Samsung Galaxy Grand is the powerful as well as sleek Smartphone which is recently launched by the Samsung. This Smartphone also seemed to continue the style introduced by S III. Now the changes came in Galaxy Grand that we did like to have. This is the review section for the Samsung Galaxy Grand and we will present you full description of this Smartphone along with good and bad point of Samsung Galaxy Grand.
Let’s move on with the Specification of Samsung Galaxy Grand, so these are like this:
Specifications Of Samsung Galaxy Grand
- General Connective Features: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz but this support is only for SIM 1
- HSDPA 21 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
- Dimensions: 143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm
- Weight: 162 g
- Display: 5 inch with 16M-color WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) capacitive touchscreen.
- CPU: Powerful Dual-core ARM Cortex A9 1.2 GHz processor.
- GPU: Broadcomm VideoCore IV.
- RAM: 1GB.
- OS: Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Memory: 8GB storage.
- Memory Expandable: microSD card slot, upto 64 GB.
- Camera: 8 megapixel Rear Camera.
- Video Recording: Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps,
- Extra Camera Features: LED flash, auto-focus camera with face detection, touch focus and image stabilization.
- Front Camera: 2-Megapixel front facing camera, with video-calls support.
- Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot.
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0+HS
- USB Ports: MHL-enabled standard microUSB port.
- GPS: GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS
- Ports: 3.5mm audio jack, USB port for Charging and DATA Transfer.
- Extended Support: FM radio, USB-on-the-go Support.
- Sensors: Built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor and gyroscope sensor.
- UI: TouchWiz 5.0 Nature UX.
- Codec Support: DivX/XviD codec support.
- Price: Rs. 21500
Pros And Cons Of Samsung Galaxy Grand:
- Large 5-inch screen.
- Dual SIM version (GT-I9082)
- Full HD video recording 1080p at 30fps.
- Run latest Android operating system: Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Powerful camera (8 MP).
- NFC support
- 4G LTE
- Plastic chassis is not great as of Note II and S III.
- Handling of the phone is not good as were in Note II and S III.
- Pixel Density is low i.e., 187ppi.
- No AMOLED Display.
- There’s no dedicated camera shutter key.
Samsung has built its device at 143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6mm which is the thinnest 5 incher we’ve seen. The thickness has been maintained to 10mm. It weights at 162g, which is relatively good for a device of this large 5-inch display. Galaxy Note II and S III both has relatively good plastic chassis than that of in Grand. The logo of “Duos” has been sustained in the Grand Duos version i.e. is only present on the I9082 model. Looking at the front panel there is a series of Sensors and 2-MP front camera. Left side of the device there is volume rocker. Right side there is Lock button and the same is used for unlocking the device.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand uses a 5″ capacitive touchscreen display of 480 x 800 pixels resolution. Pixel density of Samsung Galaxy Grand is pretty low, I meant that it has – 187ppi to be accurate. There is no AMOLED displays so you will not see the great contrast ratio and good viewing. There is no further High-end HD Screen resolution comparison as there is no AMOLED display, but it display more than it worth.
Controls and handling
- We can easily find three keys under the large screen i.e., the capacitive Menu and Back keys on either side of a hardware Home button.
- Above the display you can find the earpiece, some sensors and the 2 megapixel front facing camera.
- The top of the phone features just the 3.5mm audio jack.
- At the bottom are the microUSB port and the mouthpiece.
- The microUSB port supports MHL, enabling HD video out up to 1080p and multi-channel audio output which makes you feel like GRAND.
- There’s no dedicated camera shutter key.
- The 8 megapixel camera lens, LED flash, and loudspeaker are present on the back panel of the device and there is not any changes bought considering S III or Note II.
- Underneath the battery cover, you’ll find the two SIM compartments, as well as the microSD card slot.
