Tuesday, 22 January 2013

GALAXY GRAND DUOS REVIEW

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GALAXY GRAND DUOS REVIEW
Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Introduction

Anyone eager for a big-screen smartphone that might not break the bank? Samsung is apparently trying to fill the void in your soul with a 5” Galaxy Grand, which skimps on features like HD screen resolution and memory to reach that goal.

Add to this a dual SIM version with the Grand DUOS we have in our hands, and the phone becomes double attractive, especially in Asia, where phones with two SIMs are thoroughly respected. Has Samsung compromised too much to reach its target market? Read our preview to find out...


Design

The Galaxy Grand DUOS looks like a larger S III, or a smaller Note II, whichever you prefer. Samsung is making everything nowadays, big and small, with the distinctive rounded corner design that is immediately recognizable because of its blockbuster S III handset.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand DUOS looks like a larger S III - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Grand DUOS looks like a larger S III - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Grand DUOS looks like a larger S III

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview


Front - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Front camera - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Android keys - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Front
Front camera
Android keys
The Grand DUOS is more reminiscent to the Note II, actually, with the faux metal rim on the sides, and the tapered back makes is fairly comfortable to hold with one hand, considering the screen size, but not operate with just your thumb, of course. The phone is somewhat hefty for today's standards at 5.71 oz (162 g), but considering the screen size it does not feel thick and bulky.

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Volume rocker (left)
Power key (right)
3.5mm jack (top)
microUSB port (bottom)
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos

Back - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Camera and speaker grill - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Back
Camera and speaker grill
Battery compartment

Display


We know what you are thinking – WVGA on a 5-incher? C'mon! Well, 480x800 it is, which returnd 187ppi pixel density, and doesn't look good if you are used to the HD and Full HD screens of late. For comparison, the 4.7” HD screen on the Nexus 4, which is not small by any measure either, rings in 318ppi.
The resolution is not unusable, as the Grand DUOS is a big-screen phone and you hold it further from your eyes than usual, thus diminishing the low resolution effect somewhat.

Samsung uses LCD here, instead of the AMOLED technology that goes for its flagships, and combines deep blacks with saturated colors. The 5” panel on the Grand DUOS is with decent viewing angles and bright enough, so you can tell what's on it outside under direct sunlight, thus the big drawback remains its low pixel density.

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