Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is the upgraded version of highly popular smartphone Galaxy Grand. Galaxy Grand took the smartphone market by storm and it helped Samsung in increasing their market share. With Galaxy grand 2 company is trying to repeat the success story. There are lot of differences between Galaxy Grand and Galaxy Grand 2. So is it worth buying? And will it leave the same impact on the market? Read on to find out.

Unboxing

Galaxy Grand 2 Retail box consists of the handset, 2600 mAh battery, charging adapter, microUSB to USB cable, earphones, ear plug caps and quick start guide. Here is the unboxing video for the Galaxy Grand 2:

Display & Design

Galaxy Grand 2 looks similar to its predecessor but it is bigger in size. It measures 146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm and weighs around 163 grams. The only noticeable difference between the two devices is the faux-leather texture on Grand 2.

In front you have a  5.25 inch HD display which has a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. The display is quite good with decent viewing angles and sunlight readability. We didn’t face any problems while using the touch of the device.

samsung galaxy grand 2Above the display there is a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera for video calling, an earpiece, ambient light and proximity sensors. You will also find Samsung branding just below the earpiece and Duos branding on the right of it indicating that it is a dual SIM smartphone.

samsung galaxy grand 2 above displayBelow the display you have a physical home button at the center with two touch buttons on either side.

samsung galaxy grand 2 touch buttonsOn the right side of the device you just have a power/lock key.

samsung galaxy grand 2 sideOn the left side there is just a volume rocker.

samsung galaxy grand 2 side 2On the top we have the 3.5mm audio jack .

samsung galaxy grand 2 top

On the bottom we have the microUSB port which is used for charging your device as well as for data transfer. Along with the microUSB port you will find the primary microphone.

samsung galaxy grand 2 bottom

Moving to the back of the device you will find a 8 megapixel camera along with LED flash on the left side and speaker grill on the right. Just below the camera you will find the Samsung branding. The back panel has a faux-leather texture and just like other Samsung devices it can be removed.

samsung galaxy grand 2 back

If you remove the back cover you will find a 2600 mAH battery and two micro SIM card slots along with a microSD slot just above the first micro SIM slot.

samsung galaxy grand 2 above displayOverall, the device has good build quality and it is definitely one of the best smartphone in terms of build quality in this range. The device has a 5.25 inch display which might cause some problems while operating it with just one hand unless you turn on the one handed operation feature.

Hardware & Performance

The phone is powered by a quad core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset along with 1.5GB RAM and Adreno 305 GPU.  It comes with 8GB internal storage which can be expanded by using a microSD card. The device is quite powerful to handle most of the tasks and apps. We ran few benchmark tests on the device and here are the results:

  • Quadrant Standard – 8416
  • AnTuTu – 17014.
  • Nenamark 2 – 56.2 fps

The above scores clearly shows that Grand 2 is a powerful device and it can handle multitasking with ease. We performed a Gaming Test on the device to see how does it performs while playing some of the most famous games available for the Android platform. We played Asphalt 8, Nova 3, Dead Trigger and temple run 2 on the device and you can see the below video to see the gaming performance of the device:

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 has good performance, smooth interface and it can handle your daily tasks, apps and games easily. You might notice an occasional lag in some high end games but still you won’t be disappointed with the overall performance of the device.

Software

The device runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS along with Samsung TouchWiz UI on Top. Just like other Samsung devices it also comes with some cool features such as multi window which allows you to run two apps simultaneously in split-screen mode.

Another interesting feature present in Grand 2 is the My Magazine which is similar to the Flipboard app. You need to swipe up on the screen to open the My Magazine app.

Camera

Grand 2 comes with a 8 megapixel back camera with LED flash and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera for video calling and for clicking selfies. It can record full HD i.e 1080p videos at 30fps from the back camera and 720p videos from the front camera.

samsung galaxy grand 2 cameraThe camera interface is similar to the other high end galaxy devices such as  Galaxy S4. On the bottom left you have the thumbnail of you last clicked image and if you tap on it you can access all the images in the gallery. On the right side you have a video recorder key on the top, camera shutter key in the middle and mode selection key at the bottom.

samsung galaxy grand 2 camera interfaceThe quality of captured images is quite good. It was able to capture good quality images in both good and low light conditions. Here are some of the sample images clicked using the 8 megapixel back camera of the Galaxy Grand 2:

Battery Life

The phone comes with a 2600 mAh removable Li-ion battery. The battery life of the device is very good and it can easily last for a day even with above normal usage. With light or normal usage the phone can last for a day and half.

Conclusion

Samsung has made lot of changes & improvements in Grand 2 as compare to its predecessor. They have managed to fix almost all the flaws of the Galaxy Grand in the Grand 2 and therefore it is a worthy successor. The device is available in India for Rs 22,000 and we would highly recommend you to buy the device if you are looking for a higher mid range Android smartphone.

Pros:

  • Display
  • Build quality
  • Camera
  • Performance
  • Excellent battery life

Cons:

  • Bit on the expensive side
  • Occasional Lag for high end games

Author: Akshay Aggarwal

Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009.

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