The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 (Model: SM-G7102) is the next version of Samsung's hit big display phone Samsung Galaxy Grand among the masses due to its less prices and affordablity. Though there are lot of differences between these two models. Grand 2 comes with better specs, look and feel and has a premium look when compared to Galaxy Grand. Also, its decently prices at Rs. 22,999/- . We thank Samsung India for providing a trial device for our review.
Look and Feel:
At first Glance, the Galaxy Grand 2 is striking with its premium look. There is no marginal difference in the look and feel when compared to its predeccessors, but with 5.25" TFT display which supports 1280x720 HD resolution, it looks charming. There is a shiny chrome finished ring around its edges . Home button is slightly raised in Grand 2 with usual backc and menu buttons. The icons light up when you are using the phone, but otherwise its hidden. You can tap on them whether or not they are glowing. At the back, we can see the faux leather texture with fake stitching arount the edges. This design was first seen in the Galaxy Note 3 and recently on Galaxy S4 too. This gives a decent grip to the phone and doesn't slip. This design definitely helps if you are a rough handler of the phone and keep it anywhere you want on rough surfaces without worrying too much about scratches.
The Standard power button is on the right side of the phone while volume rockers are on the left which are easily reachable while you are handling the phone single handedly too. There is a 3.5 mm audio jack on the top and a Micro-USB port for charging and data transfer at the bottom.
The plastic back is easy to peel which allows you to remove the battery and insert two micro-sim's and a micro-SD card.
The Galaxy Grand 2 is not bulkier weighing just 163g with dimensions 146.80 x 75.30 x 8.95 mm (HxWxD).
Galaxy Grand 2 sports a TFT display with 1280x720 HD resolution which gives the phone a premium look and display is vivid in colors with respectable pixel density of 280ppi. Really useful in watching Movies, internet browsing and for photography. The touch screen is very smooth and sensitive. Also, the big display is really helpful for multi tasking using Multi window function available in Grand 2.
The Galaxy Grand 2 is powered by a 1.2 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset. There is a 1.5 GB of RAM which is good enough for smooth functioning and multi-tasking. With storage of just 8 GB its kinda running behind in the race of other smartphones which offers better storage in that price range, though we have an option of adding upto 64GB storage using a micro-SD card, but it always helps if we have more native storage to install lot of applications and for better performance. Grand 2 comes with dual-sim capability which enables simultaneous 3G data and calls whicch helps maintain an ideal work/life balance. The device also has standard sensors like Accelerometer, Geo-Magnetic, Proximity Sensor, Hall Sensor and Light Sensor .
Coming to connectivity, Grand 2 supports 2G, 3G HSPA+ upto 21 Mbps, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and also with latest Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
The Galaxy Grand 2 runs on Android 4.3 Jelly bean overlay-ed with Samsung's own TouchWiz UI for its butter smooth performance and easy access to different applications and menus. Samsung has customised the home screens. The lower quarter with shortcuts stays constant, while rest of the space is used by the scrollable panels. You can customise the widgets and choose your favorite panel as your main home screen. You can drag a finger along the lines below the panels to quickly flip between them. Swiping upwards from botton brings up the Magazine for reading the news articles from various sources just like Flipboard, you can customize the news channels as per your interests. The notification window has row of toggle buttons like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Screen Rotation, Power saving etc., you can customise them on what to show in the first screen by going to the settings. There is a brighness slider too which appears when you bring down the notification menu using which you can adjust the brightness accordingly or set to auto. The task manager can be brought up by long pressing the home button which allows you to close the applications hogging the memory. You can bring in the multi-window function by pressing the back button for 2-3 seconds and perform multi-tasking using Multi-windows. You can simultaneously watch movies while you are browsing the internet or checking your emails etc.,
Using S-Voice you can do thinks like making calls, sending text messages, setting alarms, reminders, add calendar events, browsing etc., To invoke S-Voice, just double tap the home button.
Samsung has loaded many inbuilt apps from Samsung like ChatON, Samsung Hub, Group Play, S Translator, Story Album, Drop Box and Trip Advisor which are pretty much standard apps in all their latest devices.
With Galaxy Grand 2, Samsung offers free access to Club Samsung for 3 months which is your own window to Music, Movies, Videos, Games, Live TV and performances. You get a chance to choose from 9 Indian Languages to get content of your own language. You can pick from Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayam and Kannada. We browsed through it and could pretty decent collection of movies which includes latest movies too. And we tried some live TV channels and they work seamlessly.
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 comes with a 8 MP rear camera with Auto-Focus support and LED Flash. Also, it comes with a 1.9 MP front camera for video chatting and for taking self-pictures. Camera app is unchanged from its predeccessors which comes with a large mode botton to choose many options like Continous shot, Beauty Face, Best Face, HDR, Panaroma, Sports and Night shots. One can add lot of effects to their photos using the row of filters. Below are some sample pictures taken under low light.
Watching movie on Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is a bliss with super smooth performance without any lag while watching movie or seeking to the different positions. Audio is clearly audible even without wearing a hands-free in a closed room without external noises. Video player plays almost all kind of file formats, though if you are interested, you can install VLC player too for playback which plays any format you throw at it. Backed with Club Samsung, there is no short of entertainment on this device while you are on move or at home/office.
The Galaxy Grand 2 is powered by a 2,600 mAh battery which is capable of giving talktime upto 17 hours and standby time upto 370 hours. The phone lasted easily for more than 24 hours with all the network capabilities on and with fair amount of browsing and social Media. You could easily watch 2 full length movies using Grand 2 battery back up.
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is an excellent phone at the price range of 22,999/- which appeals the mid-range customers with premium look and features which are present in high-end phones/phablets. Though there are lot of competitive phones available in the market with same set of specs for little less or high, but Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 stand out with its performance and features.
Pros: Good Screen, Good Camera, Great design and Lot of useful applications from Samsung and Contents like Club Samsung, Samsung Hub etc.,
Cons: Slightly over priced. May be if the device is available for around 18-20K, it would be an icing on the cake.
Storage should have been at least 16 GB.