Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus S7500 vs. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 : Quick Review, Technical Specifications Comparison, Design Face-Off! In the Flesh!

TechPinas Versus Series

Obviously, Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus will slay Samsung Galaxy Y Duos in almost all departments save one or two. But since they're practically in the same midrange price bracket in Samsung's 2012 smartphone line-up and we have both units in our TP Hideout anyway, I thought "Why not?!" So here you go, Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus S7500 vs Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102.

Design and Construction Face-off!


Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus and Samsung Galaxy Y Duos, respectively.




Samsung Galaxy Y Duos on top of Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus

As you can see, the two handsets don a similar design identity. We'll find the glass capacitive touchscreen, glossy plastic back case and metal lining on the sides. Looking at them side by side, you'll instantly know that they belong in the same generation or that Samsung released them almost at the same time.

TP Verdict: While Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is bigger, Y Duos has slightly thicker metal accents - giving it a tad more solid feel - and a larger - more pronounce - home button. Really, this could have been an even face-off if it weren't for the fact that Y Duos lacks a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass screen which Ace Plus has. All things considered (or maybe, just looking at the screen which is - for me - a 'make or break' territory), I'll give this round to Ace Plus.


Just for size comparison; Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus, Samsung Galaxy Y Duos and Samsung Galaxy Y, respectively.

Technical Specs Fight!

As always, here in TechPinas, we stick to facts and figures. So for this, I present our borderline-patented TPSCT of the two handsets:

TP Specs Comparison Table: Samsung Galaxy Y Duos vs. Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus
Detail/Feature Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus
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 14,000
Dimensions/
Weight
109.8 x 60 x 12 mm
109 grams
114.5 x 62.5 x 11.2 mm
115 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
3.65 inches (~158 ppi pixel density),
320 x 480 pixels
TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 16M 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 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1
RAM384 MB 512 MB
Internal storage 160 MB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB, ships with 2GB SDcard 3GB, 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, fixed focus, no flash
Video capture: Yes, QVGA 15 frames per second
Secondary camera: No
5 MegaPixels, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Video capture: VGA 30 frames per second
Secondary camera: No
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Digital Compass Yes Yes
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) Yes
Battery Type Li-Ion 1300 mAh Li-Ion 1300 mAh


Clearly, Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus' specifications stand head and shoulders above those of Samsung Galaxy Y Duos; From processor to camera, display size to internal storage -- heck, almost all of it. Almost.

Interestingly, despite having more power-hungry innards and multimedia features, Ace Plus' battery is only the same as Y Duos'; a 1300 mAh Li-Ion pack. From my experience with both handsets and understandably so, I get slightly longer uptime with the latter - if a bit. Ace Plus gives me around 6 hours of uptime with regular use (web-browsing, watching videos, listening to music, etc.) while I get around 7 with Y Duos.

But if there's one feature that could make some Android fans easily choose Y Duos over Ace Plus, it has to be the Dual SIM Dual Standby functionality. Let's face it, there are consumers who prefer to keep more than one contact number for their own purposes. Y Duos is for people who want to experience the benefits of the Android platform on a Dual SIM handset but aren't keen on spending too much money on it.

So which phone to choose?

The price difference between these two midrange smartphones is around Php 5,000. If you're trying to choose between them and you're leaning towards Ace Plus, ask yourself if all the better features that you can get with the phone could explain the amount.

Personally, I'd choose Ace Plus for two reasons; One, because of its overall performance and set of features (especially the 5 MegaPixel camera with autofocus lens and LED flash, I need that in my work) and two, simply because I like its name.

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