Monday, November 11, 2013

LG versus Samsung in the dual SIM arena

Dual SIM Android phones are the order of the day. While offering the remarkable multifunctionality of Android, they give consumers the freedom to use multiple SIMs to manage all their connectivity requirements. Two recent additions to the dual-SIM portfolio are the LG Optimus L3 Dual E405, and the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos. These models are direct rivals not just in the dual-SIM department, but also in their price range. That being so, it is only fitting to have a comparative look at their specifications.

1. Design, build and display: Both the phones have the touch-bar form factor, and are similarly sized, with the Galaxy Y Duos being slightly longer. On the other hand, the L3 Dual is 10 grams heavier at 119g. The display sizes are nearly the same at around 3.2 inches, with identical resolutions of 240x320 pixels. Both use TFT capacitive touch screens. The Galaxy Y Duos boasts of 262K colours, a shade above the L3 Dual’s 256K. In effect, there is not much, if anything, that keeps these phone apart in the either the design or the display section.
2. Hardware: The L3 Dual has an 800 MHz processor, while the Galaxy Y Duos sports an 832 MHz specimen. For a consumer, this corresponds to no tangible difference in performance. In terms of memory, both the phones have 384 MB RAM. The L3 Dual has 1 GB internal storage, while the Galaxy Y Duos has 160 MB storage and 512 MB ROM. These differences are evened out by the external storage capabilities, which amount to 32 GB for both the models. One factor that weighs in favor of the Galaxy Y Duos is that a 2 GB card is included in its package.
3. Connectivity: For any dual-SIM phone, connectivity is by default the focus of consumers’ attention. Both the L3 Dual and the Galaxy Y Duos have 3G connectivity on each of the two GSM options, with the Galaxy model winning the race with 7.2 Mbps download speed, double that of the L3 Dual’s. Both have Wi-Fi capability, and follow identical protocols. A-GPS and Bluetooth v3.0 are also common features. The Galaxy Y Duos’ faster 3G is countered by the L3 Dual’s DLNA support, making it easy to transfer media between the phone and a DLNA TV via WI-Fi.
4. Battery: The Galaxy Y Duos has a 1300 mAh Li-ion battery, which comes in second to the L3 Dual’s 1500 mAh appendage. The L3 Dual reportedly has a 66 percent longer standby time and a 38 percent longer talk time than the Galaxy Y Duos, which makes it significantly more suitable for both idle as well as continuous usage.
5. Camera: Both the phones have 3.2 MP cameras, but the L3 Dual’s camera has autofocus capability which the Galaxy Y Duos’ lacks. The image resolutions offered are the same at 2048x1536 pixels, with digital zoom. As for video recording, the speeds are also identical at 24 fps. Although neither of these phones has a camera of note, the autofocus feature puts the L3 Dual a rung above its rival.
6. Audio and video: All major audio (MP3, WAV, WMA, EAAC+) and video (MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV) formats are supported on both these phones, and they have the standard 3.5 mm audio jacks for headphone insertion. The Galaxy Y Duos fares a little better in this category with 3D sound technology.
7. Software: Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) fuels both the L3 Dual and the Galaxy Y Duos. With adequate hardware specifications, the performance of the OS on either set is satisfactory. If a distinction must be made, it is the Galaxy Y’s slightly more populated gamut of default apps, many of which are proprietary to Samsung.

Clearly, the two phones are extremely close in terms of specifications. Purely on the basis of hardware or software, it is nearly impossible to pick one above the other. Both are priced around the INR 8K mark, further obfuscating any boundaries of distinction. Users looking for faster 3G connectivity might prefer the Galaxy Y Duos, while those who own DLNA capable TVs (especially of LG make) will find that the L3 Dual fits better into their living room ecosystem. The L3 Dual also has a better battery, an advantage that is somewhat offset by the general longevity of modern cell batteries. In the end, the decision of the user might hinge on subjective factors such as the general look and feel of the phone held in the hand.

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