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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review: A Price Tag That Doesn't Quite Match the Bill
There's no denying the fact that Samsung has emerged as a major players in the market in recent times, and has gradually climbed the ladder to the top past others who are also in the race. Apart from that, the South Korean technology giant has come to terms with the way the Indian domestic market works out when it comes to customers looking to invest in a new smart handset.
Accordingly, Samsung, to keep up with the growing trend of smartphones in the country, has now introduced the new Galaxy Grand 2 to match up against others who are also looking to offer smartphones in the above-20,000 price category.
For the sake of comparison, Samsung previously released the Galaxy Grand Duos in the same price range. The device, may not be seen as a great global device, created some excitement among Indian customers with its impressive offerings such as Full HD video recording, GLONASS and more. However, with that out of the way now, the Samsung has introduced the new Galaxy Grand 2 to the Indian market with the hopes of doing the same kind of business that it did with the Duos.
The Grand 2 is basically a facelift over the Duos with a few changes and tweaks applied here and there. And while that may not sound that bad a deal, there's a catch - apparently, the above-20,000 segment isn't as closed as it used to be and now a number of devices with similar kinds of specifications can be found flooding the market that offer much better deals.
But then again, that shouldn't be the only thing that you should consider before opting for the device. There are a number of details in the phone that you should also know about. We have the device right here and it's high time we shed some review-based light on it.
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2: Design and Display
The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 has been made in the likeliness of the previously released Samsung Galaxy S3. While the device bears the same weight as that of the previous device (163 grams), the new Grand 2 has been made a bit slimmer compared to its predecessors. However, Samsung didn't see it fit to move away out of its comfort zone and has maintained the similar device design as is so predominantly seen with Samsung devices.
What Samsung has done with the device is that it has made the smartphone out of plastic (as usual) and has shed a few kilos off the device in the form of bezels that now makes the device fit into a slightly smaller overlay.
As far as a roundup of the numbers involved with the device are concerned, the device incorporates a 5.2-inch 16:9 TFT display having a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Also the dimensions of the device measure up to 146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm.
Apart from that, the device's build quality is also something that's worth mentioning about. The bezel on the device has a somewhat mosaic-like texture on it, which can be quite visible when you drop some light on the device. The Grand 2 also has a shiny chrome ring around its edges, with a similarly shiny earpiece and Samsung and Duos logos that are placed above the screen.
Also, Samsung has applied the same faux patterne and faux-stitching like the Note 3 on the back of the device. Sadly enough, The buttons and the edges of the device needed a bit more work and are prone to scratches and wearing off quite easily.
The built-in light sensor for the device, as it seems, comes with only two settings - bright and dim and can be quite an irritating feature in case you are looking for quick shifts between the modes when you head out to a more lighted surrounding. But that seems like some sort of faulty operation that may require more work on from Samsung's part.
The device, keeping up with Samsung's manufacturing norms, has a back cover that comes off quite easily while showing its dual SIM slots, its MicroSD slot and the battery.