Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 full Review, Price & Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 G7102 is the worthy successor of Samsung’s highly successful Galaxy Grand Duos. This smartphone is much better in almost all aspects compared to the previous Grand and the price in India is also reasonable. At launch, it’s priced at 22,000 Rs ~ 360 USD.

 

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

The new Galaxy Grand II sports a larger 5.25″ TFT display with decent 720p resolution @280 ppi, which is far better than the 187 ppi of the 1st generation one. The CPU is also a quad-core one with the same 1.2GHz clock speed though the processor has been downgraded to Cortex-A7. The GPU this time is Adreno 305. The internal storage is disappointing 8GB only & the RAM is upgraded 1.5GB. The camera remains the same, i.e. 8MP at the back & 1.9MP at the front [Grand has 2MP front camera]. The Android version out-of-the box is latest 4.3 [Jelly Bean]. There is a lather like plastic back cover like Note 3 as well.

 

Key Features

  • 1.19 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage
  • Huge 5.25 inches TFT display with 1280×720 pixels resolution @280 ppi pixel density
  • Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS with brilliant TouchWiz UX UI
  • 8 MP AF camera with Full HD recording, 1.9 MP front camera
  • Large 2600 mAh  battery
  • Dual SIM support with ‘Smart Dual SIM’ functionality
  • Multi window true multi-tasking

Market status: Available, released – February, 2013

 

Specifications

DISPLAY Size 5.25 inches (13.36 cm) Too large for one hand operations though there are lots of one handed screen options. The resolution is much better than previous Grand duos, pixels are hardly noticeable now. Excellent color reproduction & pixel crispness make the display look very saturated & attractive.
Technology TFT, 16M colors
Resolution HD i.e. 1280×720 px @ 280 ppi
Type Capacitive, Multi-touch (5)
EXTERIOR Dimensions 146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm Though the dimension of this phone is huge, it’s still usable by one hand, you have to get used to it. The front has the typical Samsung Galaxy phone look, the back cover looks like lather though completely made of plastic. The build of Galaxy Grand 2 is overall decent.
Weight 163 g
Ports & Keys Home [hardware], Menu & Option keys, front camera (front), Volume rocker (right), Power key (left), 3.5 mm jack (top), microUSB port (bottom), Camera with flash (back)
Sensors Proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Colors White, Black, Pink
PROCESSINGPOWER Processor Quad-core 1.19 GHz Cortex-A7 Reasonably good hardware, much better than the 1st gen Grand. Excellent gaming performance.
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8226
GPU Adreno 305
MEMORY System Memory 1.5 GB RAM Good RAM size – needed to handle the intensive UI. Internal memory should have been 16 GB – a big disappointment here.
Internal Storage 8 GB (3.98 GB available)
Expansion microSD up to 64 GB
SOFTWARE OS Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) Almost latest OS version with a brilliant & intuitive user interface, you may face occasional lags or hiccups though.
User Interface TouchWiz UX UI
CONNECTIVITY SIM Micro SIM, Dual slot (GSM+GSM) Best in class connectivity options with dual SIM dual standby support, fastest 3G speed. Still there is no NFC.
Operatingfrequencies GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHzUMTS – 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
3G 42.2 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
GPS Yes, with A-GPS and GLONASS
Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP
USB microUSB v2.0
NFC No
Radio Stereo FM radio
CAMERA Primary 8 megapixels Great image quality. Low light photography is also not bad & full HD video recording is nice as well. The innovative camera modes & controls are quite handy and directly borrowed from the premium Galaxy Note 3. Rating 4/5
Secondary 1.9 megapixels
Video Up to 1080p@30fps (Primary)
Flash Single LED
Features Best photo, best face, beauty face, continuous shot(@3fps), HDR(rich tone), night mode, panorama, sound & shot, sports mode, cheese shutter(capture with voice commands like cheese, smile, shoot etc.), anti-shake, touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image capture during videography, volume key as the shutter
BATTERY Capacity  2600 mAh  Li-lon Good battery back-up. You will get at least a full day battery back-up on normal to heavy uses, two days with wireless turned off.
Talk Time Up to 17h (3G)
Standby Time Up to 370h (3G)
OTHERFEATURES
  • Other sensors : Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Compass
  • Multi window true multi-tasking
  • ‘Smart Dual SIM’ calling (receive calls from SIM 2 even if you are busy on a call over SIM 1)
  • ‘Smart stay’
  • Face & voice unlock
  • One handed operations
  • Palm swipe to capture, turn over to mute gestures
  • Adapt sound
  • Music square
  • S Voice assistance
This is a feature rich device with a lot of innovative features available on the premium Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Note 2. Adapt sound sets the sound quality in accordance with your hearing capabilities & enhances the required frequencies. ‘Smart dual SIM’ function & gestures are very handy sometimes. Check the video reviews for demonstrations.
SAR INFO 0.58 W/kg (head), 1.03 W/kg (body) [US]0.44 W/kg (head), 0.44 W/kg (body) [EU] Far below the limit.
PRICE Approx. 22,000 INR ~ 375 USD Decent pricing, value for money rating 4/5

 

Strong points : Simple & intuitive user interface with smart features, gestures & one-handed screen options. The large display size with superb color reproduction, latest OS, 1.5GB RAM make this device one of the most desirable phones for the mid-range phone buyers. You can have the taste of innovative Galaxy S4 & Note 3 on this Grand 2.

Weak points : The internal memory is only around 4 GB user available out-of-the-box which is a bad news for the gamers. Though you can move a very small part of the downloaded games to the external SD card, 4GB storage is too low for a device with these specs. Huge dimensions also may create inconvenience sometimes.

Suitable for those people who are looking for a high performance gaming phone with a brilliant UI & huge display at a very decent price. This phone is also great for watching movies, photography, ebook reading, browsing & obviously showing off the awesomeness of the UI to friends & family.

 

 

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