There was a time when the idea of dual SIM smartphones connoted a low-end and often substandard device that no phone enthusiast desired. Times are changing fast.
There was a time when the mention of dual-SIM connoted a low-end and often substandard feature phone that no phone enthusiast desired. Those were the days when brand-name OEMs left the dual SIM market to nameless, faceless phone makers. However, those days are clearly in the past, as a number of brand-name manufacturers are now pushing not just dual SIM feature phones, but smartphones as well.
As far as I can tell, only one smartphone platform offers dual SIM devices for now – Android OS. I have had limited experience with this cadre of devices. Last time I checked, I have reviewed only three dual SIM smartphones, in this order: Pliris Blaze, Pliris Blaze+, and Samsung Galaxy Duo Pro (pictured above). My experiences with all three have been pleasant.
Advantages Of Dual SIM Smartphones
The key advantage of carrying a dual SIM smartphone is that you can have two phone lines for use with only one device in hand. This gives you the possibility of access to voice, SMS and internet access on two different networks. Available dual SIM smartphones are no longer just low-end offerings alone. A device like the Pliris Blaze+ pictured above is a fully-featured mid-range offering. So is the Samsung Galaxy S Duos, which looks very much like its flagship cousin, the S III.
Up, Up, Up…..
I have heard a number of mobilistas express desire for a high-end dual SIM smartphone. I firmly believe that it will happen. Personally, I do not enjoy carrying around two phones, but would love to have a second line handy for mobile internet. A high-end dual SIM smartphone would be fabulous for me. Both the Pliris Blaze+ and Samsung Galaxy S Duos are very close to that, but just fall short of the mark in a number of areas.
Other dual SIM smartphones out there in the market include: LG Optimus L3 E405, Samsung Galaxy Y Duos, Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos, and LG Optimus L5 Dual (picture below), among others.
Truth be told, almost anyone who needs dual SIM functionality in a smartphone can get one now. The days of dual SIM phones being scoffed at are definitely over.