Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Review
We are fairly happy with the call quality we get on the Galaxy Express 2. It features a sufficiently loud earpiece where we were able to easily recognize the voices of our callers, but a slight rumble marred the otherwise good experience. On the other end of the line, our callers reported hearing us without much distortion at all, sounding very clean and loud enough.
We are happy to see a very large for its size, 2100mAh battery in the Galaxy Express 2. Moreover, it’s easily replacable by the user - you just have to peel back the rear cover, and you get instant access to it. We managed to get two days out of it while using the handset in a non 4G LTE environment. With LTE kicking in, we can imagine its longevity will go down, but still we expect the Express 2 to have a larger than average battery life, and give you a sense of security as it’d most certainly last through even longer workdays.
With a retail price of around $480 (€349.99) off contract, the Galaxy Express 2 is priced at more than you’d expect; it’s a mid-ranger, but it’s also among the more expensive mid-rangers. The reason for that higher price is the support for 4G LTE connectivity that is still considered a luxury in this class, and you have to pay for it - fairly similar by specs LTE-less devices can cost a half of the price!
If you insist on having 4G LTE support, choice is fairly limited at the moment. Alternatives include the very similar 4.5” HTC Desire 601 with its sleeker design and the Windows Phone-based, slightly larger, 4.7” Nokia Lumia 625. Both, however, are priced equally hard on the pocket as Samsung’s Express 2.
If you don’t absolutely need 4G LTE, we would suggest you look at other devices that offer much better value for their money. One such option that we whole-heartedly recommend is the 4.5-inch Motorola Moto G with a zippy Snapdragon 400 system chip and supports for the still very fast 4G HSPA+, or you can also get the 4.7-inch Nexus 4 that is still offered in some markets at a mid-range price.
The Galaxy Express 2 would have looked like a perfectly well-rounded device with buttery smooth performance and a decent (but not great) screen and camera at half its price. Unfortunately, 4G LTE connectivity support dictates a sour price premium that does not feel justified for all. Are you ready to pay double the price for it? Only then, you should consider the Express 2.
- Smooth performance, capable of running top games
- Supports expandable storage
- 4G LTE connectivity support
- Fairly good display for its class
- Fast and predictable camera in perfect conditions
- Higher than usual price: there are similar LTE-less phones at much better price
- Screen is hard to read outdoors because of reflections
- No ambient light sensor, no automatic brightness adjustment
- No 1080p video recording
- A bit chubby
1. superkuiken (Posts: 34; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
sigh, what was that old saying about Samsung again...
2. BREvenson (Posts: 190; Member since: 17 May 2012)
Not a bad phone, but with Samsung's wide selection on the market, this falls near the low end of the spectrum. For Samsung, it's not a huge problem, though compared to the competition, there are better choices in terms of quality, performance, and especially price. The Moto G, though lacking MicroSD expansion, beats this phone on nearly every other category for half the price.
Still, it's a modest phone, but that price tag can make you reconsider.
3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I like how narrow it looks. It looks comfortable to hold.
4. M4th3u54ndr4d3 (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
I like this phone, it's beautiful. But it's very overpriced!