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Samsung went out to make an immediate younger sibling to Samsung Galaxy Grand which released recently in April 2013. It is called the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro or simply the Samsung Galaxy Win. Phew, if I was having this phone and someone asked me which one it was, it would be an eternity and they would stop caring till I could tell them what the name is. It certainly got the same kind of looks like that on Samsung Galaxy Grand, just a little shorter and hence the younger sibling.
Like we said, it looks just like the Samsung Galaxy Grand, just a little shorter. But the Galaxy Grand Quattro looks more sqaurish than the Grand. It is slightly curved on the corners and on the edges at the back- story of almost every other phone. It is on the heavier side weighing about 143g. The dimensions of this smartphone are 133.3 x 70.7 x 9.7 mm (5.25 x 2.78 x 0.38 in) making it fairly thick too for your pocket and hands. The usual 3.5mm head phone jack, microUSB port, volume rockers and dedicated camera button for a camera which is not even, well let’s save it for the last. It comes in their classic white and pebble black colours.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro disappoints on the display just like Samsung did on the Galaxy Grand. Such a disappointing flushed 4.7 inch display the Galaxy Win has. It comes with a relatively lower resolution of 480×800 pixels with just 199ppi pixel density. That must be one of the lowest pixel densities on a 4.7 inch screen in the whole market. The display would turn you off. It has bad backs, bad saturation and bad colour uniformity. The tweaking done by Samsung does help a bit; it looks to the eye more like a 230ppi display. But you cannot hide what is there, when you are gaming or watching full HD content you know where the display lags. It is well protected by Gorilla Glass; don’t bother on the scratch guard.
Probably the only thing good about the Galaxy Grand Quattro is its software. It runs on the Android OS v4.1 Jelly Bean along with Samsung’s own UI the TouchWiz. Android brings great customization to your smartphones, you can build it up from scratch to suit you like if it was tailor made for you. Certain apps can also make your skin change to a fully working iOS or WP interface. That’s so cool. You get tons of applications to use from, for games, movies, music, e book readers, documents and awful lot of things you want to do from the smartphone. The 4.7 inch just helps literally expanding your workplace on the phone so you can do more without your eyes giving up too quickly or the strain anywhere else. Android is also a wide base for developers, the best SDK is provided by Android, no doubt about that. Everything given straight from Google is just incredible.
If the camera on the Samsung Galaxy Grand was not good enough, how would this be? The Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro has a 5MP primary camera. It is just decent, just ok to have. You don’t want that on your device for which you gave Rs16,000 for! I mean hello? HTC’s older versions with 5MP camera sensor take much better photographs compares to Samsung’s 5MP group and they are one whole generation of phones behind in comparison. It takes images in 2592×1944 pixels resolution. It can detect faces, smiles and has touch to focus or even the auto focus. It can take videos in 720p quality at 15 frames per second. One more disappointment in the camera forte comes on the secondary front; the front camera is just a general VGA camera. But we have seen worst, VGA front cameras on 25,000INR priced phones. It is nothing too new.
Memory and Data
So the Samsung Galaxy Quattro comes with an internal memory of 8 giga bytes and main memory or RAM of 1 GB. You do not even get Bluetooth’s latest v4.0 instead you get the v3.0. There is no NFC on this phone as well. It does support 2G and 3G wave bands. Connection to the internet can also be made via the Wi-Fi. The memory can be expanded up to 32 giga bytes using the microSD cards.
Samsung Galaxy Win is a very good performer. It gets its power from the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200 chip clocked at 1.2 GHz which is a “quad” core processor. Yes a quad core! The phone fancies 1GB of RAM. The high speed processor might prove to be too much for just 1GB of RAM. But, the phone does really well. It goes through seamlessly in most of the applications. If you buy the Galaxy Grand Quattro, it surely is for the performance and features. It also gives you good battery life with 210h of standby and 11h of talktime on 3G network.
Samsung Galaxy Quattro is more of a miss than a hit. We did not like the screen, we did not like the camera but we loved how the phone worked. But even that much be too fast for the RAM to keep up with. But, if you want a good, well-paced phone with a large screen (irrespective of the resolution or pixel density) then go for it. But then you would rather buy the Mircomax Canvas HD. It’s your choice.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro is priced at Rs. 16299
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – GT-I8550|
|GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – GT-I8552 (SIM 1 & SIM 2)|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|SIM||Optional Dual SIM (Mini-SIM and Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Status||Available. Released 2013, May|
|BODY||Dimensions||133.3 x 70.7 x 9.7 mm (5.25 x 2.78 x 0.38 in)|
|Weight||143.9 g (5.04 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||TFT capacitive touchscreen|
|Size||480 x 800 pixels, 4.7 inches (~199 ppi pixel density)|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Internal||8 GB, 1 GB RAM|
|Speed||HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Ceramic White, Titan Gray|
|– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
– SNS integration
– MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||(2G) / Up to 210 h (3G)|
|Talk time||(2G) / Up to 11 h (3G)|
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