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I use a lot of smartphones that vary from affordable to expensive. In today’s smartphone space, purchasing a phone while staying true to your budget can be a challenge. Fortunately, Samsung has you covered with their Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. I have been using their Galaxy Grand Prime device for a few months and have been pleased with its quality.

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In using the device, I have found that If you are a robust user that needs the fastest device with a lot of onboard storage, you may want to consider another device. However, if you are a light user that does not need bells and whistles, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime may very well be a good fit for your needs.


Samsung created the Galaxy Grand Prime with the budget-conscious individual in mind. The Galaxy Grand Prime is solid android device that offers the following…


Brushed Metallic Finish

Height: 5.7 inches

Width: 2.84 inches

Thinness: .34 inches thin

Weight: 5.5 ounces

5 inch TFT capacitive touch screen display

8GB ROM

MicroSD Card Slot - will take up to 128GB MicroSd

Processor: 1.2 GHz, Qualcomm MSM8916 Quad-Core

Operating System: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n

Wi-Fi Calling

4G LTE

Bluetooh

NFC

5MP Front Camera: 5MP

8 MP Rear Camera with 4X Zoom

Camera Features: Auto, Pro, Panorama, Continuous Shot, Beauty Face, Rear-Cam Selfie, Sound & Shot, Sports, HDR (Rich Tone), Night, Animated GIF, Auto Focus, Flash LED

Video Recording: FHD 30fps

2600 mAh battery with up to 18 hours of talk time

MicroUSB

Bluetooth v4.1

GPS

Noise Cancellation

Business Enterprise

Audio Playing Formats: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Video Playing Formats: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Video Resolution: FHD (1920x1080) 30fps

Native Applications/Services: Calculator, Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Internet, Memo, Messages, My Files, Phone, Calendar, Settings, Video, Voice Recorder


In short, if you’re looking for a reliable device by a reputable brand, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime would be a good fit for you. It is available for purchase from Sprint.


Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PAs do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

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After six week using and playing with the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, my one word for the device is NICE!

 

I am impressed with how Samsung can keep the quality of the phone and keep the cost down at the same time.  Here is the reasons why I think samsung did a great job with this low cost device:

 

  •   The phone has a good size screen with great clarity, not with the HD quality.
  •   The phone does not have enough internal memory but Samsung does give you an external SD card slot.  This seems to be a lot better than a number of high end smartphones where there is no external SD card
  •   Voice quality is very good
  •   Very responsive
  •   Great battery life, I use the phone for conference calls, voice calls and data all day; battery remains around 30% by the time I get home
  •   The camera image quality is very good

 

Way to go Samsung.

 

Bye for now.

Your Sprint Product Ambassador*

Hung Bui

* Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.

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To me one of the most crucial aspects to a smartphone is the battery life.  Whether you have an iconic device or economical device like the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, we all want our battery to last all day so we can go from business to play.  This is one area that the Galaxy Grand Prime stands out. 

During my time using the SGGP, I have been really impressed with getting up to an incredible 20 hours of total usage.  By total usage I mean, I made phone calls, completed text messages, updated my Twitter feed a handful of times, did a little web surfing and rockin’ my Spotify. On the low end of battery usage I still got about 10 hours and that was with about 4 hours of calls during that day plus about 50 emails.

So what does this mean to you other than this phone has a pretty good battery? Well if you are looking to outfit a family member (or yourself) with a phone that will give you a little leeway between charges, the SGGP is a great phone to consider. Great price, battery life and Samsung styling.

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In a world where Samsung Note 5 and for that matter Note 4 & Note Edge with their 16 MP cameras or the iPhone with its iSight Camera, many of us have come to expect a pretty high standard of photo from the iconic phone category.  But what about phones on the other end of the spectrum, how do their cameras compare to one another?

Over the past year I have been able to use few devices in the same price range as the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, and definitely there is a difference between these devices.  Most of the time you can tell the difference based megapixel count, but when it came to the SGGP the 8 MP camera let me feeling a little hazy.  Maybe I expected more from Samsung, but when I compared my SGGP pics to the Sharp Aquos Crystal I saw the difference.  The pictures from my Sharp Aquos had cleaner lines and better sharpness.  Now don’t get me wrong, in well-lit areas my SGGP photos looked pretty good.  The lines could have been a little cleaner and sometimes it was hard to tell what the center focal point was.

On the other side of things I really liked the a couple of the camera features.  For instance the Animated GIF mode was a lot of fun and for Vine users or a quick Facebook post this mode is a must.  Basically your camera utilizes burst mode and puts them into a short “flip book” like animation.  Great for a fun way to show off an action shot.  Also the Rear Selfie mode was great upgrade for those of you who love taking selfies.  Simply hit the MODE button on screen, hit the shutter button then you get 2 seconds to line up your face for the picture. Personally I still have not been able to master the selfie and so mine stink.  At least with the SGGP they were a higher quality bad selfies of me (^_^). 

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Yo soy super.


No no… tal vez eso parece muy creido.


Yo soy un “super-user”.  ESO suena mejor.  Quiere decir es que utilizo bastantes aplicaciones, herramientas, y memoria en mis teléfonos.  Tanto que cuando empiezo a utilizar algo que no tenga el último en memoria, camera, nitidez, o en capacidad de procesamiento, me afecta la rutina diario. 


Aunque me ha gustado el tiempo que he tenido con el Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, necesito algo mas ‘robusto’.  A mi me parece que este telefono sirve para alguien que recien va a empezar con un smartphone. 


Yo recomiendo este equipo para dos o tres tipos de operadores:


  1. Primer telefono para un hijo - tiene suficiente espacio para fotos, video, y una docena de aplicaciones, pero la memoria si es limitado. 
  2. Remplace de un telefono dañado - si alguien en la familia tenía otro telefono que se dano, y quieren reemplazarlo sin mucho costo, este telefono si sirve por mientras.  No le va a doler en el bolsillo, pero como es Samsung, si tiene algunos funciones y la fachada de un telefono de alta calidad (o más alta de lo que es).
  3. Alguien que no quiere telefono pero necesita - siempre hay alguien en la familia que no quiere saber nada de tecnología.  No quiere un celular.  No quiere internet en su casa.  No utiliza GPS.  Pero cuando uno tiene hijos, o ayuda con sobrinos, nietos, o los hijos de sus amigos, es absolutamente necesario tener como comunicarse.  El #SGGP es barato y no es muy complicado, pero si le da la oportunidad de probar algunas aplicaciones y herramientas que son muy útiles sin darle demasiados opciones.


