The Good The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime has LTE and front and back cameras that come out with decent photos.
The Bad The low screen resolution makes the video and games look like pixels, and the download speed is slow.
The Bottom Line Multifunctional cameras and attractive builds make it possible to subscribe to Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime cricket over previous competitors from the budget, which also cost less than $ 200.
Given that premium handsets like the fully featured ones Samsung Galaxy S6 Starting at around $ 600, it’s extremely amazing to be able to make a $ 200 phone like the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, given its budget.
For $180 from prepaid carrier (and AT&T subsidiary) Cricket, the Grand Prime brings you in one of the more decked-out phones of this price tier: a 5-inch screen, 8-megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera and 1,080p HD video capture.
Now, the deal is not that big on Sprint, which will sell the Grand Prime starting July 10 for $ 240 all-in or $ 30 for a two-year service agreement. Buyers can also make payments of $ 10 a month for 24 months.
You still get last season’s Android (4.4 KitKat) and a lower handset – both smaller battery and limited storage – that help Samsung reach this low price. Although there are some decent competitors in this space, read this review (or jump to the conclusion) to find out why the Galaxy Grand Prime tops this class.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime makes its move (pictures)
Design and build
- 5-inch TFT, 960×540 pixels (220 pixels per inch)
- 5.7 x 2.8 x 0.34 inches (144.8 x 72.1 x 8.6 mm)
- 5.5 oz (156 grams)
Like many budget devices these days, the Galaxy Grand Prime manages to come across attractive and affordable without looking “cheap.” Its glossy almost white face is matched with a pearly back cover. Silver accents border the perimeter, home button and camera mounts.
Samsung likes to place the power / lock button on the right spine, which balances the volume switch on the left, the Micro-USB charging port on the bottom and the headset jack on the top. The camera lens sits in the middle of the back, with the LED flash on the left. The front lens flips over the right side of the phone above the screen.
Bouncing the back cover, you can see the holder of the Micro-SIM card. However, to insert a microSD card, you first need to remove the battery.
Turning back to the screen, you will find that it is framed by a white rim and framed by a thin deep black frame. This is because the TFT screen itself looks light gray. The resolution is incredibly low for such a large screen – 960×540 pixels compared to the Moto G 2014 resolution of 1280x720p.
Its relatively low pixel density will not ruin the reading of the main text and social networks on the Galaxy Grand Prime, but it makes the screen especially dim in bright sunlight and makes fingerprints harder to ignore. More importantly, photos lose some clarity and detail, and video and game-heavy resources such as music videos and movie trailers often look dazed and uneven.
OS and apps
Android 4.4 KitKat, Grand Prime is not as modern as Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it is still fast and has such important features as Google Now.
The version of the Samsung TouchWiz touch layer that the phone uses on top of Android is a bit more basic than on other devices. For example, there is no automatic brightness measurement and gesture support, although you can still print from the Grand Prime and turn on ultra-energy mode to stretch your last battery life for hours; also NFC.
Pre-loaded apps are a reality for any phone you buy through your mobile carrier, though the pre-installation of Galaxy Grand Prime pre-installation is surprisingly permanent. The addition of cricket management programs matches several Samsung headers, such as Milk (for music) and the Galaxy Apps folder. Plus, you get the usual basics of Google.
- 8MP camera
- 1080p HD Video (30fps)
- 5-megapixel front-facing camera
The Grand Premiere shooter goes head-to-head with the Motorola Moto G (2014), and it solves this with greater resolution for both video and selfie lenses. For this price point, decent 8MP stills are the best you can count on and that’s what you get.
Autofocus is immensely helpful, though not every photo is focused. I’ll take a number of user errors for this, but some of the shots were blurry, even with the lens wiping. These are images that looked clear on the phone screen, but horribly opposite when opened on a computer monitor. Pictures taken outdoors or in natural light look best, and picture quality in low light conditions deteriorates.
Although the resolution is up to 8 megapixels, the native application has 6 megapixels added. You will need to change this manually. Samsung includes such important modes as panorama and HDR, as well as shooting and night modes and a tool that allows you to use a rear camera for self-portraiture.
The video was made in 1080p HD and played smoothly, with focus as the scene changed.
If you need effects and filters, you’ll need to download a photo editor. Oddly enough, Samsung didn’t download it, but the camera app has a shortcut to download Samsung Editor. Otherwise you can use any other third party application.
Samsung has thrown a lot of selfies for this device. You can run the front camera with a palm or voice command (for example, cheese). Multiple modes mean you can also customize a wide selfie for a larger group or create an animated GIF. Three separate sliders allow you to artificially adjust the degree of airbrushing, the slimness of your face and the size of your eyes. You know, if that’s your thing.
