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.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
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.

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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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 8GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11h 3G talk time)

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