When we browse several online shops selling smartphones, we find that two smartphones, Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos I9082 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 are doing good business. Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos is also seen quite often in TV ads. Both are selling in competition to each other in the price range of Rs 20,000 – Rs.22,000; even though, these gadgets are launched by the same Korean manufacturer Samsung, the largest maker of smartphones in the world.
Both Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy Grand were released in the phone market one after the other, within a period of just two months. Samsung Galaxy Nexus was released in November 2012 while Samsung Galaxy Grand was released in January 2013. Since there is hardly any price difference between these two smartphones, it is better to make the prospective buyers of smartphones in this price range aware of the difference and similarities of Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This is all the more necessary because when the prices of the two phones are similar, the buyers will immediately want to know about their features and specifications. It will be of great help to the buyers when the features of the two phones are placed side by side as has been done in this article. Let us look at the details of these features and simultaneously, have a glance at their specifications placed next to each other on the right hand side.
Prices, availability, CPU, GPU, Chipset, OS and Sensors
When we make an online search for the comparative prices of Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos I9082 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250, we find that prices of Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos I9082 range between Rs 20,000 and RS 21,500; whereas, the price of Samsung Galaxy is also in the same range at several online shops.
Both the smartphones are currently available in India. Both the smartphones are powered by 1.2 GHz dual core Cortex-A9 processors. GPU of Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos is Broadcom VideoCore IV, where as Galaxy Nexus uses PowerVR SX540 GPU. Chipset information for Galaxy Grand Duos is not known whereas it is TI OMAP 4460 chipset used in the Galaxy Nexus. Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos runs on the Google advanced OS Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), and is thus a gainer over Galaxy Nexus. Samsung Galaxy Nexus runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS even though it is upgradable to the Google's latest OS 4.2 (Jelly Bean). Both the phones use the same sensors as can be seen from the adjoining table of their specifications.
Display size, type, resolution, pixel density, screen protection, size and weight
Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos is the winner when we look at its larger display size of 5 inches as compared to 4.65 inches display size of Samsung Galaxy Nexus. When it comes to display, the Super AMOLED capacitive multi-touchscreen of Galaxy Nexus gives better clarity when used outdoors due to the properties of an AMOLED screen. Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos has a TFT capacitive multi-touchscreen. Both the smartphones' screens support 16M colours. Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the winner again having better screen display resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and pixel density of 316 ppi as against the mere 480 x 800 pixels and 187 ppi of Galaxy Grand. The large 5 inche diagonal becomes thin due to the poor screen resolution of 400x800 pixels. There is no information available for Galaxy Grand's screen protection, but the screen of Galaxy Nexus is protected by Oleophobic coating. Samsung Galaxy Grand uses TouchWiz UI but there is no mention of this specification against Galaxy Nexus.
When we compare sleekness and weight of the two smartphones, we find that Galaxy Nexus is more sleek and slim with its 8.9 mm thickness against the thickness of 9.6 mm of Galaxy Grand. Galaxy Nexus is also lighter with weight of 135 g as against the heavier device Galaxy Grand that weighs 162 g. However, all good display features of Galaxy Nexus could not stop Galaxy Grand's push towards popularity.
Networks, SIM, Memory internal & external, RAM and connectivity
Both Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos and Galaxy Nexus support 2G GSM and 3G HSDPA cellular networks while Nexus also supports 4G LTE which is market dependent. Keeping up with the ongoing trends Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos has been provided with a dual SIM. 2G GSM is supported by both SIM1 and SIM2, whereas 3G HSDPA is supported by SIM1 only. There is dual SIM standby. On the other hand Samsung Galaxy Nexus has only 1 mini SIM.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the winner with regard to internal storage capacity which is 16 GB in this phone as compared to 8 GB of Galaxy Grand Duos. Both the smartphones have external microSD card slot enabling the memory to expand up to 64 GB. 1 GB RAM is provided in both Galaxy Grand and Galaxy Nexus. The internet and data transfer connectivity is almost similar in both the smartphones. It is through Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n support; DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot. In addition, there is also a support of Bluetooth. However, the Bluetooth version in Samsung Galaxy Grand is v.4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR whereas it is v3.0 with A2DP in the Galaxy Nexus. Both the smartphones have also been provided with GPRS, EDGE and microUSB connectivity features. In my opinion, it is the dual SIIM feature which must have attracted more buyers towards Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos.
Camera, Video and Sound features
Camera features are perhaps the most important features of Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos which have made this smartphone more popular in the mid range category. Its sales, among Samsung Galaxy phones, are only second to Galaxy S3 at present. Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos has an 8 MP primary camera at the rear and a 2 MP front facing secondary camera when compared to 5 MP primary camera and 1.3 MP secondary camera of Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The camera of Galaxy Grand Duos has better features. The smile detection and image stabilization features are missing in the camera of Galaxy Nexus. Moreover, the camera of Galaxy Grand Duos records videos at 1080p @30fps and the same function is done by the camera of Galaxy Nexus recording video at 1080p @24fps. The sound features in both the smartphones are the same. Both provide the similar ringtone alerts, have a loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Messaging services, browser, video & audio file formats, Apps, colours, battery
The messaging services in both Galaxy Grand and Galaxy Nxus are through SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM and RSS. The Browser used in Samsung Galaxy Grand is HTML5, whereas it is HTML with Adobe Flash support in Galaxy Nexus. The audio and video file formats supported in both Galaxy Grand and Galaxy Nexus are almost similar.
The apps like Google search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk and Picasa are also the same in both the smartphones under discussion. Both Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos and Samsung Galaxy Nexus are available in white and black colours. Since Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos is provided with dual SIM capabilities, it is but natural that it is supported by a powerful Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery as compared to Li-Ion 1750 mAh of Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The talk time support is up to 10 h and 10 min in Galaxy Grand as against up to 17 h 40 min (2G) and up to 8 h 20 min (3G) in Galaxy Nexus. Similarly the battery of Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos supports standby time of up to 440 h as compared to 290 h (2G) and up to 270 h (3G) in Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Samsung Galaxy Grand is the winner as far as the battery power of the two smartphones is concerned.
Other features like radio, GPS, Java, audio/video editors etc.
Comparing some other features of Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos with Samsung Galaxy Nexus, we will find that Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos has a slight edge over Galaxy Nexus. Samsung Galaxy is provided with a stereo FM radio with RDS whereas Samsung Galaxy Nexus lacks this facility. Similarly, the GPS support to the former is with A-GPS and GLONASS, but there is no GLONASS support in Galaxy Nexus. Both the smartphones are provided with the same Java support. Once again, both the phones are supported by active noise cancellation with dedicated mic. There is SNS integration in Samsung Galaxy Grand which is missing in Galaxy Duos. The features like Organizer, Image / video editor, Document viewer, Voice memo / dial / commands and predictive text are the same in both Samsung Galaxy Grand duos and Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Both Samsung's mid range smartphones are racing towards to become more and more popular with the buyers. But it would suffice to say that Samsung Galaxy Grand has surely made its position stronger among some of the best selling smartphones in the mid-range smartphones available in the market. For the reasons best known to the Korean smartphone giant Samsung, the company itself is promoting this smartphone more than any other of its smartphones through media ads.
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