We all know Samsung has gone crazy over its new smartphone line. Starting from Samsung Galaxy S, the South Korean company is rocking the Android-lovers’ world with a series of various high and low end Android smartphones, some of which have prompted Apple to file a lawsuit against them. The company’s recent buzz, Samsung Galaxy Note is an amazing thing. I saw it today at Bashundhara City in Dhaka. But it’d look weird if you hold it against your ear. It’s just too big for human ear (Probably it will be a better fit for Shrek?).

Anyway, let’s stop talking like Mashable and get to life. I posted some ramblings some weeks ago about how I was confused whether I should buy an Android phone or I should go with DSLR. I chose Android phone but yet I was confused which one to choose. My preferred list had Galaxy Y but turned out its hardware is just too weak to provide a minimum good Android performance. So, I decided not to go for any smartphone, not just yet.

I’ve been using a Chinese phone for a year and recently decided to move on to a branded device. It’s because of some incompatibility errors and occasional problems (like phone restart) I faced with my Chinese handset. A friend of mine was haunting me to sell off my set to him and I decided to do it. Today, I sold my previous phone and after much research into today’s mobile phone market, I’ve decided and bought a brand new Samsung Champ Duos handset.

Samsung Champ Duos
Samsung Champ Duos with its Stylus.

I chose to purchase this because I didn’t want to go with a low-end Android phone. If I purchase an Android, I’ll go with something around $300 (local price). But I’m not yet ready to make that big purchase just for a phone. So, within this $100 budget, I found this phone to be worth every penny. The number one downside of this phone is that its touchscreen is resistive (as opposed to capacitive). I’m used to capacitive touchscreen so I’m having a bit trouble operating the touch sensitive device. However, thanks to the Stylus which I later discovered in the back of the phone which has made my life a lot easier.

Now, some of you might be thinking that stylus is an old idea. Reminds us of those PDA devices. However, stylus is coming back. At least, with Galaxy Note in the market, stylus shouldn’t feel shy! If anyone’s gonna tell me that stylus is an old idea, I’ll point his mind to the brand new Phablet (Phone + Tablet, as many technology blogs put it), Samsung Galaxy Note! 😛

One thing I’m feeling that, even if your phone is not latest in the market, you feel really great when you purchase a brand new one. It’s feeling great and I love my new phone so far. Especially its headset/earphone with mic that came with the box is just superb! They are white and they have amazing sound quality. I wish they were available for purchase separately.

Interesting thing is, something else is in line! Within a week or two, I’m going to do something which will be my “first in life!” If you’re curious, please keep in touch with my blog through Twitter, Facebook Page or possibly just WordPress Follow feature.

Also let me know which handset you’re currently using and how you decided to buy that handset.

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      1. Hahah… I didn’t reply to that question cuz I’ve already told the story a few times :P, but okay sure ^_^.

        I’ve got a Motorola Droid Razr. Initially I wanted the LG Optimus 3D, but when I realized that you can only watch the 3D videos on the phone and not transfer and watch on your pc or tv, I thought that maybe I shouldn’t go for a phone only for the 3D function… at least not yet, when the whole 3D thing is still being developed.

        So then I decided that if I’m gonna get a smartphone, I’m gonna get a fast one. I will be using it mainly to browse and use apps, so I’m gonna get a phone with dual core.

        After a lot of searching and weighing this against that, I eventually found the Motorola Droid Razr on an internet store. It was hard to miss really, cuz it was “on display” as a phone worth its price. I checked the specifications and realized this was that thin phone they showed on tv ads. A SonyEricsson or HTC with the same functions cost more, and I didn’t want a Samsung cuz the only Samsung I’d go for is Galaxy S II and my brother already has that one lol. I have this weird thing that I don’t want the same phone as anyone else in my family :P. So yeah that’s what lead me to buy my phone, which I’m very happy with ^_^.


        1. Yup, it’s common that you don’t want the same phone that anyone else in your family has. 😉

          Have you ever heard of Ubuntu operating system? I’m saying this because you’ve got a dual core Android phone. Ubuntu is building a specialized operating system that can run on your Android phone. With that, you will be able to use any computer as your very own desktop. Learn more here.


          1. Oh but I don’t have the docking station thingie for my phone… I have no need to integrate my phone and pc actually… at least not right now.


          2. Well, you never know. Technically speaking you never needed something. 🙂 Some famous person once said, programmers and scientists solve problems that never even existed. Once we didn’t feel we needed Google for our life. But now we do.

            So, you never know. As technology evolves, your need increases accordingly.


  1. I don’t have a smartphone, but I have a Samsung galaxy player, Samsung’s version of the iPod touch. I wish it had a stylus – I was used to the old fashioned PDA before I got this, and the touch screen is overly sensitive. I’m always touching the wrong thing, but a stylus would zoom right in. Hope you enjoy your new phone.


    1. Well that’s because you’re talking about a capacitive touchscreen. Today’s generation is more comfortable in capacitive touchscreen than resistive touchscreens, the ones you used to have in your old PDA. I bet you can’t use a stylus in a phone that has a capacitive touchscreen. For example, iPhone and most of Samsung’s Galaxy line smartphones are capacitive touchscreen. I love that, too. But for this low budget, I can’t get a capacitive touchscreen. Thus the resistive touchscreen with this stylus.


    1. Touchscreens are of two kinds: Capacitive and resistive. Modern smartphones come with a capacitive touchscreen that was initiated by Apple iPhone. Some Chinese devices comes with capacitive touchscreen as well. Your smartphone has a capacitive touchscreen.

      Practically speaking, you need to pressurize the screen on resistive touchscreens for it to function. Take any resistive touchscreen handset and tap anywhere. You’ll notice the layer of the screen goes a very little down for the touch to work.

      On the other hand, your phone, for example, works with just a literal touch. Simply touch and it will work. You don’t need to put any pressure on the screen.

      One more thing about resistive touchscreens is that you can use a stylus or any other thing to point. However, capacitive touchscreens require human touch to function because it uses the electricity of human body. So, you can’t just use a tip of anything to touch a capacitive device although lately some capacitive styluses are being developed.


      1. Oh… then my previous phone (Samsung Omnia HD) was the resistive sort.

        By the way… human electricity? Really? I didn’t know that :?.


        1. This for you from Wikipedia:

          A capacitive touchscreen panel consists of an insulator such as glass, coated with a transparent conductor such as indium tin oxide (ITO).[11][12] As the human body is also an electrical conductor, touching the surface of the screen results in a distortion of the screen’s electrostatic field, measurable as a change in capacitance. Different technologies may be used to determine the location of the touch. The location is then sent to the controller for processing. Unlike a resistive touchscreen, one cannot use a capacitive touchscreen through most types of electrically insulating material, such as gloves; one requires a special capacitive stylus, or a special-application glove with an embroidered patch of conductive thread passing through it and contacting the user’s fingertip. This disadvantage especially affects usability in consumer electronics, such as touch tablet PCs and capacitive smartphones in cold weather.


          1. Really :o? But I had to press really hard sometimes for things to work… oh maybe it’s cuz it was just old or something.


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