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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 vs. Nokia Lumia 1320 – Specs and Price Review

If you are looking for affordable, mid-range smartphones with close to high-end performance you might be interested in the Nokia Lumia 1320 and the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2. These two have been out for a while now and offer good specs for a good price. Which one should you choose? You can decide after you read our review.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 was announced in November 2013 and got released in January 2014. In terms of design it comes with a faux leather back cover with stitching imitation on its edge. Like the Samsung Galaxy Grand it also features two SIM slots. The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 comes with a 5.25-inch display, making it a bit bigger than the first model with dimensions of 5.78 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches. The TFT HD display is capable of 720 x 1280 px resolution with 320ppi pixel density offering a good multimedia experience.

Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 packs a ARM Cortex-A7 chip with a 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor and an Adreno 305 GPU.  Memory wise the Grand 2 is equipped with 1.5 GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It also comes with microSD support of up to 64 GB. The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and uses the TouchWiz Nature UX interface.

Connectivity on the Grand 2 includes 3G and 4G support along with Wi-Fi, A-GPS and GLONASS. The device is powered by a 2600 mAh Li-Ion battery promising to last up to 17 hours. Its 8 MP main camera features 1080p HD video recording capabilities, auto-focus, geo-tagging, self-timer, stop motion, panorama and smile shot to name just a few. It also sport a 1.9 MP front facing camera.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Specs:

  • 5.25-inch TFT LCD 720p capacitive display, 280ppi
  • Dual-SIM
  • Android OS v4.3 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz Nature UX
  • Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400
  • Quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 CPU
  •  Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 8MP main camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording @ 30fps
  • 1.9MP front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wireless Hotspot, Dual-band, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, microUSB v2.0
  • 2,600mAh replaceable battery

Nokia Lumia 1320

The mid-range sibling of the Nokia Lumia 1520 is designed in the same spirit as the other Lumia models. It can be picked up in yellow, red, black and white. Boosting a huge 6-inch screen, it comes closer to a tablet than a smartphone. With dimentions of 6.46 x 3.38 x 0.39 inches and weighing 220g the device is not easy to handle, especially with one hand.

The Nokia Lumia 1320 comes with a 6-inch display but with 1280 x 720 resolution and only 245ppi the screen looks a bit pixelated and can’t offer a perfect multimedia experience. The Nokia Lumia 1320 runs on Windows Phone 8 Black and uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip with a 1.7 Ghz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The internal 8 GB storage space can be expanded up to 64 GB via microSD card. The Nokia Lumia 1320 offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC and micro-USB 2.0 connectivity.

The 5 MP camera on the Nokia Lumia 1320 offers decent quality, considering it’s a mid tier phone, and it’s enough for some casual shooting. It offers some of the usual features: 1080p video recording, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and digital zoom. The Nokia Lumia 1320 also comes with a 3.0 front-facing camera. Power wise, the Nokia Lumia 1320 is equipped with a huge  Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery, offering up to 25 hours of talk time and  up to 672 hours in standby.

Nokia Lumia 1320 Specs:

  • 6-inch HD LCD IPS ClearBlack , 245ppi
  • Windows Phone 8 Black
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
  • 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU
  •  Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 5MP main camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording @ 30fps
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi positioning system, Wireless Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, microUSB v2.0
  • 3,400mAh non-replaceable battery

In terms of specs, the two are close to each other but not close enough. The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 offers slightly better hardware, solid built quality and also Dual SIM capabilities. The Nokia Lumia 1320’s big screen size  might be a good selling point but it’s small resolution and pixel density is a bit disappointing. On the other hand, the Nokia Lumia 1320 offers a very good battery which for some might be a huge plus. In the end it all comes down to personal choice. Both are well made mid-range devices and you can’t go wrong with either of them. Both are priced at around $350 carrier free.

About Steve Freeman

Tech enthusiast and RPG gamer, I've been surrounded by technology and PC hardware my entire life. I'm fascinated by anything mobile, and when I'm not tinkering with some newly released gadget, I love to immerse myself in the epic tales of Role Playing Games.

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