Last week, Samsung officially launched the Galaxy Grand Duos at its Africa Forum, with the hope of providing consumers across the continent with a premium and affordable smartphone solution to help balance their work and personal needs.
Before my first impressions, here are a few key specifications:
The dual-SIM smartphone comes with a 5-inch capacitive touch screen, runs on Android OS 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) and powered by a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor alongside an 8GB internal memory and 1GB of RAM.
The smartphone’s large screen and keyboard makes for easy viewing and typing, browsing sites and watching videos. With its powerful camera (8MP at the back and 2MP front-facing), you can take stunning photos and record beautiful videos, even on low-light conditions.
It also comes with smart features including face recognition and eye tracking technology and sports all of the innovative Samsung smart technology services including AllShare Play, S-Voice and SmartStay.
The battery (2100 mAh) does pretty well for a smartphone of its kind and could last up to 10-12 hours on full charge, running on WiFi with moderate use based on our initial test.
During the test yesterday, I found the Galaxy Grand to be light in weight though grand in size and definitely less bulkier when compared to the Nokia Lumia 920 which I got a hands-on experience with earlier for about two weeks.
While some people may not like the Galaxy Grand’s 5-inch screen display, I think I like the fact that it provides a great experience when viewing videos, etc.
On the back is a plastic cover, which makes it appear cheap, but scores points as it reduces any possibility of causing discomfort when/if the phone gets hot, which was hardly the case (during the test) unlike the Blackberry and iPhone.
The on-screen keyboard feels cool and faster to type on than the iPhone’s on-screen keyboard, although the Blackberry keyboard could be faster. One of the coolest things about the on-screen keyboard on the Galaxy Grand is that the numerical keys are permanently displayed, so you don’t need to toggle a key to enable them.
Running on Jelly Bean, Google’s latest Android OS and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, the smartphone feels fluid and fast. It also offers some cool motion sensor features as well as swipe features that makes you feel like a James Bond.
So far, the Galaxy Grand hasn’t disappointed and has shown that it’s an awesome device to spend more time with, so I’ll be taking it for a spin in the next few weeks and would be sure to write and shoot a detailed review blog post and video soon.