Samsung I589 Galaxy Ace Duos will get every favor it can squeeze from an ordained Android follower torn between GSM and CDMA networks, a cheapskate hunting for an affordable device that support both CDMA and GSM radios will also find it ideal. However, its design and hardware won’t get any awards, at least from our benchmarks, but the affordable price tag coupled with support for two radios gives it an edge over other mid-range devices. Something to note though, Duos in this case doesn’t mean an extra SIM slot as the rest of Samsung’s phones such as Chat322/C3222 Duosand S5222 Star3 Duos, but support for both CDMA and GSM, making it truly a global handset. Samsung I589 Galaxy Ace Duos follows up as an enhanced version of its older sibling Galaxy Ace S5830that supports a single GSM radio, though with a larger 1650mAh battery instead of 1350mAh to make up for the second radio.
Although the screen isn’t as big as we expected, it’s enough to accommodate overstretched fingers with minimal typing errors, however, resolution is wanting; text and images don’t look crisp and sharp against segment’s favorites like Galaxy S Advance I9070
or its look alike iPhone 4S
. This device is technically a Galaxy Ace S5830
with an additional radio; it features same design, hardware and Android v2.2 Froyo operating system despite the availability of a more recent v2.3 Gingerbread and current v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The glossy front panel is dominated by a 3.5inch TFT screen with exceptions to Samsung’s logo, earpiece, proximity and accelerometer sensors at its top while the back, home and menu buttons sits at the screen’s bottom. There’s a 3.15MP camera without Led flash around Galaxy Ace Duos I589’s grippy back, so you can capture those memorable moments in well lit environments. The phone is noticeably 12.5mm thin and will fit in the smallest pocket. The phone feels sturdy enough to escape damages caused by minor accidents such as accidental falls from reasonable heights.
Lack of flash on Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos I589 is a major disappointment; however, there are still enough specs to buoy our spirits. At 165ppi pixel density, resolution isn’t as sharp as more expensive phones, but still usable for most applications. You’ll need to do lots of scrolling while browsing web pages, thankfully to capacitive screen; multi-touch gestures such as pinch to zoom are as fast and intuitive. 800MHz processor speed isn’t the snappiest we’ve seen; in fact, it fails miserably against industry’s favorites, you’d be better-off with a Single radio phone for less money or a handset with impressive hardware at the same price, unless you need both GSM and CDMA radios that bad.
Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos I589 Features/Specifications;
- Operating System: Android v2.2 Froyo
- Processor: 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7627
- Display : 3.5inch (320x480p) (165ppi) TFT, Capacitive, 16m colors
- Primary Camera: 3.15Megapixel (2048x1536p)
- Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD
- Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
- Internet: 7.2Mbps HSDPA, WiFi 802.11b/g/n WiFi hotspot
- Other ft: FM radio with RDS, Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass
- Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1650mAh
Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos I589 Price in Kenya: (unavailable)