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on 18 July 2014
Having owned the successful Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos, I was keen to upgrade to the better spec Grand 2 duos.
First impressions compared to the original Samsung Galaxy Grand duos:
The Galaxy Duos 2 still shares the same plastic build, and button placement of its predecessor. On closer inspection, there are a few subtle changes to the front with diamond shaped dots on the bezel, yet the back reveals a marked difference. The battery cover is still made out of plastic and definitely feels so, yet it looks like the new generation of Samsung phones, which make it look much better.
On handling the phone I noticed is that the Grand 2 is slightly easier to hold as it is actually marginally narrower and considerably slimmer, albeit the larger 5.25" display. It has a thinner bezel all around, and is slightly longer. The textured fake leather back provides a better grip too. Another very welcome fact is that the phone weighs the same ... OK it is 1 gram more, yet if you can notice that then you are a likely candidate for the Guinness Book of Records :)
On powering the phone, and going through the initial setup, I was greeted with a lovely, crisp display which trumps the older version!
Noticeable Improvements over Galaxy Grand Duos:
• Dimensions 146.8x75.3x8.9cm vs 143x76.9x9.6cm. The phone is slightly taller, yet the form factor is more user friendly
• 5.25 inch 720x1280 LCD display translating to 280 ppi vs 5inch 480x800, 187 ppi (pixels per inch)
• Zippy Snapdragon 400 quad core 1.2 GHz processor with an Adreno 305 graphics processor
• 1.5GB RAM vs 1GB RAM
• Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean) support, upgradable to 4.4.
The phone has a larger 2600mAH battery vs 2100mAh, yet I have experienced practically the same battery endurance, probably due to the higher performance, screen resolution and quad core CPU. The Galaxy 2 takes micro sim cards, so you will have to cut your existing ones to fit, that is, if you are upgrading.
Given the price, I would have liked to see certain features like:
- Better camera
- Notification LED
The market is now flooded with dual sim phones which could arguably provide better value, yet there must be a reason as to why Samsung dominates the smartphone marketshare.
If you already own a Galaxy Grand Duos, you might want to wait for the price to drop before taking the plunge.
Unless you really want a dual sim, than the Samsung Galaxy S4 is by far a better deal, offering premium build quality and performance.
I do think that this phone is still overpriced, even when taking the feature set into account.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand duos 2 is a great phone, and can already be found cheaper if you shop around.
Undoubtedly Samsung has produced another winner with the Grand Duos 2. The fast Snapdragon quad core processor and lovely screen make for a great user interface.