Ahora que tengo un hijo que falta poco para entrar a secundaria, quisiera que tenga mejor idea de lo que es manejar un celular en la vida.  No es solamente un equipo donde uno juega “Clash of Clans” o escucha música.  Es una manera de mantenerse conectado con las otras personas en la vida, y también tener acceso a información que antes solamente se podía ver en libros o en computadoras con acceso al internet.


Bueno - es algo que pueden pensar.  Todavía no he decidido darle un telefono, pero si lo hago, este seria una buena opción.


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It is a brave move that I am trying to compare the camera performance of the Grand Prime against that of the Note Edge.  The latter in my mind is one of the best camera phone device that I ever use.

 

All the photos below are taken straight from the JPEG of the two cameras and then size reduced using Adobe Photoshop.

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Grand Prime

 

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Note Edge

 

As you can see above, under good lighting the Grand Prime camera’s photo looks almost as good as the Note Edge’s one.  The Note Edge does produce slightly better color contrast here but not much.

 

Where the Note Edge is better than other cameras is under low light condition.  So I took some photos of my model Bowie under some sub optimal light condition to compare.  My model would not sit still so it was a bit difficult to get the exact same shot for the two cameras, also under low light the object is moving so it was difficult to get a perfectly well focus photo.

 

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Grand Prime

 

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Note Edge

 

The Note Edge does produce better color and focus photo under sub-optimal lighting here.  However the Grand Prime does perform very well.

 

I am very impressed with the Grand Prime camera overall. I think this phone camera is well up there against most other phones available in the market. Go Galaxy Grand Prime!

 

Bye for now.

Your Sprint Product Ambassador*

Hung Bui

* Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.

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The last few weeks with the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime have continued to impress me. This phone didn’t start out as a “wow” phone for me. I wasn’t sure about the lowered specs on a Samsung device. I was used to powerful, superuser focused devices like the Note series. But as the weeks passed, the Grand Prime continued to be a solid performer. The features it did bring to the table were outstanding and useful. Things like Wi-Fi calling, expanded cloud storage, Smart Switch and much more. These were features that I was actually able to use, rather than a device packed with tons of bloatware that I may or may not have an interest in.

Samsung’s Smartswitch was a revolution for me! Switching all of my content to a Samsung device was never easier, or more comprehensive. I couldn’t believe how simple the app made it, and all of the customizing I was able to accomplish with just a few clicks. The Grand Prime’s speed performance was stellar as well. I had assumed that I would have to sacrifice speed, endure some lag or choppiness. But nothing has seemed to slow this device down. I can honestly say, this device has put out a better user experience than some of the flagship devices I’ve used in the recent past when it comes to smooth transitions and lag. The camera was possibly the most surprising performer for me. I was blown away with the quality. Even though the specs were half of some of the big boy’s camera specs, the pictures that were output could easily compete.

Despite the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime isn’t a flagship device, Samsung has done an incredible job at packing a feature rich UI in a low cost phone. To think that this phone is only $30 with a two year agreement is just incredible. If you’re looking for plenty of features for almost no money, then the Grand Prime should definitely be on your wishlist.

Samsung Grand Prime

- Your Product Ambassador Team

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One of my favorite things about getting a new smartphone, is downloading apps. Since I’ve been a part of the Product Ambassador program here at Sprint, I’ve tried to make it a point to start from scratch every few phones. There are a couple exceptions, like Google Hangounts that make it onto each phone I activate. But, for the most part, I try to discover new apps to perform the necessary functions as the come up.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime was no exception. In fact, because it only has 8GB of on board storage, I felt like I should try hard to keep my apps to only those that I use often. Or, rather, use often the apps that I choose! One of the coolest things about discovering apps is Rediscovering old gems. There are a TON of news readers out there in the app store. From Feedly and Smartnews, to apps like Google news or Pocket, you can have your pick of aggregators or stand alone apps. The app that started the news aggregation style for me was Flipboard.

I haven’t used it on my last couple of phones, and to be honest, I didn’t even know I missed it. But in my mission to find apps that I haven’t used (or haven’t used in a while in this case.) I found Flipboard again. For the Grand Prime, this app is golden. The large 5in screen is put to good use with the magazine style tiles keeping my screen real estate up to date with the latest news headlines, soccer scores, and even my calendar and social media updates. Flipping through the different sections of the app allows me to consume information that I’m interested in, as well as keeping me update with twitter and facebook. The fact that Flipboard incorporates my calendar as well is the difference make for me. I haven’t used another aggregator app that places my phone’s content in the media stream. This makes the app front and center to almost all of my media consumption and serves as an information ‘one-stop-shop’

I’m sure there are a million other news apps out there that people swear by. And who knows, for my next phone, I may find one, but for now, Flipboard is very close to being one of the must have apps that travels with me from phone to phone as my go to app for information.

Samsung Grand Prime

- Your Product Ambassador Team

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The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime has been one of the more useful mid-range phones I’ve used during my time with the Product Ambassadors. Despite its low cost, I’ve been able to keep up with multiple email accounts, play games, take good pictures, maintain social media channels and much more. I know a lot of people that think if they don’t have a $700 phone, they will have to sacrifice something. I haven’t found anything the Grand Prime can’t do! And at less than 1/3 the cost, it starts to make a lot of sense quickly.

When a phone costs less than $300, one of the main pieces of hardware that is limited is the camera. And while the Grand Prime camera isn’t boasting 16MP like some of the other flagships in Samsung’s line up, it’s more modest 8MP does a great job at capturing some quality photos. I’ve been impressed with the camera’s ability to keep with my kid’s activities, and even some of the lower light shots have turned out really good.

