Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos i9082: Too Bland to be Grand?

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos i9082

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos i9082

It’s the S3, it’s the Note, it’s the Galaxy GrandKetan Kundargi tests this mix of two bestsellers.

Galaxy Grand Duos is one of the recent additions to Samsung’s universe of Galaxy phones. When launched, it was touted as a cheaper version of the then flagship Galaxy S3 as well as a more practical version of the humongous Galaxy Note. Use it for a while and you will be convinced about its failure to matching up to the excellence of either.

Size Isn’t Everything
The Galaxy Grand is powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor coupled with 1GB RAM resulting in a sluggish performance. The super sized 5-inch display while big on size, lacks in quality. With just 480×800 pixels on a ordinary TFT screen, your video and photo viewing experience takes a major hit. Instead, it results in a major battery loss as the same battery that powers the S3 for 23 hours, lasts only for 10 hours in the Grand.

Too Expensive for its Image Quality
With customisable shortcuts and a wide list of interesting features, the Grand excels in functionality. While the camera is decent, it does not really excel at anything. The dynamic range is good but images suffer from excessive oversharpening. Low light quality is decent, but overall, we have seen better cameraphones at lower price points.

The Grand is grand in ambition and hype, but not much, otherwise. From a camera point of view, you should definitely look elsewhere.

While the colours are quite good, there are cheaper cameraphones that give better quality. Photograph/Ketan Khundargi

While the colours are quite good, there are cheaper cameraphones that give better quality. Photograph/Ketan Khundargi


At A Glance

8MP, LED Flash, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), 5-inch TFT screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage (expandable), 2100mAh battery, Rs. 19,990

What We Like
Decent images in low light, multiple camera features

What We Dislike
Low battery life, very slow, bad data compression, inferior lens

Why Buy It?
Only if you want a phone that simply looks like a bigger version of S3. For performance, consider other options or its own upgrade, Grand Quattro.


Final Ratings
Camera Features
Continous AF, 180° panaroma, low-resolution screen

Image Quality
Good dynamic range, compression artifacts even during day

Video Quality
Good quality 1080p video for a cameraphone

Huge size, no dedicated camera button

Speed and Responsiveness
Slow, tends to hang often


Tags: ketan kundargi, july 2013, Cellphone reviews, Galaxy Grand