Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review : Technical Specifications and Price Review
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is a dual SIM smartphone priced at Rs 22000. It comes with Android 4.3, 5.25 inch HD display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8 MP camera and a 2600 mAh battery. The original Galaxy Grand was launched last year. Although its performance was below par, it sold in huge numbers due to dual SIM connectivity and large screen. So, does Grand 2 offers improvement in those areas? Let’s check out the samsung galaxy grand 2 review.
The device is quite large and not that easy to operate with one hand. The capacitive buttons very near to the bottom edge of the device and get pressed accidentally. The body is made up of plastic and the back features a leather finish. We feel that the chrome rim which runs around the device will peel off over time. The buttons give nice feedback when pressed. The back cover is easily removable and houses dual SIM card slots, microSD card slot and removable battery.
The 5.25 inch HD LCD screen is decently sharp. It is bright and vivid. Viewing angles are good and there is only a slight shift in colours when viewed from extreme angles. The screen is slightly reflective but the content is still visible in outdoors with bright sunlight. The touchscreen is accurate in tracking fingers and swipes as well.
The 8MP camera can autofocus and record full HD videos. It is very fast in focusing and capturing images. The results are quite pleasing. Images come out clear and videos are smooth. Images and videos can be captured simultaneously. There are a lot of built-in modes and effects such as HDR, Panorama, beauty face, best shot, sound and shot, sports and more. The images can be captured with voice controls.
Music quality through headphones was very good. Loudspeaker is decently loud and the quality of voice is clear during the calls. Signal reception was very strong. During our testing it could catch signals in areas where other devices like Nexus 4 couldn’t.
There is Android v4.3 Jelly Bean and the TouchWiz UI comes with some great additional features and applications. There is a multi-window mode which lets you use 2 applications at once. Easy mode provides an easier and simple UI which can be useful for first time smartphone users. The LED flash on the back can be used as notification light. S-Voice is a Siri like voice assistant and is quite useful for some basic tasks like controlling music or watching calendar entries. Turning on the hands-free mode reads the texts out loud automatically or reads out the name of the caller. There is a one-handed operation mode where some important applications like caller and calculator are moved closer to the fingers for easier operation.
It features the same 1.2GHz quad-core processor which was used in the Motorola Moto G. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 is relatively faster than other quad-core processors from MediaTek and Broadcom. There is 1.5GB of RAM but still, the UI and day-to-day usage doesn’t feel as smooth as the Moto G. We noticed some lags while opening apps and switching between them. Even slightly high end games such as Real Racing 3 and Dead Trigger 2 were quite smooth.
It has 8GB of internal storage out of which, nearly 3GB is used by the phone itself, leaving around 5GB to the user for installing applications or games. There is a microSD card slot as well.
It has a 2600 mAh battery and it lasts nearly 2 days on a single charge with 2-3 hours on active screen time. There is a battery saver mode which increases the battery life even more.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 performs very well but we feel that the Moto G is a better value for money. If you want a dual SIM smartphone with a larger screen and better camera than the Moto G, Galaxy Grand 2 fits the requirements perfectly well.
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