Samsung Galaxy Express Review
Samsung Galaxy Express runs on a contemporary version of Android and that is 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. On top of it, there is a sprinkle of TouchWiz Nature UX flavor with its watery sounds and plenty of other additions we mostly like. It brings improvements first and foremost to basic functionality - you have smart dialing in the contacts app and you can swipe left on a contact to directly call them or swipe right to send a text message. Also, in messages you can attach locations easily.
Samsung is also bundling its usual suite of productivity applications with S Planner being the most notable replacement. It is a rich calendar app integrating content from your social networks. It is designed in a skeuomorphic fashion, reminding a bit of a real calendar, if you like that.
Samsung is also bringing S Cloud, its own cloud solution that you can use to sync contacts, calendar and S memos. You can choose to back up logs, text and multimedia messages and the wallpaper.
Processor and Memory:
First and foremost, though, it’s worth pointing out that everything flows smoothly with absolutely no lag. We can’t help noticing how much of an improvement has come with Project Butter in Android Jelly Bean in regards to Android lag, and now it’s gone on almost all JB devices.
Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy Express has a serious brain: a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 chip with Adreno 305 graphics and 1GB of RAM. This might not seem like a terribly potent hardware choice, but keep in mind that this device comes with a 480x800-pixel screen. That means less pixels to process than other modern smartphones, and ultimately an easier task for the processor.
In our experience, the Qualcomm chip performed admirably on the Galaxy Express. We ran the latest graphically super-intensive Real Racing 3 and got it to run without a stutter. Here are the device’s results from a few standard benchmarks:
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Samsung Galaxy Express||4933||10817||60,8|
|HTC One S||4867||7012||60,7|
|HTC One SV||4456||11211||60|
|LG Optimus L7||1886||2842||19,2|
The Galaxy Express has 8GB of internal storage of which more than 5GB are available to the user. You can of course expand that storage via microSD cards of up to 32GB.
Internet and Connectivity:
On this device, you get the choice between the traditional Android stock browser and Chrome. Both work really well, rendering pages quickly and with smooth scrolling and zooming.
The device is well equipped in terms of connectivity. 4G LTE support on a mid-range device is rarity in Europe and most markets outside the United States, and the Galaxy Express supports it. The handset also supports 21.1Mbps HSPA, quad-band GSM, GPS, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.
1. N-fanboy (Posts: 445; 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...
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
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:)
6. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1793; 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.
3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Let the Samsung praisaton begin !
4. NokiaFTW (Posts: 492; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Remember a time (just 3 years ago actually) when 480 X 800 was considered a very high resolution ?
7. downphoenix (Posts: 2134; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
before the Galaxy Nexus it was considered high resolution, LOL.
|Display||4.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (207 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual core, 1200 MHz
1024 MB RAM
|Size||5.20 x 2.72 x 0.37 inches|
(132.2 x 69.1 x 9.3 mm)
4.91 oz (139 g)
|Battery||2000 mAh, 22.5 hours talk time|