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Samsung Galaxy Prime

December 15, 2014

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If you’re currently looking for a capable smartphone, but you’re not seeking the best hardware capabilities and screen size is what matters to you the most, I have a very decent device to “show” you in the following review: I’m talking about the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. This fellow packs a mid-range set of skills under its hood, but boasts a 5-inch display, optional dual-SIM support, a 64-bit processor, an 8 MP primary camera, a 5 MP front-facing one, a 2,600 mAh battery and more. Also, this handset is on the market under an affordable price, so if any of these offerings seem tempting to you, keep reading and find out more details.

In its retail box, the Galaxy Grand Prime comes along with a charger, a pair of headphones and a microUSB cable for making data transfers and re-charging your handset.

When it comes to its aspect, the Galaxy Grand Prime stands at 144.8 x 72.1 x 8.6 mm and has a weight of 156 grams, being quite a hefty device, but it’s to be expected, considering its screen size. If you’re used to managing smartphones, I’m guessing that you won’t be having problems when handling the Grand Prime or slipping it into pockets. The build quality is very good and the handset seems pretty solid and reliable, even though it’s entirely made from plastic.

On its front side, the Galaxy Grand Prime holds a 5 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and a pixel density of 220 ppi. Unfortunately, it lacks any kind of protection, so you might be a bit more careful with it for avoiding scratches. The image quality isn’t anything to write home about, as the screen is nothing more than average, offering pleasant colors, good viewing angles and fine contrast, but if the display is doing a good job on the inside, its high reflectivity isn’t the best thing when you’re outside and damages the sunlight legibility.

At the software department, the Galaxy Grand Prime comes loaded with Android 4.4.4 KitKat which has been customized, as usual, with the company’s proprietary interface, TouchWiz, which has been modified here and there, reducing some of its functionalities, but doing an overall favor to the overall interface. Those of you who are familiar with Android will feel like home – you can add icons and widgets to the classic homescreens, which can be multiplied and customized, the App drawer is the usual business, holding together everything you’ve installed, the notification area holds notifications, but lacks expandable toggles, which have their own scrollable line and there’s a lot more besides these. The interface is nice and friendly, so you’ll get used to it soon if this is your first Android experience.
In terms of hardware, the Galaxy Grand Prime runs on a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 306 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 64 GB. The phone isn’t a powerhorse of any kind, but a decent performer and will get the job done without creating any fuss (lag/freezes) if you don’t abuse it with demanding tasks and stuff like that.

At the connectivity section, the Galaxy Grand Prime holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and microUSB 2.0.

For audio and video playback, you get two very good media players, the Google Play Music and Samsung video player. The latter handles FullHD MP4, MOV and MKV files and also supports subtitles.

For taking pictures, the Galaxy Grand Prime is packed with an 8 MP camera with autofocus which takes stills with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and has a LED flash for helping in low light conditions. The photos produced offer a decent image quality (but not the best for the 8MP-league), with pleasant colors and good amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also pretty capable and produces some fine 1080p videos @30 fps.
Also on board is a front-facing 5MP snapper which also does a good job when taking selfies or making video calls.

Some other useful features provided by the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime are an FM Radio with RDS support, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, the Android and Google Chrome browsers for surfing the web (both of them doing a great job), a file browser and much more.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is kept “alive” by a 2,600 mAh battery which will offer enough juice for a full day of usage.

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