What I’m more impressed with is the wide angle lens on the front camera. It seems more and more attention has been put into the front facing camera by the OEMs following the ‘Selfie’ craze. But Samsung has taken it a step further. With the Grand Prime, you can put 15% more into your frame using the front camera. According the Grand Prime page on Samsung.com, most smartphones have a 70 degree viewing angle on their front camera. The Grand Prime’s 5MP camera has an 85 degree viewing angle!  Now, you don’t have to take your selfies alone! You can include your friends, and take a… ‘wefie?’ Or maybe you don’t want friends in the background, but you want more scenery.

Whatever you choose to put in the background, and whatever you call it, you won’t have to worry about fitting everyone or everything into the frame, and no one will feel left out.

Samsung Grand Prime

- Your Product Ambassador Team


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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime - Final Review


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The Galaxy Grand Prime has been one of the best entry level phones i have had the experience to test out and provide feedback. Samsung has given the users what they wanted. An entry level device with high end features. Experience what high end users come to find and use. From a nice high end display, newest OS, smooth pictures and more.

The Galaxy Grand prime form factor is perfect for the hand measuring only 5.7" x 2.8" with a screen size of 5". You will be able to enjoy those great pictures and video watching with full view-ability. Phones have come a long way. I remember my first smartphone had a screen size of 4.2". At that time I first thought that was a huge display now a days having anything less than 5" I feel is too small. Funny how overtime what we use to like gets changed.

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Experience the full power with this device. Samsung has included a 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor allowing you speed of a computer at the touch of your hand. With this power will require a large battery to handle the use for this great device. Samsung has brought back the removable battery. Included is a 2700 mAh battery. For me and based on my usage you will get a good 17 hours of daily use. But if you're a heavy user the nice thing with this device just swap out the battery for another one.

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The battery is not the only removable item included with this device, as a much needed feature is the ability to add your own microSD card for added storage. With only 8Gb of on device storage and only 4Gb is usable due to the operating system you will need some sort of supplemental data card.  Especially if you're going to be using this device to take pictures.

Taking pictures will be a joy with this device. With the back facing 8 megapixel camera users can capture great quality shots. As with any camera you can let the device auto set your picture quality or you can dive in and manually select the settings based on the shots your taking. As an added bonus Samsung has also included some neat features to make capture shots fun. Let's not forget the front facing camera. Capture those selfies and include your friends without a selfie-stick. This camera has equipped a front facing wide angle lens capturing up to 85 degree angle. This gives you that much needed edge to capture everyone ion the shot.

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Overall this device will give you the most for your money on an entry level. If you're a user looking to get into the smartphone market this is a perfect beginner device. Even if you have children you want to provide a device to but don't want to fork out the high funds for those larger overpriced phones this will be the best value for their needs and yours. As a side note if your buying for your kids get a glass screen protector this will save your life should the phone be dropped. Just some added protection. This phone will give you that high quality for a low cost.

Enjoy the phone and as always remember no texting while driving.

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    The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

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The last two phones that I have used have both been mid-range devices with amazing prices. The Galaxy Grand Prime from Samsung has been a great phone to use for the past month. Prior to this phone I was using the LG G Stylo. Both of these phones have pros and cons, and both of them are great in their own ways. Here are some of the ways that they stack up:

Camera: The G Stylo and the Grand Prime both come with 8MP cameras. In my opinion the G Stylo takes better pictures close up, and the Galaxy Grand Prime takes great pictures of objects far away and in optimal lighting. Neither of them compare to a flagship device, but overall both of them will give you nice clear images. The G Stylo is a little better of a camera in my opinion, but it’s very close.

Speed: The Galaxy Grand Prime and the G Stylo both come with quad core processors. This is pretty impressive for the price of the device. The G Stylo ran into a few lag issues from time to time, but it was able to run games with no problem. The Galaxy Grand Prime didn’t have any hiccups while I was using it. There was no lag moving from screen to screen and it could also play games without a hitch. In the end I would say the Galaxy Grand Prime is the better phone when it comes to speed.

Overall Look & Feel – Both phones look and feel like most of the other smartphone you are used to. They have big screens and are plastic. The G Stylo has a stylus that comes with the phone which is a really nice added benefit. The Grand Prime looks a lot like the Galaxy S3. I had a ton of people ask me about the phone, because they thought it was an S series. They were pretty stoked when they heard there was a low cost option available. The color of each phone is very bland, but most people will put a case on it anyways.

In the end I have been happier using the Galaxy Grand Prime. There was nothing about the G Stylo that I did not like, but I find myself preferring Touchwiz and the look of the Prime a little better. Either way you go, you will get an awesome phone for a great price.

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

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A fun little nugget called an "Easter Egg" is hidden in Google's Lollipop version of Android and as a Galaxy Grand Prime user with the Lollipop UI why not take advantage.  If you have never heard or interacted with one of these hidden gems before they are really nothing more than a very minor interaction that allow us in the tech community to geek out.  So what does Google have in store for us in Lollipop?  Let's find out.

Where? 

It is actually pretty easy to find, follow these steps:

1.  Go to your setting menu and select the "About Device" option

2.  Fun Alert:  Tap the "Android Version" option repeatedly, like it is going out of style

3.  If your tap dance is successful the settings menu will disappear and a colored ball will appear in the middle of the screen.  Repeatedly tap that and watch it mature to a fully grown lollipop.

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The Time Waster


If you have the patience to go further continue to tap on the lollipop for an extended period of time and you will be brought to Android's answer to the various flappy games.  As seen in other variants guide your green android through the lollipop gates to fame and fortune.  As you can tell by the screenshots I am not that coordinated. . . .


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So there you have it, senseless fun but fun none the less.

Until Next Time-

The Product Ambassador Team

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

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This is my last review of the Galaxy Grand Prime and there are a few small things that I count not write separate blogs for each so I compiled them into this review.

