Expert Review of Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite Black
Samsung has launched the Galaxy Y Duos Lite in the Indian market, which happens to be the 5th dual-SIM Android smartphone to be launched by the company in India. The smartphone is primarily aimed at consumers interested in purchasing a budget smartphone with decent features. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite has dimensions of 58 x 103.5 x 12 mm, and features a 2.8-inch LCD Capacitive Touchscreen, which though not impressive, but is still acceptable in a budget smartphone. The slim form of the phone measures only 11.9mm in thickness, making it comfortable to hold in your hand. The smartphone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz skin pasted on top, and is powered by a powerful 832MHz single-core processor. It also sports a 2-megapixel primary camera which comes with features such as Fixed Focus, Exposure Metering, White Balance, Photo Effects, Multi-shot Mode, 2x Zoom, etc. The 2MP camera is also capable of video recording @15fps, taking video of resolution 320 x 240 pixels. Wi-Fi connectivity is offered so that you can take advantage of fast internet connections. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 3.0 HS and USB 2.0 support. While Samsung is offering 4GB internal memory capacity with the Galaxy Y Duos Lite, you also get an 8GB microSD card free of cost. A powerful 1,200 mAh battery gives you great battery life: talk time up to 920min and stand-by time up to 410 hours.
User Interface and UI functionality
Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread so you can be assured of an excellent user interface that is simple to use and exceedingly user-friendly. In addition, Samsung has pasted its proprietary TouchWiz skin on top of the Android OS, which also enhances the UI of the handset. You get access to a wide range of applications, games, live wallpapers, etc. from the Play Store. The user interface of the Galaxy Y Duos Lite comes loaded with features like Organizer, Voice memo/dial, Calendar, Clock, Alarm and Calculator. Also, predictive text input really helps while typing in the on-screen virtual keypad. The Galaxy Y Duos Lite is a full-touch smartphone so you can be assured of a smooth experience as far as navigation is concerned.
Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite is equipped with decent multimedia features. You get Stereo FM radio with RDS, along with the ability to record FM radio. A 3.5mm universal audio jack is provided by which you can play your music on any compatible speakers. As far as playback is concerned, the phone supports the following audio formats: AAC,AAC ,AAC ,AAC e, AMR, AMR-NB, eAAC , Enhanced AAC ,I-Melody,MIDI,MP3,OGG, and the following video formats: MPEG4 AAC.
Pictures and Video quality
Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite is equipped with a 2-megapixel primary camera, featuring 2x zoom. The different shot modes that are offered include Single, Smile Shot and Panorama. All pictures are taken in JPEG format. The camera is also capable of recording video in QCIF resolution @15fps. Video streaming is allowed in the following formats: 3GP, AAC, AAC , AAC V2, AMR, AMR-NB, eAAC , H.263, H.264, MPEG4.
The smartphone supports Wi-Fi connectivity, letting you take advantage of fast internet connections for downloading stuff from the Play Store, watch videos on YouTube, etc. The Galaxy Y Duos Lite is also 3G-enabled so you can experience high-speed internet connectivity while on the move. The stock Android browser comes preinstalled but you can download Opera Mobile from the Play Store if you want.
Internal and External Memory
Samsung is offering 4GB of internal memory storage with the Galaxy Y Duos Lite, while you can expand memory capacity up to 32GB using a microSD card. In a promotional offer, Samsung is also offering an 8GB microSD card free of cost with the purchase of the phone.
Applications and Gaming
With the Google Play Store at your disposal, you really cannot ask for a bigger variety of applications and games to choose from. Although there may be many applications and games that won’t be supported on the phone, not only because its only a budget-smartphone with average features, but also because its runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which, in today’s times of Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones, is a bit outdated.
The phone is powered by a powerful 1,200 mAh Li-Ion battery that gives amazing battery life: talk time up to 920min and stand-by time up to 410 hours. In order to conserve battery life, disable Wi-Fi and 3G when not in use.
Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite is equipped with all the basic connectivity features that you would expect in a budget smartphone today. It comes with Bluetooth 3.0 HS and also supports USB 2.0 connectivity. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity is supported at 2.4GHz. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite is 3G-enabled, letting you take advantage of high-speed mobile networks. Of course, GPRS/EDGE connectivity is also provided.
Micromax had launched a similar phone during end-2011, which occupies the same price-range as Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite: the Micromax A75. Perhaps the most significant difference between Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite and the Micromax A75 is that while the former is a dual-SIM handset, the latter is a single-SIM GSM-only handset. Other than that, there exist some major differences between the two phones. The Micromax A75 features a much bigger 3.75-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen. It also features a better 3.15-megapixel camera with LED flash, along with a VGA secondary camera at the front. However, its processor is less powerful compared to that of the Galaxy Y Duos Lite- 650MHz, compared to the latter’s 832MHz. Most of the other features are common between the two phones, both feature 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity and decent multimedia features.