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Samsung Galaxy Star Duos Review

i Samsung’s continuous domination in high-end Android segment is different from low-end because there are lot of other local manufacturers already performing well with its budget Android mobiles. To compete with those devices, Samsung was announced entry level Android smartphone – Galaxy Star S5280 in April, 2013. This device also available in Dual-SIM variant in selected markets as Galaxy Start Duos S5282, the Dual SIM version of Galaxy Star is now available from wide variety of retailers in India for Rs. 4,990 ($91 or €70). We recently reviewed this low-end droid. Lets get into full details of this phone.

Design & Display :

Samsung Galaxy Star offers basic design with typical Samsung Android buttons at bottom. It is quire curvy at top and bottom but overall it offers quite acceptable design, especially at this price tag. It measures 105 x 58 x 11.9 mm (4.13 x 2.28 x 0.47 in) and weighs 100.5 g (3.53 oz) also nice to hold. At the left side of the devices, you will find volume rocker. At right side, there is typical Samsung lock/ unlock button. There is 3.5 mm jack on top and back of the device carries 2MP rear shooter but no LED flash and also the capacitive touch screen buttons also placed at nicely along with Pebble design like Home button, which we are seen in many of Galaxy devices. The Galaxy Star fully made with plastic, the nice back shell also proven that. The overall build quality is also seems to be good at this price range.

Samsung added a basic 3-inch TFT LCD capacitive touch display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, which makes 133 PPI. Of course, it is too low to consider but expecting lot at this price tag doesn’t make sense. There is no gorilla glass protection, in the mean time, Nokia devices at same price tag offers Hardened glass to protect the device from scratches, which is nice. Samsung has to offer some thing extra to protect the display, without the proper display, you won’t do any thing with recent generation smartphones because all activities will run based on the display only. The Galaxy Star offers multi touch functionality, it supports upto 5 point multi touch. In our tests, the touch feedback is good enough and multi touch functionality could be better.
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HTC One Review- The best smartphone on the planet

After consecutive quarter losses, HTC did some thing fantastic with its recent flagship HTC One. The smartphone comes with rich set of features and HTC completely revamped its strategy and came up with a fresh idea, which helped to overcome all the previous losses. The HTC One is the only available smartphone, which can easily compete with Samsung Galaxy S4. HTC packs all the premium specs into the sleek all metal unibody shell, there is no more words to say about built quality, it’s just awesome. Not only the built quality but also HTC One brings tons of new features to the table. Lets find full features in our detailed HTC One review.
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1. Design and Engineering
2. Box Contents
3. Hardware
4. Software
5. Camera
6. Benchmark Results
7. Battery Life
8. Pricing & Availability
9. Verdict


Design and Engineering :

HTC One is possibly the best Android powered smartphone till date. I was previously worked with almost all the top end devices but i didn’t see a solid smartphone in Android eco-system, which is not the same case in iOS and Windows Phone eco-systems. These two eco-systems having solidly constructed devices since couple of years. Even lately debuted Windows Phone eco-system also have best designed smartphones from various OEMs. HTC is the one of the Windows Phone OEM, which was announced the best designed HTC Windows Phone 8X. Later, they were came up with beautiful Butterfly with solid build quality. Finally, one device after huge losses pushed the company at safe side is nothing but HTC One. The best smartphone in Android history. Unlike Samsung devices, HTC gone with all metal unibody construction and they were chosen ideal 4.7-inch screen size to easily operate with one hand.

The beautiful 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display arranged into the all metal unibody chassis and HTC added BoomSound speakers at top and bottom of the screen, since the speakers placed at front, you can experience the best audio performance so far in any smartphone. Rather than using three capacitive touch buttons, HTC gone with just two button formulae – Home & Back, between that you will have HTC logo, it looks like a button but it can’t do any actions. You will find front camera at top right and at left side, there are bunch of sensors to do respective tasks.

Coming to the rear side, you will have 4 MP Ultra Pixel camera with LED flash. In middle, there is HTC logo and below of that, you will have a stylish beats audio logo and some FCC labels. At top, it has 3.5mm audio jack and power/lock button, since HTC integrated IR Blaster into the power button, it actually doubles the functionality by supporting as the TV remote control. At bottom, it has a micro USB slimport for charging and syncing. Next to it, you will find a primary micro phone. At right side, you will find volume rocker and left side, it has SIM port, which can be ejectable with dedicated SIM eject tool. One final word i have to say here, HTC One is the premiumly constructed device i have ever seen in my entire life.
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