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Samsung Galaxy Express Review

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Samsung Galaxy Express Review
Introduction

One of the essential elements into building a brand is brand recognition, something that is central to the ongoing Apple/Samsung patent disputes. Over the last year, Samsung has created a signature look with the Galaxy S III and perpetuated that look with the Galaxy Note II. The Galaxy Express for AT&T is another one of those signature Samsung designs, with a pronounced physical home button beneath a rounded black slab. Running on Android 4.0, the Galaxy Express offers a solid spec sheet at an affordable $99 on contract price, but can it compete with similar offerings from HTC, LG and Pantech at half the price or less?


Design

At a glance the Galaxy Express is indistinguishable from the Galaxy S III, with a large display sitting below a silver speaker grill and atop a silver-trimmed physical home button, flanked by a capacitive menu and back button. The Galaxy Express has a slightly smaller footprint due to the 4.5” display, although there is more bezel space all around. The corners are more rounded, and the Galaxy Express is offered only in black.

The Galaxy Express is another one of those signature Samsung designs - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
The Galaxy Express is another one of those signature Samsung designs - Samsung Galaxy Express Review

The Galaxy Express is another one of those signature Samsung designs


Samsung Galaxy Express Review

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All of the physical buttons offer enough travel, though we’d like just a touch more. The volume rocker is a bit small for our tastes, with no distinguishing characteristics between up and down. The microSD and SIM slots are under the battery door, with the latter requiring removal of the battery to access. The single speaker sits at the bottom right of the back, and is a bit weak for our tastes.

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of Samsung Galaxy Express - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
Power key (right) - The sides of Samsung Galaxy Express - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of Samsung Galaxy Express - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of Samsung Galaxy Express - Samsung Galaxy Express Review

Volume rocker (left)

Power key (right)

3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (bottom)

The sides of Samsung Galaxy Express


In-hand feel will depend on the size of your hands, but it’s pretty similar to any other device of its size. Build quality is on par with other Samsung products we’ve seen, meaning that the Galaxy Express is full of plastic keeping it lightweight but offering a solid build quality. All in all the Galaxy Express is a predictably designed phone that will do exactly what you expect, but won’t exactly wow you.

Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
SIM and microSD card slots - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
Rear camera - Samsung Galaxy Express Review

Battery compartment

SIM and microSD card slots

Rear camera



Display

The 4.5” Super AMOLED Plus display has a very disappointing 480x800 resolution, making for a meager 207ppi. While resolution and therefore clarity may not be up to par, the super-saturation of AMOLED displays makes up for it a bit. Its bright enough to use in most any lighting condition, and as you’d expect colors are very vibrant. Unfortunately at times we experienced screen flicker, reminiscent of a CRT TV. It was very odd; it would appear on one homescreen but not another and sometimes rearranging the widgets would make things better, but it appeared on other screens like Messaging as well.



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posted on 10 Jan 2013, 23:08

1. Charlie_boy (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


many midrange phone reviews are coming out...

It seems the galaxy S III Mini (8.9) still gets the top marks for this class..

phones with similar specs also include:
HTC One SV - 7.5
HTC One VX - 7.5
LG Optimus L9 - 7.5

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Display4.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (207 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.22 x 2.73 x 0.36 inches
(133 x 69 x 9 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 14 hours talk time

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