- The secondary SIM on the dual-SIM I9082 model is accessed from the bottom right and is swappable, although you have to remove the back panel of inserting it.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand comes with an 8MP camera capable of capturing photos at a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels means full HD. It has an LED flash to assist it in low lighting conditions or at the night. The good feature you are having in the stock Camera app that you can pick any four shortcuts to put in the camera mode. It made you damn easier to access the frequent options chosen by you to assist in the handling. Another one is the Setting option which you will find always attached. You have various kind of features like: touch focus, smile shot, continuous shot, and panorama mode and can snap photos during video recording but at only 720p resolution not I the 1080p because it will access the device full power to give it greater fps.
- Grand has Li-Ion battery of 2100 mAh.
- It gives you talk time backup of 10 hrs (3G).
- And in Stand By mode of 440 hrs (3G).
UI (User Interface)
The Samsung Galaxy Grand runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean preloaded from Samsung. This is also skinned with the latest TouchWiz launcher and dubbed Nature UX. Thus the UI is quite similar to that you will find in Galaxy S III mini and S II Plus. The Jelly Bean made a charm to Grand and Samsung made the beyond the obvious benefits to the user experience compared to stock Android. They have taken advantage of the same premium combination that powers the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II and made a Mid-range monster.
The lockscreen in Grand have “tap and drag in any direction to unlock” mode which can can be thus changed as it runs on Android. And there’re ripples accompanied by water-drop sound as you drag your finger through the screen to unlock. Additional unlock routines provided also – motion, face and voice among them. You have three customizable lockscreen shortcuts, and you can drag one to activate the corresponding app. Grand contains only three is rather odd since on the Galaxy S III there are five for the same.
The notification area is quite featured which offers a quick toggles for Wi-Fi, GPS, Silent mode, Screen rotation, Bluetooth. You can swipe to the side to get even more options for accessing like: Mobile data, blocking mode, Power saving and even Multi-Window support which was a great reason for the achievement of Note II. The down side it toggles for the brightness slider, which is thus completed with an automatic mode checkbox. There are also a couple of other useful things you could notice like the Settings shortcut in the upper right corner, the time/date to its left and the carrier name at the bottom.
Jelly Bean comes with a selection of widgets, with some custom additions by Samsung. The widgets are resizable too. Widgets automatically swiped when you’re reorganizing the homescreen of the device.
Once you get several apps running, you can use the task switcher to go back and forth between them. It’s a Jelly Bean-style vertical list with a screenshot and a name for each app. Swiping an app sideways removes it from the list. There are three buttons at the bottom of the list. One to bring out Samsung’s task manager. One to launch Google Now. Kill all apps button to end all the task running.
Dual SIM UI
The dual-SIM interface is what’s been added to this particular Galaxy. Allowing you to select which SIM card you wish to dial numbers from (which displays as a number on the taskbar), as well as which SIM’s data service network to use. You can also quickly switch between both SIM cards from the notification area.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand comes with the default Jelly Bean Gallery with some additional TouchWiz experience which makes it quite good. Besides Album view, photos can also be sorted by Location, Time, Person (photos with tagged faces) and Group. When viewing a single photo, you’ll find several sharing shortcuts and a delete button above the photo make is a default function available in Jelly Bean OS.
Galaxy Grand employs the same TouchWiz-ed music player of Music on the device as well as for other connected device. It has enabled equalizer presets along with the sound-enhancing SoundAlive technology, which features 7.1 channel virtualization which is now Omni present in Samsung Devices. Grand also offers you the new Music square feature which is quite similar to the SensMe feature found on some Sony smartphones. It automatically rates a song as exciting or calm, passionate or joyful and places those tracks on a square. Songs on devices connected to your Wi-Fi network are as easy to get to as locally stored songs.
In the Video Player of the Grand It offers several view modes – grid, list, folders and nearby devices (which accesses DLNA devices). You can pinch-zoom the video window to adjust its size of the video in the video player. The video player lets you squeeze the best viewing experience out of the screen – you can adjust video brightness, Auto play next, play speed, SoundAlive and enable subtitles.