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Review: Samsung Galaxy Grand

TT Gadget Editor  |  |   12 Apr 2013, New Delhi
Review: Samsung Galaxy Grand

Why to Buy:

Grand is a good phone in Dual sim functionality and its Android 4.1 operating system, Dual CMOS camera.

Why to Avoid:

Its screen resolution and display can be a reason to avoid. It lacks with a dedicated camera key as well.

Our Take:

Samsung Galaxy Grand is a better option for people looking for Android phone with Dual camera and Dual Sim functionality. It is a good mid-range phone with many good features pre installed. But, its screen resolution and no dedicated camera key is not good.

Rating:

Price: Rs. 21,500

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Detailed Review

Design:

The Samsung Galaxy Grand is a best Dual Sim phone among all others in this category and price range. It’s fast, slim and solid and most importantly it appears same as Samsung Galaxy S III Mini and is even considered as the smaller version of Samsung Galaxy S III. It has a 5 inch screen size with TFT capacitive touchscreen. Grand sizes 143.5 mm, 76.8 mm and 9.6 mm dimensions in height, width and depth, which is simply superb with dual sim functionality. It weights 161 gm. and the all plastic body is well fitted in the device.

               

Below the screen is a physical home key along with back and menu touch keys. And on the bottom of the phone has a USB/charging connector with a mouthpiece alongside it. On the top of the device is a 3.5 mm earjack whereas, the left side gives you volume controls and lanyard eyelet. The right side holds the lock/power key and microSD card slot, but, there is no dedicated camera key on the phone. Above the screen is a front facing camera with light sensors and earpiece. The overall construction of the Galaxy Grand is great and it’s handy too.

Interface/OS:

Samsung Galaxy Grand primarily runs on Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, which has done full justice with the device and to its buyers. The galaxy grand supports the same TouchWiz user interface that is available in other Samsung smartphones too. The phone is power packed with 1.2 GHz cortex A-9 Broadcom video core IV processor. When tested, the browsing on this interface with power packed processor and RAM, it was a better experience. The speed was good when on 3G and multitasking to swapping applications was smoother.

Battery:

For everlasting experience, the Galaxy Grand comes with a standard Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery which goes well with the device. When tested, battery performed excellent results on 2G and above average on 3G. The stand by time delivered was up to 440 hours on 2G and up to 350 hours when on 3G whereas, the talk time was up to 10 hours on 2G and up to 7 hours on 3G. So, we can say that Samsung galaxy Grand ensures you good battery results.

                                                 

Camera:

Galaxy Grand comes with tremendous 8 megapixels CMOS camera with auto focus and LED flash and it also has a  2 megapixels CMOS front facing camera. The camera quality of Samsung Galaxy Grand is great. When tested, the outdoor images captured were rich and clearer in colours and the camera worked quickly and hardly took a second to be ready for next image. The Galaxy Grand camera supports JPEG, PNG, GIF, WBMP, BMP and AGIF image type. The indoor shoots were even good. The Galaxy Grand camera has a 3264 x 2448 image resolution. The images from front camera were average. The weak point of this phone is its display of only 480 x 800 pixels on 5 inches screen. The camera also features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization.

Memory:

The Samsung Galaxy Grand comes with in built memory of 8 GB. The memory can further be extended to 64 GB using a micro SD card. The phone supports 1 GB RAM, that helps multitasking and swapping applications smoother and easier.

Audio/Video:

The Samsung Galaxy Grand has not compromised with its voice/sound quality. The sound quality when tested was good with headphones and even when on speaker mode. The Touch Wiz music player is multi functional, the sound enhancing DNSe technology and 5.1 channel virtualization gives you better music output. Samsung Galaxy GRAND supports AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, eAAC+, IMY, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV and WMA audio formats. Like other galaxy phone, Galaxy GRAND also has a Stereo FM radio with RDS. The video quality of this phone is wonderful. It features 1080 pixels full HD recording and playback at 30 frames per second. The video call quality from its 2 megapixels front facing camera is good but the sound quality drops down if you hold it at a hand’s distance. It supports MPEG4, H.264, H.263 video formats. When tested, the video captured from the camera was really in superior quality and gave 1080 pixels resolution at 30 frames per second.

                   

Features:

Dual SIM service of this phone allows you to receive calls while you are connected to the internet or even if you are already talking on the phone on the other SIM card. The Samsung Galaxy Grand is pre loaded with SNS integration. The Social Hub includes all major social sites like, Facebook, twitter, You Tube, Linked In and many more. Wi-Fi direct, NFC, Voice Calling and All Share are also featured in this power packed phone. The device is currently available in black and white colour.

Conclusion:

The Samsung Galaxy Grand is certainly the best phone in this price range and segment. It offers long list of in-built features/applications that exist in all latest Android phones. The big 4 inch screen and TFT capacitive touchscreen is amazing and offers great display. The powerful RAM and processor gives hassle free browsing experience. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Grand is a good phone in almost all aspects but lacking on some small fronts such as no dedicated camera key and low screen resolution can be a reason to avoid for many.

We give this phone four star rating.

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