When it comes to high end dual-SIM phone there are not many options in the market. HTC Desire SV has an impressive design and built but it fails at providing a complete multimedia experience to its customers because of its chipset. And since the HTC Desire SV was the best option the Dual-SIM phone market has to offer, the customers were forced to purchase it compromising with their multimedia needs. But now a new Dual-SIM phone has been launched in the market and guess who did it?
Yep, it’s Samsung again. This year has been a great year for Samsung as its Galaxy S III has gained some good reputations from the customers. And since the Dual-SIM phone playground was wide open and there were not much tough competitors (it’s not like Samsung is afraid of any though), Samsung has launched the Galaxy Grand Duos which has some impressive and cool features. Let’s check it out.
Design and Build
When I first saw it, I really liked its looks and overall design. It reminds you of both the Note II and S III. Don’t worry; it does not have that cheap plastic looking finish as in the SIII which almost everyone disliked. Although the phone has a plastic chassis, it feels more premium and the chrome trim around the edges gives it a bold look. However the trim around the edges are more likely to wear off so it is recommended to carry the phone with a case or a bag.
The phone is 9.6 mm think and the weight is at 162 gram so it might look thicker and feel heavier if you are used to slim phones. Then again for those with large fingers, it does add more value to the phone. As for the screen it is 5 inch and uses a mosaic pattern making it less prone to scratches and finger marks. But I would not recommend touching the screen unnecessary as it is not completely scratch resistant. Overall the phone looks impressive and has a good build quality.
Before its launch there were quite rumors saying that the phone has low resolution and that the display will not be impressive at all. Actually it is not that bad, the 480 X 800 resolution is all crammed into that 5 inch standard TFT LCD screen giving the phone an impressive viewing angle as well as color reproduction. But again we have to admit, it would be good if the icons were smaller. Overall, the display was able to produce brighter pictures and vibrant colors enough to impress us.
It is a 1.2 GHz dual core processor that powers the phone along with the 1 gigs of RAM. As for GPU, the phone uses the Broadcom Video Core IV. It is probably due to the low resolution; the GPU was able to give us the exact same graphic performance as that in Note II. Feel free to add your music collection as there is 8 gigs of internal memory available in the phone with options to expand it up to 64 gigs via MicroSD. Thanks to its powerful configuration, users can experience no lagging between multitasking or playing high end games such as the Temple Run 2 or Need for Speed.
The phone is equipped with two cameras; a 2MP front facing camera for video calling that gives you a 480p video quality and an 8MP primary camera at the rear which is cable of recording videos at 1080p @30fps and taking high resolution images. In comparison, the quality of the camera is similar to that we had experience with Galaxy S II. However here, more features are added like that we find in Note II and S III except the “Burst Mode.” No complain though because the processor is not powerful enough to use this mode. During our tests we took images and shoot videos both indoors and outdoors. The images and videos taken outdoors were quite impressive however the indoor ones were lacking color depth and brightness.
The phone supports tri band 3G and quad band GSM networks with the ability to connect to dual band WI-FI with WI-FI Direct and hotspot capabilities. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, DLNA, GLONASS and external storage however the phone does not feature TV Out and NFC connectivity options. Overall, the phone has everything to offer to meet your daily mobile needs.
The phone runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system so you can enjoy almost every feature an Android smartphone is capable off. Some of the popular feature over Apple devices includes multitasking, freedom for customization and more apps selection. The UI includes every feature as that in Note II and SIII. The simple yet intelligent user interface list out the phone in a grandma list as well.
Movie lovers out there! You have good news; the new Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos is able to give you about eight hours of battery life. To be more precise, we put the phone in a video drain test and it was able to put a good show with an impressive eight hours and 40 minutes battery life. This is probably because of its low configuration; the 2100mAh was able to power the phone for more hours. Keep in mind that the results were obtained when we put the phone to its limit, so a normal user can expect to get around 16 hours of battery life in one full charge.
This phone is definitely the best option available in the Dual-SIM phone market right now. It easily surpasses the HTC Desire SV. And the good thing is that it packs features of both the Note II and Galaxy S III. So what are you waiting for? Go buy one right now!!