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Compare Latest HTC Desire V Vs Galexy S Duos

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HTC Desire V Vs Galexy S Duos

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HTC Desire V

HTC Desire V

HTC Desire V

Screen Size: 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)

Speed: 1 GHz

Internal Memory: 4GB, 512MB RAM

OS: Android 4.04 ICS

Average User Rating 7.5

 15,999 onwards

Samsung Galaxy S Duos (GT-S7562)

Samsung Galaxy S Duos (GT-S7562)

Samsung Galaxy S Duos (GT-S7562)

Screen Size: 4.0 inches

Speed: 1 GHz

Internal Memory: 4GB, 768MB RAM

OS: Android 4.0.4 ICS

Average User Rating 8.7

 16,199 onwards

Form Factor Bar Bar
Screen Type Capacitive touchscreen TFT capacitive touchscreen
Screen Size 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density) 4.0 inches
Screen Resolution 480 x 800 480 x 800
Number of Colours 16M 16M
Processor Cortex-A5 Cortex-A5
Speed 1 GHz 1 GHz
Internal Memory 4GB, 512MB RAM 4GB, 768MB RAM
Extendable Memory microSD, up to 32 GB microSD, up to 32 GB
Camera Features
Sensor Resolution 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels
Features Geo-tagging
Video resolution / frame rate 640 x 480 / 30fps
Video Recording
Front facing camera 0.3 MP
General Features
OS Android Android
Version 4.0 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
FM Radio
Bluetooth Features Yes, v3.0 with A2DP Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
Dual Sim Support
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email SMS, MMS, E-mail
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support Yes, with A-GPS support
USB Connector
Available Colours Black, White White
Carrier Networks
2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G HSDPA 900 / 2100 HSDPA 900 / 2100
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WiFi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Dimensions 118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm 121.5 x 63.1 x 10.5 mm
Weight (grams) 114 grams 120
Media Player Music formats: aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
– Video formats: 3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
Music formats: MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV
– Video formats: MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV
Alert Tone Vibration, MP3, WAV Vibration, MP3, WAV
Audio connector 3.5 mm 3.5 mm
Type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Capacity (mAh) 1650 mAh 1500
Miscellaneous Features
Built in Applications Google Search
– Maps
– Gmail
– YouTube
– Calendar
– Google Talk
After Sales Service
Warranty Period 1 Year 1 Year

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Samsung announces Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2

Samsung announces Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2


Samsung has announced two new Android smartphones just a before the Mobile World Congress begins next week.

The first one is the Galaxy Ace 2, which will have a 3.8-inch, 800 x 480 resolution display, 800MHz dual-core processor, 768MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 5 megapixel rear camera with 720p video recording, VGA front camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS/GLONASS and a 1,500mAh battery.

Next up is the Galaxy Mini 2. It has a 3.27-inch, 480 x 320 resolution display, 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB internal memory, 3 megapixel fixed-focus rear camera with VGA video recording, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, A-GPS and a 1,300mAh battery.

Both the phones will be running Samsung’s TouchWiz on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Galaxy Ace 2 will launch in UK in April whereas the Galaxy Mini 2 will go on sale in France in March.


Samsung Galaxy Ace 2


GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced 2012, February
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2012, Q1
BODY Dimensions 118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5 mm
Weight 122 g
– Touch-sensitive controls
DISPLAY Type PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.8 inches (~246 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– TouchWiz v3.0 UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32GB
Internal 4 GB storage, 768 MB RAM
Speed HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
NFC Optional
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, face and smile detection
Video Yes, 720p@30fps
Secondary Yes, VGA
FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.3
CPU Dual-core 800 MHz
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email
Browser HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black
– MP4/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Organizer
– Document editor
– Image editor
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input (Swype)


BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Talk time

Samsung Galaxy mini 2 S6500




GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced 2012, February
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2012, Q1
BODY Dimensions 109.4 x 58.6 x 11.6 mm
Weight 105.3 g
– Touch-sensitive controls
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.27 inches (~176 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 4 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
NFC Optional
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, VGA@25fps
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM7227
CPU 800 MHz
GPU Adreno 200
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black/Orange
– SNS integration
– MP4/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input


BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1300 mAh
Talk time











Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace

Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace


Samsung Galaxy Ace
MRP: Rs 15,945
Street Price: Rs 15,200

Samsung, a noodle-producing company in the year 1938, became a successful wool producer post the Korean War. Later, it left a mark in businesses such as insurance, securities, and retail, before entering the black-and-white TV market. Today, this TV giant also produces memory chips, hard drives, and laptops, along with numerous other consumer electronics products. It is also the world s second largest mobile producer after Nokia. Seriously, its tagline should have been Jack of all trades .
Getting to the point, here is the review of the Samsung Galaxy Ace. Why so late, you ask. Well, the phone didn’t create an impact at the time of its release, but seeing the large number of review requests, we finally decided get it done.
Design And Specs
The retail package contains a phone, charger, headset, and a micro-USB data cable. The headset looks and feels cheap, and it s not what you d expect at this price tag. The phone has a “typical” Samsung design scheme. If you ve been keeping track of Samsung s touch catalogue, you must have noticed that its phones all look identical, with a few minor changes here and there. Makes you wonder if Samsung’s design team is plain dumb or just underpaid (like us). Have a look at the image to get an idea what I m talking about. Out of these phones, you can also try to guess the Galaxy Ace, to win… well, nothing.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace

The Ace measures 112.4 mm (h) x 59.9 mm (w) x 11.5 mm (d). The body is too plastic, including the silver-coloured rim. It features a 3.5″ screen, which is slightly bigger when compared to its fellow mid-range Androids. Below the screen are three keys, namely Menu, Home, and Back. The first and last are actually capacitive keys that are only visible when backlit. However, the light turns off in around 5 seconds, which can be frustrating for new users. I guess Samsung wants to hide these keys most of the time to make its device look like an iPhone.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace

Here are some shots of the phone from several angles.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace

The back has a nice textured pattern that provides a superior grip over this 113 gramme device.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace

Samsung phones always look good on paper, and this one is no exception. The Ace is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7227, which is also to be found in the LG Optimus One. However, Samsung has clocked it at 800 MHz, giving it more power. This ARM 11 CPU has an Adreno 200 GPU for company. For connectivity, it features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1, and GPS. You can’t expect an HDMI-out in Android phones at this price range, but at least TV-out would have been a good addition.
The 3.5″ TFT LCD screen can display up to 320×480 pixels. The display size gives it an edge over the LG Optimus One and HTC Wildfire S. However, the screen looks odd because of an unusual height-to-width ratio. The screen is reasonably bright, but colours look lifeless. It offers decent viewing angles, but its reflective glass spoils the experience. Needless to say, the screen quality degrades further in broad daylight.

Interface And Applications
The Ace runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) with Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 on top of it. The interface consists of seven home screens, but you can cut down the number. You can swipe through the screens, or you can pinch to zoom out, then select the desired home screen. Like any Android, the phone offers a good amount of customisation. The device handles Live Wallpapers nicely. However, noticeable jerks while swiping the home screen are present.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace

Multitasking has always been a strong point for Androids, and this device is no exception. A long press of the Home button lets you switch between recent apps.

Apart from showing obvious notifications, it also sports toggle icons for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, sound, and the screen auto rotate lock. The phone also comes with a nice Task Manager, which shows the CPU usage of live applications as well as the memory status of the device.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace

Android Market makes sure that you don’t get bored of this device. The Market is full of incredible apps, and many of them are free. We asked Angry Birds to test the device, and it gave a green signal, with no lags during gameplay.

The device’s GPS took 10 – 20 minutes to lock satellites in different areas. The delay could be very well because of cloudy skies. As usual, the GPS works well with Google Maps. It also offers directions to your desired location. However, it still cannot beat Nokia Ovi Maps, which can also be used offline.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace

A desktop-like browsing experience has been a strong selling point for Androids. Froyo has Flash support, but sadly isn’t present in the Ace’s browser – probably disabled to keep browsing snappy. This crippling might turn out to be a deal breaker for some. On the positive side, I tried different hotspots, and the phone had no problems in picking up their signals.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace

Finally, the icons for Samsung’s apps such as Music, Messages, Calculator, Contacts, and Camera look extremely cheap and lack any colour scheme. This shows Samsung’s shoddiness in the UI design department.

Telephony And Messaging
The in-call sound quality of the phone is decent, and signal reception is good too. However, if the person on the other side happens to be in a noisy place, his voice starts cracking badly, probably due to the lack of a noise filter.
The phonebook is easy to use, yet fully functional. You can relate your contacts to their email ids, Facebook profiles, as well as Twitter accounts.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace

Apart from the Gmail app, the device also has an independent email client. It supports multiple email accounts, but features a common inbox. Additional features, such as colour coding emails from different accounts, would have been a nice addition.

