The Samsung Galaxy Grand uses a 5" capacitive touchscreen of 480 x 800 pixels resolution. One massive disadvantage of stretching that kind of resolution on this much screen real estate is the pretty low pixel density - 187 ppi to be exact.
The fact that there's no advanced display technology doesn't speak well for the image quality. However, it turned out to be pretty decent for the mid-range league where there are no 1080p monsters to be found. Contrast is good if unspectacular, while colors are pretty decent. Viewing angles are impressively wide, too.
Samsung Galaxy Grand display matrix
Still, the display could've been better, especially if being able to spot individual pixels is a deal-breaker.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand||0.37||382||1040||0.62||586||948|
|Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express||0||201||∞||0||364||∞||HTC Butterfly||0.14||173||1200||0.45||501||1104|
|Sony Xperia Z||-||-||-||0.70||492||705|
|Sony Xperia go||0.30||282||928||0.63||541||859|
|Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2||0.22||212||981||0.49||439||898|
|Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III||0||174||∞||0||330||∞|
|Nokia Lumia 920||-||-||-||0.48||513||1065|
|Apple iPhone 5||0.13||200||1490||0.48||640||1320|
|HTC One X||0.15||200||1375||0.39||550||1410|
Sunlight legibility turned out to be extremely disappointing, though, with the Galaxy Grand posting one of the worst scores in our dedicated test.
The Galaxy Grand does quite well to offer the extra real estate in a bid to make up for the uninspiring image quality. Some users would find that an acceptable trade-off, while others might be willing to consider the Galaxy S II Plus.
We put the Galaxy Grand through our battery routine and it did great. We were sure to supply it with two SIM cards, of course. It scored 56 hours, which means you'll only need to charge the smartphone every 56 hours if you use it for an hour of talk-time, an hour of web browsing and an hour of video-watching per day.