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Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Review

Updated on December 15, 2015

GT-I9060 - Size Does Matter

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo (also known as GT-I9060) is a cheap smartphone by Samsung which was released in February 2014. Now, cheap does not necessarily mean that it is bad, although some aspects of it are not top-notch, you still get the music that you paid for. If you are looking for an entry-level big screen smartphone, then you will feel right at home with Grand Neo, since it is exactly that. This smartphone might not have the glamor and glitter of those popular big screen phones, but the things that it does have are more than enough, because it runs everything perfectly and smoothly.

When you actually decide to buy a smartphone that has a 5" screen, you might be doing it for several reasons. Maybe your hands are rather big, or you have thick fingers, or you just want to see everything a bit bigger on your smartphone, since your eyesight is failing, or maybe, just maybe you want to show off a bit. Whatever the case, if you decide to go with Galaxy Grand Neo instead of the more pricier counterparts, you will not be as disappointed as you think, and here is why.


The Looks

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo is your typical Samsung smartphone, at least when it comes to outer appearance. The familiar Galaxy design is something that is instantly recognizable, but at the same time it is also a bit boring. Still, that does not mean that the Neo smartphone looks bad, it is just that you have seen this look on almost every Galaxy smartphone.

You have the typical front setup with three buttons at the bottom, speaker, camera, proximity sensor and ambient light at the top. There are volume adjustment button and powerlock button at the sides. The only difference from the earlier versions of the low-end smartphones in the Galaxy series is that Neo has the matte finish on the back, which actually improves the looks of it. On the back the designers have placed the flash, camera and speaker in one line at the top.

When it comes to dimensions, the phone is 5.66 inches in height, 3.04 inches in width, and it is rather slim (0.38 inches).

All in all, Grand Neo looks just fine and it fits in your hand nicely. It is rather light, and you will not have to fear of arm pain after spending a couple of hours on the phone with someone.


Here is where things get interesting. The main noticeable difference from other low-end Samsung smartphones and Grand Neo is the Cortex-A7 quad core processor. At initial speed of 1.2 GHz, this processor actually makes a huge difference in the performance of this phone, and solely because of this Neo does not feel like a cheap phone. Couple this processor with a solid 1 GB of RAM memory and you have a nicely functioning smartphone that will manage multitasking without a hitch. The internal memory can vary from 8 to 16 GB, but it is expandable with a micro SD card up to 64 Gigs.

Now, the graphics are a whole another story. At a 5.01 inches, the multitouch display behaves excellently, but the problem is the pixel density. The WVGA resolution gives you a 186 pixels per inch, which can make some things look rather pixelated. It is not like you are looking at a PC from 1991, and despite this drawback, everything that is displayed looks rather nice.

Your standard Wi-Fi module and Bluetooth v4.0 are integrated in the phone, along with accelerometer, proximity sensor and a compass. The camera leaves a lot to be desired, even though the 5 MP strength of it can make for some really nice pictures at 2592 х 1944 pixels. The camera has autofocus and is supported by a LED flash light, plus it also supports geo-tagging. The videos are rather nice, if you can keep your hands from shaking, and the camera is capable of recording them at 720p@30fps. The secondary VGA camera at the front is all you need for your Skype conversations, but other than that it is nothing special.

Now, battery on this device is rather nice. The 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery can last up to 430 hours on stand-by (according to the manufacturer), but in reality, when you use your phone with normal intensity it runs for over 50 hours. If you use your phone intensively, this shortens it to around 24 hours.

The Verdict

After reading all of the technical details that Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo has to offer, you might want to know how this phone actually fares in real life. Well, there is only one thing that can be said about this phone - it is really worth the price. It is not a flashy smartphone, but the performance is rather good. You will not notice that you are working on a low-end smartphone while you are using it. The videos can be displayed in high quality, which is great if you ask me. The only drawback to this phone is the "poor" pixel density, but if you can get over it, you will have an excellent device that can cater to almost all of your needs. Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo is indeed the entry-level big screen smartphone that you should get.


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