The interface of the default music player is strictly ok; again, Samsung’s bad design is to blame. It’s better to switch to third-party apps such as TuneWiki and Winamp. The player is loud, but the quality is below average with the provided headset. Using your favourite earphones can improve the experience, but still it’s not good enough. Moreover, the moment you connect the earphone, it makes a cracking sound. I’m not sure whether it’s the same case with all Ace phones, but an inferior quality audio jack could be behind it.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace

The video player is capable of MP4 playback, but DivX and XviD is a no go. Fortunately, third-party apps make up for the missing features. However, the device cannot play 720p videos. This makes DLNA support kind of pointless.
The Ace sports a 5 megapixel camera with a single LED flash. The camera interface is pretty decent, and features a virtual shutter key. The image quality is good, considering the small size of the lens. The camera manages to capture colours nicely. Thankfully, noise levels are kept low, without losing much detail. On the flip side, the device is only capable of QVGA video recording at 15 fps. This makes the camcorder function almost useless.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace

Battery Life

The 1350 mAh battery may not sound sufficient for an Android device. However, the relatively low-power processor works in the favour of the Ace, and provides 7 hours of uptime despite heavy usage. Moderate use can keep using the device all day.
Available for Rs 15,200, Samsung Galaxy Ace is a good performer in the mid-range segment. However, it suffers due to its uninspiring design. Seriously, it’s high time that Samsung shows some creativity in design, rather than just relying on faster chips to sell its phones. Specs-wise, the Ace scores over both the LG Optimus One and HTC Wildfire S. Still, LG’s offering has the advantage of an Rs 10,000 price tag, which makes it an excellent value phone. On the other hand, the Wildfire S offers great build quality and the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for Rs 13,500. HTC’s Sense UI is also far superior. Moreover, the recent price drop of the Motorola Defy has made matters even worse for the Ace. The Defy offers a higher pixel count in its 3.7″ screen, a better UI, and all the other bells and whistles at a price of Rs 15,600, making it an irresistible deal. A price cut to under Rs 14,000 is the only way the Ace can get back in the game.
Features: 3/5
Design & Build Quality: 2/5
Performance: 4/5
Value For Money: 3/5
Mojo: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3/5


Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace

An Android with a lost identity.

Multitasking; 5 megapixel camera; 3.5″ screen, 800 MHz CPU

Uninspiring design; No Flash support; Lacklustre mediaperformance

Expert Rating :

Android 2.2 “Froyo” Out Now for Samsung Galaxy Smartphones (UPDATE)


A number of reports released this morning say that Samsung Galaxy A and S smartphones will finally be able to update to the newest version of Android – Android version 2.2, code-named “Froyo” – as of tonight at 8 PM. The phones can be updated by visiting SamsungMobile.com, it’s said, as per the Samsung Electronics press release the various Korean publications are citing.

However, official word from Samsung is the same as it ever was when it comes to the U.S. region: “we have not announced timing for Android 2.2 upgrades for any U.S. Galaxy S device” a company representative told us this morning.

(See update below regarding official download site).

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The reports we’ve seen so far are from Korean publications, for example: Yonhap News AgencyKorea IT Times and The Chosunilbo. All reports confirm the same few details:

  • Android 2.2. “Froyo” is being released tonight for Galaxy Smartphones
  • The update will be released Monday at 8 PM (no time zone is given)
  • The update will be available at http://www.samsungmobile.com

What’s interesting is that, in many cases, the reports are citing a press release or official announcement from Samsung Electronics, although browsing through the corporate website, there’s none to be found.

We’re also taunted with the forthcoming Froyo features, which each news article does seem to have copy and pasted from some sort of official release. Google Maps with Navigation, Flash Flayer 10.1, Home Screen/Menu Preview and Edit, Speech-to-Text functionality and social hubs, a feature which enables combined social networking and email contacts in one interface, are all listed as new Froyo features users can expect tonight.


We can’t read Korean, and since this page uses images instead of actual text, we haven’t been able to “Google translate” it, but the site appears to be hosting the Froyo update for Galaxy S and A devices: http://kr.samsungmobile.com/notice/anycallpopup/froyo_up.jsp.

Can someone tell us what it says?

For what it’s worth, we clicked a button and downloaded a zip file which included a Froyo upgrade manual. Too bad that’s in Korean too. Another button led us to a setup.exe file – Froyo, it appears. Commenters on other sites are saying that’s what it is. Can any ReadWriteWeb readers confirm?


Looks like it’s out for Vodafone now. Virgin too.

Best Android Phones (Betwen Rs. 14,000 & 20,000) : Sept-Oct 2010

It’s a list of the best Android phones that you could choose from. Since then several new phones have been released that we have reviewed. So, here’s a list of top phones sporting Google’s ‘tasty’ Operating System.

Here we have a couple of good contenders who have their unique strengths and weaknesses. So, we will break it down according to your needs. If the primary usage of your phone is to play videos, then the Galaxy 3 i5801 is the best bet for now. Armed with a 667 MHz processor, Samsung advertises DivX support out of the box for this phone. Now, while there are free players in the Android Market that let you play DivX and XviD formats, the Wildfire’s 528 MHz processor wasn’t able to churn a DVD rip as smoothly. So, all those 700MB movies lying on your computer can be directly transferred to the memory card sans any conversion and played back on the i5801. Read our hands-on preview of the phone here.

