Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Review

Interface and functionality

Samsung Nature UX features layered on top of an older Android Jelly Bean version

The Galaxy Grand Neo is loaded with Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Samsung's mum on if and when will KitKat hit the phone. With NatureUX, however, the most apparent visual differences that KitKat brings, like a transparent status bar and full-screen wallpaper, are already present in the overlay, and the Grand Neo is no exception.

We are also getting most staple features of Samsung's homemade interface overlay, like Smart Stay, which keeps the screen on while you are looking at it, and the multi-window mode that can run two different apps on a split screen. The Air View and Air Gesture modes that are present on Samsung's more upscale handsets, however, are missing from the Grand Neo.

Typing on the largish display with one hand gets dicey when you have to reach for the upper left or right corner of the keyboard, depending on the side. It's advisable that you enable the Swype-like functionality that traces your finger from a letter to a letter. It inputs the word for you, instead of pecking at each individual key with your stretched out thumb. As with most of its big-screen phones, Samsung also includes a way to scooch the keyboard, dialer or calculator to the left or to the right, so that you can type with one hand without the risk of dropping your handset.

Processor and memory

Relatively weak quad-core Broadcom chipset results in some interface and app stutter

The Grand Neo comes with a 1.2 GHz Broadcom BCM23550 processor with four Cortex-A7 cores, while last year's Grand came with a dual-core Cortex-A9 of the same frequency. That's one of the few differences between the two phones, and it is not translating into any benchmark or performance superiority for the Neo. Samsung outs the phone with 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of storage (5 GB user-available), expandable via a microSD slot.

Internet and connectivity

Retro-looking but very functional browser, marred by the screen's low pixel density

Samsung's TouchWiz browser looks a bit dated with its squarish interface elements, especially on a 186ppi screen. It is, however, proven to be one of the fastest renderers, plus at Android Jelly Bean it still sports Adobe Flash support out of the box.

The Galaxy Grand Neo supports European/Asian GSM frequencies, with up to 21 Mbps data download speeds, and is also available in a dual SIM version, just like its predecessor. It has plenty of connectivity radios, too, such as Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA and FM.

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12 Comments

1. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

LOL, I would give it 4/10 if I could. This device is just so dissapointing like most of the Samsung lower-end products are. OG Grand was an OK device, but why they made it even worse, like I doubt the pricing of this device could go lower than first-gen Grand. (o.x)

5. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

i would give this device "Not Fit for rating" lol...

2. X.E.R.O. unregistered

Score should be lower, I don't even know why Samsung bothered to make this.

3. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Sámung seriously need to stop flooding the market.

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

No cause that strategy gave them the 80% market share of android. Flooding the market with so many models that in most cases a user will most probably buy a samsung since there is one for every price. They might be s**t but still when you go to a store half of the models will be samsung, that gives them high probability of being sold than other brand. Samsung is all about quantity over quality.

6. newbey123

Posts: 704; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Samsung products I find to be the lowest quality, but people blindly buy them just becaus they are everywhere, kind of like Toyotas.

11. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

My toyota has been extremely reliable and their reliability ratings have been the best... Before you try to use an analogy. Please do a little research. What's high quality to you? BMW, Ford, Kia? Which one of your cars have failed and what failed? People tend to over react over a busted radiator or worn out brake pads.

7. rajasasuke

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 19, 2014

samsung only cares about high end flagship

8. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

And what about the "brand new" Galaxy Xyz.5 Grand Big Neo Lime White SD 100000 10G edition?

9. najib1312

Posts: 155; Member since: May 08, 2013

5/10 for this pointless device and 2/10 for Jolla which atleast offers a truly unique experience to users?? Seriously, give me one good reason why people should buy this phone?

10. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Looking at the specs, how did the Lumia 525 get a 7.8??? I mean seriously, even THIS is better than a 525, yet this got a far lower score... The price doesnt justify losing by a 2.8 points... They compared the lumia to a moto g, but compared this to an s4... logic...

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Galaxy Grand Neo
  • Display 5.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Broadcom BCM23550, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11h 3G talk time)

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