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Samsung went all out to provide a 5inch smartphone or you can call it a “phablet” to its consumers with a decent price. Samsung achieved so by releasing the Galaxy Grand in the market and it was straight away a best-seller. It was first released India and then in other parts of the world. Samsung really stepped it up to provide you good for less. The phone fancies a 5 inch display, a dual core processor and 1 GB RAM with 8GB internal memory. Galaxy Grand is quiet flashy. It does not look any different put against other high end Samsung Galaxy phones.
Samsung’s design philosophy remains same in almost all their phones. Like the SIII or the S Duos or the….you know what I mean, the Samsung Galaxy Grand is very slightly curved on the corners. At the back, the phone does not lay flat but curved just a little bit on the edges. It does not give you a perfect hold in the hand but who you are kidding it’s a 5 inch phone anyway. Galaxy Grand scales 143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm (5.65 x 3.03 x 0.38 in), its quiet large. It weighs 162g making it is quiet okay for a 143.5mm long phone. The phone has an average thickness, it’s not too thick. You get your usual microSD slots, microUSB slot, headphone jack and a dedicated camera button. The sound from the phone is quiet average and not of very good quality and certainly not of high quality. The screen is not glossy, making it easier for you to see even when sun reflects on it.
Galaxy Grand comes with a 8MP primary camera sensor capable of taking photographs in a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. It is easily not even close to a good quality 8MP camera. You do have the features to take pictures in different environment or conditions but that is pretty much it. The camera loses the battle in capturing good colours, minute details and the contrast. The image you try to get is not close to what you are trying to capture. Video quality capture is simply amazing, 1080p full HD with beautiful sound capturing capabilities. Really amazing. It can detect faces, smiles, use LED flash and autofocus/touch to focus. The secondary camera is a 2MP camera, very nice for video calls.
This decent smartphone by Samsung does all your tasks really well. It has a powerful 1.2GHz Dual Core Cortex A-9 chip, it is at par against many smartphones in terms of speed. It also has a 1GB of RAM which helps you to hold up for great multitasking for the apps running in the background on your phone. The phone is not as fluid in response like the high end phones, I mean obviously but a real great one. Considering the price, we could have expected a bit more on the processor speed but frankly this much is still enough “yet” it is going to be slow within no time for the coming apps in another quarter of the year. The applications we ran on this phone, it performed really well. Not much of lag, no out of the blue crash, nothing. It is a really good phone in terms of performance.
What is a 5-inch smartphone without a great display? It tends to equal to nothing for people buying it for such a large screen. Samsung Galaxy Grand has missed its mark on the display. The phone has a 5.0 inch TFT Capacitive touchscreen display with a very low resolution of 480x800pixels. Even the pixel density is really low accounting to 187ppi. But the display does not look as poor as the specs sound. Samsung has gone forward tweaking the display to reflect better quality and vibrant pixels for the same density. Though it is a 187ppi display, it looks like more of a 220ppi. But, one cannot hide all the shortcomings. When you do view the HD content, you can see how under-detailed they are. But for general public, it is quite a stunning display to keep. Great for entertainment.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand runs on the Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. If you think the TouchWiz UI brings all the features of the Note I or Note II, then you are wrong. It does have the multi-window functionality but not the way you can use the Galaxy Note. Not even close. The Android OS helps it’s batter life, managing RAM and providing you with great features. The notification panel not only shows you the related news but also acts a short cut control centre from where you can enable or disable stuff on your phone like Wi-Fi, Bluetooh, orientation etc. Android welcomes you to the world of uniformity and freedom. It gives you power to share and acquire. You are in a world of hundreds and thousands of useful application to make your life easier. The front runner for development, Android is just your best choice.
Memory and Data
This smartphone holds an internal memory of 8GB, which should be sufficient for you to manage your files, store movies and tons of applications. If required, you get the option of expanding the memory using the microSD card which can boom your memory to up to 64GB. You can use bluetooh v4.0 to share your files or use it to play music through Bluetooth speaks and other great things it is capable of. We are very disappointed with the non-availability of NFC of phone with such a price. It supports your 2G and 3G networks but no 4G LTE. You can also choose to connect to the internet via the Wi-Fi.
If you do not have the money to go out and buy a SIII or any other expensive large screen phone, then this is your device to buy. It is not the most powerful or not the best looking phone in its price range but it does fairly well. If you are sensitive about the camera on your phone, we recommend you stay away. If you are always on the go, travelling a lot and want to watch movies, upload it up and make good use of the display it wont disappoint. The performance on this phone is very nice, more than average but not par. All in all, a very decent package, lots of features only one way to describe this phone- Jack of all, king of none.
Samsung Galaxy Grand is priced at Rs. 19500
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 – SIM 1 only|
|HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 – SIM 1 only|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Mini-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Status||Available. Released 2013, January|
|BODY||Dimensions||143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm (5.65 x 3.03 x 0.38 in)|
|Weight||162 g (5.71 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||480 x 800 pixels, 5.0 inches (~187 ppi pixel density)|
|– TouchWiz UI|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 64 GB|
|Internal||8 GB, 1 GB RAM|
|Speed||HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization|
|Video||Yes, 1080p@30fps, stereo sound rec., check quality|
|Secondary||Yes, 2 MP|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9|
|GPU||Broadcom VideoCore IV|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, support and GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|– 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 2100 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 440 h|
|Talk time||Up to 10 h 10 min|
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