A GSM mobile phone with the ability to run two SIM cards simultaneously.
- Dual SIM cards, single integrated phone book, Bluetooth, FM radio, 2GB microSD card
- Questionable design and build, poor Magic Touch pad control system, no 3G connectivity, proprietary charging/headphone jack, battery life
The DualSim Slider will appeal to people who use multiple SIM cards. Unfortunately, the Magic Touch pad control system is frustrating to use and build quality is questionable. It's reasonably priced, though, and does a relatively good job with its dual SIM card functionality.
Price$ 399.00 (AUD)
According to the company behind the DualSim Slider, it is the first mobile phone available in Australia to support the use of two SIM cards simultaneously. Unfortunately, it is let down by a mediocre "Magic Touch" control system.
DualSim claims more than 5 million Australians have two SIM cards, either switching them in and out of one phone or owning two active handsets. The DualSim Slider is designed to make life easier by allowing the use of two SIM cards simultaneously in one phone. This method works quite well, and it allows you to make and receive calls and send and receive text messages from both SIM cards. For calls, there are two call centres, one for each SIM card, while for messages there are two inboxes — labelled SIM 1 and SIM 2.
The home screen displays both networks and has two signal strength indicators in the status bar. Conveniently, the DualSim Slider integrates the phone number listings of both SIM cards into a single phone book.
Call quality is not outstanding. Outgoing audio is loud and clear, with little complaint from our callers, but incoming audio wasn't as loud as we hoped and it does lack clarity. The hands-free speakerphone also suffers from the same problems — it’s a struggle to hear, even at full volume.
The design of the DualSim Slider is a mixed bag. The body is largely gloss plastic, which in addition to attracting plenty of grubby fingerprints raises some build quality questions. The rear battery cover squeaks when pressed, the slider sways slightly from side to side and the keypad buttons creak. In addition, the poor placement of the external volume controls towards the bottom left of the handset means it is hard to adjust volume when holding the handset to your ear.
The DualSim Slider forgoes the traditional five-way navigational pad for what the company has dubbed the Magic Touch pad — a touch-sensitive display window with buttons that change depending on which handset functions are being used. For example, when using the camera, digital zoom icons appear, while during general use the Magic Touch pad acts as a regular five-way navigational pad with direction icons and a centre key.
Unfortunately, the implementation of the pad is far from magic, resulting in a frustrating user experience. You need to press the pad with your fingernails for best results, and quickly scrolling through lists or items is nowhere near as fast as it should be. There is an option of adding haptic feedback to the Magic Touch pad, but this seemed to slow down responsiveness even further. A regular five-way navigational pad would have been far better.
The DualSim Slider is a tri-band GSM phone, so there is no 3G or HSDPA support. There is also no e-mail client, so the handset probably won't appeal to businesspeople. With a feature set that is skewed more towards multimedia than business functions, the DualSim Slider should appeal to younger buyers who may have multiple prepaid SIM cards.
Multimedia is fair, with a 2-megapixel camera that doubles as a video recorder, audio and video player applications, an FM radio and a sound recorder. There is also a built-in WAP browser and a microSD card slot for extra storage. DualSim includes a 2GB microSD card in the sales package. Unfortunately the phone employs a proprietary USB charging and headphone jack — so you can't use regular 3.5mm headphones — and there is no A2DP Bluetooth profile.
Other features include SMS and MMS with T9 predictive text input, an 800 contact phonebook, Java games and a range of PIM features such as a calculator, stopwatch, e-book reader, calendar, to-do list, alarm and world clock. Battery life is fair but not great, especially considering this is only a GSM handset. The 850mAh battery has a talk time of up to 200 minutes and a standby time of five days.
Join the newsletter!
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
cloudandco Smart Cane
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Apple iPhone X
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Toys for Boys
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Bose SoundLink Micro
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Xbox One X
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 LG 65E7T Ultra HD OLED TV review: The South Korean thoroughbred is still first past the post
- 2 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 3 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 4 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 5 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
Latest News Articles
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- Sony Xperia XA2 to be Available in Australia
- CES 2018: Alcatel Embrace 18:9 Aspect Ratio In 2018
- CES 2018: Everything Announced By Belkin
- CES 2018: Belkin Unveils Armada Of New Wireless Charging Solutions
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- CES 2018: Belkin go big on wearables accessories and wireless charging
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- CES 2018
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSystems SpecialistSA
- FTUX Design LeadOther
- TPChange Manager | 12 month contract | $1181/dayQLD
- FTSenior Healthcare Pre-Sales Exec. / Clinical Advisor - Perm - North Ryde areaNSW
- FTAndroid DeveloperQLD
- CCCapacity ManagerACT
- CCProcess Improvement LeadNSW
- FTChange ManagerOther
- TPData AnalystQLD
- FTProject Coordinator - $500 per dayOther
- FTSenior Network Engineer - Client TechnologiesOther
- FTOpenText ConsultantACT
- CCCall Centre Operator /AdministratorNSW
- FTDatabase AdministratorNSW
- FTSenior System AdministratorOther
- CCService Desk :Team LeadWA
- FTSenior Business Analyst - WealthOther
- FTSenior Data Warehouse DeveloperQLD
- CCSenior Test Coordinator - (IMR) BrisbaneSA
- FTiOS DeveloperWA
- FTPower BI DeveloperOther
- CCDynamics CRM Functional Consultant - BrisbaneOther
- FTAccount Commercial and Contract Manager (ANZ)VIC
- CCCRM Business AnalystQLD
- CCMining Planning System EngineerQLD