Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
18th May 2014
Dual-SIM smartphones are a rage in India. I've seen many who use one SIM card for calling and the other for web browsing. Some opt for two SIM cards because one company's SIM card offers great coverage at their house, while the other provides uninterrupted service in office premises. While I’m not against anyone buying dual-SIM smartphones, I think it makes more sense to carry separate devices for two SIM cards. Here’s why:
The amount of options and settings today’s smartphones offer can be sometimes overwhelming. If Location, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Screen rotation, Mobile data, GPS, NFC, Flight mode weren’t annoying enough, dual-SIM handsets have a knack of nagging you with too many notifications. It especially hurts the aesthetics of messaging and calling menu. Yes, I’m talking about those SIM1 and SIM2 signs splattered all over you messages and call logs.
Pathetic Battery Life
Check your single-SIM phone's battery management menu, and you'll find out that phone functionality sucks up a considerable amount of battery. Little wonder then, the juice depletes at a faster rate in dual-SIM phones. Moreover, if one of your SIM is getting weak signal, your phone tries hard retain the connectivity at the expense of battery. So rather than offering the convenience you had hoped for, the dual-SIM phones often make you run to find a charger.
Can't Depend On It
The whole point of owning two SIM card is that you want to be connected all the time. However, as explained in the previous paragraph, dual-SIM smartphones run out of battery faster than the normal smartphones. Once the phone runs out of battery, you SIM cards become pointless. That's why, it makes sense to own a no-frill phone for your secondary SIM card. Even if you smartphone dies, you’ll still have a back-up phone to make those urgent phone calls.
Limited Devices To Choose From
Once you decide to pick up a dual-SIM smartphone, your options become very limited. First, you can’t go for the iPhone. What's worse is that you can't even consider worthy handsets from the Windows Phone and Android camp including the Lumia 925, Nexus 5, LG G2, and HTC One (M8). Let's face it, there's hardly any good high-end smartphone with dual-SIM support.
Now that it's clear why buying a dual-SIM smartphone is a bad idea, here's what you should do instead. Don't worry, out alternative is cost effective.
- First buy a smartphone of your choice. If you need help choosing a right device. Go through our recommendations under Rs 10,000, 20,000, and 30,000.
- Get yourself a dirt-cheap feature phone. Preferably the Nokia 105 (Rs 1200) that offers 35 days of standby time or Samsung Guru E1200 (Rs 1200).
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