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Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Review

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo 5

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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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posted on 20 Feb 2014, 05:39

1. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 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)

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 06:38 3

5. nokia12 (Posts: 580; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

i would give this device
"Not Fit for rating"


posted on 20 Feb 2014, 05:40 4

2. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)

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

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 06:10 1

3. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

Sámung seriously need to stop flooding the market.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 06:20 3

4. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1599; Member since: 30 Jul 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.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 09:17

6. newbey123 (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 02:06

11. cripton805 (Posts: 1484; Member since: 18 Mar 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.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 11:56

7. rajasasuke (Posts: 17; Member since: 19 Feb 2014)

samsung only cares about high end flagship

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 19:12

8. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 21:34 1

9. najib1312 (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 May 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?

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 01:59

10. cripton805 (Posts: 1484; Member since: 18 Mar 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...

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 01:26

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Display5.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (186 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Broadcom BCM23550, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, Cortex-A7 processor
Size5.66 x 3.04 x 0.38 inches
(143.7 x 77.1 x 9.6 mm)
5.75 oz  (163 g)

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