The first thing that I would like to point out about this phone is that it does not come with a lot of storage.  The phone only comes with 8 GB of internal storage and before I transferred all my information over from my other phone I looked up how much storage I had on this phone.  I noticed that almost half of my storage was already used by pre-loaded apps.  Luckily this phone has an SD slot so I would recommend getting an SD card for this phone.

The second think that I would like to talk about is the battery.  For a mid-range phone, the battery on this phone worked really well for me.  I am not a heavy user with my phones typically so I was easily able to get a full days use without having to recharge my phone.  For those that are heavy users with their phones Samsung had included a power-saving and ultra-power saving mode.  I have tested these 2 features out and my phone was able to last even longer.  These are really great features to have.

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I have been using this phone for a few weeks and I have to say that for a mid-range phone, the Galaxy Grand Prime is fairly quick.  This phone comes with a 1.2 Quad-Core processor and has 1 GB of RAM.

It's funny when I read other reviews of phones and they give you so many facts and benchmarks for performance but most people wont have a clue what they are talking about.  I'll be honest, I have no idea what they are talking about.  I have downloaded some games to test out the performance on this phone such as Angry Birds and Candy Crush.  While playing the games I never really noticed any lag.  The only lag that I noticed what the time from when you opened the game to when you were actually able to play it.

I think that this phone would be great for someone who is looking for an inexpensive phone or a first phone for a child.

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I always love getting to test drive entry-level to mid-level devices because you never know what to expect. So getting my hands on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime (or SGGP as I refer to it) for the first time has been a good experience. This is great looking device, that feels great in one hand and looks to have good amount quality stats in the battery department as well. From a technical breakdown this looks like it could be a great device especially at only $10/month on Easy Pay (or $240 at full retail price), here are the quick stats:

  • 5” display
  • Weighing in at 6 oz.
  • 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon processor
  • 8GB (ROM)/1.5GB (RAM) w/ support for up to 128GB Micro SD Card
  • 2600 mAh Lithium Ion Battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop for the Operating System

So if you compare it on the spec side the SGGP you will notice that it is a basically an economical version of the Galaxy S6.  Basically same size, body design, battery and screen size.  What will put the SGGP to the test will be the scaled down cameras and how they perform in comparison to devices with similar pricing and stats.  This is shaping up to be quite the phone and I am looking forward to putting it through the cycles to see how it really stacks up.

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The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime has been a really good mid-range phone. I have enjoyed using it, and it quickly became my favorite device in its category. The phone has been out for a while now, but there are not a lot of customer reviews to be found out there. CNET and Phonearena both reviewed the Galaxy Grand Prime and had mixed reviews. Here are some of the highlights:

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As you can see, CNET rated it 7.0 which is right around where I would put it. The phone is really great for the price you are going to pay for it. Most people know right off the bat that a mid-range device will not have all the bells and whistles. Samsung gives its customers a really good device for an awesome price. If you have not had a chance to check out the phone I urge you to go to your local Sprint store and give it a try.

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The Samsung galaxy Prime is a great device for the price, if you're looking to spend on a budget and enjoy Samsung product then the Galaxy Grand Prime is a good choice.  You get most of the features from a high end devise like

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Long-lasting battery

The GALAXY Grand Prime offers a 2,600 mAh battery, so you can watch video, listen to music and keep your apps running longer.

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Latest OS KitKat Powered by KitKat 4.4

It's one of the few smartphones in this price range that comes equipped with KitKat.

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Get everyone in the shot Selfies

The GALAXY Grand Prime has a 5 MP front camera with an ultra-wide view angle of 85 degrees. The wider angle of view means you can get more of your friends and more of the background in every shot the resolution ensures you'll get great photos.

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Top-notch performance

Grand Prime is equipped with a powerful 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor for fast multitasking performance.

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The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is a smart buy if you 're on a budget and want the high end look and feel, excellent devise for back to school.

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If you have gotten a chance to use the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, you’ll know that it’s a solid device, especially for the price.  However, as with all handsets there is always a downside or something that is lacking.  This is even more true in the “mid-tier” space, where OEM’s sacrifice high end specs for a more reasonable cost to the end user.  One constant that I’ve seen with many of the mid-tier devices is a much smaller internal memory capacity across all OEM’s.  Of course, this limits the end-user’s ability to load the device up with all of the apps they would normally want to carry.  Fortunately, I’ve gotten a chance to use a lot of these mid-tier devices, so I have built a pretty good idea of what are my absolute MUST HAVE apps on any device.


The “Desert Island 5” moniker is kinda silly for this list, because… well… there probably wouldn’t be any cell service on a desert island, and you certainly wouldn’t have any “friends” to interact with.  That said, I can still give you a list of 5 apps that MUST have on any device, regardless of how big or small the memory.  I think it’s very appropriate for this device because of the lack of memory, and hopefully will help give you an idea of what you really HAVE to have on a device, as opposed to what you would LIKE to have. 


I’m gonna make a few caveats here - I’m not going to include the likes of cache cleaners, browsers,  malware/virus/security apps, or stock software because a lot of that is part of everyone’s setup.  Social networking apps are memory hogs, so you can choose to include or not include them in your “stock” load (having Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+ is akin to having email anymore, so you can choose to have them on your stock load or not).  These would be apps that are NOT stock, where you could take it or leave it, but that - in your head - HAVE to be on your mobile device.


Please note that this is MY LIST.  This is NOT a statement on behalf of Sprint, or the Product Ambassador team, or residents of the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan area, or anything like that.  I have no special deals with ANY of these app developers… I just really like their products, AND… they fit quite nicely on my Grand Prime.  You can agree or disagree with it, as I’m sure many of my Sprint workmates will, but they are what I’ve found to be 5 apps that I really can’t do without.


