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Nokia Lumia 730 VS Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 - Specifications, Features And Price Showdown.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 was released in January, whereas the Nokia Lumia 730 has recently been unveiled in September. Both handsets are budget-friendly and support dual-SIM mode. Readers who are interested in the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 or the Nokia Lumia 730 should check out this comparison.

Display, Exterior And Size

The Nokia Lumia 730 comes with a 4.7-inch OLED display aided by 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and 316 ppi pixel density. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 features a relatively bigger 5.2-inch TFT display with the same resolution as the Nokia device and 280 ppi pixel density.

When it comes to design, the Galaxy Grand 2 features a faux-leather exterior predominantly seen in the Galaxy Note series of smartphones. Moreover, the device is made of plastic that somehow gives a cheaper look to the handset. In any case, the faux-leather back looks better than the glossy plastic material of other Samsung handsets, says (http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-Grand-2-Review_id3690) Phone Arena . Furthermore, the patterned design of the device prevents it from getting stained easily. The handset is also comfortable and handy, providing good grip. In terms of display, the handset boasts great colour reproduction, but oversaturation problem continues to be a letdown.

Meanwhile, the Lumia 730 is a replica of the predecessor Lumia 720 in many ways, starting from the same polycarbonate design to the angular edges. Even though this is a budget-friendly handset, Nokia has used quality materials to build the handset and it is very comfortable on the hands. The rear panel is alterable and many of the panel choices feature a glossy finish. However, readers should note that the dedicated camera button on the side of the handset is missing in the latest Lumia device. This means only the power and volume buttons fill the side, observes (http://www.knowyourmobile.com/microsoft/nokia-lumia-730/22664/nokia-lumia-730735-review-first-look-hands) Know Your Mobile .

Speaking of size, the thickness and the weight of Samsung and Nokia handsets are (0.35-inch and 163 g) and (0.34-inch and weighs 130 g) respectively. Therefore, the latest Lumia 730 is both thinner and lighter than the Samsung handset.

Hardware, Software And Memory

Both the smartphones are powered by the same quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 400) Cortex-A7 processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz. The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 comes with a good 1.5 GB of RAM, while the Nokia Lumia 730 is backed by 1 GB of RAM. Additionally, the Samsung device runs on Android v4.3 Jelly Bean that is upgradable to Android v4.4.2 KitKat, whereas the Lumia handset runs on Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1.

As far as the memory goes, both the handsets come equipped with 8 GB of internal storage with microSD card support for further expansion. However, the expansion limits of the Nokia and Samsung smartphones stand at 128 GB and 64 GB, respectively.

Camera And Battery

The Nokia Lumia 730 sports a 6.7 MP rear-facing camera with the notable Carl Zeiss lens and LED flash, along with a surprisingly good 5 MP shooter as the secondary unit for selfies. On the other hand, the Galaxy Grand 2 sports a relatively better 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 1.9 MP secondary shooter. While the Nokia Lumia 730 is backed by a Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery, the Galaxy Grand 2 houses a relatively better Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery unit.

Misc

1. In addition to supporting the standard connectivity options like Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi and microUSB, the Lumia 730 supports NFC, whereas the Galaxy Grand 2 doesn't. Also, the Samsung device provides 4G LTE support, while the Nokia handset doesn't. Plus, both the handsets support dual-SIM and employ micro-SIM for cellular connectivity.

2. Unlike the mid-range Lumia 830, the Lumia 730 will not get the "Lumia Denim" software update out of the box. Instead, the device will get the update sometime towards the end of 2014, says (http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/lumia-930-lumia-830-and-lumia-730-dual-sim-launched-in-india-600529) NDTV .

Price

The Nokia Lumia 730 is priced at US$240 that roughly translates to AU$273, according to (http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_lumia_730_teasers_are_out_prepare_for_selfies-news-9514.php) GSM Arena . The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, on the other hand, can be purchased for (https://yatango.com.au/shopping/samsung-g7105-galaxy-grand-2-4g-lte.html) AU$349.95 .

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