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Samsung officially launched the Galaxy Grand Prime in September 2014. Although it’s been sometime since the official release, the handset is still one of the best in the budget category Android phones. Launched at a time when the mobile phone industry was testing more powerful devices, the Grand Prime does not boast of very high specifications but offers just enough power for you to run through everyday tasks smoothly. Dual SIM connectivity, the ability to insert an extra MicroSD card up to 128GB, and a 5-inch LCD screen makes it an ideal device for regular use, and all the more if you don’t want to deal with all the sophistication that devices nowadays essentially make you deal with.
The Grand Prime certainly doesn’t seem to stand off from the crowd in terms of its design, but also does not give the impression of being in the class budget category. The front panel features a glossy off-white finish, which complements the pearlescent rear panel, along with the silver rim that encircles the home button, the perimeter of the device, and the camera unit. The right side holds the power button, while the volume rocker is adjusted to the left, and the micro USB port integrated at the bottom. The front panel houses the camera lens on the right, and the LED to the left.
The Galaxy Grand Prime features the traditional style of a removable rear panel, and that is also where the SIM card slot is. The battery is removable too, and will have to be popped out for the microSD card to be inserted.
The phone features a 5-inch display on a TFT LCD panel, but with relatively low resolution. In contrast to other phones, this one has a 960x540 pixels resolution (pixel density of 201ppi). But again, this helps in saving the battery and makes absolutely no difference when dialing numbers or viewing text. You might encounter slight issues reading content from the screen in very bright light, and it smudges formed from fingerprints are just hard to ignore. The 5-inch screen allows you to view multimedia, but the videos and images lack texture as well as sharpness.
The table makes it pretty clear that the Grand Prime cannot be expected to give you the smoothest performance with the most memory intensive applications running in the background. However, the hardware is just adequate to let you keep sailing through everyday tasks. Checking emails, social media interaction, messaging, watching videos and switching between a few open apps is lag-free. The device feels responsive, and the auto-focus in the camera loaded in a few seconds.
8GB of internal memory isn’t much nowadays, and this is where the significance of the 64GB microSD card comes into play. The device also employs only a GB of RAM, along with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. Although this may sound quite cool, the combination isn’t meant to support large memory consuming apps, or games. The Geek Bench3 benchmarking test rated the device’s average score at 1430, in a loop of three consecutive tests.
The main camera is an 8MP camera unit, similar to Moto G 2014. The snaps are evenly edged out, attributed to higher resolutions for videos as well as images. Considering the price, you get the device with the best the camera that gives you the maximum value for money.
Autofocus is an immensely helpful feature, although some pictures with it on still gave blurred images. Additionally, while some pictures appeared very clear on the device, they were highly pixelated when viewed on the computer screen. Images formed best when taken in sufficiently lit conditions (especially in the natural light), and the quality kept degrading with the light conditions getting darker. The rear camera also integrates LED flash, but photos taken with it during night lacked sharpness.
Galaxy Grand Prime also comes with a 5MP unit for selfies. Again, this suffices for the quick ones but lacks detail. Videos taken from the rear camera are 1080p, at 30 frames per second.
The device supports a wide array of multimedia formats, including all the popular ones. Full HD video playback is supported too, with a maximum resolution of 1920x1080p, and at a frame rate of 30fps.
The device features a 2600mAh battery, a lithium-ion removable unit. This isn’t the best in the category, but adequate to help you run through a day without having to top up. This estimate, however, only takes normal usage of the phone into account. Extreme usage, or using too memory/graphically intensive apps will require additional charging.
The battery may not be that impressive but scores over the Moto G. As opposed to the latter’s 2060mAh, the Grand Prime’s juice promises a talk time of 960 hours. Nevertheless, unlike the high-end phones made by Samsung, which support relatively quicker charging techniques, this one takes significantly long to refuel.
Connectivity features in the phone are at par with most of the devices in the market. The USB 2.0 micro-USB allows quick connection to your computer, and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP for seamless connectivity to other Bluetooth enabled devices. Wi-Fi supported protocols are 802.11 b/g/n, and a 3.5mm jack for audio output.
As with every device, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime comes with its list of advantages and disadvantages. Given below is a brief summary of what we liked, and what we thought could have been better.WHAT WE LIKED
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