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Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review

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Interface and functionality

Samsung has graced the Grand DUOS with the Nature UX it debuted in the S III, in all its Smart Stay and PopUp Play glory. The phone is poised to run Android 4.1.2, too, so in terms of software and interface you will be at the forefront of dual SIM device choices.

Samsung has graced the Grand DUOS with the Nature UX - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
Samsung has graced the Grand DUOS with the Nature UX - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
Samsung has graced the Grand DUOS with the Nature UX - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
Samsung has graced the Grand DUOS with the Nature UX - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review

Samsung has graced the Grand DUOS with the Nature UX


PopUp Play - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review

PopUp Play

Moreover, despite its average specs, the Grand DUOS rocks the Multi-window mode with a handy switch in the notification bar toggles. It lets you run two apps on the screen at any given time, and you can resize the space they occupy at will. A floating keyboard also appears in this mode, so you can type comments, and watch something at the same time. Needless to say, the bigger the screen, the more useful this multi-window mode, and in that respect the Grand Duos delivers.

The two regular-sized SIMs are switched back and forth via the SIM Card Manager app in Settings, or from the notification bar, which lets you go from one card to the other with a tap, while the phone supports dual standby mode as well.

The SIM app lets you manage the level of connectivity – for example, you can tell the handset to allow an incoming call from the other card while you are using data with the SIM currently set as default.

The SIM app lets you manage the level of connectivity - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
The SIM app lets you manage the level of connectivity - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
The SIM app lets you manage the level of connectivity - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
The SIM app lets you manage the level of connectivity - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
The SIM app lets you manage the level of connectivity - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
The SIM app lets you manage the level of connectivity - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
The SIM app lets you manage the level of connectivity - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
The SIM app lets you manage the level of connectivity - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review

The SIM app lets you manage the level of connectivity


Another setting you can check is to receive incoming call from the other line while talking through your main SIM.


Processor and memory

A Broadcom processor is what powers the Grand DUOS, not an Exynos chip. The BCM28155 SoC is a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 fabrication with a homebrew VideoCore IV GPU, and the typical for Cortex-A9s of yesteryear 40/45nm production method. The graphics processor made some pretty decent scores in NenaMark 2, as it has much less pixels to power than on HD or Full HD handsets.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos 3728 7525 58,9
Samsung Galaxy Note II 5806 13515 58
LG Optimus L5 1470 2665 14,2
Google Nexus 4 4757 10188 58,6


Samsung has placed 1 GB of RAM inside the phone, and 8 GB of internal memory, but there is a handy microSD slot for up to 64 GB memory cards as well.


Internet and connectivity

The default Samsung WebKit browser sports handy functions like saving the page for offline reading and adjustable brightness from within the browser interface, but since we have Android 4.1.2 here, it offers no Adobe Flash support from the box, so you'd have to sideload it if needed.

Viewing websites at this resolution is probably the biggest drawback of the 187ppi pixel density screen, as small text becomes unreadable when you zoom out, and appears somewhat jagged when reading.

Viewing websites on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
Viewing websites on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
Viewing websites on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
Viewing websites on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review

Viewing websites on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos


The Grand DUOS can keep you connected with two carrier networks at once, and you can use up to 21 Mbps HSPA+ download speeds on one, for instance, while receiving an incoming call from the other SIM card. The phone also houses the usual suite of other wireless connectivity options – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS with Glonass support, DLNA and FM Radio. About the only thing missing is NFC.

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posted on 26 Feb 2013, 08:32 5

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Best device ever :)

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 08:40 6

2. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


how??

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 08:45 3

3. Commentator (Posts: 2178; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


No cons at all!

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 09:17 3

10. XperiaUser (unregistered)


lolz !

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 19:31

45. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


Biased! No wonder. This is GalaxyArena after all. LOL!

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 05:18

50. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


Yeah galaxyarena the blackberry's flagship z10 got 7 and this stupid device with the pixel density of 187 got 8...lol

No justification galaxy/androidarena
I thought it was phonearena

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 09:00 4

4. GJanee (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


it is kind of ridiculous how all samsung phones look the same nowadays. they're just makign them larger or smaller and re-arrange the letters in the name or add in some nonsense. this is getting ridiculously close to what apple does.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 08:57 7

6. maccess (Posts: 478; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


but apple target the same market/segment every year.. samsung targets all segment from low to mid to high end.. so the consumer has choices..

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 09:16 4

9. donfem (Posts: 480; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I guess you have a problem with that uh? Samsung is just being smart. Unlike iphone which is exactly same and their fans are made to pay the same amount irrespective of status, just to be seen carrying it Icommend Samsung for the fact they give customers "the same feel and power" under the same body, at a lesser pricing.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 08:57 6

5. Rexperia (Posts: 98; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


Like usual... This is samsung device, that's why PA didn't notice the cons... No wonder...

