Samsung Unveils Midrange Touchsreen Duo

No clear cut winner.

Touchscreen going mainstream? I’d say it’s there already but the bigger question is: will we soon be able to buy anything else…

Today Samsung rolled out two you-know-what-alikes for the midrange market: the ‘S5230’ and ‘S5600’ which trade their pros and cons in a rather bizarre manner.

Both sport the as yet unconvincing TouchWiz user interface and (the never going to convince) resistive touchscreen displays but the junior of the pair actually has the larger display (3in v 2.8in) and higher resolution (240 x 400 pixels v 240 x 320 pixels). Despite this increased multimedia friendliness the S5230 lacks the HSDPA connectivity built into the S5600 and both miss out on WiFi and GPS.

It is 3MP cameras with smile shot all round but no flash and you’ll be needing their microSD expansion slots given the 50MB (S5230) and 80MB (S5600) aboard. Battery lives on the other hand differ wildly with Samsung quoting a monstrous 33 days standby and 10 hours talk time for the S5230 but a (presumably 3G influenced) 12.5 days standby and three hours talk time for the S5600.

Bluetooth 2.1 does make it to both however and neither will leave the impression that you’re too happy to see anyone at under 13mm thick and less than 100g each. Touchdown for the S5230 is April with the S5600 following quickly in May.

Which to choose? Darned if I know. That time honoured concept of incrementally improving the features of a handset as you move up the range appears to have gone out the window here so I suggest a game of Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

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