On the design front, the Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082, otherwise known as the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos, is very similar to the SIII (Looks like Samsung is on its way to building a design legacy with the Galaxy series). This 5 inch phablet is 9.6 mm thick, sports a slightly larger display than the SIII and at 161 grams is also slightly heavier. The device sports the standard home button with capacitive keys on either side, a volume rocker along the left side, a power button along the right, a micro USB slot at the bottom and a 3.5mm audio jack at the top. The device’s 800 x 480 pixel, 186 ppi display is average in comparison to many other phones in the same price range, but is better than displays on most lower-priced, budget dual SIM smartphones.
The back of the mobile has an 8 MP autofocus camera (capable of 1080p full HD video recording) with an LED flash, alongside the phone’s loudspeaker. The camera comes bundled with a host of nifty features and a convenient UI. There are shortcuts that let you switch between the front and rear camera, switch to video mode, change flash settings, shooting modes such as Panorama and Face detection, and image effects like cartoonify and Sepia. You can also shoot in different Scene modes such as Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Sunset, Candlelight, Firework, Backlight, Night and more. You can also change the image resolution- there are eight options ranging from a minimum of 0.3MP to a maximum of 8MP, adjust exposure and customize ISO settings.
The phone has two regular SIM card slots for the primary and secondary SIMs. This allows you to forward calls from the secondary to the primary SIM and also allows you to decide which SIM you’d like to use when you’re making a call, while dialling.
The phone runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, features Touchwiz, has Bluetooth 4.0 and allows you to customize up to seven home screens. The new Samsung Keyboard also features Swype-like continuous input complete with predictive text that allows you to swipe across the keyboard instead of typing. The device also gives you a host of features, customization options, access to the Google Play store as well as the Samsung app store (The number of apps you use might be limited by the fact that you cannot shift them to the microSD card). Some of the phone’s features include- a multi-window option that allows you to use two apps simultaneously on the screen, Smart Stay that tracks your eyes to keep the screen awake as long as you’re looking at it and Direct Call that allows you to call the contact whose message or contact details you’re looking at by simply holding the phone to your ear.
The phone has 8GB built-in storage and a micro SD card slot that’s extendable up to 64GB and has a 2100mAh battery, a dual-core processor and a 1 GB RAM. The device’s battery lasts a day unless used for music or gaming, in which case you might need to switch to power saving mode whenever possible to make it last the day.
This device is less about the spec sheet and more about the apps- so make sure you compare it with what other dual SIM smartphones offer. Check out prices offered by sellers for the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos on Junglee.