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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Smartphone Review

Florian Wimmer, Tanja Hinum (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 04/21/2015

Inexpensive Prime? Inexpensive smartphones are getting more popular in wealthy industrial countries and it does not always have to be a premium device. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is supposed to attract customers that spend less than 200 Euros (~$214) but still want LTE. Our review shows if and where the device makes compromises.

For the original German review, see here.

Samsung's Galaxy family is a bit confusing since you get Android smartphones for almost all target groups. The Galaxy Grand Prime is a new and pretty inexpensive smartphone that is designed for anybody who does not want to waive fast LTE but not pay more than 200 Euros (~$214) for a 5-inch smartphone.

In this price range and with LTE you mainly find devices from smaller manufacturers; we recently tested the Wiko Ridge 4G and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G. The prices of the Sony Xperia T3 or the Asus Zenfone 5 are lower by now, so they fit into this category as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime (Galaxy Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 960 x 540 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, TFT, not specified, glossy: yes
Storage
8 GB eMMC Flash, 8 GB 
, , 4.2 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 64 GB, Sensors: Position sensor, proximity sensor, compass, GPS, UKW-Radio, NFC
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900), UMTS quad-band (850/900/1900/2100), LTE penta-band (850/900/1800/2100/2600), bandwidth (download/upload): 150Mbps/50Mbps (LTE); SAR value: 0.464W/kg (head), 0.351W/kg (body)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.6 x 144.8 x 72.1 ( = 0.34 x 5.7 x 2.84 in)
Battery
10 Wh Lithium-Ion, 2600 mAh, removable, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 75 h
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: 5.0MP, videos @720p (front); 8.0MP, AF, LED flash, videos @1080p (rear)
Additional features
Speakers: Speaker at the back, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Headset, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
156 g ( = 5.5 oz / 0.34 pounds), Power Supply: 46 g ( = 1.62 oz / 0.1 pounds)
Price
200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

We cannot say that the Galaxy Grand Prime has an innovative design; it actually feels like a Galaxy S2 in the hand. This does, however, not mean that the Galaxy Grand Prime looks bad, but it does not appear as timeless or modern as the Galaxy A5, for example. You can still find typical Galaxy design elements like the home button as a stretched ellipse and the rounded corners.

The Galaxy Grand Prime is a pretty heavy device and we can measure 156 grams. There are much lighter smartphones in this price range like the Wiko Ridge 4G with 125 grams. The Grand Prime feels comfortable thanks to its rounded edges and the size is convenient as well.

One familiar Galaxy feature is the detachable back cover, which is available on the Grand Prime. The battery underneath can be removed and the slot for microSD and microSIM is combined.

The stability is basically okay, but the chassis can be twisted significantly and pressure on the display is also a problem for the smartphone.

154 mm / 6.06 inch 78.7 mm / 3.1 inch 9.45 mm / 0.372 inch 199 g0.4387 lbs151 mm / 5.94 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 148 g0.3263 lbs148.2 mm / 5.83 inch 72.8 mm / 2.87 inch 10.34 mm / 0.4071 inch 145 g0.3197 lbs144.8 mm / 5.7 inch 72.1 mm / 2.84 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 156 g0.3439 lbs143 mm / 5.63 inch 72 mm / 2.83 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 125 g0.2756 lbs

Connectivity

All comparison devices have 8 GB internal storage, only the Wiko Ridge 4G has an advantage with 16 GB storage. Another nice feature is the NFC module, which is a small unique feature in this price range.

Software

Samsung's TouchWiz user interface on the Grand Prime is based on Android 4.4.4, and the manufacturer is still working on the version for Android 5. Samsung once again includes advertisement apps in the menu, but you can at least remove them pretty quickly. Otherwise, you just get the S Planner from the typical Galaxy software additions; the voice control S Voice or the news reader Flipboard are reserved for the more expensive devices.

Similar to other Galaxy devices you get used to the handling pretty quickly and the majority of functions work intuitively or are explained extensively on the display.

GPS indoors
GPS indoors
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors

Communication & GPS 

With four GSM, four UMTS and five LTE frequencies, the Galaxy Grand Prime covers more bands than the rivals that only support tri-band or even dual-band. You also get fast LTE with download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. The signal quality is average: We just had four out of five bars indoors, while higher-quality smartphones managed a full signal in the LTE network.

WLAN connections are possible via 802.11 a/b/g/n in 2.4 as well as 5 GHz networks. The signal quality is decent: With a distance of 10 meters from the router and through three walls, we still had 4/5 bars, but websites took a bit longer to open.

The GPS module is not able to locate our position in the building, but the situation is better outdoors, where the location is found pretty quick and accurate down to 6 meters.