  1. Cam Scanner - Whenever I forget to load it, I make space to add it.  It is THE MOST USEFUL app out there.  Completely free, you can take pictures of any document/ID/picture and convert it to PDF or an image format.  Completely negates the need for a scanner, and makes sending written documents (with a signature even!) a complete snap.
  2. 1Weather - I talk about the weather.  I always look at the weather.  I love and hate the weather.  Snow, heat, rain, wind, allergies, riptides, tornados, hurricanes, and air quality alerts… these are all part of my daily lexicon.  I have kids and a wife who is hyper allergenic, so I have to.  This one seems to be the slickest and most accurate, contrary to what my grumpy ol’ dad says (I think he’s a Weatherbug guy, but for me that’s so 2014)
  3. Google Photos - not only backs up ALL of your photos that you take online, but also magically puts together stories, events, picture books, animations, effects, and other super - or as Google puts it, Auto-Awesome pics, vids, and collections.  I don’t care that Google sees everything I do in a photo journal from all of my mobile devices.  I like that I can see everything from any of my mobile devices or a browser.
  4. Hangouts - works with Google Voice, and allows me to send/receive calls over wifi in a pinch.  Also now allows group messages and MMS messaging.  Also does video calls.  Also cooks a mean steak… alright maybe not.  But definitely keeps me connected to others no matter what.  Has replaced my stock messaging app, and in some cases, has been my phone app when I have telephony issues.
  5. Spotify - I LOVE Spotify.  I use the subscription/premium version.  I said last year “Why would I EVER pay to listen to music?  I can listen to radio for free on an actual radio or using Pandora” and those are customizable.  I WAS WRONG.  I LOVE Spotify.  Someone actually explained it quite well to me in this way - if you buy 1 disc/album/tape/collection per month, Spotify Premium is worth the premium fee ($10/mo?).  The only downside is no Tayler Swift, AC/DC, or the Beatles, but there’s other ways to get your fixes for that stuff (uhhh… YouTube? Hello!!!!).  I LOVE Spotify - almost inexplicably.  I just love my playlists, my ability to pick almost any song I want, and then use it across multiple devices.  I LOVE Spotify.


So that’s it… that’s what I NEED to have.  I’m not a gamer anymore, but I’m sure that some of you are saying ‘How can he survive without Clash of Clans/Angry Birds/Age of War/Candy Crush’.  Whatever… the best game out there is Football Manager Handheld 2014 (FMH’14), but I can’t spend the appropriate amount of time playing it, so I’m not including it here. 


Do you have a list?  What are the apps that you ABSOLUTELY MUST have?


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Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.

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For the price point of the Galaxy Prime, something has to be compromised.  So far I found that the device performs as well as most other higher end device except what you have watch for is the available memory.  The device comes with 8GB of memory.  However, after I transferred alll the apps and data from my Galaxy Note Edge the phone did not have enough memory to perform a software upgrade:

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Fortunately, the Grand Prime comes with an external micro-SD card. After I put in the SD Card and had to move all the apps that are movable to the external SD card, I have a usable phone with just enough memory space to run a system update:

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The moving of the software to another device can be tedious. You have to find each of the app to select then click transfer to the app to the external SD card. Maybe the next version of Android OS will allow the option to install apps directly to the SD card.

 

Bye for now.

Your Sprint Product Ambassador*

Hung Bui

* Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.

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Maybe you havn't heard of the Samsung Grand Prime smartphone.  Sure, it isn't Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6, or the Note 5.  Nonetheless, it exists.  I'll be sharing the details for this phone as well as my experiences with the device with you while I explore and use this device.

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First, here are some details on this phone:

  1)  I would consider it a mid-level smarthphone, both in price and in specs.

  2)  5.0 in HD screen with Dragontail Glass

  3)  1.2 GHz Quad-core processor

  4)  2600 mAh battery (up to 18 hours talk time)

  5)  8 GB storage, 1.5 GB RAM

  6)  Expandable up to 128GB via micro SD card

  7)  Rear camera is 8 MP and front-facing camera is 5 MP

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Now, my initial impressions of the device.

The device has a great form factor, and has a good feel in my hand.  With the device being a midlevel device, I expected to see more lag and freezing.  In fact, I havnt noticed any as of yet.  The built in applications would be appealing to someone who is using this phone as their first smartphone.  I have always appreciated Samsung's user interface, since it is easy to use and intuitive.  This is still the case for the Grand Prime.  In addition, Samsung has incorporated their own applications that some may find useful.  The camera quality seems to be consistent with a mid-level phone, not to say that it doesn't take beautiful quality photos.  So far I am enjoying the Grand Prime.

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

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Battery life is always a topic of interest and for good reason, who wants a mobile device if you can't truly be mobile.  Samsung has done an admirable job within their ad campaigns highlighting this while poking fun at another manufacturer but there is truth to the message.   The question comes down to how much do you want to worry about battery life in general?   Can you live on 2 charges a day due to your routine? Or do you need a device to go all day?   I'm going to highlight what I've experienced thus far with the Grand Prime.

The Specs


Every battery discussion starts with the specs and this post is no different.   Underneath the hood you will find a 2600mAh capacity battery rated at 17 hours of talk time.   For context let's compare that to a familiar phone in the Samsung S6 which sports a 2550mAh, also rated at 17 hours of talk time.  Very comparable and a nice thing you get with the Grand Prime is a removable battery which, if interested, will allow you to go down the path of an extended option for more life.  You can also have an extra standard battery on hand just and swap out when needed, this simply isn't an option with the embedded battery in the S6.   One thing to note, the Grand Prime doesn't have wireless charging as a stock feature.   The S6 has built in support for the major standards, if this is an important option know you will have to invest in accessories with the Grand Prime.  


