Thursday, April 18

Review: Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo 16 GB

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Samsung’s Galaxy Grand range is perfect for the user who is seeking a reliable, functional phone that provides impressive connectivity ability.

This is a budget-friendly smartphone, but make no mistake; you’re getting some notable specs! The 5” screen makes it great for watching videos and browsing the web.

Galaxy Grand Neo

The main issue (and it’s a pretty serious one) is the screen size in comparison to the pixel density. While the screen is an impressive size, but because it’s an entry-level phone Samsung has had to cut corners with the pixel density – at only 480 X 800 (a meager 186ppi), because of this, everything is jagged.

The 5MP camera is perfect for stand-and-shoot photos; there are also different picture modes to add variety, but that’s as far as it goes.

However, when you weigh up the pros and cons, it’s evident that with an eye-catching large screen, good battery endurance and superior connectivity, you’re definitely going to get your money’s worth.

Key specs

  • 5.01” TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 480 X 800 pixels
  • 5 MP, autofocus, LED flash
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean) OR Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat) – (GT-I9060I model)
  • Broadcom BCM23550 OR Spreadtrum SC8830 – (GT-I9060I model)
  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • microSD dedicated card slot (expandable up to 64 GB)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB onboard memory
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 0, A2DP, LE
  • microUSB v2.0
  • Removable Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery
  • Up to 11 h of talk time

 Pros:  Affordable; HSPA+ connectivity; 5MP rear camera; 5.01” screen; 720p video recording

Cons: Low pixel density; only 4 GB storage space available for the user; bland design

Verdict: 6/10

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo 16 GB: Available from R2399

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