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Published on 11 Feb 2014 | over 4 years ago

Review of Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

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The Grand 2 was a natural instinct that Samsung had to go with after unbeaten success of the original Galaxy Grand. It really didn't come as a shock to me to observe that they have made much improvements over what was considered flawed originally in the first Grand. Samsung has also merged a bit of its best design lessons from the Galaxy Note 3 and UI overhaul they brought in with the Galaxy S4 to come up with the Galaxy Grand 2.

The Grand 2 has inspired the rear of the Galaxy Note 3 which itself was a pleasant design departure that Samsung had introduced. So now you would see leather-ish sort of back panel with stich-ish look. But let me be a little honest here -- when you touch the back of the Grand 2, you can almost instantly figure out the plastic nature (which does not happen in the Note 3).

The Grand 2 comes with a large 5.25 inch 720 x 1280 px display in a decently slim 8.9 mm thick body! If you think about it, the thickness mostly outweighs the bulky feeling you get when you hold it. Some thickness is absolutely essential to provide you a decent grip, else you won't realize before it slips off your hand and I think 8.9 mm would provide a good grip.

The Grand 2 is embedded with an 8 MP primary camera with LED flash and autofocus and a 1.9 MP front camera with 720p recording. There is no IR LED port on the device, so you can't use it as a TV remote the way you could use the Note 3 and the S4. It has to be a trick for Samsung to push you to buy more premium products, because quite honestly, an IR LED is really really cheap to be integrated.

The internal available memory is around 5 GB out of the 8 GB that is claimed by Samsung. You are definitely going to have troubles having multiple HD games installed on the device that consume a lot of space, especially if they are not movable to SD card. That reminds me, there is an microSD card slot that can accommodate up to 64 GB microSD cards.

The long lasting performance of the device rests on a 2,600 mAh battery which would do it's best to provide you as much juice as it can.

Like its predecessor, the Grand 2 is a dual SIM device.

the Grand 2 is running Android 4.3 layered on top with Samsung's touchwiz user interface. The TouchWiz UI adds additional functionalities and tweaks that are otherwise not available to stock Android users. This is a boon and a curse both! It's a boon because it adds features that are otherwise unavailable in native Android, but a curse because TouchWiz eats up memory. Out of the 8 GB internal memory, nearly 3 GB is already consumed by Android and TouchWiz leaving the consumer with only 5 GB of internal memory.

The Grand 2 is the perfect combination of value for money, large screen and a great Android experience. The large display, HD resolution, design inspired from Galaxy S4 and the Note 3 and the really affordable price tag makes the Grand 2 a must buy mid-range Galaxy smartphone.
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