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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Top Specs Review – Quick and Indispensable

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Samsung Mobile literally invented the “bigger is better” trend for smartphone displays since the Samsung Galaxy Note three years back.

As a result, copious amounts of real estate have become common on smartphones, so much that a hybrid between smartphones and tablets is fast and furiously curving a niche for itself – phablets. The second installation to the Grand heritage, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, is 5.25-inches generous.

The display is not the only spec big enough to get you all excited because as you’ll find out in this Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 – the top tech specs review, there is enough oomph under the new beast’s hood to shoot down bigger, more hyped models, and all for a price you won’t need to break a bank, or skip the mortgage dues.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 – The top tech specs review

Top Tech Specs:

Big, beautiful and crisp TFT display- Packs lots of power for performance – no lags here- Decent battery life- Optional dual SIM enabling simultaneous 3G for both data and calls to fish the best of two carriers- Upgradeable to Android OS 4.4.2 Kit Kat- Lots of software goodies such as ChatOn, Trip Advisor, SamsungHub and Drop Box

Body Design and Display

Samsung must have been in a good mood designing this beast. Though made entirely of polycarbonate, the Grand 2 looks and feels more premium than the Galaxy Grand before it, and you’ll be tempted to pull it out in public and show off your new catch. It looks like the Galaxy Note 3.

There is enough real estate for all your fingers, movie clips (16:9 aspect ratio) and games on the 5.25-inch TFT HD display. It beams out at 280 pixels per inch at a resolution of 720 x 1280 p. It is not the Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass-protected screen you’ll find on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but it shines through 0.25-inch larger and 93 ppi brighter than its predecessor, you’ll find it more than a welcome option.

Power and Performance

The Galaxy Grand sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and runs smoothly on four cores (1.2 GHz Cortex A7) under the hood. You won’t experience lag times thanks to ample 1.5 GB RAM and an Adreno 305 graphics processing unit calling the shots on performance.

Software

Samsung lets users experience Android OS 4.3 (Jelly Bean) off the box, but allow for v 4.4.2 (Kit Kat) upgrade. There are more than 500, 000 compatible apps up for grabs on Google Play for use on the Grand 2.

Multitasking just got better on the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 with refreshed Multi-Window functionality. So now you can switch fast from one app to another, or just view two versions of the same app opened in the Multi-Window mode. It is the kind of multitasking to be found on the Note 4.

ChatOn helps you get chatty while on the go. S-Translator keeps you talking in multiple languages while Group Play helps you watch clips, play games, and more together with friends and family.

Memory

If you need a drive with lots of space for your stuff, you’ll get 8GB of flash memory on the unit. More room can be acquired using a MicroSD card, and up to 64GB. The base iPhone 6 won’t allow you that much room.

Camera

The Grand 2 snaps up from the rear camera’s 8 megapixel camera. The rear cam features smile detection, Geo-tagging and holds stills well with fluid autofocus. On the front, Samsung fixed a 1.9 megapixels to help you grab a decent “selfie”. You can use ‘Sound & Shot’ to capture both the photo and sound of the environment for a future listen – capturing both the actual look and feel of the moment.

Connectivity

Like its predecessor, the SG Grand, the new Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 allows you to keep in touch through WI-FI 802.11 a/b/g/n, a micro-USB 2.0 port, 2G, 3G and depending on your region, fast LTE. You can turn your device into a WI-FI Hotspot, and share content through energy efficient Bluetooth 4.0 that was missing in the original Grand.

Battery

The power plant got a major boost from the previous Samsung Galaxy Grand’s 2100 mAh to 2600 mAh in the second generation unit. Meaning you can play video for around 10 hours before that familiar “battery low” signal yells out for a recharge.

The Verdict

Samsung decided to pull out the newer dual Cortex A9 cores on the previous grand and fixed in older A5 cores, but four of them (Quad-core) which we can’t wait to test exhaustively. The “selfies” camera also got the slash from 2 MP to 1.9 MP – negligible, but a step backward nonetheless. However, and overall, there were major improvements here, and the device is impressive to say the least.