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- 4G LTE high-speed internet
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- Great front and back cameras
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- Support for external microSD card
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime S920C is a 5-inch smartphone from Samsung Electronics. It runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box and is powered by a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor. It is a CDMA phone activated on Verizon network, so before ordering one, be sure to check that you have Verizon network coverage in your home area. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime S920C boasts some of the best features likely to be found on high-end phones and I think you will love it. Personally, I liked the wide-angle front camera on the device - a feature not likely to be found on phones within the low-end range. Here's my hands-on review of the Galaxy Grand Prime S920C.
You can order for your Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime S920C from Straight Talk. When you open your package, you should expect to find the following; the phone, Battery, Wall Charger, standard USB cable, a pair of stereo headsets, service guide and other user manuals. Setting up the phone is a quick process which takes about 10 minutes. If you are switching from another phone, Samsung has made the switch automated by providing software to handle the process. Using the Samsung Smart Switch, you can transfer contacts, text messages, and media from your old smartphone to your new Galaxy Grand Prime.
Samsung never disappoints with their designs, especially if the device being launched falls in the Galaxy Line of phones. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime S920C boasts a sophisticated and sleek design with elegant curves and a brushed metallic bezel. With a very slim frame that fits perfectly in your palm, operating the phone on the go is effortless.
The exterior layout is pretty typical. We have the power button on the right edge while the volume rockers are located on the left edge of the device. Coming to the upper edge, we have the headphone jack and a noise cancellation mic. The bottom edge holds the micro-USB charging port as well as your microphone.
Coming to the front, we have the 5-inch TFT display. A thin bezel surrounds it. The front-facing camera sits on the upper right side of the screen. At the bottom, just below the screen, we have the three navigation buttons; the recent apps button sits on the left, the home button in the middle and the back button on the right.
It has a plastic back cover which holds the back camera, a LED flash, and your main speaker. Popping off the back reveals the battery, and SIM and microSD slots. The battery is removable.
One of the impressive features on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime S920C is the camera. On the back, we have an 8MP camera, and the front-facing camera is 5MP. However, the back camera defaults to 6MP, so you have to go into settings and adjust to 8MP to enjoy the full resolution. Both cameras performed exceptionally for me. The higher resolutions for both the front and back camera brings out clarity and sharpness in photos. The camera has autofocus to bring out the subject against a blurred background.
Shooting modes on the camera include Auto, Selfie, Wide Selfie, Beauty Face, Panorama, Continuous shot, night, and animated GIF. Taking a selfie using rear camera is supported by the Rear-cam Selfie mode which lets the camera detect and focus your face automatically. The HDR mode is available for capturing photos with vibrant colors and reproduce details even in bright and dark areas.
I noticed the camera captures great photos in default mode, but still, if you would like to experiment with the camera, you can adjust different settings like ISO, white balance, geotagging, video size and more.
The camera captures videos at 30fps with a quality of 1080p. Shooting videos with such quality puts the Galaxy Grand Prime head to head with the high-end smartphones in the market.
Overall video and image quality are exceptional for a phone in this price range. It was amazing to notice that Samsung didn’t refrain from giving the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime S920C similar camera experience as that found in high-end phones. This budget smartphone promises decent photos.
While most phones in this price range have 4 or 4.5-inch screens, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime S920C brings you a wider viewing angle with the 5-inch display and a better screen resolution of 960x540 pixels. The display brings photos to life with credible details and vibrant color that appeals to the eye.
I also noticed the screen to be very responsive even to the slightest touch. In fact, there's no lag when scrolling through different screens, and I think that's a great thing.
Now coming to the brightness; I can say it is at a decent level. Viewing angles are great while indoors. While outdoors in bright sunlight, the screen comes up slightly dim and you might struggle a bit when viewing the screen from angles.
I did find video quality and gaming experience to be good on the 5-inch display. The screen responds considerably well when it comes to zooming in and out of videos. I liked the display, as it brought me more value for the money.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime S920C gives you an internal storage of 8GB which is quite typical for entry-level devices. I have probably filled mine with so many apps already. One thing Samsung did great on this device is a provision for an external microSD card slot which can accommodate a memory card with a capacity of up to 64GB. The microSD card is not included in the box, but storage is relatively affordable, and you can order from your nearest electronic store anytime. Still, the internal storage is pretty large if you only need the necessary apps on your phone. The external SD card is needed for videos and bigger game applications.
Battery capacity is incredible. It's not every day you find a 2600mAh on a phone within this price range. With the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime S920C, you don't have to worry about carrying your charger to work. Samsung rates the battery life at 25 hours Talk time and 18 days standby. It can hold 11 hours of video play and up to 80 hours of audio play. In my daily usage, the phone could last up to 10 hours on normal usage, and up to 6 hours when gaming or using heavy data apps like live map navigation and video streaming. For normal usage, you are looking at a full work day without having to recharge. Given that I consider battery life when making a new phone purchase, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime S920C brought me more value than I expected.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime S920C comes running the Touch Wiz UI on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Touch Wiz is the same UI used in high-end Samsung phones, only that it's scaled down a bit to be accommodated by the processor and memory of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime S920C. All the same, you get almost a similar UI experience as that of high-end devices.
Now coming to the hardware resources; the phone ships with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor based on 64-bit architecture running at 1.2GHz. Accompanying this processor is 1GB of RAM and Adreno 306 GPU. These resources are equipped to handle all the stuff an entry-level can be subjected to without lagging. Navigating on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop generates smooth animations which are well experienced on the Galaxy Grand Prime S920C, thanks to the powerful resources.
I found internet connectivity to be impressive. Data transfer is super-fast since it's 4G LTE enabled. When browsing on Google Chrome, page load and rendering were pretty fast with a few tabs open which is ideal for an entry-level phone. Navigating using live Google Maps is also an amazing experience. The Maps application loads location data in an instant and it's also very responsive on zooming in and out.
The phone navigation buttons include a recent apps button which brings in an element of multitasking. I found this button very useful when switching between my recently launched apps without going through the app drawer every time. It saves time, for example, if you are copying text from a browser into your messaging applications. Too many apps running in the background, puts a constraint on the memory leading to some sluggishness. The recent apps button gives you an option to free up the memory.
The device includes common connectivity features like Wi-Fi and of course Bluetooth 4.1. Sensors enabled on the device include proximity and accelerometer. For Navigation and location services it has GPS. I was also impressed to realize the device has support for NFC (Near Field Communication). With NFC you can use features like Android Pay and make quick payments straight from your device.
- 4G LTE/Wi-Fi/ CDMA.
- 5-inch Display.
- 8MP back camera. 5MP front camera.
- Battery Capacity: 2600mAh. Talk time up to 25 hours. Standby time up to 18 days.
- Internal Storage 8 GB. Supports microSD card up to 64GB.
- RAM: 1GB.
- Dimensions: 5.70''(H) x 2.83''(W) x 0.34''(D) inches.
- Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Technology.
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz Quad-core processor.
- GPS Capabilities.
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor.
- Hearing Aid Compatible.
- NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled.
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