TRULY GRAND

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

It is not of­ten that a com­pany launches a mid-seg­ment phone that is good enough to of­fer some se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion of its own flag­ship models. Sam­sung’s new Galaxy Grand Duos does just this by look­ing like a mir­ror im­age of the flag­ship Galaxy SIII.

The Galaxy Grand comes with a 5-inch ca­pac­i­tive touch dis­play and has curved edges. The Sam­sung brand­ing is prom­i­nent while there is a rec­tan­gu­lar hard but­ton be­low flanked by the op­tion and back touch keys.

The 480x800p touch dis­play doesn’t look bad and has good view­ing an­gles. The touch re­sponse was im­pres­sive and with the QWERTY key­board we got the feel­ing of ac­tual typ­ing. The TouchWiz user in­ter­face of­fers an apps icon at the bot­tom along with four other icons. There is also a small semi-cir­cle pop­ping out from the left panel of the screen that dis­plays a col­umn filled with the se­lected app icons. Op­er­at­ing on An­droid Jelly Bean op­er­at­ing sys­tem, the main menu is di­vided into apps and wid­gets.

Along with the looks, the Grand has got some pro­cess­ing power too. The com­pany has loaded it with a dual-core pro­ces­sor clocked at 1.2GHz each along with 1GB RAM. This helps the phone han­dle multi-task­ing and heavy graphic games with ease. Fetch­ing emails and web brows­ing were quick and we could also watch HD videos. Un­like flag­ship smart­phones, this one is a dual SIM de­vice with call for­ward­ing from the sec­ond con­nec­tion.

The 8MP cam­era on­board cap­tured im­pres­sive colours in nat­u­ral light and when the flash was on. The sound out­put is also loud and clear. This phone too has features like multi-win­dow, pop-up play, Smart Stay and S Voice made pop­u­lar by the SIII.

The 2100 mAh bat­tery was good for a day with both SIM work­ing. With just one SIM, it will last a bit longer.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

A fine piece of hard­ware in this price band.

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