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Samsung Galaxy Express Review

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Samsung Galaxy Express Review
This is a review of the European version of the Samsung Galaxy Express. The Samsung Galaxy Express is also available under the same name on AT&T in the United States, but in a modified version.

Introduction:

The Samsung Galaxy Express is a mid-range device that has already launched in the United States, but now it is making its way to Europe in a version that is similar, but also different in key areas. It is the same 4.5-inch Android handset, but in this modification it runs on an (almost) up-to-date Android 4.1 and features Qualcomm’s energy-savvy 28nm Krait processor on a Snapdragon chip with 4G LTE support.

That’s definitely a big asset for a relatively affordable device, but you know Samsung had to cut it short somewhere to arrive at its lower price. And indeed it has with the most visible shortcut being a 5-megapixel camera. How huge of a compromise is that and is it worth making? Let’s find out.


Design:

If you appreciate original design, we’d definitely understand your frustration with the Galaxy Express. It is the same generic iteration on the Galaxy S III pebble-like form that we have seen so many times already. It’s practical and feels well in the hand with its nicely rounded corners and relatively thin 0.37-inch (9.3mm) profile, but it’s definitely not awe-inspiring, not something that we’d feel attached to emotionally. The device is built out of plastic and comes with a glossy finish.

Samsung Galaxy Express
5.2 x 2.72 x 0.37 inches
132.2 x 69.1 x 9.3 mm
4.91 oz (139 g)

Samsung Galaxy Express

HTC One S
5.15 x 2.56 x 0.31 inches
130.9 x 65 x 7.8 mm
4.22 oz (120 g)

HTC One S

HTC One SV
5.04 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches
128 x 66.9 x 9.2 mm
4.30 oz (122 g)

HTC One SV

Nokia Lumia 820
4.87 x 2.7 x 0.39 inches
123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

Nokia Lumia 820

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

The Samsung Galaxy Express is practical and feels well in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
The Samsung Galaxy Express is practical and feels well in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
The Samsung Galaxy Express is practical and feels well in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Express Review

The Samsung Galaxy Express is practical and feels well in the hand


Samsung Galaxy Express Review
Samsung Galaxy Express Review
Samsung Galaxy Express Review

On the front there is a single large physical home button that is comfortable to press. The lock key is on the right side, and on the left is a volume rocker, both of which are easy to press. As in most Samsung devices there is no dedicated physical shutter key, and instead you’d need to only rely on the on-screen buttons for image and video capture.

Battery compartment - Back - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
Rear camera - Back - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
Speaker grill - Back - Samsung Galaxy Express Review

Battery compartment

Rear camera

Speaker grill

Back


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

Power key (right)

Volume rocker (left)

microUSB port (bottom)

3.5mm jack (top)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Express



Display:


The Galaxy Express comes with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen with vivid saturated colors. There is only one downside to it - it is of the disappointing for its size WVGA 480 x 800 pixel resolution. On the 4.5-inch that works out to a low pixel density of around 200ppi and while that’s not such a huge deal, it definitely has a noticeable impact on things like text readability.

With that said, we have to give credit where credit is due. Despite its disappointing resolution, the screen looks good. Colors are vivid, blacks are pitch black, viewing angles are wide, and sunlight legibility is good.


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posted on 01 Mar 2013, 03:01 2

1. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


I feel the mid range battle is even more intense than the high end and OVIOUSLY dominated by samsung but undeservedly too, i think the 8mp Nokia Lumia 820 is better...

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 03:17 5

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


I Wouldnt get the get the galaxy s3 or 4 because of huge sizes, but if i were to go samsung by some chance lol i would definitely consider this one....with each new purchase of smartphones i get, i realize how much the spec game we've been playing has reallly been a bit exaggerated and over done....thats why i wouldnt mind gettin the express over a top end phone with a better processor because in terms of real world usage, we hit the peak with 2012 dual core phones and ics and jellybean only put the icing on the cake for us

#jus saying

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 07:40 1

5. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Yes. I think I would have to agree with you man. I think from here on out, specs are going be less of a factor. I have 4.2 running on my old Samsung Captivate and it runs very well on it. And that's only a single core 1ghz proc with 512 RAM. Also bring to light all these phone carrier using the excuse that a phone hardware can't handle updates from them as a big fat lie:)

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 09:32 1

6. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2119; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


To say we "hit the peak" in terms of real world usage is a short-sighted statement. Just because you can't imagine it getting any better, doesn't mean it's not possible. That kind of thinking would never lead to any innovation. The limits must constantly be pushed. What if people said Thomas Edison's original design for the light bulb was good enough? What if people said the Model T was good enough? What if people said 56K modems were fast enough? Sky's not even the limit. The only limits that exist are the ones we place on ourselves.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 05:12 1

3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Let the Samsung praisaton begin !

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 06:37 3

4. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1900; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Remember a time (just 3 years ago actually) when 480 X 800 was considered a very high resolution ?

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 20:03 3

7. downphoenix (Posts: 2295; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


before the Galaxy Nexus it was considered high resolution, LOL.

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Display4.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (207 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual core, 1200 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size5.20 x 2.72 x 0.37 inches
(132.2 x 69.1 x 9.3 mm)
4.91 oz  (139 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 22.5 hours talk time

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