Truly Grand

twitter-logoNidhi Singal | Print Edition: April 2013

Price: Rs 21,500
Specs: Android Jelly Bean; 5-inch touch; 8MP camera; 1.2GHZ dual core processor; 1GB RAM; 8 GB up to 64GB; 3G; 2100 mAh
Rating: 4.5/5

It is not often that a company launches a mid-segment phone that is good enough to offer some serious competition of its own flagship models. Samsung's new Galaxy Grand Duos does just this by looking like a mirror image of the flagship Galaxy SIII.

The Galaxy Grand comes with a 5-inch capacitive touch display and has curved edges. The Samsung branding is prominent while there is a rectangular hard button below flanked by the option and back touch keys.

The 480x800p touch display doesn't look bad and has good viewing angles. The touch response was impressive and with the QWERTY keyboard we got the feeling of actual typing. The TouchWiz user interface offers an apps icon at the bottom along with four other icons. There is also a small semi-circle popping out from the left panel of the screen that displays a column filled with the selected app icons. Operating on Android Jelly Bean operating system, the main menu is divided into apps and widgets.

Along with the looks, the Grand has got some processing power too. The company has loaded it with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz each along with 1GB RAM. This helps the phone handle multi-tasking and heavy graphic games with ease. Fetching emails and web browsing were quick and we could also watch HD videos. Unlike flagship smartphones, this one is a dual SIM device with call forwarding from the second connection.

The 8MP camera onboard captured impressive colours in natural light and when the flash was on. The sound output is also loud and clear. This phone too has features like multi-window, pop-up play, Smart Stay and S Voice made popular by the SIII.

The 2100 mAh battery was good for a day with both SIM working. With just one SIM, it will last a bit longer.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT? A fine piece of hardware in this price band.

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