The Experience


In real life use over a 3 week period I have experienced roughly 9-10 of solid battery life.   This doesn't mean I run it to 0%, normally within that time frame I hit the 15% remaining warning message.  At that point I normally start conserving use and make plans to charge.   Upon researching various review sites I'm seeing feedback consistent with my experience, several quoting a 9 1/2 hour battery life.  This range of life gets you through a work day if you are a heavy user, moderate users can make it through the evening as well.  In addition to battery life we need to talk about charging, which is something that needs to be taken into consideration.  The Grand Prime does not have the quick charge capability found in the other devices within Samsung's line up.  I'm not sure if this perception is caused by being spoiled by the quick charge feature but the charge rate on the Grand Prime seems really slow.  If you are coming from a legacy device you may not experience a difference but if you had any device with a high capacity charging rate you will need to readjust your expectations.   To determine if this is really a factor honestly answer the question how heavy of a user are you?   I'm guessing if you are looking at this particular device you are at best have a moderate usage profile which experience would tell me you are going to get through the day on a single charge.  If that is the case you charge the device over night and this is a non-issue.   If you are in fact a heavy user and find yourself charging periodically during the day other devices like Samsung's S6 might be a better choice.



In spite of the charge rate I'm pretty satisfied with the battery life experience on this device.  I've tried to mock the usage behavior of a moderate user and I don't find myself constantly concerned if my battery is going to make it through the day.   I simply charge it over night, unplug in the morning and find that I need a charge in the late evening.  Good experience, good value, check it out!


Until Next Time,

Product Ambassador Team


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The Grand Prime has an 8-megapixle camera on the back and a 5-megapixle camera on the front and you do have the ability to shoot 1080p video.  For a mid-range phone, this phone does take fairly decent pictures compared to other mid-range phones that I have tested out. 

There are several different modes that you can choose, some of which are fairly fun to play with such as Animated GIF.  Most of the best pictures that I was able to get were outdoors in natural sunlight. I did have difficulty with indoor shooting, especially in the dark.  There is a special Night mode that you can choose but I still found that most of my pictures came out fuzzy.  There are several modes for the person that LOVES taking selfie's, personally this is not me...lol.  You can take a selfie picture using a palm gesture.  I have tried this a few times and it was really just hit or miss.  You can also take a wide angle selfie if you wanted to include a large number of friends.  This was proven to be a little difficult.  Once you press the camera button then your first picture will be taken.  A guided diagram will pop up in the corner.  You then have told to tilt your phone to one side and then to the other side while making sure that you keep your guided diagram in its proper position.

All in all, for a mid-range phone this was one of the best cameras that I have tested out.  This would be a great phone for parents who are getting their children a phone for the first time anyone else that would like a simple cost effective phone.

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I always love getting to test drive entry-level to mid-level devices because you never know what to expect. So getting my hands on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime (or SGGP as I refer to it) for the first time has been a good experience. This is great looking device, that feels great in one hand and looks to have good amount quality stats in the battery department as well. From a technical breakdown this looks like it could be a great device especially at only $10/month on Easy Pay (or $240 at full retail price), here are the quick stats:

  • 5” display
  • Weighing in at 6 oz.
  • 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon processor
  • 8GB (ROM)/1.5GB (RAM) w/ support for up to 128GB Micro SD Card
  • 2600 mAh Lithium Ion Battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop for the Operating System

So if you compare it on the spec side the SGGP you will notice that it is a basically an economical version of the Galaxy S6.  Basically same size, body design, battery and screen size.  What will put the SGGP to the test will be the scaled down cameras and how they perform in comparison to devices with similar pricing and stats.  This is shaping up to be quite the phone and I am looking forward to putting it through the cycles to see how it really stacks up.

Your Product Ambassador Team

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There are a number of different screen-casting dongles available out there, and I don’t want to recommend one or the other.  I went with the Belkin Mira-Cast dongle because I had read some good things about it and thought it was more readily compatible with devices from multiple OEM’s.  Now I’m hearing that the Chromecast is just as easy to work with, and has expanded on the content that it can cast from your mobile device.

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That said, I can’t speak from experience with the Chromecast - I only have the Belkin.  I’ve had mixed results, and I am pretty sure it has everything to do with the TV that I’m using.


In order to connect to the Belkin Mira-Cast, you will have to go in to the “Screen Mirroring” option, which is located in the notifications bar.  It may not be one of the default settings that is available, so if you plan on using it more than once, I advise you move it to one of the “preset” settings available for the notification bar.  Either way, if you don’t see it initially, you can tap the small, fat pencil at the top right of the screen and you should see it as an option.

Once you tap Screen Mirroring, it may automatically try to connect to the Belkin (or whatever dongle you are using) if it is powered on.  If it doesn’t connect automatically, you just need to make sure it’s available, and then select it to pair with the dongle.  It shouldn’t take longer than 15 seconds or so, and you will get a message that it has connected.  Here’s what I’ve noticed:

  1. The performance has varied according to the TV I’m on.  On a 4 year old Insignia LED, it lags, hangs up, freezes the screen, distorts the sound or even drops sound entirely.  I wish I could say it was my Wifi, but it works better on a 6 year old Panasonic plasma screen.  Finally, I found that it worked best (flawlessly) on a small but decent Samsung at a cottage we stayed in this summer. 
  2. Sound distortion is generally resolved with a phone reboot.  I’ve seen (and heard) sound distortion and drops with all of my apps that I’ve used, but only on 1 TV (the Insignia), so like I said, I think it may be just the TV that you’re using
  3. Live TV is choppy, no matter where I watch it.  I have to think this is just a product of the content that I’m viewing.  Because there is so little time or buffer for correction of live TV, it may be that the mirror just augments any jitter, choppiness, or lag that the phone may have.  Netflix works GREAT, and Youtube is hit or miss.  I’ve seen the most audio drops with Youtube and live TV (Xfinity app).
  4. It is a major drain on the battery.  I’ve found that the Grand Prime does a REALLY good job with power management, even if I don’t use power saving.  Screen Mirroring is really a big battery drain, so I would recommend plugging your device in if possible if you are planning on pushing content from your phone to a TV.
  5. It’s not HD.  It’s close… but it’s not HD.  If you are intolerant to that sort of thing, this may bug you.  It may look pixellated or even jittery.  That’s probably a product of the qHD screen on the SGGP.


That said, I think it’s a great way to share personal pix and videos of things you’ve done on a trip, vacation, or even for presentations!  You may even want to try pushing it to other handsets or tablets to see how well it plays with others.


Enjoy!


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Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.


