Right phone, wrong price

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Most new smart­phones these days are suc­ces­sors of pre­vi­ously launched de­vices. So too the Sam­sung Grand 2. The Sam­sung Grand was a pop­u­lar phone and did fairly well in the mar­ket. The Grand 2 comes with a 5.25 inch dis­play and 1280 x 720 p res­o­lu­tion. The phone can be held in a sin­gle hand but I could not type on it with one hand. It has a plas­tic body but the back panel has a frame with faux chrome fin­ish that makes it look bet­ter than its pre­de­ces­sor. The Grand 2 also packs a 1.2GHz qual­comm pro­ces­sor, cou­pled with 1.5GB of RAM. Sam­sung has not in­creased the in­ter­nal stor­age. It continues to have 8GB on­board stor­age with only 5.19 GB ac­ces­si­ble for use. Some have com­plained about the slow­ing down of the Grand, but I didn’t face any such prob­lems with the Grand 2. The Touch Wiz user in­ter­face looks sim­i­lar to to those of the past. I still pre­fer to load a third party launcher that speeds up the phone. Some of the soft­ware in the flag­ship phones of the com­pany are present in this one too. These in­clude multi-view win­dow, S-Voice as­sis­tant Group Play, etc. The phone sup­ports most video and au­dio for­mats by de­fault. It played full HD video . The pri­mary cam­era on­board is an 8MP shooter that does an im­pres­sive job. It can also cap­ture full HD videos for shar­ing on so­cial net­work­ing. The bat­tery lasted me a day with­out recharge

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