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Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Review

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

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5 MP camera produces quite a lot of noise, and records only 720p HD video

The 5 MP camera on the back of the Grand Neo has an LED flash next to it, and there's also a front-facing shooter for video chat. Samsung offers a few shooting modes like Best Shot or Panorama, arranged in its typical carrousel, but more intensive regimes like Rich Tone (HDR), are absent from the Neo.

The 5 MP photos feature the amount of detail that can be expected from this kind of resolution. Color representation is largely accurate, as is the overall scene exposure. The amount of noise, however, is quite a lot, even on a bright sunny day, while indoors it creeps up even further. Low-light photos come out a tad soft and noisy, but if you hold the handset steady, they won't blur.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo 4.2
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Samsung Galaxy S4 3.4
Sony Xperia C 5
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Unlike last year's Galaxy Grand, the Grand Neo doesn't capture 1080p Full HD video footage, but rather makes do with 720p HD resolution at 30fps. The footage fulfills the promised framerate, but comes out a tad soft and lacking detail.


Standard fare, yet functional media apps, without DivX video codec licensing

The gallery offers split-screen view, with a thin strip that lists your folders on the left, and their content on the right, which aids navigation around it. There are plenty of editing options built right into the interface, too.

The music player with its squarish UI elements is familiar from many Samsung phones. The interface might be unimpressive, but it offers all the basics, like song categorization, as well as an abundance of equalizer presets and sound modes to choose from. The loudspeaker on the back is pretty average, both in terms of strength, and in sound output quality.

We also get a stock video player runs most popular formats, like MKV and Xvid without a hitch, and up to 1080p resolution at that. DivX licensing, however, is not present on the phone, but you can always grab a better player from Google's app store.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo 0.3
Samsung Galaxy S4 0.38
Sony Xperia C 0.22
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo 79
Samsung Galaxy S4 77
Sony Xperia C 73
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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: 582; 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: 1615; 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: 639; 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: 1485; 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: 1485; 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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