Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review: Double Vision: 360-degree Spin, Retail Box, Design And Controls

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Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 comes in a very compact box, in line with the recent trdiscontinue of using recycled paper and soy-ink print for the packaging.




The retail package

The accessories in the bundle are nothing out of the usual. The A/C adapter, to be used with the supplied microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable, is joined by a pair of earphones. All of the above are painted white.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 360-degree spin

At 146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9mm the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 isn't a small phone but, in retrospect, the original Galaxy Grand was about the same size - and thicker - while offering a smaller 5" display and a smaller 2,100mAh battery. Samsung increased the classy screen diagonal to 5.25" and put a significantly more robust 2,600mAh battery without adding much heft to the device - just a single gram more. The Galaxy Grand 2 is reasonably thin at 8.9 mm too.

Design

With no intention whatsoever of straying far away from its comfort zone, Samsung has tried to freshen up the Grand's design. Compared to last season's model, the slender and taller Galaxy Grand 2 looks clearly superior, for which the reduced bezels can rightfully claim part of the credit.






The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

The back has the familiar subtly curved shape but the new-found fine texture does add a quality, premium feel. It's a replica of the flagship finish, down to the faux stitching, but this time around it feels harder and less leathery.

The sides are finished smooth, unlike the Note 3's grooved edges. The buttons are glazed but still reasonably tactile.




Galaxy Grand 2 in the hand

Slimmer and less curvy, the recent Grand looks decidedly more aggressive, in a fine way. It's the slimmed down bezels though that create the most vital difference. The bigger classy screen hasn't blown the dimensions up - there's just less blank space above and below the screen. Yet, all the controls and sensors of the original are comfortably accommodated: a physical Home button, two capacitive keys, the earpiece, proximity and ambient light sensors.

Controls

The placement of controls around the Galaxy Grand 2 is familiar enough. Samsung hasn't made any changes to the original formula. Samsung continue to insist on a physical Home button even on tablets, so the usual arrangement is found here too, a pair of capacitive Menu and Back keys either side. With no dedicated task switcher button on Samsung phones, it's a press and hrecent of the Home key that does the trick.




At the front

The power/lock button is at the correct side, comfortably located within reach (of your right-hand thumb or left index finger, depending on which is your holding hand).




The correct side

On the left side is the volume rocker only. The top features the 3.5mm headphone jack, while at the bottom there's a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port and a microphone pinhole. The Galaxy Grand 2 doesn't have a second microphone for noise-cancellation.






Left side, top and bottom

At the back of the Galaxy Grand 2, there's the 8MP capturing camera lens, Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash and a loudspeaker grille either side.




Around the back

Undoing the back panel reveals the removable battery, the two SIM card compartments and the microSD card slot.



Under the hood


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