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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review

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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review
Introduction


The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is the second-generation of the phone Samsung released last year as its large-screen Android device for the masses, the original Grand. The new Grand is not all that gigantic by today’s standards with its 5.25-inch display, but it’s still as affordable and well-connected with support for dual SIM connectivity.

It’s also gotten some huge upgrades practically all along the spec sheet: gone are the sub-par 480p display and the small battery - the Grand 2 is now leaner and meaner with a pleasingly sharp 720p screen, a larger battery, and a speedier quad-core Snapdragon 400 system chip.

How does the Grand 2 do in real life and is it worth of its grandiose name? Let’s find out.

In the box:

  • User Manual
  • microUSB Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • In-ear headphones

Design

The Grand 2 is a 5.25” phone that is narrow enough for fairly comfortable use, and it's not too thick either. The new faux-leather style of the Grand 2, though, is deceptive, as the plastic on the back feels cheap.

The Galaxy Grand 2 adopts the faux-leather stitched design that Samsung first used in the Note 3, but while in the Note 3, the plastic features a soft and pleasant leathery feel, in the Grand 2, it feels like nothing more than just styled but still cheap plastic. Nonetheless, having this even most basic imitation of leather is better than dealing with the glossy plastic Samsung habitually used in the past - the patterned back of the Grand 2 does not get stained easily and has a better in-hand feel.

In terms of size, the body of the Grand 2 has gotten thinner (8.9mm vs 9.6mm thickness) and narrower (2.96” vs 3.03” width) than that of the original phone, and while it’s still hard to qualify the big-screened Grand 2 as slim, it’s a more ergonomic phone that is easier to use. The second-gen Grand is also solidly put together, and does not screek or squeal when you hold it tightly.

The Grand 2 features a large physical home key right below the display, and on its two sides are the capacitive menu and back keys. The other physical buttons are on the side: the lock key on the right is easy to reach and while it’s made of uninspiring plastic, it protrudes nicely and has nice travel, making it easy to press. The same can be said about the volume rocker, located on the left side of the phone.


Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
5.78 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches
146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Samsung Galaxy Grand
5.65 x 3.03 x 0.38 inches
143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm
5.71 oz (162 g)

Samsung Galaxy Grand

HTC Desire 816
6.17 x 3.1 x 0.31 inches
156.6 x 78.7 x 7.99 mm
5.82 oz (165 g)

HTC Desire 816

Motorola Moto G
5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches
129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)

Motorola Moto G

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

Gone is the pixelated screen of the original Grand - the Grand 2 features a bright, vivid, and sharp 5.25-inch 720p display.

The Galaxy Grand 2 comes with a large and overall fairly decent 5.25-inch LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Pixel density comes in at the quite reasonable 280ppi, so images and text appear sharp, unless you have the phone glued to your eyes. While higher-end devices nowadays come with much sharper displays, the screen on the Grand 2 is still a gigantic improvement over the one in the original Grand, and in itself is a fairly solid reason for an upgrade.

In terms of colors, this is a very good display for the mid-range price category of the Grand 2. Colors are punchy and definitely vivid and lively, something that will be considered a plus by most users. However, those who care about perfect color accuracy would notice it's a bit on the cold side, plus there is some oversaturation. Viewing angles are below average, and at a wider angle, colors start looking washed out.

While the Grand 2 has a very bright display, outdoors it’s still hard to read as screen reflections are just too noticeable. On the flip side, though, the handset can get down to very low minimum brightness of just 5 nits, a level that makes it very comfortable to read at extremely low light or at night without too much screen glow that tires the eyes.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 458
(Good)
5
(Excellent)
1:907
(Average)
8079
(Poor)
2.36
3.76
(Good)
5.68
(Average)
Motorola Moto G 429
(Good)
17
(Poor)
1:914
(Average)
7625
(Average)
2.56
4.10
(Average)
6.45
(Average)
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posted on 08 May 2014, 10:14 5

1. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


A friend of mine bought this yesterday. She's truly happy with it. it's a very good affordable device, it's fast and the screen is sharp.

posted on 08 May 2014, 10:43 7

2. sipha (Posts: 266; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Its also looks better than the S5

posted on 08 May 2014, 11:29 1

4. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


yes looks like s5 maybe new design team will manage design good looking phones...

posted on 08 May 2014, 11:29 2

5. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


True

The S5 looks like the S1

posted on 09 May 2014, 00:15 1

13. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Lmaooooo. S1? Where do u live? Antartica?

posted on 08 May 2014, 12:03 2

8. Peeyushmalik96 (Posts: 67; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


I live in India and all my friends who have either bought it or experienced it say that the phone is somewhat laggy and often hangs. Is it actually like this?

posted on 08 May 2014, 12:07

9. CyberFalcon (Posts: 161; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


my friend's GG 2 lags somewhat but not like GG 1...

posted on 09 May 2014, 00:14 1

12. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Nope it truly fast and smooth, either your friends bought a chinese copy or dont know what they did to the phone :/

posted on 09 May 2014, 03:13 1

16. Adithya7184 (Posts: 315; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


yeah..my roommate have this phone, and he didn't experienced a single lag till now

posted on 08 May 2014, 11:16 5

3. hafini_27 (Posts: 247; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Nice mid-range. Kudos to Samsung.

posted on 08 May 2014, 11:30 1

6. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Yeah it surely looks nice

This should be the S5

posted on 08 May 2014, 18:19 3

10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Yeah, and you should be home...you're drunk!

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 08:16

21. aroulis235 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jun 2014)


No. The S5 is really sh*tty. This should be the S5. Leather back, not like a band-aid.

posted on 08 May 2014, 11:42 1

7. csoulr666 (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


A real good device IMO, but I'm really surprised there is no noise cancelling microphone..............Not a deal breaker though

posted on 08 May 2014, 22:29

11. DannyJr (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 May 2014)


How does it compare with former flagship Galaxy phones? I can get off-contract Note2 and S3 for almost the same price, S4 Active for about $50 more, S4 regular for $75 more. Being former flagships, these still have pretty good, though dated, specs.

I'm leaning towards the Note2 myself. I don't need the latest and greatest but I do like well-built phones.

posted on 09 May 2014, 00:23

15. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Get a note 2. It has more support, its faster and has sbeam spen and plenty of other stuff, i have handled both but if you can get a note 2, get it.

posted on 09 May 2014, 04:05

17. alexvv (Posts: 73; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)


i would prefer an ips panel for viewing angles and probably a slighlty smaller display 5.1" for instance for greater ppi (it would also be even more pocketable than the grand) and a higher clocked s400 maybe 1.4ghz. but other than that a very satisfying midranger, almost as good as the note 2

posted on 13 May 2014, 00:18

18. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2633; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice review Victor.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 02:50

19. teknoprice (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jun 2014)


keren banget nih samsung galaxy grand 2... puas walaupun agak mahal sedikit

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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.3
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Display5.2 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (280 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8226, Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1536 MB RAM
Size5.78 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches
(146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm)
5.75 oz  (163 g)
Battery2600 mAh, 17 hours talk time

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