Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime review: Mirror shot

GSMArena team, 12 December 2014.

Phonebook is great

The dialer is the familiar TouchWiz app and features all the basics - smart dial, quick dial and even a video call button. For extra accessibility, the Home button can be set to answer calls while the Power button ca n be used to reject them.

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Dialer, call log, Favorites and Contacts share an app

The call log can be filtered by call type (missed or rejected) and includes messages. The two other tabs in the app show the Favorites and the full contact list. The shortcut to call/message a contact by swiping right/left is gone.

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Contact window

Basic telephony

Reception on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime was good though not the best we've seen. In-call audio is fairly loud and clear, but there's no noise cancellation so performance will degrade in noisy environments.

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Dialer

The loudspeaker proved rather quiet - with the right ringtone you can tease out an average performance, but using it for hands-free speaking and especially for music is a lackluster affair.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime 63.0 60.3 68.3 Below Average
HTC Desire 616 dual sim 61.5 58.5 72.6 Below Average
LG G2 mini 65.2 67.7 64.6 Below Average
Sony Xperia M2 Aqua 66.3 66.2 72.7 Average
HTC Desire 700 65.7 66.7 75.7 Good
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 66.5 66.6 75.7 Good
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini 73.5 67.7 78.7 Very Good
Motorola Moto G 4G 77.1 76 83.3 Excellent

You can read about our loudspeaker test, if you have any questions.

Feature-rich messaging

The Messages app retains a good deal of the features, but it's behind the latest TouchWiz. It shows a list of threads (but no row of favorite contacts) and you get to adjust font size (but no background, message bubble styles). The recent split-screen option for landscape mode is gone too.

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Messaging app

Anyway, we're clearly dealing with an older versions of the custom app. There's an option to schedule the message for later sending (so you can compose it ahead of time), while the built-in spam filter can help you fend off annoying promo texts.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime has two email clients - the Email and Gmail apps. Gmail was recently updated to support third-party servers and has Material Design looks, so we use it exclusively. The Email app is the vanilla Android one and it feels outdated.

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The new Material designed Gmail supports third-party servers

Line comes pre-installed, the messenger is highly popular in East Asia (Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and India). Aside from Japan, these are the countries that are the primary destinations for the Galaxy Grand Prime.

Keyboard with swipe input

The custom keyboard has four rows of keys, with the top row doubles as a row of digits with a long press. The Continuous input option lets you swipe your finger over letters instead of tapping them.

You need to enable Predictive text for that to work. The keyboard can learn from your messages and list of contacts to improve its accuracy.

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Standard keyboard swipe input speech recognition

An alternative input method is voice dictation, but handwriting recognition is not onboard. Good thing that Android makes it easy to install a third-party keyboard if you're missing functionality.