Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Grand

Although these two models of smartphones are made by the same manufacturer, they have a number of features that differentiate each of them. The differences are witnessed mainly in the dimensions, size of the display by each smartphone, weight, the operating systems that they come with, along with a host of other changes. Both the mobiles are targeted at different segments of the mobile arena, and as such feature a difference in what they offer end-users. Let’s take a look at both mobiles and see what differentiates them:

Screen and design

The Samsung Galaxy Grand has a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 480X800 pixels. This is too low for a mobile that is of this size, and that can be seen while watching HD content or reading text. Images tend to be washed out, and color quality is not that great either.  Note 2 is a 5.5-inch mobile with a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Also, the ability to use a stylus on the Note 2 means that users have the ability to draw  onand interact with the screen with a finer grain of control.
The Galaxy Grand measures about 143 x77 mm and has a thickness of about 9.5 mm. The Note 2 has a length of about 151 mm and a width of approximately 80mm. Its thickness is approximately 9.5mm. The Note 2 is usually heavier than the Grand. The weight of the Grand model is about 160 grams while the weight of the Note 2 model is about 180 grams. Samsung TouchWiz Nature is standard on both these mobiles, and although there is the associated bloatware that comes with it in the form of a host of Samsung utilities, they can easily be disabled.


Samsung Galaxy Grand is a dual-SIM mobile. This model has two slots for SIM cards. The SIM cards may be supported by the same mobile network provider or each may be supported by different network providers. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy note 2 is a single SIM card device. Samsung Galaxy Grand comes with 4.1.2 Android Jelly Bean while Note 2 comes with Android 4.1, and is set to make the switch to 4.1.2 soon. Samsung Galaxy Grand has dual-core processors whose clocks in at about 1.2 GHz while the Note 2 has an Exynos 4412 Quad processor with Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 cores. This is the reason for Note 2’s excellent real world use in terms of multitasking.


Both mobiles come with an 8 MP camera that has zero shutter lag, as well as autofocus along with LED light. Both mobiles have not a whole lot of difference in terms of imaging quality, and they both have the ability to take full HD videos. The usual tweaks are included with the mobiles that allow users to customize the image modes.


The Galaxy Grand has a lower amount of internal memory than the Galaxy Note 2. The internal memory on the Galaxy Grand is 8GB, which can be extended to 64 GB through micro-SD. The Galaxy Note 2 model comes with 16GB of internal memory and an external memory of 64GB. Also, the Galaxy Note 2 has 2 GB RAM than in the Galaxy Grand which is 1GB.


The Grand is powered by a Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery while the Note 2 has a Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery inside. This means that the Note 2 can last an entire day of heavy usage while the Grand has to be used conservatively if the mobile has to get through a day’s worth of use. In terms of connectivity, the Note 2 comes with 4G LTE while the Grand can only connect to 3G networks. Both have a standard set of connectivity choices like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro-SD.


The advantages of the Note 2 outweigh those of the Grand. While that may be obvious considering the Note 2 costs a lot more than the Grand, there are a few reasons the Grand can be a good buy. First time buyers would be well-suited to go for the Grand, as it offers them a lot of real estate in terms of the screen size and a decent set of features on a budget. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 price in India around Rs.34500, it is not what can be called affordable, and the Grand, which is available for Rs.20,000, might look more alluring to users on a budget.


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