Samsung Galaxy S Duos vs Samsung Galaxy S3

We take a look at Samsung’s newest creation, the Galaxy S Duos and see how it measures up to the company’s best-selling Galaxy S3.

SOFTWARE

Both devices run on version 4.0.4 of Google’s Android OS, which has become popularly known as Ice Cream Sandwich, and the software is great. It’s fast, stable and offers a great amount of potential for customisation and tweaking.

The Android OS is now more than able to keep up with Apple’s market leading iOS too, thanks to refinements made to core apps, improved visuals, upgraded camera performance and a ton of bugfixes.

Again, both devices share the company’s TouchWiz UI overlay, which brings extra apps, widgets and eye candy to them, but the overlay isn’t perfect and some may find it a little cluttered.

Winner – Draw.

FORM

The Galaxy S3 is a big, beautiful beast with clean lines and a premium appearance. When you dig below the surface you find a device which is well designed and built from high end plastics, to give it a light weight and durability which is perfect for a device that’s going to be carted around day to day.

The Galaxy S Duos isn’t a world away from the GS3 in terms of looks. It’s bold looking the single Home button arrangement that we’ve seen plenty of times before from Samsung and the addition of some matte to proceedings gives the S Duos a more understated appearance than its big brother.

As mentioned, these devices aren’t miles apart in either build quality or looks. The Galaxy S3 is clearly the bigger, more ostentatious of the two but if you are looking for something a little less eye-catching then the Galaxy S Duos will do a job.

Winner – Draw.

CAMERA

The Samsung Galaxy S3 features an 8-megapixel primary camera which benefits from simultaneous HD video image recording, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilisation and geo-tagging and the device is capable of shooting high quality 1080P video.

The device also has a secondary 1.9-megapixel camera which can shoot 720P video.

Real world performance from the Galaxy S3’s primary shooter is great. You can snap print-worthy images with relative ease and captured video is excellent in the right light, perfect for capturing happy memories and fails alike.

The Galaxy S Duos has a primary 5-megapixel camera with geo-tagging, autofocus and LED flash, and also sports a secondary VGA camera for video calling.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy S3

DISPLAY

Samsung’s Galaxy S Duos features a 4-inch TFT display which operates at a resolution of 480 x 800 and sports a pixel density of 233PPI.

We can expect the screen to be both responsive and high quality, judging by Samsung’s previous, but we don’t expect it to hold a candle to the company’s AMOLED and Super AMOLED offerings.

Unfortunately for the Galaxy S Duos its stable-mate, the Galaxy S3, features arguably the best Super AMOLED display the company has ever produced – a 4.8-inch beast with a resolution of 720 x 1280 and a pixel density of 306PPI.

The screen is truly brilliant, with great viewing angles, impressive brightness and sunlight legibility and some of the most vivid colours you’ll ever see.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy S3

AND THE WINNER IS SAMSUNG GALAXY S3

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