UIM Toolkit along with ThinkFree Office and Samsung Apps that let you get access to their Mobile TV application. Besides that, everything is pretty much stock Android.
Surprise, surprise! The original Galaxy Ace had a 5 mp with LED flash, but this one comes with a 3 mp shooter. The one thing that’s common is that like the previous shooter, this is equally bad in terms of quality. While low light snaps are an absolute no go, even outdoor shots are at best, average. Why the downgrade, Samsung? The video quality is limited to a meagre 320 x 240 resolution.
The Ace Duos comes with a 1650 mAh battery and under normal usage, your battery will last you about three fourths of a day. In our loop test with only one SIM card running, we managed to get eight hours of total usage, which is pretty average considering, other phones (like the Xperia Pro) came with a 1500 mAh battery and showed a better chart. Video playback clocked in at seven hours and forty minutes.
You'd rather look at other options
The Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos is priced at Rs.16,900 (MRP). This model is definitely targeted towards existing CDMA users. The drawbacks, include a not-so-quick-for-the-price-you’re-paying phone interface, no Internet for GSM card slot, Wi-Fi issues and a downgraded camera sans flash. At this price tag and with these drawbacks, the Ace Duos is just too expensively priced and we’d recommend you check out other options to cater to your CDMA smartphone needs.
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