Telephone & Voice Quality

We already know the Phone app from other Samsung devices and the handling is not complicated with its four tabs "Keyboard," "Protocols," "Favorites," and "Contacts." Video calls are directly integrated into the app as well.

The voice quality can convince us: The other person does sound slightly distorted at the maximum volume, but the sound is otherwise pretty balanced and the quality is very good when you consider the comparatively low price of our test device. The microphone records our voice clearly and we did not have problems with the hands-free feature, either.

Cameras & Multimedia

At the back of the Galaxy Grand Prime is an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. 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. The sharpness clearly suffers in darker environments and the result is strong picture noise.

The front camera has a 5 MP sensor for decent selfies, but you will have to hold the smartphone very steady, otherwise the pictures will be blurred. You can quickly see individual pixels when you enlarge the pictures, but the camera is okay for occasional selfies and the use on the screen.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

Input Devices & Handling

Samsung's virtual keyboard has pretty small keys at a first look, but the spacing is pretty big so you can still type reliably. The input options are limited compared to the bigger and more expensive Samsung smartphones: Only the voice input and swipe gestures are still available, but you will have to waive handwritten inputs. You have to get another keyboard from the store if you don't like Samsung's version since the manufacturer deactivated Google's standard keyboard.

The touchscreen is generally very reliable, but there is a small area at the bottom where it does not respond. This is probably to improve the separation between the screen and the software touch buttons.

Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard landscape mode

Display

The Galaxy Grand Prime is not equipped with a high-quality AMOLED display that is used for many more expensive Galaxy models; it has a simpler LED screen. It is at least equipped with a TFT panel, which is not specified in detail, but the characteristics remind us of an IPS panel. The resolution is a bit meager with 960x540 pixels; all the rivals have at least 720p.

The brightness itself is actually okay, but almost all the competitors are even brighter. At least the brightness distribution of 90% is very good, so large colored areas appear uniform.

414
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
416
cd/m²
403
cd/m²
426
cd/m²
413
cd/m²
390
cd/m²
430
cd/m²
407
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 435 cd/m² Average: 414.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 426 cd/m²
Contrast: 513:1 (Black: 0.83 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.98 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 6.03 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.48
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
Wiko Ridge 4G
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB iNAND Flash
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Zenfone 5
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
10%
12%
21%
17%
Brightness middle
426
521
22%
459
8%
446
5%
389
-9%
Brightness
415
504
21%
434
5%
418
1%
375
-10%
Brightness Distribution
90
89
-1%
90
0%
87
-3%
88
-2%
Black Level *
0.83
0.77
7%
0.35
58%
0.47
43%
0.58
30%
Contrast
513
677
32%
1311
156%
949
85%
671
31%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.98
5.73
4%
9.69
-62%
5.1
15%
4.22
29%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.03
6.83
-13%
10.8
-79%
5.93
2%
3.08
49%
Gamma
2.48 89%
3.46 64%
1.82 121%
3.46 64%
2.57 86%
CCT
7983 81%
8370 78%
9063 72%
7350 88%
6840 95%

* ... smaller is better

The contrast continues the pretty mediocre performance of the screen in the Galaxy Grand Prime: With 513:1, it is much lower compared to the rivals. This is a result of the lower brightness, but also the black value that is not really inspiring with 0.83 cd/m². This means black areas appear grayish and colors are pale instead of vivid.

Further tests with the spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software also show a blue cast, which is indicated by the increased color temperature of 7,983 Kelvin. The deviation of white is also very big compared to the ideal value of the reference color space sRGB. Blue is the only color that is somewhat accurate, red and orange colors in particular show high deviations.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Color Management
CalMAN Color Management
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps

Outdoors you will have to live with the very glossy display. The brightness would be sufficient, but the contrast is just not high enough to ensure a rich picture in bright environments, so you should use the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime in the shade or inside, if possible.

Thanks to the IPS characteristics we cannot criticize the viewing-angle stability: You can still see the picture content even from very flat angles.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Samsung equips the Galaxy Grand Prime with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, which was also the SoC of the Wiko Ridge 4G that is in our comparison as well. The other comparison devices are one generation behind with SoCs from the Snapdragon 400-series. This is noticeable in Geekbench, for example, which tests the processor. The Galaxy Grand Prime is clearly ahead of its rivals, and we could not notice any stutters in the menus or apps.

The GPU is called Adreno 306 and is also an evolution of the last generation Adreno 305, which is integrated into the majority of comparison devices. The differences are smaller and we can only see an advantage for the new chip in GFXBench.

