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Samsung Galaxy dual chip: Galaxy Grand Duos review and specs

Updated on October 29, 2013

Galaxy Grand Duos: DESIGN

Galaxy Grand Duos is considered "the Galaxy S3 of dual chip smartphones".


Design

The first thing that you´ll notice on Grand Duos is the great similarity regarding Galaxy S3, considered one of the biggest releases of 2012. Rounded edges, plastic rear side and color options (white or blue) are the same of S3. There is a physical button to access the home of the smartphone at the center bottom, a return button on the right and a settings button on the left.

Samsung Galaxy dual chip: Display and Size

The similarities between Grand Duos and S3 are only in the design. Galaxy Grand Duos has a 5 inch WVGA screen, while its older "brother" has a 4.8 higher definition screen. Grand Duos display is less illuminated than the S3, and with lower density.

In terms of physical aspect, the device does not disappoints: Samsung Galaxy dual chip Grand Duos wheighs only 0.36 lbs, which brings a sense of lightness when touching it. Besides, its rounded design fits nicely in the hand.

Grand Duos size, however, can be unattractive to people with small hands and fingers, or those that don´t want a device that occupies too much space in their pocket. On the other hand, for users who have trouble typing on the iPhone, for example, Grand Duos seems to have been made to write with clearance and comfortably.

A very interesting function in its 4.1 Jelly Bean Android version and that utilizes well its big screen, is the multiwindow. With it, it becomes possible to split screen during navigation. You can adjust it, for example, to display a map from Google Maps and see the temperature in weather apps at the same time. The split screen function does not compromise Grand Duos performance, even with two open apps.

Space for two chips

Another factor that draws attention in Samsung Galaxy dual chip Grand Duos, as in much of the Galaxy series handsets, is its rear side manufactured with plastic. For those who are familiar with Apple's smartphones, which have rear glass or aluminum, plastic can give a more modest feeling. The issue is that this material, if it falls on the ground, is less susceptible to scratches and damaging than other models.

By the back´s left side, we can remove rear cover. One of the flaws in this smartphone is precisely this part: the latch is so smooth and soft that if the person applies too much strenght can break the plastic material. You have to take care when unhooking rear cover so you don´t damage any of the small locks.

When open, you can see the battery and two entries for chips. One of the insets is on top, lying. The second is underneath, standing beside a discreet microSD input, which can expand phone memory up to 64 GB.

Once you insert a chip, "Samsung Galaxy dual chip" identifies it rapidly and puts your number to work, if it´s unlocked. At the same top hidden tab where you can select split screen, you can also configure mobile operator microchip.

Battery

When it comes to Grand Duos brightness adjustments, sometimes the screen gets low lightened and others it displays highlighted and strong colors. To watch YouTube videos in high definition, or Netflix movies, the device fulfills its role well with brighter lighting. In tests, it has reduced more than 50% battery in about 4 hours of use watching videos on the web.

Camera

Its 8 megapixels rear camera ensures reasonable photographs, especially if the user is only using it to post photos on Facebook or Instagram. By the way, photographs are good even using flash or captured at night. On the other hand, 2 MP front camera is more modest, but far superior to most front camerIts 8 megapixels rear camera ensures reasonable photographs, especially if the user is only using it to post photos on Facebook or Instagram. By the way, photographs are good even using flash or captured at night. On the other hand, 2 MP front camera is more modest, but far superior to most front cameras on the market, which usually come with VGA quality only. With this second camera the images get grainy with poor lighting, but for video calls is excellent.as on the market, which usually come with VGA quality only. With this second camera the images get grainy with poor lighting, but for video calls is excellent.

Samsung Galaxy dual chip »»» The Verdict

Galaxy Grand Duos worth it for anyone who needs a dual chip smartphone (one for personal use and another for work). The consumer should understand that Grand Duos is a top smartphone, designed to compete with the best devices available on the market. Samsung didn´t intended to do an ordinary low quality dual chip smartphone. If you want a good smartphone and need room for two phone numbers, then Galaxy Grand Duos is the best option.

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