Due to not having a lot of competition in its price range, the Galaxy Grand was one of the best selling Samsung devices, but the LG Nexus 5 quickly took the spotlight after its launch. It was the main choice for many as it came from Google, therefore it would get all the latest updates first. After came the release of the Galaxy Grand 2, which many believe to be better than the Nexus 5. In terms of design, the white version of the Nexus 5 has a strange combination of black and white, and the white color, which isn’t pure white, will fade in time, also attracting dust.
Form Factor- Size, Shape and Detail
The Galaxy Grand 2 and Galaxy Grand Duos maintain the Samsung style with curved edges, and overall standard design Samsung has been using for some time, with a difference in the fact that the Galaxy Grand 2 replace the plastic back that can also be found on the Grand Duos, with leather nicely stitched. The Nexus 5 offers an odd combination of white with a few black parts, and has an overall simplistic design. It is also the lightest device, only weighing 130 grams, compared to 163 grams on the Grand 2 and 162 on the Grand Duos.
The Grand 2 has a bigger screen, 5.25 inch, compared to the Grand Duos, but also has less bezel than the Duos, which has a 5 inch screen. The Nexus has a 4.95 inch screen and a thin bezel that give it a classy look.
The Grand 2 has 8.9 mm in thickness, compared to the 9.6 mm of its predecessor, while the Nexus 5 has an 8.59 mm thickness, making it both lighter and thinner than its competitor.
Display- Size, Resolution
Although the 2 devices from Samsung have bigger displays, the Nexus 5’s display has the biggest resolution, of 1080 x 1920 FHD, compared to the 1280×720 HD resolution on the Galaxy Grand 2 and the 800×480 WVGA resolution on the Galaxy Grand Duos.
Nexus 5’s pixel density of 445 ppi smashed the 280 ppi found in the Grand 2 and the 187 ppi found on the Duos
Interface- Android OS and Apps
While the Samsung devices run a combination of Android 4.3 on the Grand 2 and 4.2.2 on the Grand Duos, and TouchWIZ, the Nexus 5 has the 4.4 Android KitKat, with promises of an update to 4.4.2 in the near future. The Nexus 5 also wins in the internal storage department with its 16 GB and 32 GB variants being no match for the 8 GB found on both the Samsung phones.
A Broadcom BCM 28155 chipset and a dual core cortex A9 clocked at 1.2 GHz power the Grand Duos, while a cortex A7, quad-core, clocked at 1.2 GHz, alongside a Qualcom Snapdragon 400 power the Grand 2. The Nexus 5 has a 2.3 GHz, quad-core Krait 400 and a Qualcom Snapdragon 800.
Camera- Rear and Front
All three devices have an 8 MP rear camera. While the Samsung devices outmatch the Nexus’s front camera, 1.9 MP to 1.3 MP, the Nexus has more camera features than the other two.
Slots for SIM, microSD
The Samsung devices both offer Dual SIM capabilities, as well as micro SD, with the slots for these features placed around or under the battery, while the Nexus does not offer microSD options, and the has its SIM slot on the side, both because it has a unibody design .
Pricing and final verdict
When it comes to specs, the Nexus 5 is the clear winner, but if you are looking for something a little cheaper, and worth its money, you can opt for the Grand 2 which really does a great job. The Grand Duos is the least worth the money, as you should go for the Grand 2 or Nexus 5 if you are to choose between these devices.
The Nexus 5 is around $390/$440 (16 GB/32 GB) while the Grand 2 is around $315 , close to Grand Duos’ s $300, all according to Amazon.com
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