The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is the company’s successor to the massively popular Galaxy Grand device from last year. It is now available in India and is expected to roll out on other regions as well. The Galaxy Grand 2 will have two other variants, the single-SIM version and the LTE version. The Indian Galaxy Grand 2 also comes with free access to Club Samsung for three months.
And as to the question – “is the phone for me?, does it have what i want/hate in a phone?,” let’s all find out in this in-depth review by our YouTube partner, Ash from C4ETech.
Hardware and Design
First things first. Let’s lay out our reviewee’s technical specifications. The Galaxy Grand 2 runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and features a 5.25-inch display with 1280 × 720 resolution (280 ppi), powered by a quad core Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB of RAM, an 8MP/1.9MP camera combo, with 8GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card slot, and a 2,600mah battery.
As for it’s design, the first thing you’ll notice with the Galaxy Grand is that it features the same faux leather back found in the high-end Galaxy Note 3. Making it a plus factor for this device. The device is also .77 milimeters thinner than it’s predecessor but is a bit heavy at 163 grams, almost as heavy as the bigger Galaxy Note 3 which weighs 168 grams. Aside from that, you will see the same standard Samsung design and slot positioning from all Samsung Galaxy devices.
The Grand 2’s display is also pretty good with it’s 720p (280 ppi) resolution. Images are sharp enough, Colors are natural, and has pretty decent viewing angles.
Interestingly though, the Grand 2 lacks a secondary noise cancelling microphone which is pretty much a standard on most smartphones these days. The plastic sides are fingerprint magnets as well.
The software side of the Grand 2 leaves something to be desired as well as it seems to feature a skinned TouchWiz as a lot of features like Airview, Smart Pause, Smart Notifications, and Motion Controls are non-existent in this device. Haptic feedback is there but only works on incoming calls and when you open an application in multiwindow. There’s no option of turning it off or on in settings.
The Grand 2 runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box. And if the latest leak about Samsung’s Android 4.4 KitKat roll out plans is true, we won’t be seeing a KitKat treat for this device any time soon.
The Galaxy Grand 2’s 8MP rear-facing camera is pretty decent and performs well. The shutter speed is pretty fast, and images are sharp and clear. 1080p video capture was also surprisingly good as well.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand is being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, and packs a spacey 1.5GB of RAM. But it proved to be not as powerful as the Galaxy S3 that’s powered by a quac-core Exynos 4412 with 500MB less RAM at least according to their benchmark scores.
But being a mid-range device, the Grand 2 performed well and the Adreno 305 GPU is pretty decent as well. The device managed to run quite a few demanding games without any stutters or frame rate drops.
The Grand 2’s 2,600mAh battery also proved to be sufficient to last you a whole day as it lasted for almost 9 hours on a looping playback test. Moderate to slight heavy usage shouldn’t be a problem with this device.
Samsung has pretty much made it clear that this device is a mid-range smartphone, taking away lots of Touchwiz features that can be found on other high-end Galaxy devices. And at around a $350 price tag, the Galaxy S3 is actually cheaper. And with luck, you might even find a second-hand Galaxy S4 at around the same price. The Moto G is also a cheaper alternative which features pretty much the same specs except that it runs on stock Android.
Having said that, the Galaxy Grand 2 is still a good mid-range device but the Galaxy S3 seems to be the better recommendation at this point feature-wise. Buy at your discretion.
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