Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Review: Double Vision: User Interface

By 11:57 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments


Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean skinned with Samsung's TouchWiz UX. Its predecessor is going to acquire KitKat later this year, so hopefully Galaxy Grand 2 will acquire the same treatment even sooner.

The fine news is that even without the KitKat optimizations, the Galaxy Grand 2 manages to run the user interface and most Android applications without much stuttering, thanks to the 720p display resolution.

We've shot a quick video showing off the user interface to give you a feel of what it's like.

The lockclassy screen has multiple panes, each containing one widget. The page to the correct of the default one is special and can either be a list of favorite apps (the default TouchWiz setting) or a shortslit for the capturing camera (as in unskinned Android).

The homeclassy screen is identical to what you acquire on most Samsung devices since the Jelly Bean release. You can go between multiple panes with left or correct swipes.






Galaxy Grand 2 homescreen

Swiping down from the top bar reveals the notification area, where you'll see five toggles at the top, which are used to quickly enable and disable some of the phone's features. You can reveal more by swiping left, or simply display a full list. There are dedicated SIM shortcuts for quick switching between the two SIM cards.

A two finger swipe down on the notification banner directly opens the grid of toggles, and holding down on a toggle will directly hold you to the relevant setting. Otherwise, swipe left or correct to quickly dismiss a notification, or tap it for more information.






The notification area with quick toggles

You can pinch zoom to acquire into the overview mode of all homeclassy screen panes, where you can have as many as 7.

Dragging an app or widacquire onto a homeclassy screen is made easier thanks to the small thumbnails that show up with silhouettes of how they're populated. This gives you an at-a-glance see at how much room you have to work with on each homescreen.






Managing the homeclassy screen panes • Adding widgets

The app drawer can be sorted as a customizable grid, alphabetized grid or list and some shortcuts can be hidden - fine for bloatware you can't uninstall.





The app drawer

The App switcher (accessed by holding down the home button) shows a list of thumbnails of all the recent apps, which can be swiped away to dismiss. There are three buttons at the bottom: Task manager, Google Now and Kill all apps.





The app switcher lets you free up Random-Access Memory (RAM) as well

As usual Google Now is here to let you utilize voice commands and integrates with your Google account to provide all sorts of information from internet searches to your daily routine, localized traffic, and current weather conditions.

Samsung devices also come with the included S Voice voice assistant. While Google Now focuses on more search related and organizational activities, S Voice allows you to control your phone directly. You can call, text, launch apps, control music, change sound settings and much more.






Google Now and S Voice


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