Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand preview: First look

GSMArena team, 4 February 2013.
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Controls and handling

The controls on the Samsung Galaxy Grand take after the same general formula as what you'll find on most Samsung smartphones. Below the screen we find three keys - the capacitive Menu and Back keys on either side of a hardware Home button.

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The three-button combo below the screen

The keys are well sized and spaced to allow comfortable use and the capacitive touch technology makes sure the transition between them and the screen is seamless.

Above the display you can see the earpiece, a couple of sensors and the 2 megapixel front facing camera, which can do video-calls. The duos logo is there to remind you that you can pop in two SIM cards at once, in case you ever forget, and is only present on the I9082 model.

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The usual array of sensors and the front-facing camera surround the earpiece

The top of the phone features just the 3.5mm audio jack.

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The top is where the audio jack is located

At the bottom are the microUSB port and the mouthpiece. The microUSB port supports MHL, enabling HD video out (up to 1080p) and multi-channel audio output.

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The primary microphone keeps the MHL-enabled microUSB port company

On the left side of the Samsung Galaxy Grand we find the volume rocker, while the power/lock key is symmetrically placed across on the right. There's no dedicated camera shutter key.

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The power key is on the right, while the volume rocker is on the left

The 8 megapixel camera lens, LED flash, and loudspeaker grille are the only things which adorn the back of the device.

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The 8 megapixel camera is the star backstage

The back panel covers the entire phone's back, is a fairly easy remove, and fits tightly in place, no squeaks and wobble.

Underneath the battery cover, you'll find the two SIM compartments, as well as the microSD card slot. Accessing the primary SIM and microSD requires you to remove the 2100 mAh battery, which means hot-swap is out of the question. The secondary SIM (on the dual-SIM I9082 model) is accessed from the bottom right and is hot-swappable, although you still have to remove the back panel.

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Taking a peak under the hood

In terms of handling, the Galaxy Grand is about what you'd expect from a 5 inch mid-range device. The bezel is a bit too wide and the slippery plastic cause some problems, but if you have large enough hands (or are willing to use both of them most of the time) you will be fine.

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The Galaxy Grand plastic is more slippery than that of the Note II

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