Call Quality

You know it’s not great when we’re having to repeat ourselves constantly.

In listening to voices through the earpiece, they sound mostly clear and free of noise, but on the other end of the line, our callers struggle to decipher our conversation. That’s because of the subdued and pitchy voices they’re exposed to on their end. Well, things don’t get any better with the speakerphone either, mainly because voices sound underpowered through it.

Battery

The battery performance is average, but it’s obnoxiously long to charge.

It goes to show that not all phones are optimized equally! Tucking away a removable 2600 mAh battery, one would surmise it would be more long-lasting than the Galaxy S6 and its smaller capacity 2550 mAh cell, but that’s hardly the case. Yes, it’s more than sufficient in getting us close through one-day of normal usage, but our battery benchmark tests reveals that it achieves an average mark of 6.5 hours.

Well, at least there’s rapid charging, right? Nope! Instead, it takes this phone an excruciating 175 minutes to refill itself back to 100% capacity.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime 6h 29 min (Poor)
Huawei P8 lite 5h 30 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime 175
Huawei P8 lite 136
Microsoft Lumia 640 196

Conclusion


The common stigma with entry-level phones is that they never seem to get any love. To a certain degree, that continues to be the case, but as we’ve seen this year, several low to mid-end smartphones have proven themselves to be attractive options thanks to their strong performances. Unfortunately for the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, it’s not one of those that we can include – it’s just a forgettable phone with a forgettable experience.

Frankly, even with its on and off contract prices of $30 and $240, respectively, it’s hard to recommend picking this up knowing there are several other phones similarly priced that generate better performances and results – not to mention better looking too! On the Android side, you’ll want to look into phones like the Asus Zenfone 2, which is significantly superior in many departments over this. And over on the Windows Phone side, it might be a good idea to check out the Microsoft Lumia 640, which undercuts this with its MSRP of $130.



Pros

  • Budget friendly cost
  • Similar camera app experience found in the S6

Cons

  • Bland looking design
  • Display lacks sharpness and intensity
  • Underpowered rear speaker
  • Subpar camera performance
  • Poor call quality

PhoneArena Rating:

5.0

User Rating:

7.4
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Galaxy Grand Prime
  • Display 5.0 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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