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Sprint Product Ambassador: Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime (GGP)

If you are fugal with your money or if you are looking for a reasonable device that is not going to break the bank, we you may want to consider the new Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. For me, I am certainly down with this GGP. In fact, I like this device compared to my last top tier device that is about three times the cost.

Here is what I noticed and what I like about the device.

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  • 8MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • Supports wide angle within the Selfie mode
  • Display: 5”
  • Network: 3G/4G LTE
  • Battery: 2,600 mAh
  • Weight: 6 oz.
  • Memory: onboard of 8GB, but it can support up to 128GB micorSD card.

The device feels great in your hands,  and I especially like the back cover which has a Matte feel to where it doesn’t have too much of a slippery feel. 

If you are looking for a device that is less than two hundred bucks and if you are new to a smart phone, this is a great phone to get started with. For those, who want more out of a device, you may find it a bit of a challenge in some of the features in which you have grown to love such as auto display controls and lock screen security options.

Overall, you can still call, text, search and play with the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime.

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

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Over the past few months I have gotten out of my running routine due to the extremely hot weather here in Atlanta. Over the past three weeks I was able to start running again in the morning which has been awesome. The phone that I have been using is the new Galaxy Grand Prime, so I made sure I had the latest fitness accessories and apps needed to be successful. Most fitness accessories and apps are becoming more and more universal and can be used on almost all Android devices. Since this is a mid-range device, some may question how well the GPS works, and if they can find a case that will help them use it while exercising. Here are some of the things that I have been using with the Galaxy Grand Prime and a little review of how well they work with the phone.

Headphones: In the past I used to buy cheap headsets or use what came with the phone. The Galaxy Grand Prime comes with a decent set of white ear buds, but I have been using Beats Ear Buds for the past few months. Beats ear buds are at a price point where you will spend a little bit more than super cheap ear buds, but not as much as some of the top of the line ones. I personally love the ear buds and they fit well while running. The sound from the phone is pretty good, but not as loud as on the Galaxy S6 or even the LG G Stylos. If you did not have the phones to compare it to, you would be happy with the sound produced from the phone. The volume is easy to control and the screen is responsive if you are not too sweaty.

Case: I have a ton of armbands that are pretty universal for carrying phones while you run. Some of the time the headphone jack is in the incorrect spot, so I have them in all shaped and sizes. The one that I use for the Galaxy Grand Prime is the Cbus GYM armband. They have a ton of different colors, but I usually go with black. If you have a tiny arm this might not fit and it only comes in one size. The case is great for what it is supposed to do and the Grand Prime fits in it with only a little wiggle room.

Apps: I have wrote a ton of fitness blog apps and my preferences really have not changed much over time. My favorite food and exercise journal is MyFitnessPal, and my favorite exercise app is Endomondo. These both work great on the Galaxy Grand Prime and do an amazing job keeping track of your fitness needs. The GPS seems to be good 95% of the time. There was one time when I was running and lost connectivity. I am not sure if it was an app or a phone problem, but I am going to keep using it to try to find out. The Bluetooth also works well and pairs with all fitness bands including Gear devices.

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

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It is exciting to get a new phone but the new phone setup can be tedious and the worst part is you may lose some important data while manually transferring data from old to new device. Fortunately, Samsung does provide an easy way for users to transfer data and app to the new device.

 

When you first set up the new device, there is a prompt for you to initiate the transfer from old to new device; follow the instruction for that prompt will enable the transfer of all download apps and data from old device to new one.  However, if you miss that step, you can always initiate another transfer by following instruction below.

 

Download and install the Smart Switch app from Google Play onto both old and new phones:

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Open the App and Click the Agree button:

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On the old phone select as “Sending” device, on the new phone select as “Receiving” device.

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Click “Connect” you will then have the option of which types of data you can transfer.  Note all your text messages will also be transferred over which is very handy indeed.  I only use Google address book, but I believe if you have any phone book addresses they will get transferred too.

 

One thing I am not sure if this can be used between a Samsung and non-Samsung phone.

 

Bye for now.

Your Sprint Product Ambassador*

Hung Bui

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Over the past few months I have been using a lot of mid-range devices. When I received the Galaxy Grand Prime I thought it was the perfect opportunity to let my Niece Alana use it for a few weeks. Her parents are on the fence about getting her a phone because she just turned 10. A lot of the kids in her school already have phones, so she feels like she is responsible enough to have one too. The Galaxy Grand Prime was the perfect device to let her test out for two weeks to see how she liked it, and how responsible she would be with it.

Upon receiving the device, her parents put a SD card in to increase storage size and allow her to download apps that she would want to use. She has unlimited data with Sprint, so she downloaded Netflix first so she could watch all the shows she likes. The phone has a really fast processor and a pretty good screen and she was over the moon happy about being able to watch her shows on the go. She has her own Netflix kids profile, so her parents were not worried about her watching things she was not supposed to. Alana is too young for Facebook and Instagram, but she loves taking pictures and videos to show her friends at school and on the bus. Her favorite feature of the phone is the front facing camera and she wasted no time taking over 100 pictures. She was extremely happy with the picture quality and said it was the best camera she has ever used. This just goes to show that children are easier to please than adults because they don’t have a million other phones to compare it to.

During her time with the phone she was only able to call her parents and myself so I received multiple calls each day to just say hello. She said she never had any issues with call quality and her texts always went through in a very timely manner. Her mom has the Galaxy S5 so Alana felt like she was part of the same phone family which she loved. The Galaxy Grand Prime looks like most other Galaxy phones with the home button on the bottom. You can tell right away it’s a Samsung phone.

  1. With her two weeks using the phone she could not have been happier. This phone met all of her needs and she said she could not wait until I was done with it and gave it to her for her birthday J .. Mid-range phones can be awesome for kids and also adults and it was good to get her opinion on the phone and see her pure joy in using it daily. If you are searching for a starter phone, this may be your perfect choice.

