Samsung released its Galaxy Grand Duos smartphone in India, in January 2013. There were rumours that Samsung is doing this to stop the advancement of Micromax smartphones in India. Whether it is true or false, Grand Duos could catch the attention of the market. Read here the detailed analysis of Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos smartphone.
Design and Exterior:
There is nothing new in the sturdy design of Samsung Galaxy Grand, except for the large display of the phone. Galaxy Grand Duos is available in Blue and White colour variations. In its design, the Galaxy Grand Duos looks like a smaller variant of Galaxy Note II or a bigger variant of Galaxy S III. The phone is quite handy. The Galaxy Grand is not just smaller, but thinner too, than Galaxy Note II.
Other than the big 5 inches display screen, we can see the front camera, speaker grill, and home button on the front portion of Galaxy Grand Duos. There is the Volume rocker on the left side of the device, and a power/lock button on the right side of the phone. On the top of Galaxy Grand, there is a 3.5mm headset plug-in hole and as usual the Micro USB connector is also located at the bottom of the device.
On the rear side of the device, there is an LED flash light to support the 8MP rear camera. The speakers also occupy there. The device is out and out plastic made. Though there is nothing novel in the plasticity design, it does not give a premium look to the device.
The Galaxy Grand DUOS has a 5.0 inches LCD screen with a resolution of 480×800 pixels. The PPI or the pixels Per density of the phone is one thing that disappointed so many fans of Samsung. The device has only 187 ppi, which is really poor, comparing to the decently bigger screen. Samsung could have foreseen that the users of this 5 inches screened phone will be ardent fans of Games and videos. For them, this pixel density really matters. Other than that, the display of the phone has nothing extra ordinary y to be mentioned.
CPU and Performance:
The performance of Galaxy Grand is good, but not excellent. There are some cases reported by some users, where their Grand get stuck so often. Lets hope that those were only one or two incidences. But we should take in to consideration the price tag of the phone. Remember, it is a mid ranged smartphone. Not a high end one. So, when comparing, there is no point in comparing Galaxy Grand Duos with Galaxy S III or S IV.
The Galaxy Grand features a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor which is fast enough to give the user an enjoyable experience for daily usage. The dual core processor is coupled with 1GB RAM. It offers 8GB of internal storage with additional expandable memory up to 64GB. As part of the company offer, users can also avail 50GB of free Dropbox storage along with Rs. 8,000 worth of movies and music from the myServices app.
The device runs pretty smoothly without any lags, especially while playing games. Multi tasking is also running smoother. The device has a good browsing experience also. Even websites with heavy images are getting loaded, zoomed and scrolled quicker.
There is the “floating key board” option, which can be used in split-screen mode that can be positioned anywhere on the screen while using two opened apps simultaneously.
Some say that there is some difficulty in typing messages in Galaxy Grand Duos. That is true for those ho with a pretty small hand. There is a solution for it. You can use the handwriting prediction mode, where you can write the words with your finger. It should work.
The Samsung Grand DUOS features Samsung’s own Nature UX interface. It is the same interface used in Galaxy S III and Galaxy S IV. This interface can also be found on the Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note II devices for example. But in Galaxy Grand, Samsung was rather forced to downgrade the UI. So, not all smart functions are that smooth with its scaled down UI.
One of the smart functions the Galaxy Grand DUOS does have is Smart Stay. Smart Stay makes you able to prevent the device from going to lock mode. The phone uses the front camera to detect your face for this feature. Another smart feature of the Galaxy Grand DUOS is Multi-Window. Owing much to the big display screen, the multi window option of the phone works rather good. Samsung Galaxy Grand is using Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) as its Operating System.
Galaxy Grand has an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front facing camera. The 8MP back camera can take excellent pictures at a maximum resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. It can record videos of Full HD too. The front camera is very useful comparing to other phones, as it will be used for the Smart Stay feature.
There are multiple modes for the rear camera. Smile, Burst and Panorama modes are only some of the many. For Panorama photos the maximum angle of the pictures is 180 degrees. We can hope that the next device from Samsung will have it increased to 360 degrees.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Grand Duos is a quad-band GSM handset with 3G support. There is also a dual-band Wi-Fi with hotspot capabilities and Wi-Fi Direct, GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS, DLNA, external storage of up to 64GB, and Bluetooth 4.0. though there are no TV-out and NFC, that is not that much a concerning matter, we feel. Dual-SIM management is also handled well. You have the option of dual standby for the SIM cards and also configure which SIM should use 3G packet data. The phone presents a very good browsing experience too.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos has an internal Storage capacity of 8 GB. But only 5GB is available for the users. The phone has 1 GB RAM too. It has MicroSD card slot to expand the memory up to 64 GB.
Galaxy Grand Duos has a 2100mAH battery. With regular use the battery can last about 1 to 3 days. For intensive use of the device it will last about 1 full day. The standby time of the device is about 2 to 3 weeks.
There are multiple reviews from users about the battery life of their Galaxy Grand. But we did not feel much problems.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos is available now at a price of 21,490/-. At this price, it is a best phone to try, unless you are not that keen about the ppi of the screen.
If you are looking for a dual sim smartphone with decent features and not ready spend high amounts, Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos will be the best choice for you. But, if you are ready to spend a bit more money to get highly polished features with superb screen clarity, then you should try the Note II or the S III or S IV. And if you are not at all brand conscious, you can get Micromax Canvas HD, Karbonn S1 Titanium or Karbonn S5 Titanium, which are of pretty lesser amounts than this.
• Good Performance.
• Good camera.
• Large screen.
• Advanced features.
• Jelly Bean OS.
• Poor PPI
• Only 5GB of 8GB internal storage is available for the users.
• Only 1GB RAM.
• Battery could have been better.
• Monotonous Design.
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