Released in the fall of 2012, Samsung Galaxy Grand was one of the first 5″ smartphones that was also fairly affordable. The large screen device came with a dual SIM version which made it unique on the market at that time.
The specs however did not impress as much. It came with a 480×800 pixels resolution (187 ppi) and was clocked to a very basic 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and had 1GB of RAM.
Although not that much time had passed since the unveil of Galaxy Grand, things have changed considerably in the smartphones market. We now have a multitude of big-screen handsets and many of them come in dual SIM versions, too. The display, though, has not massively changed.
In terms of design, Grand 2 is in line with Samsung’s other devices released late 2013 as it comes with a faux leather-like case. It looks like Samsung has taken the constructive criticism regarding the lack of innovation and is now trying to distance themselves from the good old plastic looks we were all used to.
The 5 inch screen originally featured on Galaxy Grand has only been upgraded to 5.25 inch on the Galaxy Grand 2. But Samsung did enhance the display resolution to a very decent 720×1280 pixels which made Grand 2 stand out from its dual SIM competitors. It is also slightly bigger but thinner and narrower which makes it easy to slip in a pocket.
Another upgrade featured on Galaxy Grand 2 was the replacement of the dual-core processor with a quad-core 1.2 GHz chipset. And the RAM has been increased from 1 GB to 1.5GB.
Grand 2 also had the battery size upgraded from a 2100 mAh Li-ion battery to 2600 mAh which gives users up to 17 hours of talk-time in 2/3G network and 15 days of standy-by.
Grand 2 also has the advantage of coming in more colour options such as black, pink and white and it is available for purchase for about $400 on Amazon.
So between the two, Galaxy Grand 2 is definitely the better option. But is it enough to beat the competitors? Have a look at the dual-SIM Alcatel One Touch Idol X which is available for purchase for about $350 unlocked.
Alcatel One Touch Idol X Display
While the 5inch display does not stand out, Alcatel One Touch Idol X comes with a much better resolution display of 1080×1920 pixels (441ppi). It is also lighter, weighing only 120 grams opposed to Grand 2 which weighs 163 grams.
Alcatel One Touch Idol X Camera
Alcatel also wins the round when comparing the cameras as it features a 13.1 MP primary shooter and a 2MP secondary camera unit. Grand 2 did not stand a chance with its 8MP primary unit.
Alcatel One Touch Idol X Hardware and Price
While Alcatel One Touch Idol X may win the price and specs battle, Galaxy Grand 2 has its advantages as it comes with a larger swappable battery, extendable internal memory and a removable fancy back cover. And these are not features that are overlooked by users.