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Since we have both units in the TP Hideout and - according to sales ladies in gadget shops - smartphone sales usually get a spike every graduation season, I figured I should do this comparison post.

TP Friends, check out Samsung Galaxy Y vs. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos --

Overview: Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6101 - as its very name suggests - is the Dual SIM Dual Standby version of the Korean company's Q4 2011 best-seller entry-level Android handset, Samsung Galaxy Y S5360. As of writing, Duos has an official SRP of Php 8,990 while the single SIM version sells for around Php 6,000 to 6,500 in malls; That's a difference of around Php 2,500. Now, the question is, are the extra features of Duos enough to justify that amount?

Design Faceoff: For this, it's imperative that we share these images --


Samsung Galaxy Y and Samsung Galaxy Y Duos, respectively.






As you can see, Duos is wider, taller and slightly thicker than Galaxy Y. What you can't see is that Duos - with its real metal accents - feels a lot more solid in the hand.

Just by looking at its name, it's easy to imagine that Duos would look exactly like Samsung Galaxy Y. But that's hardly the case. In front, Duos has a bigger Home button and slightly wider display; At the back, its camera can be found at the top center region vs. the off-center placement in Galaxy Y; The microUSB port of Duos can be found at the rear with no cover vs. Galaxy Y's port found at the top with plastic flap.

So which phone is better in terms of design? Honestly, it depends on what you're looking for and your taste. Duos feels a lot more solid and durable but Galaxy Y is lighter and smaller.

Specifications Comparison: No other way to do it than via our traditional TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specifications Comparison Table --

TP Specs Comparison Table: Samsung Galaxy Y Duos vs. Samsung Galaxy Y
Detail/Feature Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Samsung Galaxy Y
Availability and Price in Philippines Now out in the Philippines
Current Price in Malls - Php 8,990
Now out in the Philippines
Current Price in Malls - Php 5,990
*we're receiving reports that some stores are actually selling it for Php 6,500
Dimensions/
Weight
109.8 x 60 x 12 mm
109 g
104 x 58 x 11.5 mm
97.5 grams
Screen/
Features
3.14 inches (~127 ppi pixel density),
240 x 320 pixels
TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Multi-touch input method
- Touch-Sensitive Controls
- TouchWiz User Interface
3 inches (~133 ppi pixel density)
240 x 320 pixels,
TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Multi-touch input method
- Touch-Sensitive Controls
- TouchWiz User Interface
Operating System Upon Release Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread) Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
Dual SIM Dual Standby Functionality Yes No
CPU832 MHz processor 832 MHz processor
Internal storage 160 MB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB, ships with 2GB SDcard 512 MB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB, ships with 2GB SDcard
Wifi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
3G Yes, HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps Yes, HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
MicroSD Yes, Supports up to 32GB Yes, Supports up to 32GB
Camera 3.15 MegaPixels, 2048x1536 pixels, no flash
Video capture: Yes, QVGA 15 frames per second
Secondary camera: No
2 MegaPixels, 1600x1200 pixels, no flash
Video capture: QVGA 15 frames per second
Secondary camera: No
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Digital Compass Yes No
EDGE Yes Yes
GPRS YesYes
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
Built-in MicroUSB Port Yes, v2.0 Yes, v2.0
Audio Jack Yes, 3.5mm Yes, 3.5mm
HDMI Port No No
Stereo FM Radio Yes Yes
Games and Apps Yes, via Android Market Yes, via Android Market
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Default Browser - Flash support No (possible via SkyFire Browser) No (possible via SkyFire Browser)
Battery Type Li-Ion 1300 mAh Li-Ion 1200 mAh


Here's the thing: Aside from the obvious fact that Duos one-upped Galaxy Y with its Dual SIM Dual Standby capability (which a lot of people actually need - mind you), it appears that the former hardly offers any other - uhm - major improvement to the latter; Duos' screen is slightly wider, the camera has slightly higher resolution and the battery is slightly bigger; Yes, the operative word is slightly. Now, to answer the question that we asked at the top of this entry, "I think, all things considered - especially because of that key extra feature, it's alright."