The image quality is so great for selfies that it’s not always scary depending on how much you love these portraits. I noticed that even with the airbrush completely turned off, the Grand Prime front camera still had some soft effect.
Click to enlarge sample photos below.
Productivity of equipment
- 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410
- 8GB of storage
- 1GB of RAM
- 64 GB expandable storage
- Removable 2 600 mAh battery
Given its hardware limitations, the Galaxy Grand Prime is a good little performer. It booted in about 20 seconds and was responsive all the time. The camera also started up in a matter of seconds, and the autofocus started quickly enough. Photos are also quickly fired.
The combination of a screen and a quad-core processor may seem impressive, but this intentionally lower-level model – gameplay on graphics-intensive headlines was not at its peak. The good news is that many outfits optimize games for budget devices, so the graphics are still engaged, if not perfection.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime performance tests
|Test 1||Test 2||Test 3|
|3DMark – Ice Storm Unlimited||4,565||4,548||4,557|
Because memory and RAM are so low (this is expected on phones for a price), providing a 64 GB microSD memory card slot will be very important for potential buyers. Storage is relatively inexpensive, and the card gives you space to upload photos, videos and great games without requiring a ruthless game of favorites.
Now, a 2,600 mAh battery is not very impressive in itself, but it is the highest performance and durability of the Motorola Moto G (2014). The Motorola lasted just under 9 hours; this Galaxy Grand Prime averaged 9.5 hours.
In real terms, you are looking at a full day of work on a fully charged battery, though you may want to add it to the middle if you plan to use it overnight without stopping charging.
Unlike high-end Samsung phones, this juice pack is not charged very quickly, so you have to plan for long fueling times if you run out of it during the day. I personally would invest in an extra charger in addition to one for the home.
Call quality and data
- GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
- LTE: 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n
First, the disclaimer. I tested the Galaxy Grand Prime here in San Francisco on Cricket’s network, which also mostly uses AT&T’s network, it’s parent, as well.
The call quality was quite good during my tests. I made appointments and interviewed, making an average of 15 minutes per call. Not a single call was dropped and I didn’t hear much interruption during the bustle.
Put your phone in a quiet environment and listen to the shortcomings and you’ll find them. Like many other Samsung phones, in noisy scenarios you may need more volume than this one. Be careful that the extra extra surround amplifier amplifies each crackle and hiss of the background, not just the sound of the voice. The loudspeaker, though acceptable, echoes, though they respond to some extent.
A word about data transfer speed. Grand Prime supports 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi rather than the much faster 5 GHz technology. While this means slower Wi-Fi overall, good websites and applications optimize their pages for fast loading, so in real situations you should not notice an unbearable delay.
The same goes for 4G speeds, to a point. Sites resolved in acceptable lengths on time, and photos and video uploaded and downloaded without incident. It’s true that diagnostic test results in Speedtest.net did show much slower speeds than I’m used to with LTE. I saw double digits for upload speeds, but only single digits for download speeds, which usually register in the double digits for AT&T in San Francisco.
Te results could be a product of the kind of LTE radio used in the Grand Prime, or possibly the way AT&T maintains Cricket’s network. It’s very likely a combination of the two.
You should consider these results as another confirmation of the position of this unit in the pyramid. In the end, I was able to do whatever I wanted on the Internet.
Buy it or skip it
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is worth the price of cricket (and a little less than the $ 240 Sprint cost), but do your homework first; there is strong competition in this price range below $ 200.
If you want to pay less, Motorola Moto E 4G LTE a much higher entry level, but also a lot cheaper ($ 130 in retail and closer to $ 80 in current stocks). This phone is for sale on Cricket and Boost Mobile.
For a larger device, 5.7-inch Boost Max It costs a little less ($ 150 at the time of this review), but also has a slightly older version of Android OS and a weaker front camera (1 megapixel instead of 5).
The closest competitor to T-Mobile is now $ 150 LG Optimus L90 , has reduced camera performance (5 and 1 megapixels) and less storage, although it supports Wi-Fi calls.
My other suggestion is if you are ready to spend $ 250 New OneTouch Idol Alcatel 3 , which provides the specifications of the specifiers for the camera, screen and processor and provides high value.
However, the Grand Prime’s LTE functionality and better 5-megapixel lens performance propel this phone past its super-$ 200 competitors, including its closest competitor, the pleasing Motorola Moto G (2014). In addition to the $ 180 price tag, the Moto G has a higher screen resolution and similar rear camera performance, though its status is only 3G – a personal switch. A great cricket prime might pick my trash, though if you are thinking of spending $ 240 on a Sprint version, unlocked $ 250 Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a stronger contender.