Our web-browsing tests via WLAN show that the test device is similar to the rivals in all the benchmarks on average. We could not determine delays, either: The browsing performance was very fast as long as the signal quality was good.

The Wiko Ridge 4G is particularly good in respect of the read and write performances of the storage, but our Galaxy Grand Prime can keep up pretty well and is also faster than the other comparison devices.

Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
1426 Points ∼2%
Sony Xperia T3
1345 Points ∼2% -6%
Wiko Ridge 4G
1170 Points ∼1% -18%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
1451 Points ∼2% +2%
Asus Zenfone 5
1119 Points ∼1% -22%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
473 Points ∼10%
Sony Xperia T3
401 Points ∼8% -15%
Wiko Ridge 4G
477 Points ∼10% +1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
438 Points ∼9% -7%
Asus Zenfone 5
340 Points ∼7% -28%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
9264 Points ∼11%
Sony Xperia T3
8960 Points ∼10% -3%
Wiko Ridge 4G
6291 Points ∼7% -32%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
9761 Points ∼11% +5%
Asus Zenfone 5
7872 Points ∼9% -15%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
3954 Points ∼1%
Sony Xperia T3
4216 Points ∼1% +7%
Wiko Ridge 4G
3867 Points ∼1% -2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
4225 Points ∼1% +7%
Asus Zenfone 5
4156 Points ∼1% +5%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
4531 Points ∼2%
Sony Xperia T3
4778 Points ∼2% +5%
Wiko Ridge 4G
4229 Points ∼2% -7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
4834 Points ∼2% +7%
Asus Zenfone 5
4643 Points ∼2% +2%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
8791 Points ∼10%
Sony Xperia T3
8696 Points ∼10% -1%
Wiko Ridge 4G
6470 Points ∼8% -26%
Asus Zenfone 5
7264 Points ∼9% -17%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
2207 Points ∼0%
Sony Xperia T3
2445 Points ∼0% +11%
Wiko Ridge 4G
2233 Points ∼0% +1%
Asus Zenfone 5
2434 Points ∼0% +10%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
2648 Points ∼1%
Sony Xperia T3
2910 Points ∼1% +10%
Wiko Ridge 4G
2613 Points ∼1% -1%
Asus Zenfone 5
2856 Points ∼1% +8%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
8894 Points ∼6%
Sony Xperia T3
8598 Points ∼6% -3%
Wiko Ridge 4G
6321 Points ∼4% -29%
Asus Zenfone 5
7497 Points ∼5% -16%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
4838 Points ∼1%
Sony Xperia T3
5336 Points ∼1% +10%
Wiko Ridge 4G
4796 Points ∼1% -1%
Asus Zenfone 5
5265 Points ∼1% +9%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
5384 Points ∼0%
Sony Xperia T3
5827 Points ∼1% +8%
Wiko Ridge 4G
5068 Points ∼0% -6%
Asus Zenfone 5
5638 Points ∼1% +5%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
1.8 fps ∼0%
Sony Xperia T3
1.2 fps ∼0% -33%
Wiko Ridge 4G
1.8 fps ∼0% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
1.8 fps ∼0% 0%
Asus Zenfone 5
0 fps ∼0% -100%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
6.4 fps ∼2%
Sony Xperia T3
4.2 fps ∼1% -34%
Wiko Ridge 4G
4.2 fps ∼1% -34%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
3.9 fps ∼1% -39%
Asus Zenfone 5
3.9 fps ∼1% -39%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
1400 ms * ∼15%
Sony Xperia T3
1333 ms * ∼15% +5%
Wiko Ridge 4G
1703 ms * ∼19% -22%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
1207 ms * ∼13% +14%
Asus Zenfone 5
1684 ms * ∼18% -20%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
1447 Points ∼3%
Sony Xperia T3
2242 Points ∼4% +55%
Wiko Ridge 4G
2399 Points ∼5% +66%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
2428 Points ∼5% +68%
Asus Zenfone 5
1822 Points ∼3% +26%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
18882 ms * ∼32%
Sony Xperia T3
14507 ms * ∼24% +23%
Wiko Ridge 4G
14599 ms * ∼25% +23%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
12714 ms * ∼21% +33%
Asus Zenfone 5
16691.6 ms * ∼28% +12%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
2.3 MB/s ∼1%
Sony Xperia T3
0.62 MB/s ∼0% -73%
Wiko Ridge 4G
4.4 MB/s ∼2% +91%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
1.1 MB/s ∼0% -52%
Asus Zenfone 5
1.26 MB/s ∼0% -45%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
17.5 MB/s ∼8%
Sony Xperia T3
14.18 MB/s ∼6% -19%
Wiko Ridge 4G
15 MB/s ∼7% -14%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
8 MB/s ∼4% -54%
Asus Zenfone 5
12.43 MB/s ∼5% -29%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
18 MB/s ∼3%
Sony Xperia T3
11.26 MB/s ∼2% -37%
Wiko Ridge 4G
38 MB/s ∼6% +111%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
17 MB/s ∼3% -6%
Asus Zenfone 5
12.45 MB/s ∼2% -31%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
103 MB/s ∼6%
Sony Xperia T3
123.71 MB/s ∼7% +20%
Wiko Ridge 4G
130 MB/s ∼7% +26%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
110 MB/s ∼6% +7%
Asus Zenfone 5
95.47 MB/s ∼5% -7%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia T3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD
 
