- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
Bargain seekers who prefer prepaid services to signing contracts would do well to pick up the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime.
- Florian Wimmer , Notebookcheck
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is a solid smartphone in all sections, and the small drawbacks are more noticeable in comparison with the rivals than in practice.
- All-day battery life
- microSD support
- Voice quality
- Camera lacks detail and light compensation
- Limited internal storage
- Plastic chassis offers questionable durability
- Screen hard to see in direct sunlight
With a name like the Galaxy Grand Prime, you might expect a lot of crazy features. However, the phone is one of Samsung’s entry level phones. With all the competition in the low end market, does this handset have what it takes to keep up?
Let’s see what the reviews are saying!
The curved edges, metallic accents and physical home button give the phone that premium Samsung appearance, reviews indicate that the plastic shell feels decidedly budget. NotebookCheck said, “The Grand Prime feels comfortable thanks to its rounded edges and the size is convenient as well.” Just don’t expect the phone to take too many drops or dings.
Coming around front, there’s a spacious 5-inch display. Unfortunately, to cut costs, Samsung went with a TFT display running at 960-by-540 pixels. If you’re hoping for that punch AMOLED experience, you’ll be disappointed. CNet noted, “Its comparatively low pixel density won't ruin basic text reading and social networking on the Galaxy Grand Prime, but it does render the screen especially dim in bright sunlight and makes fingerprint smudges harder to ignore.”
Powered by a 1.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, reviews show that the phone handles basic web browsing, social media and daily task with minimal delays. While it might take time for the app to load, once it does you shouldn’t have too many issues. CNet put the phone through their benchmark testing and said, “Considering its hardware limitations, the Galaxy Grand Prime is a good little performer. It booted up in about 20 seconds and felt responsive throughout.” If you’re looking for a gaming phone, this one lacks the power to keep up with newer titles.
If you plan to use more than a few apps, you’ll likely need a microSD card. While the phone comes with 8GB of internal storage, reviews show that closer to 4GB is available to users. Fortunately, the ability to use cards up to 128GB in capacity makes fixing this easy. The phone runs Android 4.4.4, so moving some apps to your external card is possible.
One area where the phone did well was battery life. The 2600mAh battery made it through the day for most reviewers. PhoneScoop said, “I found the phone lasted from breakfast to bedtime consistently, though it was often at 15% around 11PM.” Should you need more battery life, the battery is removable for quick swapping.
As with most of the other sections, the camera performance was average. The 8MP rear camera offers auto-focus for faster, clearer shots but many reviews noted that performance in all but the best of lighting was so-so. NotebookCheck said, “All in all it takes decent pictures: The colors are good and even larger colored areas appear uniform, but a closer look reveals some slightly pixelated edges.”
One bonus to the phone is the inclusion of NFC--a feature hard to find in this price tier. Unfortunately, you won’t find a fingerprint scanner so most mobile payment options are still not an option.
Overall, reviews were positive with the assumption you’re looking for a budget device. The phoen appears to perform comparably to similar priced phones of the same age. PhoneScoop summed up the phone well, saying, “The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is perhaps not so grand as its name, but is still a good deal for price-sensitive shoppers.”
Reviews (5.2/10 Avg. rating)
Befitting for a low-end thing
A Galaxy A3/A5 Hybrid without Aluminum
For those who want more than an entry-level handset
Top of the sub-$200 Android class
Solid build quality, decent camera equipment
Samsung managed to get the smartphone crown in the high-end segment with its Galaxy S6, but the task is a bit more challenging for the Koreans in the mainstream sector, which is noticeable when you look at the Galaxy Grand Prime: There are just too many competitors with good devices nowadays.
Still, the Grand Prime is not a bad smartphone – quite the contrary: Some aspects are even really good. You get a lot of performance, the speaker is better than expected and the battery can be replaced. You also get LTE.
But you will have to live with some drawbacks in retur... Full review
Puts functionality ahead of screen fidelity
Could be better...
Tried 2 of this model and no one can hear you while speaking on the phone..sounds like you're in a toilet
Not so happy
I've had performance issues from the get-go, been using it for a few months trying to not lose my cool .... the phone has some quirks. ....I've not experienced on other phones, that said, I'm most unhappy with the carrier MetroPCS. I own a transmission repair shop, been doing this for 35+ years,... More
I've had performance issues from the get-go, been using it for a few months trying to not lose my cool .... the phone has some quirks. ....I've not experienced on other phones, that said, I'm most unhappy with the carrier MetroPCS. I own a transmission repair shop, been doing this for 35+ years, i repair vehicles for a living, that said when I'm in the market looking to buy a new phone, at some point I'll have to balance putting my trust ( my hard earned money) and my lack of expertise into some carrier that can meet my needs with both products and service.
My criteria for a phone is that it must have 4G, expandable memory, a decent camera, and a good battery life, can provide a Mobile hot-spot, has DNLA capability, and a service that has good coverage area....well I just found out I was lied to by the salesman who sold me the phone, he told me that the phone has 4G, has DNLA, and that the phone (even though the spec. is 8 gigabyte) could have up to 10 gigs ... well guess what? ..... no 4G, no DNLA, and even though it's supposed to have tethering it wont!
All this time I've been paying for 4G service on a phone that doesn't even have it, not too happy with the phone even less happy with the carriers sales staffLess
good budget phone
I bought this at Staples, unlocked, for CDN$175 to replace an ailing BB Q5. I bought it because it had a replaceable battery (the BB's problem) and the SD slot, plus my current SIM would fit. I am not a heavy user and it does everything I need. The small internal storage is okay for me, since... More
I bought this at Staples, unlocked, for CDN$175 to replace an ailing BB Q5. I bought it because it had a replaceable battery (the BB's problem) and the SD slot, plus my current SIM would fit. I am not a heavy user and it does everything I need. The small internal storage is okay for me, since I have only added a "Hearts" game and little else. The battery lasts anywhere from 3 to 5 days for me. I suppose if I compared it to a top line phone I'd likely have some buyer's remorse, but I could buy a new iPad with the savings.Less
Overheated and died
such a bad phone i have ever used.
Don't get it
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