Expert Review of Samsung Star 2 Duos
Samsung Star 2 Duos is a dual SIM (GSM + GSM) phone by Samsung. It houses a 3.2 inch capacitive 256K color touch screen with a resolution of 240 X 400 pixels and screen pixel density of 146ppi. It measures 109.5 mm x 56 mm x 12.2 mm and weighs just 100 grams making it easy to hold, use and carry around. The device is also rich in multimedia features with audio and video player along with FM Radio which allows user to listen to their favorite music or watch videos anywhere. The music player supports MP3, WAV, WMA and AAC+ format audio files while the video player supports formats like H.263, H.264 and MP4.
Samsung Star 2 Duos comes with just 30 MB of internal memory. Though, the users may feel let down by the low internal memory, the device makes up for it by providing option to expand memory using external memory card to up to 16 GB. This allows users to store large amount of data including music files, video files, images and other documents. The phone features 3.2-megapixel camera which is capable of taking still images at a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and record QVGA videos at 15fps. It is also rich in connectivity features and provides internet connectivity over GPRS, EGDE and Wi-Fi. Bluetooth facility allows users to share data with other Bluetooth enabled device or connect to Bluetooth headset. A microUSB port is also provided to connect the device to computer and transfer data.
Samsung Star 2 Duos also comes loaded with many useful applications like organizer, Document viewer and Voice memo. Various messaging facilities offered by the device include IM, SMS, MMS, and Push Mail. The device is powered by a 1200 mAh battery that allows the user to operate on the device for long hours without being interrupted.
User Interface and UI functionality
Samsung Star 2 Duos is designed in a candy bar form factor with dimension of 109.5 mm x 56 mm x 12.2 mm and weighs just 100 grams making it comfortable to hold and use. It features a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 240 X 400 pixels and pixel density of 146ppi. The device uses Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI 3.0 which integrates various social networking features like Facebook and Twitter. The TouchWIZ UI also features a drop down quick panel which further enhances the usability of the device by giving users quick access to activate Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as well as a single touch access to new mails or messages. The device also comes with a microUSB port and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Samsung Star 2 Duos is feature rich when it comes to multimedia options and comes loaded with music and video player along with FM Radio with recording capability. The audio formats supported by the Samsung Star 2 Duos are MP3, WAV, WMA and AAC+. The music can be played either on loudspeaker or using earphones which connect to 3.5 mm audio jack on the device. The Samsung Star 2 Duos also allows the user to watch his/her favorite videos by supporting multiple formats like H.263, H.264 and MP4.
Pictures and Video quality
Samsung Star 2 Duos features a 3.2 megapixel camera, with 4x digital zoom, which allows users to click images and record videos on the phone. The camera can click still images with a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels and provides features like autofocus, different shooting modes and white balance. The camera also lets users record QVGA videos at 15fps.
Internet connectivity is a must on any mobile device these days and Samsung Star 2 Duos provide very good support for internet connectivity. The users can access Internet on this Samsung mobile device through EDGE, GPRS and Wi-Fi. The internet connectivity allows users to browse their favorite website, stream and download videos and music files, images and application right on the device. Integration of Facebook & Twitter clients gives users access to their social networking account at anytime and anywhere.
Internal and External Memory
Samsung Star 2 Duos comes with only 30 MB of internal memory which is mainly used to store system information like dialed, missed and received calls. The shortage in internal memory is made up for by an option to expand memory externally using a microSD card to up to 16 GB which can be used to store tons of data including applications, music file, video files, images and other documents.
Applications and Gaming
Samsung Star 2 Duos comes preloaded with some handy applications like FM radio, video and MP3 player, organizer and Document viewer. It’s also compatible with Java MIDP 2.0 games which can be downloaded from Internet and installed.
Samsung Star 2 Duos draws its power from a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery which provides enough juice to keep the device running full day. The battery is rated to provide about 10 hours of talk time and 550 hours of stand-by time.
Samsung Star 2 Duos offers decent range of connectivity options. It supports quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE for both the SIM, with dual stand-by option. The presence GPRS/EDGE provides connectivity to internet over mobile network which ensures internet connectivity any where. It also provides an option for Wi-Fi connectivity which allows users to connect to internet over wireless network. The fast Bluetooth v.3.0 can be used to send and share files with other Bluetooth enabled devices, while the microUSB port on the device allows users to connect Samsung Star 2 Duos to computer and transfers data like music files, videos, images and downloaded application to the device.
In a market dominated by expensive Smartphones, the Samsung Star 2 Duos provides a solution for people who are looking for a device with plenty of features with dual SIM capabilities at an inexpensive price tag making it a device for the masses. Though the phone is not likely to appeal to younger generation, it can do good for people who want a phone wih basic features and good battery life.