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Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Review is now published - click here to read it.

Interface and Functionality


The Galaxy Express 2 runs on Android Jelly Bean with TouchWiz on top. It is packed with Samsung's 'Smart' features and signature apps like ChatON, S Calendar, S Planner and others.

The Galaxy Express 2 features Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz ‘Nature UX 2.0’ skin on top. Samsung’s skin is packed with all sorts of ‘smart’ features like air gestures and eye tracking that some may like, and others may never use. Fact remains that the UI is the absolute champion in terms of richness of built-in features, so you’ll definitely have choice in that regard. TouchWiz is also colorful, almost too cheerful, with its cartoony visuals and icons.

Basic functionality is well covered with the core phone app easily integrating with Google’s cloud contacts. Samsung adds swipe gestures to your contact list allowing you to call or text someone by just swiping left or right on the contact’s name. The keyboard is well spaced and easy to type on, but it lacks some language layouts. Samsung is also shipping this with its home-brewed ChatON, S Planner, S Memo, S Translator and S Voice apps bundled right in.

Processor and Memory


A dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus chip provides a smooth experience, but might fall a bit short with the most intense games, while storage is not plentiful, but you can expand it via microSD cards.

Our initial impressions are that we’re generally pleased with the smoothness of the Galaxy Express 2 performance. We’ll reserve our final judgment for the review, but we only expect performance to become even smoother in the final version.

In terms of hardware, the Express 2 runs on a Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930 processor. It’s a 28nm LP dual-core chip running at up to 1.7GHz (those are turbo frequencies, not nominal) with 1.5GB of single-channel LPDDR2 RAM. It features the Adreno 305 graphics chip, and our initial pre-production device had no issues running some of our favorite casual games without much of a slowdown.

On paper, the handset comes with 8GB of internal storage that you can expand via microSD cards of up to 64 gigs. TouchWiz, however, is eating up nearly half the built-in memory, so you end up having around 4 gigs actually available.

Internet and Connectivity


The Express 2 comes with 4G LTE connectivity, which is a bit of a rarity on such an affordable device. Fast to load pages, it comes with both Samsung's custom Android browser and mobile Chrome.

The phone ships with Samsung’s custom Android browser and Google’s mobile Chrome on board. Both get the job done well, but we prefer Chrome for its better interface and cross-device syncing capabilities. Scrolling and zooming around was fairly smooth, and surfing in general was a pleasure on our preproduction unit.

The Galaxy Express 2 features 4G LTE connectivity, and that’s great to see in such an affordable device. It can also fall back to 3G speeds in places where there’s no coverage, and other connectivity options include A-GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. NFC support is not present.

Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Express 2 - Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Preview
Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Express 2 - Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Preview
Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Express 2 - Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Preview
Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Express 2 - Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Preview

Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Express 2

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posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:22 4

1. datphoneguy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


I like Samsung, but I'm getting so sick of them releasing the same phone over and over again seemingly every week...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:24 1

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


let me guess your okay with apple doing it though?

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:28 2

3. MrKoles (Posts: 325; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Or Sony, or HTC, or Nokia...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:50 2

6. PorkyBurger (Posts: 234; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Apple is doing it each year actually.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:04 2

9. datphoneguy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


To be fair, Apple releases 1-2 iPhone models a year and that's it - can't even compare that to Samsung.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:06 2

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8627; Member since: 14 May 2012)


So? That's their decision.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:29

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1441; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


So... Blue S4 Mini with bigger IPS screen and worse camera. After Moto G, these kind of devices seem like nothing. Not bad, but uninspiring.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:51 1

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8627; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Moto G doesn't have LTE and is in the same price point.

Checkmate.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:23 3

12. true1984 (Posts: 592; Member since: 23 May 2012)


the verizon version does...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 15:34

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8627; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It's 3G.

http://www.verizonwireless.com/wcms/consumer/devices/moto-g.html

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:31

5. PorkyBurger (Posts: 234; Member since: 18 May 2013)


So...this phone is bigger, watered down (software wise) version of Galaxy S4 Mini, which uses IPS instead of AMOLED. Really?

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 14:43

13. xq10xa (Posts: 131; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Windows phone pretty much has done this since day 1.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 15:35

15. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 154; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


So... Many... Phones!!! *Rips hair out of head* Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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Display4.5 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual core, 1700 MHz, Krait processor
1536 MB RAM
Size5.21 x 2.59 x 0.39 inches
(132.4 x 65.8 x 9.8 mm)
4.73 oz  (134 g)

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