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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

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

User Rating:

9.6
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