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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.

Camera


The phone comes with a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera capable of recording 720p videos. Samsung also brings the same great camera interface as in its top-shelf Galaxy S4 and Note 3 phones.

The second-gen Galaxy Express has a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with a single LED flash on the back, and a VGA shooter on the front.

The camera app interface is great. Samsung uses the same camera UI found in its top-shelf Galaxy S4 and Note 3 devices, with all the bells and whistles of shooting modes like Panorama, Sports, Night and others. There is also a ton of other manual settings like ISO, exposure, and metering to adjust.

We won’t comment on the actual camera speed, and quality of the images just yet, as what we have on our hands is a non-final unit, but we’ve shot some sample stills and footage to give you a general idea about what you can expect.




Multimedia


The phone comes with a great video and music players, but Samsung still has room to improve the loudspeaker in the final version of the device.

The Galaxy Express 2 features a reasonably sized display, so watching video and browsing through images is a pleasure. Samsung’s built-in video player plays back all common formats with ease, but even if you have trouble with a rare codec, you can always head to the Play Store to find a media player that will support it.

For music, you have Google Play Music and Samsung Music on board. We like both, but Samsung’s music player has a bit more settings, and it supports features like folder-based file manager for your music, something that the Google app lacks.

We also like Samsung’s Gallery app with its two-column design showing your albums on the left, and your images on the right - browsing around images is quicker than on single-column designed apps. The gallery also has a pretty rich image editor allowing you to frame images, annotate them, rotate, crop and add filters, of course.

The Galaxy Express 2 has its loudspeaker located on its back, next to the rear camera, so it can get muffled when you lay the phone on its back.

Expectations


With an expected retail price of around $200 (€200), the Galaxy Express 2 competes in the hugely crowded Android low to mid-range. With 4G LTE on board, however, it’s got the one big advantage of fast connectivity that many other phones in its class lack.

Our initial feeling is that it is also a good device all around - we like the screen, and the performance seems adequate. While we are not so enamoured with the generic plastic design of the Galaxy Express 2, we do think that it is on the right track to delivering good bang for the buck. All it takes is a final layer of polish that Samsung is probably already putting on before releasing the device to store shelves soon.


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

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posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:22 4

1. datphoneguy (Posts: 122; 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: 1209; 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: 277; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Or Sony, or HTC, or Nokia...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:50 2

6. PorkyBurger (Posts: 136; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Apple is doing it each year actually.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:04 2

9. datphoneguy (Posts: 122; 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: 6606; Member since: 14 May 2012)


So? That's their decision.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:29

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 954; 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: 6606; 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: 470; Member since: 23 May 2012)


the verizon version does...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 15:34

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6606; 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: 136; 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: 103; 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: 68; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


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

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Camera5 megapixels
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