Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime's screen is 5 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A7 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2600mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2600 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 18 days standby time, 1020 minutes (2G), 1020 minutes (3G), 720 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Bargain seekers who prefer prepaid services to signing contracts would do well to pick up the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

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.

- Florian Wimmer , Notebookcheck 

Reviews summary

5.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 21 reviews

What's good  

  • All-day battery life
  • microSD support
  • NFC
  • Voice quality

What's bad  

  • 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.”

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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)


PhoneArena

Befitting for a low-end thing

from PhoneArena
The common stigma with entry-level phones is that they never seem to get any love. To a certain degree, that continues to be the case, but as we’ve seen this year, several low to mid-end smartphones have proven themselves to be attractive options thanks to their strong performances. Unfortunately for the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, it’s not one of those that we can include – it’s just a forgettable phone with a forgettable experience... Full review
Digital Versus

A Galaxy A3/A5 Hybrid without Aluminum

from Digital Versus
The Samsung Galaxy Prime isn't bad by any means, but its results are pretty average across the board. It'll be perfect for anyone looking for a decent smartphone with good battery life, provided you aren't too bothered about screen resolution. One of the best things about this phone is its value for money, which is much more appealing than the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5's... Full review
Phone Scoop

For those who want more than an entry-level handset

from Phone Scoop
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is perhaps not so grand as its name, but is still a good deal for price-sensitive shoppers. The phone offers a respectable mix of features and performance for its $180 price tag... Full review
Cnet

Top of the sub-$200 Android class

from Cnet
Feature-rich cameras and an attractive build help push Cricket's prepaid Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime past other budget rivals that also cost under $200... Full review
Notebookcheck

Solid build quality, decent camera equipment

from Notebookcheck

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

GSMArena

Puts functionality ahead of screen fidelity

from GSMArena
While the Galaxy Grand Prime is no Galaxy S4, for a casual user (with less than perfect eyesight) the difference in price isn't proportionate to the difference in experience. Samsung could have put a little more heart in making the phone, but it's a fine device for this day, target market and price... Full review
Tisha

Could be better...

The phone lacks sufficient space for anything. The screen is terrible unless the brightness is high. It is a totally fragile phone without a good case. 

The phone lacks sufficient space for anything. The screen is terrible unless the brightness is high. It is a totally fragile phone without a good case. 

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Adriane

Tried 2 of this model and no one can hear you while speaking on the phone..sounds like you're in a toilet

Tried 2 of this model and no one can hear you while speaking on the phone..sounds like you're in a toilet

Tried 2 of this model and no one can hear you while speaking on the phone..sounds like you're in a toilet

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David

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

<p>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.</p><p>   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! </p><p>  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 staff </p>

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Johnnybee

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

<p>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.</p>

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Brandon

Performence

For a low spec phone you'll hardly notice it runs mint have been able to throw pretty much all the apps I want and need on here and still have a solid gb of space left yeah the screen isn't high Def but you hardly notice but that adds to the battery life which is outstanding overall I'd give it lime... More

For a low spec phone you'll hardly notice it runs mint have been able to throw pretty much all the apps I want and need on here and still have a solid gb of space left yeah the screen isn't high Def but you hardly notice but that adds to the battery life which is outstanding overall I'd give it lime a 7.5 and only that low cause I OK now here are phones that are much better spec wise

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Wolfshadow

Overheated and died

This was a great phone.. until installed Pokemon Go. Then the phone overheated, and died. From a simple game. If the phone wasn't able to handle it, fine, it shouldn't of run it (I've tried to run it on other android devices in our home, but they don't work with the app, so obviously I don'... More

This was a great phone.. until installed Pokemon Go. Then the phone overheated, and died. From a simple game. If the phone wasn't able to handle it, fine, it shouldn't of run it (I've tried to run it on other android devices in our home, but they don't work with the app, so obviously I don't try..) now I'm out a phone I've had for less than a year. I know a few other people who have this same model and it was overheating for them too. Don't get it if you need it for high-processing stuff... but for basic phone calls and such, it's a good phone.. But it does have overheating issues that should not be ignored.

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Ayana

such a bad phone i have ever used.

This phone is totally a garbage. It took so long to open a page,and i deleted almost all applications from my phone because i thought that s why my phone is too slow. But it didn't work properly.To open contacts i had to wait long time after pressing the contact button.All the time it was getting fr... More

This phone is totally a garbage. It took so long to open a page,and i deleted almost all applications from my phone because i thought that s why my phone is too slow. But it didn't work properly.To open contacts i had to wait long time after pressing the contact button.All the time it was getting freezed. Atlast i have returned the phone to the shop.

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Ayana
This phone is totally a garbage. It took so long to open a page,and i deleted almost all applications from my phone because i thought that s why my phone is too slow. But it didn't work properly.To open contacts i had to wait long time after pressing the contact button.All the time it was getting freezed. Atlast i have returned the phone to the shop and got rid of the worst phone
I using this phone since few months back. Its continuously excellent performance is a major reason why I would never switch to to another brand other than Samsung. Its a decent purchase in a reasonable price.

I using this phone since few months back. Its continuously excellent performance is a major reason why I would never switch to to another brand other than Samsung. Its a decent purchase in a reasonable price.

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Angela demont

GARBAGE

It was good for the first week ... now even in the middle of the city it tells me emergency calls only... try to send a text and it tells me I'm not on registered network. .. if I can make a call I break up and the person I'm talking to can't hear me.... if anything updates there's no room so I have... More

It was good for the first week ... now even in the middle of the city it tells me emergency calls only... try to send a text and it tells me I'm not on registered network. .. if I can make a call I break up and the person I'm talking to can't hear me.... if anything updates there's no room so I have to go move all updates to my micro SD card.... it down right sucks.... looking for a new phone

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Jay

Don't get it

Robotic voice, slow, inconsistent Bluetooth connectivity, poor reception, inaccurate swiping for text, do I need to go on? Switching back to my old S3 which is far superior.

Robotic voice, slow, inconsistent Bluetooth connectivity, poor reception, inaccurate swiping for text, do I need to go on? Switching back to my old S3 which is far superior.

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