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 10:28 2

12. GTR722 (Posts: 209; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


100% True, is this phone was made by Sony...no more than 7.0

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 11:30 3

13. dil2abu (Posts: 112; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Agree with you..
If this was made by Sony, PA would say like - WTF?? What Sony is thinking?? Very low res Display for 5 inch?? :O

Cons :
* Low res display
* Plastic body
* No S - Pen
* No Cons from PA :P

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 08:58 1

7. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


it has 2 cons

1) The screen resolution

2) The price.its already being sold in india for a price of 21500 rupees,which comes around $398

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 09:10 5

8. arfinkhan (Posts: 25; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


cheap plastic cheap design.......nothing anything new.......just size is bigger......and phonearena saying it blockbuster........and remarking nokia 720 as typicall unibody..........it doesnot matter what u bring......this year is not for samsung

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 09:17 2

11. donfem (Posts: 480; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I guess your opinion is all that counts? Good luck

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 12:36 2

14. Eonnaydra (Posts: 185; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Its the same Samsung s**t,plastic plastic and again plastic.All the Samsung phones are in fact the same,the same ugly design/UI/building quality(I dont see any difference between S3 and this,with the exception of resolution and some GHz in addition).The Samsung fans call it innovative )
Why PA doesnt mention Sony or Nokia more? Lumia 720 is a great handset over this samsungs**t.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 12:01 1

15. shashi.map (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


LOL C'mon PA , you say the lumia 720 felt plasticky eventhough its got a good feel to it and now come you didn't point out the plasticky con of the grand duos.......the screen might hold good for the resolution but still it's low by today's standard and it should have made the con list,,the design is the same as that of SGS3.......I'm pretty sure if a similar phone from Sony or LG were to be reviewed, they wouldn't have got anything more than 7/10 from PA

posted on 03 Mar 2013, 11:56 2

19. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


The Cons weren't pointed out because it is basically the same con for every Samsung Phone The Plastic, but unlike other companies the pebble design of the phone is more ergonomic thus making it not a deal breaker unless you want to get picky, and for the screen, he said how bad it was about 10 tens in the review (exaggeration) so I think he just overlooked putting it in the cons, and plus that con is a bit too obvious

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 12:33

29. shashi.map (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


i kinda want to agree with you but samsung are overkilling the design a bit too much.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 12:30

25. ddxmms (Posts: 141; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


its really not bad phone, bcoz you can use two sim card and bcoz the processor can handle the latest video games in the google play.

sure you can buy other devices with the same price such as the new nokia lumia 720, but in my opinion android is better than WP in bout the customization experience and the amount of app availability in bout the WP store and google play !

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 12:32

26. ddxmms (Posts: 141; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


its really not bad phone, bcoz you can use two sim card and bcoz the processor can handle the latest video games in the google play.

sure you can buy other devices with the same price such as the new nokia lumia 720, but in my opinion android is better than WP in Both the customization experience and the amount of app availability in Both the WP store and google play !

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:40

35. sarge77 (Posts: 201; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


lol this phone is just replacing the gs2 for thr dual core pretty much same specs as it besides the lte capability. samsungs can make a single core phone and make it water proof and people would praise it. You know its a gs4 downgraded to specs of gs2. good thing is this would be a budget phone

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 11:58

36. sen2013 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Draw backs:

No call recorder.

I am unable to sync this to Samsung kies ( the s/w for which you need turn-off ur antivirus for installation,as per comments from Samsung technical support), even Samsung technical support people also can't help me on this.

So if you want to sync it to your system, its hard.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 05:40

37. sen2013 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Guys one more problem. I bought this mobile very recently only, the ear phone & FM is not working , when i contacted customer care they asking me to go service centre, in this busy world after paying such an huge amount to purchase this device, i have to pay an extra amount to go for service centre also.

No Product model display in the samsung website for this technical support also. Don't go to this mobile blindly by just looking into the stylish of model it seems to be lots of other hidden problems, we need a proper service & customer care also in this busy world.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 16:35

40. androidTaker (Posts: 15; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


Another Plastic

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 04:52

41. 19chany8 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Low reselution display
Get the s4 instead!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 03:33

42. Golden_User (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


I have this phone for a week now BUT i cannot find the smiley icons when i am texting.
Please help me.

Thank you.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 03:07

43. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


i have bought a Grand Duos, in addition to a Samsung Galaxy SIII which already i have had.
galaxy grand is a superb Dual Sim cell phone.
u can contact me if u have any question :
amir.t@dr.com

posted on 28 May 2013, 15:48

44. DigitalDave (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 May 2013)


I had an htc desire hd which at the time of release was the best android device, with the smoothest touch, was better than galaxy s at that time.But its alluminium back made it so heavy. Point is, no point in having a strong case, if the end result is a heavier phone.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 05:23

46. LYK1999 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 May 2013)


Will grand lag while playing games or using multi-window?

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 05:25

47. LYK1999 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 May 2013)


Please reply...I gonna buy it soon...

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 00:51

48. VictorHu (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


This phone has best camera zooming. Dual sim. Big screen enough for my pocket. I dont want to use mega 5.8 or 6.3 in my pocket..to big to me. I use my samsung tab 7 inch to read pdf books.

Although it got low spek for display and speed. But the hd camera and features is food enough. It seems no differences between samsung grand display and galaxy s4 display.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 00:26

49. reham (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


will not having chipset affect heavy games???

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 01:27

51. shopbychoice (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Samsung Galaxy Grand duos is one of the best smartphone that comes with multi window for multitasking , 8 Mp front camera and 2 MP rear camera . It is powered by android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS with 1.2 GHz dual core processor .It is available on price Rs.- 18,990/- .

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 10:18

52. yhan23 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


Im a sonyarcs, samsunggalaxygrand and blackberry10 user but so far still cant let go of my sony still best though i cant update its software through wireless connections and its limited internal memory.
With Samsung Galaxy it always lag:( i dont know whats best solution aside from restarting the device.
and with blackberry, so far it plays good only the apps are limited you have to buy most of the best apps compared to playstore.

please advice how to maximize these phones please. Thank you.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand

Samsung Galaxy Grand

OS: Android 4.2.2 4.1.2
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Display5.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (187 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1200 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size5.65 x 3.03 x 0.38 inches
(143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm)
5.71 oz  (162 g)
Battery2100 mAh, 10.16 hours talk time

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