If your primary usage is going to be communication (messaging, emailing), then you’ve got two choices. Now, if you want a proper hardware QWERTY keyboard, then the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini Pro is pretty good. It is slightly above this range (currently selling for Rs. 15,700) but well worth your attention for many reasons.

First, is the neatly designed and tactile sliding QWERTY keyboard. Then there’s the regular set of connectivity options (3G, Wi-fi, GPS). Another strong point is multi-media; with a 5 megapixel autofocus camera that clicks great snaps and bundled in-earphones that deliver good sound. The only disadvantage is its short but stubby body with a tiny 2.55-inch display. Another sore point is that it still runs the ancient Android 1.6, but SE has come out and said that it will be receiving the 2.1 update in October or November this year.

If you’re looking for a classy touchscreen phone in this budget, the HTC Wildfire is the option to consider. Although you may feel cheated with the really low QVGA (320 x 240) resolution on a rather well-sized 3.2-inch display, its not like the screen is bad. The on-screen keyboard is excellently designed and can recognize the most horrid of typos. It is fairly compact and the build is finer than the Samsung Galaxy 3 i5801. The HTC Sense UI is well-designed and has great social networking features and other small tweaks in the UI. Other than the typical connectivity options, like the X10 Mini Pro, you’ve also got a 5 megapixel camera that takes decent snaps. The Wildfire sells for roughly Rs. 15,000.

Best Android Phones (Under Rs. 10,000) : Sept-Oct 2010

Back in June, we gave you a list of the best Android phones that you could choose from. Since then several new phones have been released that we have reviewed. So, here’s a list of top phones sporting Google’s ‘tasty’ Operating System.

Under Rs. 10,000

For people not very keen on lightening their wallets for a mobile phone, but yet want features of this celebrated mobile OS, here’s a phone that can do it all – the Samsung Galaxy 5 i5500. We had a brief hands-on with this phone, and going by what it offers at Rs. 9,000, we think it is a sweet deal.

Packaged in a cute and petite body, the i5500 has a decently sized 2.8-inch display, (unlike the tiny 2.55-inch one on the X10 mini) with a QVGA resolution. Being of capacitive nature and running a 600 MHz processor, this phone is snappy in its functioning. The phone has got good connectivity options given the price range — 3G (HSDPA), Wi-fi and A-GPS. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack that lets you plug any earphone to it.

It runs Google’s one-generation-older Android 2.1 OS, with access to the Android Market, which was surprisingly missing on the Acer beTouch e110. However, the 2 megapixel fixed focus lens is the only sore point of this phone. The X10 mini is cuter but paying almost Rs. 15,000 is just criminal, as the only thing that’s brighter about this phone is its 5 megapixel camera. Incidentally, this is exactly what I’d said months ago even before the X10 mini had launched.

Samsung Galaxy 5 i5500 Preview:

Samsung Galaxy 5 i5500

Imagine a Samsung Corby without the cheerful back plate colors; that’s the first thing that’ll strike you when you see the Galaxy 5 i5500. It is a handset with a petite form factor and snugs in the hand well. That’s due to the smaller 2.8-inch display; which is equally responsive due to the capacitive nature, but bears a lower QVGA (320 x 240 pixel) resolution. There are more physical buttons on the device and a D-pad as well, which should make the overall operation easier for some people. Once again, the i5500 isn’t as tough as it looks in the press images. The back cover is as plasticky as the Corby’s and the overall build quality isn’t great.

This phone too comes with Android 2.1 built-in. The TouchWIZ UI enhancement on it is a little different than the others, it seems more suited to cater to a smaller screen. The i5500 too has 3G, Wi-fi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 support. Along with that is A-GPS – we’re finally at that stage where a GPS chip isn’t a premium feature in a phone anymore. There’s no DivX support on this one. The camera is a pitiful 2 megapixel without autofocus and LED flash.

The on-screen keyboard on the 2.8-inch screen definitely felt a little too cramped to type on. Again, Swype could save the day if you can adapt to this style of user input. The Galaxy 5 i5500 sells for an attractive Rs. 9,000. Even without seeing the similarly priced Acer beTouch e110, we can safely say this phone will be a better buy. However, one tough competitor will be the Huawei Ideos, which sells in the same price range and has similar features; except that it runs Android 2.2 Froyo, and has a slightly higher 3.2 megapixel sensor.

But for any Corby lover, this phone is a great upgrade as it addresses almost all of my colleague’s complaints in his otherwise positive.

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