The dual-SIM phones are not popular everywhere, but they can be pretty handy for some people. Samsung has recently released its dual-SIM phone the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos. The Samsung Galaxy SIII was one of the most popular smartphones last year, but will the Galaxy Grand be able to make big market presence? Will it be the top 10 mobile phones of 2013? Read our complete review to find out more about this device.
Design and Build Quality
The Galaxy Grand is quite reminiscent of both the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2, but it is slightly thicker and heavier than both of these devices. If you like the design of recent flagships of Samsung then you will be happy with the appearance of the Galaxy Grand. Though it is a bit flexy, the build quality of this device is pretty sturdy. The physical buttons on this device also feel solid.
Samsung has used a large screen of 5-inch in the Galaxy Grand. But the problem with this screen is that it has the low resolution of 480 x 800. Obviously, it is the weakest element of this device. However, the screen is usable and you will get used to it very soon. Other things about this phone still look good, but the icons are a bit bigger, and you will even notice some pixelation.
The low resolution offers some aid to the performance of this phone. The performance of this device is certainly better than expected, as the Broadcom chipset inside doesn’t need to push so many pixels. While scrolling through the app drawer or the homescreen no lag is noticeable, and apps also launch pretty fast. Some popular games like Shadowgun: Dead Zone and Temple Run 2 ran perfectly without any problem. It scored an average score of 7,500 on the AnTuTu benchmarks test.
The Galaxy Grand runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and it uses Samsung’s TouchWiz UI interface. It also includes the split-screen feature which is originally present in the Galaxy Note 2. But with no S Pen it is not quite as useful. Along with Android apps, some “S” apps are also included, such as S Voice, S Suggest, S Planner and S Memo. Other preinstalled apps include FM Radio app, GameHub, ChatOn and AllShare Play.
The rear facing camera of Galaxy Grand is not comparable to the camera found in other high-end Samsung smartphones, but it is still capable to take quality photos. Photos are quite sharp and color reproduction is good. The only problem is with the low-light performance, which is common in most of the smartphone cameras. It can shoot the 1080p quality video at 30fps, while the front-facing camera is capable of taking 480p video.
With a low resolution screen and modest specs you might expect that the 2,100 mAh battery will last longer, but it didn’t meet our expectations. During our test, we found it lasted roughly for 6.5 hours. However, it is good to see that the battery is removable and can be replaced.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’off]http://www.thetechstorm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/guest-author1.png[/author_image] [author_info]Harold Peterson is a blogger and tech writer. He has already written hundreds of articles relating to Android smartphones, top laptop brands, Apple products, and so on. Find out more of his articles on our blog. [/author_info] [/author]