Samsung Galaxy Grand Review: Well rounded packageby Ravi Sinha, on 16 Feb. 2013
At first, the thought of Samsung doing a budget version of its popular Note franchise felt a bit odd. With the original Galaxy Note dropping price and the Note 2 bringing the processing power – and let’s not forget about the budget market, with the Micromax A116 Canvas HD drawing attention – could something like the Samsung Galaxy Grand really? It turns out the answer is yes, since its Samsung. The device does a great job balancing power, portability and design into a strong cohesive package for a bit of quality in the budget phablet range. The design aesthetic channels the Note 2, with rounded corners and a plastic build that calls the Galaxy S3 to mind. It won’t be as sleek as either device, mind you, but compared to, say, the Wammy Note (0.47 inches and 192 grams) or the Micromax Canvas HD (0.42 inches and 168 grams), its 0.37 inches and 161 grams weight is quite compelling. Build quality is extremely well assured, though the finish attracts scratches and will require a cover to protect.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand packs a dual core ARM Cortex A9 CPU clocked 1.2 GHz with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB internal storage (with microSD allowing for a whopping 64 GB more). Obviously this doesn’t compare to the Canvas HD’s quad core CPU, but the performance is bafflingly wondrous. You’ll be able to play all your favourite games without a hitch, view full HD media and navigate the interface fluidly. Even though the 5 inch display has an 800x480 resolution, Samsung worked on the quality to deliver some good viewing angles and colour quality. Its’ not going to blow the doors off the Samsung Galaxy 2 or even the HTC One S/SV, but it still looks better than most other budget tablets. Connectivity is assured via 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and there’s even dual SIM functionality. The camera uses an 8 megapixel sensor, and though lacking extensive features, has an LED flash. Pictures themselves come out looking extremely good, and you’ll be shocked at how clean and detailed pictures can be. Battery life is equally amazing, with the 2100 mAh cell delivering a good 8-9 hours of performance under heavy usage. Average use can extend that almost a full day – and for any phablet, that’s quite an achievement. Android Jelly Bean 4.1 is the icing on the cake, and you’ll be able to access all the relevant apps, along with Samsung’s excellent TouchWiz UI that allows for popping out apps and multi-tasking.
- Great performance
- Viewing angles and display quality is quite good
- Battery life very strong
- 8 megapixel camera works well
- Lightweight and sturdy
- Room for 64 GB more storage
- Might be out of most people’s budgets
- Display is low resolution
The Samsung Galaxy Grand might be beat by Micromax when it comes to specifications and resolution. But it competes with an extremely well rounded package that both phablet and smartphone users should seriously look into.