Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo review: Size me up

Size me up

GSMArena team, 12 February 2014.

Display

We've gone over how the WVGA resolution of the Galaxy Grand Neo stretches rather thin on the large display, resulting in a less than optimal 186 pixels per inch. Nevertheless, for a budget-range device you still get excellent colors and decent viewing angles. The 5-inch display also makes for some superior usability compared to smaller 4-inch offerings, as on-screen keyboards and buttons feel markedly less cramped.

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The Galaxy Grand Neo's WVGA screen

Overall, the contrast leaves something to be desired, and is worse than the one found on the original Galaxy grand.

Display test 50% brightness 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo 0.25 209 839 0.61 482 786
Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand 0.37 382 1040 0.62 586 948
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 0.22 180 828 0.54 472 879
LG Nexus 5 0.31 298 948 0.54 526 967
LG G2 0.10 149 1522 0.45 667 1495
LG Optimus G 0.14 197 1445 0.33 417 1438
Sony Xperia Z1 - - - 0.38 580 1513
Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4 0 201 0 404
HTC One 0.13 205 1580 0.42 647 1541
Oppo Find 5 0.17 176 1123 0.51 565 1107

Sunlight legibility comes in about the same - towards the bottom of the chart.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView
    4.698
  • Apple iPhone 5
    3.997
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    3.997
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
    3.419
  • Nokia Lumia 925
    3.402
  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4
    3.352
  • Samsung Omnia W
    3.301
  • Samsung Galaxy S
    3.155
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    3.127
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom
    3.118
  • Nokia N9
    3.069
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.970
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2.950
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • BlackBerry Q10
    2.856
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
    2.832
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    2.801
  • BlackBerry Z30
    2.790
  • Huawei Ascend P1
    2.655
  • Sony Xperia ZR
    2.672
  • Nokia Lumia 900
    2.562
  • HTC One Max
    2.537
  • Nokia Lumia 720
    2.512
  • HTC One
    2.504
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    2.422
  • Motorola RAZR i
    2.366
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2.307
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    2.262
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • Nokia N8
    2.144
  • Oppo Find 5
    2.088
  • BlackBerry Z10
    2.051
  • Apple iPhone 4
    2.016
  • HTC One mini
    2.003
  • LG G2
    1.976
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
    1.955
  • Samsung Galaxy Camera
    1.938
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    1.865
  • Sony Xperia V
    1.792
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Meizu MX3
    1.754
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1.691
  • HTC One V
    1.685
  • BlackBerry Q5
    1.682
  • LG Optimus Vu
    1.680
  • LG Optimus GJ
    1.666
  • HTC Desire V
    1.646
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    1.622
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    1.578
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    1.563
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1.552
  • LG Optimus 3D
    1.542
  • Nokia Asha 302
    1.537
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Nokia Lumia 610
    1.432
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo
    1.393
  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355
    1.361
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand
    1.321
  • HTC Desire C
    1.300
  • Nokia Asha 501
    1.270
  • LG Optimus L7
    1.269
  • LG Optimus L9
    1.227
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    1.203
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket
    1.180
  • Sony Xperia tipo
    1.166
  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2
    1.114

When we put the pixels of the Grand Neo under our digital microscope we can see where the differences come from. While both devices have the same inline RGB panel, the ones on the Neo are shaped differently and slightly tilted.


The screen matrix of the Galaxy Grand Neo next to the Galaxy Grand

Handling

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo handles well in large part to the pleasantly-textured matte finish on the back panel. Unlike the glossy plastic finish found on most budget Samsung droids, the back panel makes the device comfortable to hold in hand and is highly resistant to fingerprints.

Our only complaint when it comes to the Grand aesthetics is that the design language has been used by Samsung for almost two years now and has only been losing its appeal. Not to mention you would have a hard time telling some of their midrange smartphones apart just by looking at them. It deserves a point deduction for its complete lack of character.

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The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo held in hand

Reader comments

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