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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review

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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review
Call Quality


During calls, we’re very happy with the high quality of sound in the earpiece - voices sound natural, very clean and sufficiently loud on our end of the line. Outgoing quality is below average, though. Volume is loud enough, but the voices are a bit muted and dull, lacking vibrancy and clarity. It’s also worth noting that there is just a single microphone on the Grand 2, so it does not support noise cancellation.

Battery life


One of the biggest improvements in the Grand 2 (over the original Galaxy Grand) is the fact that it now ships with a large 2600mAh battery (up from 2100mAh) with a quoted talk time of 17 hours on 3G. Real-world testing showed that you can expect around a day and a half between charges on average. As is the case with many Samsung devices, you can also easily peel off the back cover and swap batteries on the Grand 2.

Conclusion


All in all, the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is a very substantial upgrade to the original Grand that improves it in practically every aspect. We are particularly fond of the now much sharper and better looking 5.25-inch display, but the improvement in battery longevity is also very important.

The Grand 2 price varies across markets, and we’ve already mentioned that there are three different models, all shipping to different regions. In its main markets, the Grand 2 is priced at around €250 (the equivalent of roughly $350) off-contract, which is a very reasonable price.

Its biggest rival at the moment is the 5.5-inch HTC Desire 816 that is just slightly more expensive, but praised for its looks. Another option for buyers looking for the power of the Snapdragon 400 chip at an even lower price is the 4.5-inch Motorola Moto G, running on a near-stock version of Android.

All in all, the Grand 2 seems to have hit the sweet spot between price and function: it’s affordable, yet it is not making any huge compromises, and this makes it one of the best mid-range smartphones to get at the moment.



Pros

  • Vivid 5.25-inch 720p display
  • Snapdragon 400 is fast, Android runs with almost no lag
  • 2600mAh battery will last you a full day (and probably more)
  • 8-megapixel camera captures nice images, smooth video
  • Expandable storage
  • User-removable battery

Cons

  • Dated Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on board
  • Latest TouchWiz is not included
  • Limited amount of internal storage: 8GB, only 5GB user-available
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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: 325; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Its also looks better than the S5

posted on 08 May 2014, 11:29 1

4. zuckerboy (banned) (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 (banned) (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: 172; 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: 317; 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: 307; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Nice mid-range. Kudos to Samsung.

posted on 08 May 2014, 11:30 1

6. Arte-8800 (banned) (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: 3024; 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: 94; 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: 8; 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: 101; 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: 2866; 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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