Wiko Ridge 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus Zenfone 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Games

Because of the comparatively low display resolution, the Adreno 306 is sufficient for smooth gameplay even with more complex titles like Asphalt 8. Simpler games like Angry Birds are no problem at all for the GPU. The controls via touchscreen and position sensor also worked very reliably in our tests.

Emissions

Temperature

We can measure a maximum temperature of 36.1 °C for the Galaxy Grand Prime. This is perceptible, but it is just a slight warming. The higher temperatures are also limited to the area around the camera, which is great when you use the smartphone in portrait mode, because the bottom, where you hold the smartphone, is the coolest part. The Grand Prime hardly gets warm while idling.

Max. Load
 34.9 °C
95 F
31.1 °C
88 F
28.3 °C
83 F
 
 36.1 °C
97 F
31.4 °C
89 F
28.7 °C
84 F
 
 34.4 °C
94 F
30.9 °C
88 F
28.8 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 36.1 °C = 97 F
Average: 31.6 °C = 89 F
27.8 °C
82 F
31.2 °C
88 F
34.3 °C
94 F
28.3 °C
83 F
31.1 °C
88 F
34.8 °C
95 F
29.2 °C
85 F
31.7 °C
89 F
33 °C
91 F
Maximum: 34.8 °C = 95 F
Average: 31.3 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  32.5 °C = 91 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-350
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.6 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.1 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 34.8 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.5 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

The sound is surprising because it is pretty rich for an inexpensive smartphone. Voices are very clear; bass is just indicated but at least available. The balance is not always perfect when you listen to complex music, but the maximum volume is sufficient in return. There are just slight distortions at the maximum volume.

Music enthusiasts will probably use headphones or external speakers. The provided headset actually does not sound bad, and the quality via 3.5 mm stereo jack is also pretty good with external speakers.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is a pretty frugal device, which consumes at least 0.4 Watts while idling. Some rivals even need twice as much power in this scenario. The maximum idle value of 1.1 Watts is the lowest among the rivals. A maximum consumption of 3.5 Watts under load is a very good result as well.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.4 / 0.9 / 1.1 Watt
Load midlight 2.9 / 3.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The battery capacity of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is pretty big with 9.9 Wh. It is unfortunate that the smartphone cannot realize good runtimes, despite the good consumption values: It is roughly on par with the majority of rivals (our new WLAN test results in around 10% shorter runtimes compared to the old one), but it cannot really beat them. 8:32 hours wireless browsing is not a bad result, but the Xperia T3, for example, squeezes more runtime out of its slightly smaller battery, even when you consider the differences between the old and the new WLAN test.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
16h 26min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 32min
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
Wiko Ridge 4G
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB iNAND Flash
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Zenfone 5
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
19%
-10%
0%
15%
Reader / Idle
986
1169
19%
823
-17%
985
0%
1131
15%
WiFi v1.3
512
495
-3%
WiFi
634
662
545

Pros

+ Solid build quality
+ Replaceable battery
+ Decent camera equipment
+ Good voice quality
+ Usable battery runtimes
+ Comparatively high frequency variety

Cons

- Heavy chassis
- Display susceptible to pressure
- Pale color reproduction
- Low contrast
- Low resolution

Verdict

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. Test model provided by cyberport.de
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. Test model provided by cyberport.de

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 return: The chassis leaves a sophisticated impression, but does not win any design prizes, and it is also pretty heavy. The display cannot inspire us, either, because the colors are too pale. The battery runtimes are practical but could be better when you consider the pretty big battery.

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. We are pretty sure many customers will be very happy with the inconspicuous device, but the very strong competitors might be worth a second look.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime - 04/17/2015 v4(old)
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
78%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 73%
Weight
92%
Battery
93%
Display
81%
Games Performance
54 / 63 → 86%
Application Performance
27 / 70 → 39%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
63 / 91 → 69%
Camera
61%
Average
72%
82%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2015-04-21 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.