Hardware & Specifications
The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is a phablet and comes with a large screen, ample battery and dual SIM card slots. It is the successor to the extremely popular Samsung Galaxy Grand which was released last year. The Galaxy Grand 2 comes with updated internal hardware specifications and software. It is now equipped with 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage space. Other hardware components include a bunch of sensors such as accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, compass, ambient light sensor and hall sensor.
Screen & Design
As the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is a phablet, it comes with a large 5.2 inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels which takes its pixel density to a respectable 280 ppi but nothing as good as retina display level that most of its competitors are equipped with. The screen has a multi-touch capacitive panel which can recognise 10 fingers at once making it a great device for any kind of multitouch gestures such as pinch to zoom. This devices is designed very similarly to the other Android smartphones from Samsung with plastic body and glass front along with capacitive back, options key and hardware button for home key. It has a removable back which is convenient for replacing SIM cards, battery and MicroSD memory card. The device is 8.9 mm thin and weighs 163 grams which can be said as quite heavy.
Camera & Multimedia
The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 comes with the same 8MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash as its predecessor. It has a capability to record full HD 1080p videos with 30 frames per second. It also has an ability to shoot high resolution images during video recording. The front-facing camera has a resolution of 1.9MP which can be used to click self-portraits, record HD 720p videos or video calls. This smartphone can playback various types of multimedia formats such as MP3, WMA, AAC, MP4, WMV, DivX, XviD, MKV, etc using its inbuilt video and music players which are considered to be the best in the industry when it comes to multimedia file format support as well as extra features such as subtitles, chapters, equalisers and pop-up play.
Software & Features
The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 comes with Android 4.3 JellyBean pre-installed along with a newer TouchWiz Nature UX on top of it with all the software customisations from Samsung. Extra features include ChatON messenger, Samsung Hub, S Health, Group Play, S Health, S Translator, Samsung Link and Story Album. Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX is popular for its ability to customise the device's UI to a large extent with widgets, lockscreen visuals, wallpapers and shortcuts.
Connectivity & Battery
This mid-range priced phablet smartphone comes with almost all the connectivity features, wired or wireless such as dual SIM card slots, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.0, GLONASS A-GPS, MicroUSB v2.0 and 3.5 mm audio jack. The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 comes with a large 2600 mAh Li-ion battery and can last a day or two of normal to low usage.