Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Review
Call quality is slightly above average, both in the earpiece, and via the single microphone
The earpiece of the Grand Neo is pretty good in terms of strength, and we even had to tone it down a few notches. Call quality doesn't have annoying hissing or distortions, and is of about average clarity and fullness. The handset's microphone picked our voice well, relaying it loud and clear to the other side. There is no second mic for active noise cancellation, so the other end should be prepped for some background noise in louder environments.
Low-res screen and basic processor should result in a lasting handset
Grand Neo arrives with a 2100 mAh battery that Samsung quotes to be good for up to 11 hours of talk time in 3G mode, 10 hours of browsing via Wi-Fi, and 8 hours of video playback, which are pretty good numbers. With that screen resolution and processor, the Neo might turn out to be an endurance champ, but we'll wait for our battery tests to give you the full picture.
Galaxy Grand Neo seems a bit of an odd bird, giving in on specs even compared to last year's Galaxy Grand, let alone to the newer Grand 2. The only advantage it holds before the Grand, for instance, is the quad-core versus dual-core processor, if that can be called an advantage at all.
Its specs are pretty basic, and the pixel density so low, that in order to appeal to big-screen lovers, the Galaxy Grand Neo has to muster up an enticing price. However, the suggested retail tag is a tad under 300 USD or EUR, and that's where it clashes with more capable handsets for the price.
For the same price you can get the 5” Alcatel OneTouch Idol X, which flaunts a 1080p display and 13 MP camera in a much slimmer, lighter package. The LG L9 II also deserves your attention, as it goes for less than the Grand Neo, and offers a 4.7” HD display, and 1080p video recording in a very compact chassis. If you don't mind a smaller, 4.5” screen, you can save a hundred, and give the Moto G a chance, as it sports higher pixel density, and is already on Android KitKat.
Software version: JDQ39.I9060XXUANA2
- Good still photos
- Decent call quality
- Easy access to the battery, SIM and memory cards
- Too low screen pixel density
- Relatively chubby and heavy chassis
- Video recording in 720p only
- There are much better handsets for the money now
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- 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)