Android has become really big, so have the phones that run it and Samsung has added another big screen phone to the Galaxy line-up – the Galaxy Grand Duos with a dual-SIM functionality. This phone was announced just a day after the Micromax Canvas HD was announced and both phones will be available in early February. The Galaxy Grand comes with Samsung’s innovative features like S Voice, Smart Stay, Popup Video and Multi-Window.
The Galaxy Grand comes with a WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) resolution, 5.1 inch, capacitive touch screen which is protected by a scratch resistant surface. The screen has a low resolution for the size but Samsung has made up for that with the other extra features on the phone.
Powered by a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor and a dedicated graphics processor, the Galaxy Grand will make sure it never runs low on performance. This processor, paired with a 1 GB RAM will ensure lag-free gaming and multi-tasking.
Operating System and Software Features:
The Galaxy Grand comes pre-loaded with Android Jellybean 4.1 out of the box with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz User Interface. The innovative features introduced in the coveted Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note II, have made their way into the Galaxy Grand:
• The highly accurate and successful voice assistant S Voice
• Direct Call – calls the contact from whom you have received a text message, when you put phone to your ear
• Smart Alert – notifies you of missed events
• Popup Video – pops out video in a floating window and enables user perform other tasks at the same time
• AllShare Play – share and play content across a number of smart devices
• Multi-Window – use two apps at the same time arranged one above the other
An Android phone is as good as the software it runs and Samsung has maintained a brilliant track record of releasing updates. Also, with the huge line-up of custom ROMs for Samsung phones, advanced users can look forward to some very exciting stuff for this phone as well.
Packed with an 8 MP autofocus primary camera and a 2 MP high definition front camera, the Galaxy Grand will please any avid photographer. Samsung claims that the camera will have zero shutter-lag and an ultra-quick start-up and includes a backside illumination sensor ensuring clear shots and HD videos even in dark conditions. Considering the camera quality offered by Samsung in its previous phones, one can expect the quality to live up to the expectations in the Galaxy Grand also.
Connectivity & Battery:
The Galaxy Grand features dual-SIM functionality with a clever auto-forwarding feature which forwards the call coming on the standby SIM to the primary SIM giving the user the option to take the call or not. It also includes the Bluetooth 4.0 module which will let users share a 1 GB file with compatible devices in less than three minutes. The phone is 3G and Wi-Fi enabled with the capability to create Wi-Fi Hotspots. Samsung has powered the Galaxy Grand with a 2100 MAh lithium-ion battery, quite similar to the one that powers the Galaxy SIII, ensuring very good battery backup.
The Galaxy Grand certainly sports a higher price tag than the rival Micromax Canvas HD, but it offers much more usability features and regular software updates/support from Samsung and independent developers. The TouchWiz User Interface has received mixed reviews but that is what makes the Samsung Galaxy phones stand out from the crowd.