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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is Dull and Boring and Just Not for Power Users – Steer Clear of Gaming with the Device

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On first hearing the name, it sounds as if it is a smartphone with super specs.

However, it is only an entry level phone for diversification of the Samsung portfolio and for covering different segments of the market.

Design

The design is nothing spectacular, as it is a low-end phone. The design is usual, and it is made of the usual plastic, being a budget friendly device. However, to be fair, it does not look very cheap. All the buttons and the ports are seen in the regular places. However, the plastic cover on the rear is removable, so you have access tot eh battery as well as the SIM and the microSD slots.

Screen and Display

As it is a low-end device, the screen is not the usual AMOLED screen that is reserved by Samsung for the flagship devices. It comes with a 5 inches screen and a qHD 540 x 960, TFT screen, which converts to a pixel density of 220 ppi.

User Interface and Performance

The phone comes with the latest TouchWiz user interface, but power users will not be satisfied with the performance. The UI is similar to the ones in the high-end Samsung devices, but the version is scaled down. For instance, the Multi Window is not available, so multitasking is just not possible.

However, all basic functionalities of Android devices are available, though power users will find it restraining. The TouchWiz runs over Android 5.1.1 version, so that’s a relief as it is quite contemporary.

Hardware, Memory Specs

The memory and the hardware specifications are enough for regular tasks, but not sufficient for intensive tasks. It is powered by a quad-core, 1.2 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon, 410 chipsets, which is based on the 64-bit architecture. A RAMof 1 GB and a graphics card of Adreno 306, GPU, support the Grand Prime. Users have to be prepared for pauses in loading and not expect instant action. Hence, gaming is strictly out on this device.

The internal storage is low at 8 GB, and there is very little room left, so users definitely need to use the microSD card for expanding storage. The battery has a capacity of 2600 mAh, offering a day of regular usage.

Connectivity Options

Thankfully, the device offers 4G, LTE connectivity, but it may not be the best option for surfing, as the screen is not sharp enough, and navigation tends to be choppy, with pages being rendered rather slowly. All other connectivity options, such as Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi along with NFC are present.

Elementary Results

The device has an 8 MP rear camera with a 5 MP camera for selfies. Though the specs are unimpressive, you can have some fun with the camera, as there are various shooting modes along with the manual mode. It is able to take reasonably good pictures in ideal light conditions but is a complete washout in low light conditions. It comes with 1080 pixels of a video recording of decent quality.

Verdict

The Grand Prime from Samsung is a totally forgettable phone, and it is difficult to recommend this phone. However, the price is budget friendly, and the call quality and design are average.