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

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches

146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Dimensions

5.65 x 3.03 x 0.38 inches

143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

HTC Desire 816

HTC Desire 816

Dimensions

6.17 x 3.1 x 0.31 inches

156.6 x 78.7 x 7.99 mm

Weight

5.82 oz (165 g)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches

146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Dimensions

5.65 x 3.03 x 0.38 inches

143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

HTC Desire 816

HTC Desire 816

Dimensions

6.17 x 3.1 x 0.31 inches

156.6 x 78.7 x 7.99 mm

Weight

5.82 oz (165 g)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 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.



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25 Comments

1. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

2. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Its also looks better than the S5

4. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

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

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

True The S5 looks like the S1

13. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Lmaooooo. S1? Where do u live? Antartica?

8. Peeyushmalik96

Posts: 75; Member since: Jun 08, 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?

9. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

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

12. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

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

16. Adithya7184 unregistered

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

26. panduthepanda

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

I have a Samsung Galaxy Grand 2. Initially I found it pretty amazing and it was to be honest. The camera and screen quality was fantastic. And now after 8 months it has stooped working properly. It hangs very often, and the screen blanks out and it has become absolutely horrible. And it was an original phone too. If you want a phone that you can use for almost every purpose then it might not be the best option. As soon as you get comfortable using it, it hangs.

3. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Nice mid-range. Kudos to Samsung.

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Yeah it surely looks nice This should be the S5

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

21. aroulis235

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

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

7. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

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

11. DannyJr

Posts: 38; Member since: May 08, 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.

15. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

17. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 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

18. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice review Victor.

19. teknoprice

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 13, 2014

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

22. crramirez

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

I used to be a Samsung Galaxy S3 user. But sudently after three years the phone didn't turn on anymore. So in a rush I decided to go to my operator for a budget phone. It costed $70 with plan change taxes, etc. And I must say that I feel better with this phone than with the S3. The 1.5GB RAM makes the difference, no lags and the screen is not Amoled but looks very well and the bigger screen is apreciated. Also the battery life is incredible. The only thing it doesn't include a gyroscope that is required for Google Card board. And many other things that we never use like smart rotation or ut in the hear for a call. Since it is a medium budget phone it performs incredible well, I recommend it

23. poonam9898

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Very Nice Smartphone, moskart.com providing low price samsung galaxy grand 2 in india

25. joshir

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

i don't think it is a very nice one, since it is one of the boring mobile, camera quality is low i want to give it to someone who can compensate as one third of i had expended.

24. joshir

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

i have recently bought grand2. it is a good mobile. the one thing annoying me is its camera quality. day time photo is ok, but when i use flash at night to take photo, it appeared as though someone has applied yellow...i mean termaric all over his body. why it is so...can anyone tell me???

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Galaxy Grand 2
  • Display 5.2" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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