India may still be living the in the early phase of smartphone revolution as compared to the markets of US and UK, however industry insiders predict that the situation will be totally different in few years to come. According to a smartphone forecast from research company International Data Corporation (IDC), India will enter the top 5 country markets for smartphone shipments by the year 2016.
One more report was released by IDC which informed that the share of smartphones in the overall smartphone market in India is expected to touch 9.3 per cent by 2016, up from 2.9 per cent during 2012, making it the fastest growing smartphone market among the emerging nations.
Complying the analysis, market leaders in the category of consumer electronic goods are coming out with high-end devices, which are scoring soaring sales. However, at the same time, in order to reach the mid-range market segment, the same manufacturers are also launching low-priced smartphone lineups to cater the needs of all the consumers.
Following on the same lines, Finnish manufacturer Nokia launched their new budget range in India, which included three smartphones, namely – Asha 305, Asha 306 and Asha 311. Gizbot has already covered the same and also informed its readers that the handsets are priced competitively in the sub-range of Rs 10,000. However, one more smartphone entered the Indian smartphone market recently – Yes! The talk is about – Samsung Galaxy Y Duos, a Dual SIM smartphone which was launched at a price tag of Rs 8,799.
Hence, Gizbot has come up with a head-to-head comparison of Nokia Asha 305, the dual SIM device that is focused to take over the Dual SIM market in India at a price tag of Rs 4,580 and Samsung Galaxy Y Duos which is witnessing eminent sale in the nation, since launched.
In this segment, Nokia Asha 305 scores high with its glossy look measuring 110.3 x 53.8 x 12.8 mm and weighing 98 grams. On the other hand, the Galaxy Y Duos measures 109.8 x 60 x 12 mm and weighs 109 grams.
Moreover, Asha 305 sports a 3 inch TFT resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi pixel density). On the other hand, Galaxy Y Duos sports a 3.14 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels (127 ppi pixel density).
Nokia Asha 305 runs on the Symbian S40 OS, which is an outdated platform as compared to other Windows Phone in the market. At the same time, Galaxy Y Duos runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, not to forget to mention that it is also a previous Android version as compared to ICS and Jelly Bean.
Asha 305 is powered by a 1 GHz processor while Galaxy Y Duos is powered by by an 832 MHz processor.
Nokia Asha 305 boasts a 2 MP camera that can capture images with a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. It can also record 176 x 144 pixel videos @10 fps.
Whereas, Galaxy Y Duos sports a 3.15 MP camera that can capture images with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. The camera is equipped with geo-tagging feature and it can record QVGA videos @24fps.
However, both the handsets lack a front facing secondary camera.
Both the handsets have a micro SD card slot that supports up to 32 GB, while they come with a 2 GB card. However, Asha 305 boasts an internal memory of 126 MB while Galaxy Y Duos has an internal memory of 160 MB.
Both the handsets come packed with connectivity features like GPRS, EDGE and micro USB 2.0. Nokia Asha 305 has Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR while Samsung Galaxy Y Duos supports HSDPA with 7.2 Mbps, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Wi-Fi Hotspot.
Nokia Asha 305 is powered by a 1100 mAh Li-ion that offers a a talk time of 14 hours and a standby time of 528 hours whereas Samsung Galaxy Y Duos is loaded with a 1300 mAh Li-ion battery that offers a talk time of 9 hours and a standby time of 360 hours.
The Galaxy Y Duos is a mid range Android smartphone with decent specs, on the other hand, Nokia Asha 305 is a low priced handset with not very high end specs. Moreover, the Galaxy Y Duos sports a capacitive touchscreen, which is found on most of the smartphones in the market. At the same time, it has a better camera and more connectivity features as compared to Nokia Asha 305. Nokia Asha 305 can be a better option over Galaxy Y Duos, only for consumers who are tight on budget or teenagers who want to go for a budget smartphone.