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Let's face it, as good as understanding and leveraging the latest tech is there is a good portion of society that just wants a phone that works and is simple to use.  As I assess the Samsung Galaxy Prime it hit me that this device is a "Prime" candidate for this segment of users. (lazy pun use but sorry I couldn't resist. . . . )    Let's talk a little about what Easy Mode provides and who might want to utilize this function.

The Easy Road


To start think of Easy Mode as Samsung's way of significantly reducing the complexity of their Touchwiz user interface down to the core tasks of the Phone.  Calling, texting, core applications, etc are aligned initially aligned across three different home screens in an enlarged easy to read fashion.  You can edit the number of home screens and content displayed to your liking, here I'm attaching views of the three pages under stock arrangement:

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From the home screen snapshots you can get a sense of the icon scale used.  Very useful for those that need the larger icons due to vision but I would contend it is also useful for anyone regularly on the go at a fast pace.  The enlarged icons make it extremely easy to make selections one handed, enabling easy access to those functions you need the most. As mentioned earlier each of the home screen views are customizable, simply leverage the "Edit" function you see in the upper left hand corner of each snapshot to change the content displayed. 


Living the Easy Life


For those of us that are first adopts I know it is hard to understand why anyone would go this route when you could load your home screens up with widgets, news feeds, use a different launcher, etc, etc, etc. . . . but I think that just proved my point.  Not everyone is like us tech geeks, which in all honesty is a good thing.  There are some obvious segments that I would recommend this to but the two that jump out the most are those that don't care to be tech savy and people that have reached the privilege of experience their senior years.  As a tech fan I want everyone to enjoy their devices, and as an Android fan that means it isn't all in the same way.  I like the idea of sitting down with one of these folks, helping them set up their device, then watching them enjoy something in their lives that they wouldn't have otherwise.  In essence Easy Mode improves technologies reach so greater numbers can enjoy. 


So there is Easy Mode in a nutshell, if the functionality sounds appealing dive right in.  If you are tech-head like me and know people in your life that would benefit from it have the heart of a teacher and spread the Android love! 


Until Next Time-

Sprint Product Ambassador Team


Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime - The Cameras

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I have been using the Samsung Galaxy Prime now for over 4 weeks. It is a great entry level device. One of the great additions this phone has is the high quality 8 megapixel back facing camera and its 5 megapixel wide angle front facing camera. These 2 cameras support high quality shots and come with a slew of features to make anyone a photographer. The cameras even have the ability to shoot video at 30 frames per second and recording at 1080P High Definition quality.


To access the camera from the lock screen touch the "camera" and slide up. This will open the camera app for immediate use.

To Access the camera once the phone is unlocked

Select the "Apps" menu button

Scroll to the Camera app and "select" it to open it.


Once in the application the camera is live and is ready for immediate capturing of images. The camera is preset to start out in the auto mode. Which will auto select the settings needed for you. For most users this will be the best option for you. At this time you simply just point the lens towards the subject and either click the camera icon or click the up or down volume rocker to take a picture. If you want to focus the camera simple touch the subject of your photo on the screen and the camera will present a circle enclosing the area you touched and refocusing on that spot. When looking at the screen you will see various icons to choose from. Starting top left will be Settings, flash options, timer and picture affects. At the bottom starting on the left is mode selection, camera swapping, camera capture button, video capture button and picture/video review box.


When accessing the Settings option here you will have a few choices for setting up the phone for regular camera use. Depending on your mode you will be accessing the settings for either the back facing camera or the front facing camera. At this moment these will be features for the back face camera. First option is the picture size selection. Currently this is set to 6 megapixel but this can be changed to capture ranging from 2.4 Megapixels to 8.0 Megapixels. Next is the video capture ranging from VGA (640x480) to FHD (1920 x 1080). You can turn on grid lines for leveling images on capture, tag photos with GPS location even turn on the review option to immediately display the picture once taken. With voice control feature on this will allow you to capture a image by just saying smile, cheese, capture or shoot. Then select where the pictures should be stored on the phone or on a micro SD card. Strongly recommended to store images on a micro SD card. Finally, select what the volume rocker does, choose from capture picture, to start video recording or simply zoom. Once these are set they will remain in effect until you change them or reset all the settings to default. 

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After you setup your camera for everyday use and you are comfortable taking pictures check out the different "Modes" you have available. There are 11 different mode settings. Auto, Pro, Panorama, Continuous Shot, Beauty Face, Rear-cam selfie, Sound & Shot, Sports, HDR (Rich tone), Night, and Animated GIF. If you select the "Info" button in the top right hand corner it will give you a small write up of each mode so you know what it does. My favorites are Rear-cam Selfie - Once selected just point the camera where your face will be and take a picture you will have a few seconds to get into place. My other favorite is the Shoot and Sound mode. You know how a picture is worth a thousand words. Well with this option you can capture a picture and then record up to 9 seconds of audio to be tied to the picture. Never forget where the picture was taken or what the context of the picture is about.

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Samsung created this phone with Selfies in mind that is why they have given a wide angle lense to be used on the front facing side. When you swap to this view you are given the same optional choice s at the top with the exception of the flash option being replaced by the beauty option. The beauty option is basically an instant photoshop type of setting. Where you can manipulate the face size eyes size and overall picture.  Under the settings section you will have the same optional choices as the back facing camera. The camera is preset for 5 Megapixels but can be set anywhere from 2.4 megapixel to 5.0 megapixel. Video capture can be set from VGA (640x480) to FHD (1920x1080). When selecting the Mode options you are only given 7 options to choose from Selfie, Wide Selfie, Interval shot, Continuous Shot, Night, Sound & shot, and Animated GIF.

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Here is the difference using the regular selfie capture and wide Selfie capture. Though this is not the same as the standard wide angle camera shot.



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Here is the capture of the wide angle shot on the Samsung Galaxy Prime compared to an un-named competitor phone. Taken at the same angle at the same time. You can see how much more the Samsung can bring in to view.


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Samsung has pact in a great camera for everyday use. While you may not become the next professional photographer you will be able to take exceptional that will bring you a lifetime of memories. Enjoy taking pictures and have fun. 

Disclaimer:
    The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

 

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