This Android smartphone packs quite a punch. Running on Android 3.5 Gingerbread, the smartphone is powered by a 1.2 GHz processor. Being a Samsung phone you can expect many characteristics by default. Be it the construct, design, user interface, and features, there’s quality in every aspect of the Samsung Galaxy S II Duos I929.
Slim, sleek, svelte – there are enough adjectives to describe the form of this smartphone. The phone is just 9.7 mm thick. The display measures 4.52 inches to be precise. The display is based on the Super AMOLED Plus technology.
The super metallic finish persuades your consciousness. Adorned in metallic black, the smartphone oozes sophistication. It is for the truly deserving. A phone that is a signature of controlled confidence.
When you look into the screen you can see a palpable undercurrent of brilliance. If you play sample videos and render images on the Samsung Galaxy S II Duos I929, you understand how much thought and effort has gone into the display.
This smartphone is powered by a 1.2 GHz processer. This aspect gives the smartphone plenty of power to render processor intensive applications and video games. The display of the smartphone is one of the most distinguishing features on the phone.
The smartphone is ideal for multitasking courtesy the 1GB RAM. You can store hoards of multimedia content courtesy the 16 GB internal memory. There is a microSD slot that lets you expand memory up to 32 GB.
The graphics capabilities are courtesy the Adreno 220. Thanks to this graphical processing unit, the image and video rendition on the smartphone is exemplary. There is no pixel loss. There is no image truncation. Images are not blurry or grained. At no time do you feel that the image quality is a letdown.
The phone provides you the facility of including CDMA and GSM SIM cards because it is a dual-SIM phone. You can use different SIM cards for different purposes. You can use SIM cards that offer you lower tariff rates. This is as opposed to smartphones that bind you to a particular cellular service provider.
Given that the Samsung Galaxy S II Duos I929 runs on Android 2.3.5 OS, you can expect all the ramifications of an out and out Android device. If you are an Android fan, then you’ll love using this phone.
The phone lets you take sharp and crisp pictures courtesy the 8 MP camera. This is a good camera specification. You can record videos with this camera. The camera lets you record videos at 30FPS. You can record 1080p videos.
The inbuilt LED flash lets you take pictures and record videos in any ambient light. Be it dark, dim, or murky, the phone works fine. You have the freedom of taking pictures at the snap of your fingers. Not just LED flash, the phone features geo tagging. There is also touch focus to optimize the snapshot taking experience.
There is also face and smile detection. Additionally, the camera provides image stabilization and automatic focus technology. There is so much camera technology that you’ll love taking pictures always!
The Samsung Galaxy S II Duos I929 has good network connectivity features. You get wireless connectivity with the inbuilt Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n WLAN technology. You can engage in contactless sharing of data with other Bluetooth devices by way of an ad hoc network courtesy the inbuilt Bluetoothv3.0. The Bluetooth is enhanced with the A2Dpis technology for better file transfer rates.
You can transfer content from and to your PC, laptop, or any other computing device via the microUSB 2.0. The device also supports EDGE and GPRS networks.
The phone is pretty feature rich at its price point. There is FM radio to listen to radio music. The MP3 player lets you play music in MP3 format. There are popular Samsung features such as readers hub, music hub, and social hub that let you enjoy multimedia entertainment and also connect with friends.
What’s not so great?
For a phone of this price, the camera specification of 8 MP is not enough. Even low-end entry level smartphones have this camera specification. So what is the smartphone providing that is truly exceptional? There are so many camera-centric features. All this for an 8 MP camera?
The confounding part is that the Samsung Galaxy S II Duos I929 has a super AMOLED display but with low resolution. For a smartphone priced at this level, it is desirable that the resolution is in the league of the Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxys.
Being a Samsung smartphone, the resolution of 480×800 pixels is not enough. It defeats the purpose of the super AMOLED display. Although the color depth is 16M, the resolution is not sufficient. Samsung surely has to look into this aspect.
Although the smartphone has decent networking features, it lacks 3G support, leave alone 4G and LTE. Nowadays smartphones in this price range are coming with 3G compatibility. So Samsung might do well to look in this direction.
Vs. Nokia X7-00
There are vital differences between the two phones. The i929 has more 2nd generation GSM technologies. It has a Super AMOLED display compared to just the AMOLED display of the Nokia X7-00. The i929 has better resolution, storage, primary memory, connectivity features, and camera technology.
It is up to individual choice whether to choose the Android OS over the Symbian Anna OS of the X7-00. Both smartphones have similar specifications otherwise. But the i929 is clearly the winner in most departments.
Looks-wise and features wise, you will definitely invest your money in a better smartphone. And this time it is i929 which wins.
VS. Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100, S II
Both phones are from Samsung. So you can expect only subtle differences. For instance, the S2 I9100, S II runs on Android v2.3.4 compared to Android v2.3.5 on the i929. The S2 I9100, S II weighs less, but only just. In comparison, you can choose either of the smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Duos I929 is a reasonable smartphone. It has good features and some desirable ones. Being a Samsung device, you can expect exceptional performance. The processor and graphics capability is outstanding.
The camera technology on the phone is good although the resolution can be improved. The front facing camera of 2MP is abysmal. You can just about make it when on video calls. Being an Android device, you have access to Android App Market and Google Play Store. Additionally, Samsung provides their inbuilt apps.
The smartphone is designed to perfection for its price. It does look like a premium phone. Samsung has done well to have this phone built like your iPhones and Galaxys. The sleek and slim design of the phone never goes out of vogue.
The phone is feature rich. It can easily transform into your constant companion. It has basic to advanced capabilities to achieve this status. There are multiple areas of improvement on the phone. But otherwise this smartphone is worth a buy.
Price and availability
The price of the smartphone is around Rs. 25900. You can buy the phone at popular online stores such as Sulekha.com, Yebhi.com and Flipkart.com.