Samsung hands down have one of the most amazing feature phones and nearly stole 2016 with its Galaxy S7 Edge. But, the given budget of Galaxy Grand Prime Plus, the company has tried to provide maximum features in a single device like a 5-inch screen, 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and 720p HD video capture, Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), etc. Given the massive drop in price, their efforts need to be commended
There are also many irksome features like a smaller battery and limited storage which no doubt helps Samsung hit this low price point. While there are several worthy competitors in this space, read this review (or skip to the conclusion) to find out is Galaxy Grand Prime Plus really worth it?
There is nothing special about the design of the phone. It’s almost depressing to see the same design language repeated by Samsung on different phones. Even Xiaomi has started to provide better designs with upgraded build material.
Galaxy Grand Prime Plus hosts a plastic body with removable back cover. The phone feels quite hefty for handling. As usual, the power key lies to the right while the volume rocker rests on the left side of the phone.
On the top lives a headphone jack while the bottom of the phone hosts a micro USB charging port. The removable back of the phone is textured and hosts the speaker along with the camera and the flash.
All in all the phone doesn’t quite give a solid feel and is tiring to use with one hand for longer periods of time.
Galaxy Grand Prime Plus has a 5.0-inch display, 144.8 x 72.1 x 8.9 mm dimensions with 540 x 960-pixel resolution which is pretty small for such a large screen.
Though the phone has comparatively low pixel density wouldn’t wreck the core abilities of the phone like text reading and social media use, it really can be a nuisance especially because it is dim in bright sunlight and makes fingerprint smudges harder to ignore.
Also, the photos don’t offer any crispness or detail, and all the heavy videos and games look choppy and pixelated.
- 4GHz quad-core Cortex-A53
- 8GB of storage
- 1.5GB of RAM
- 256GB of expandable storage
The Samsung’s new device, considering its limitations is a good little performer. It booted up in about 25 seconds and felt responsive throughout. Its CPU is a middle-end which is compatible to satisfy the simple daily use but would lag behind if the intensity of the work increases. This a low tier device and the combination of quad-core and large screen sounds impressive, but it really isn’t. It scored 565 on GeekBench 4 (single-core) and GeekBench 4 (multi-core), which is greater than its predecessor but relatively too small than Samsung’s mid-range and premium smartphones.
The game performance on Grand Prime Plus is mid-level where any heavy game with 3D imaging that would make your head spin. The game graphics tend to go very weird, but the good news is that there are a lot of outfits optimize games for budget devices, so graphics are still engaging, if not the height of perfection.
Grand Prime Plus comes with 2600 mAh removable Li-ion in battery which isn’t terribly impressive on its own which will last a full workday given the battery is fully charged and the intensity of work is not too high. Unlike Samsung’s higher-end devices, it charges a bit slow. It reaches from 0 to 100% on average 2.5-3 hours with the official charger that is provided in the box.
In our tests, Galaxy Grand Prime Plus on a fully charged battery took 8 hours to go back to 0% battery. In these 8 hours, the device’s GPS and Wifi were working alongside different social media applications like Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter.
Also, we made a few video and audio calls in the same time frame, browsed the internet, played a few heavy videos on the Internet and finally watched a 3-hour long movie and surprisingly it was completed without the battery dying at all. Although, the use of LTE on a fully charged phone with the continuous browsing reduced the battery time to mere 3-3.5 hours on average.
- 8-megapixel rear camera
- 720p HD video (30fps)
- 5-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash
Considering the affordable price point, Galaxy Grand Prime Plus decent 8-megapixel photo captures are about the best you can expect, and that’s exactly what the user gets. While using the phone’s camera the autofocus was helpful but not every photo came out focused and a few pictures were unexpectedly blurry. Also, the pictures captured outside or in natural light were better as compared to those in low-light with pretty much-degraded quality.
The front camera is not bad for taking decent selfies and has a LED flash which provides good lightening for the image even in the great indoors. Comparing the two cameras, the front facing camera takes the lead on the back camera as the selfie flash does provide a good picture.
The camera also has a few other features to play with while using the front camera, such as Skin Tone, Slim Face, and Larger Eyes. These features are there to enhance the beauty, but apart from lightening up the brightness and color, there wasn’t much difference. Also, there are many other filters for the user to play with.
Here are a few shots we took with the smartphone’s camera:
The rear camera tends to lose focus when zoomed in and causes the pixels to explode all over your display.
There are also a few filters and camera settings in the Samsung’s Grand Prime Plus.
Call quality and data
The call quality while testing the handset was pretty good. The calls were made indoors and outdoors to check the quality of voice we get in quiet and loud backgrounds and it was no surprise that Galaxy Grand Prime Plus worked just fine. The volume booster while listening to calls out on the street like many other phones in this range, amplifies the background with the audio too.
The smartphone has both 3G and LTE options and while testing the phone on data the sites resolved in acceptable lengths on time. The photos and videos were uploaded and downloaded with a slight delay as the low storage and multi-tasking turn to slow down the smartphone. The diagnostic test results in Speedtest.net did show much slower speeds, as well as both upload speeds and download speeds, were in single digits.
The phone has many other exciting features like a power saving mode where you don’t need to download a third-party app to release the junk files and hibernate the apps when the battery is low. Also, it supports Samsung Knox and has a secure folder that can make sure your data is safe from tampering by anyone else. The device also features S bike mode for all the motorbike riders who can reply without stopping to check their phones.
Our Final Verdict
The phone does have some good features for a reasonably low priced smartphone but on the other, the internal storage, some delays in the function of the phone, lower quality graphics, smaller battery and low-resolution display are quite a major turn off. So, if you’re on a strict budget and these things don’t bother you because you’re not a heavy user, then Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is a good choice for you.