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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is not bad at All, but May Not Deserve the Crown

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The Grand Prime is an inexpensive phone and targeted at those who want LTE but do not want to be more than $200 for a device.

Design

The design is not innovative and feels similar to the S2 from the same company. It is also quite heavy at 156 grams, as there are many other smartphones in the same price range that weigh less. However, the size is convenient, and it feels comfortable to hold in thehand. The back cover is removable, and the battery can be taken out. There is a combined slot that can be used for microSD ormicroSIM.

The virtual keyboard has tiny keys though the spacing is big. There is only limited input options, with voice input as well as swipe, gestures being availablethrough handwritten inputs are not present.

Display

The screen is a simple LED one with TFT panel, having a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. The screen is 5 inches and is reasonably bright but rather glossy when taken outdoors. Viewing angles are stable due to IPS characteristics.

Software and TouchWiz

Android software is layered with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz interface. The device works on Android 4.4.4 version. Ad applications are present in the menu though you can remove them. The S Planner continues to remain in the software additions. However, the S Voice and the Flipboard are missing. The functions are intuitive.

Communication

The phone has four GSM and four UMTS along with 5 LTE frequencies. It covers several bands when compared to the competition. It also offers a fast LTE and the download speed is impressive at a maximum of 150 Mbps. The WLAN connection comes through 802.11 a/b/g/n, with both 2.4 and 5 GHz networks. The GPS can locate your position outdoors accurately.

Camera

The rear camera comes with a resolution of 8 MP and includes LED flash, autofocus and so on. The camera is capable of taking reasonably good pictures, but there is some noise in a dark environment. You can take good selfies with the 5 MP front camera.

Performance 

The Qualcomm, Snapdragon, 410, powers it, and the performance does not suffer from any stutter during theopening of apps or the menus. This is combined with a graphics card Adreno 306. Browsing is quick on a good signal quality. The display resolution is rather low, so the graphics card is enough to afford a smooth gameplay. The GPU can easily handle usual games, such as Angry Birds and the controls work admirably. It comes with a big battery of 9.9 Wh and offers a decent runtime.

Verdict

The Grand Prime is certainly not a bad device, especially considering the price. However, it surely does not deserve the crown in this mid-range segment, as the competition is quite heavy. Many of the features are above average, and the performance is good. The battery is replaceable, and the speaker is good. Also, you get LTE connectivity. However, the design is not innovated, and the phone is quite heavy.