Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Preview


Introduction


At first, the Samsung Galaxy Express 2 looks like a myriad of Android smartphones by Samsung that you can barely tell apart. A typical plastic device with that signature me-too Samsung look, it aims to offer good value for the money with a relatively modern version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 4.5-inch screen, and a dual-core processor.

Coming with the feature-packed Samsung TouchWiz user interface, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p videos and expandable storage, it checks all our bases for an affordable phone. Is it all as good as it looks on paper, though, or are there some other hidden quirks that you should know about? Let’s find out.

Design


The Galaxy Express 2 is a device of reasonable size and a solid build, but it's made out of plastic and its design is not very original. 

Overall, the second generation Galaxy Express is a device of reasonable size, heft and thickness. With its healthy-sized 4.5-inch display, it is not too small, nor too large, and easily fits in a pocket. It’s definitely on the chubby side, though, measuring 9.8mm (0.39”) thick. While that’s not a dealbreaker for us, it’s a thing to consider, and we do wish the handset was at least just a bit thinner.

The Galaxy Express 2 features the typical Samsung style that the company first debuted with the Galaxy S III back in 2012. In case you are wondering what we mean by saying ‘typical’, we’re referring to the glossy plastic body, pebble-like form with curved edges, silver plastic sidings made to look like aluminum, and the single large home key encircled with two capacitive buttons. On the left side of the phone is a volume rocker, and on the right is the lock key.

Overall, the Galaxy Express 2 leaves an impression of a solidly built phone. It’s practical and nicely put together, but nothing more.


Samsung Galaxy Express 2

Samsung Galaxy Express 2

Dimensions

5.21 x 2.59 x 0.39 inches

132.4 x 65.8 x 9.8 mm

Weight

4.73 oz (134 g)

Samsung Galaxy Core

Samsung Galaxy Core

Dimensions

5.09 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches

129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

HTC One SV

HTC One SV

Dimensions

5.04 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches

128 x 66.9 x 9.2 mm

Weight

4.30 oz (122 g)

Nokia Lumia 720

Nokia Lumia 720

Dimensions

5.04 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches

127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm

Weight

4.52 oz (128 g)

Samsung Galaxy Express 2

Samsung Galaxy Express 2

Dimensions

5.21 x 2.59 x 0.39 inches

132.4 x 65.8 x 9.8 mm

Weight

4.73 oz (134 g)

Samsung Galaxy Core

Samsung Galaxy Core

Dimensions

5.09 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches

129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

HTC One SV

HTC One SV

Dimensions

5.04 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches

128 x 66.9 x 9.2 mm

Weight

4.30 oz (122 g)

Nokia Lumia 720

Nokia Lumia 720

Dimensions

5.04 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches

127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm

Weight

4.52 oz (128 g)

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




The Express 2 has a reasonably sized 4.5" display with decent sharpness.


The Galaxy Express 2 features a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. We’ll abstain from passing a judgment about the screen quality since we have a non-final unit, but our initial feelings are that this is a better than average display with very vivid, rich color that does not look washed out. The screen is also fairly sharp for its class at 245ppi, so you’ll hardly see any pixelization except when reading tiny text.

One thing that Samsung annoyingly omitted in the Express 2 is a light sensor. What this means is that the screen cannot automatically adjust its brightness, so you’d need to manually set it lower or higher depending on the conditions.



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15 Comments

1. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

I like Samsung, but I'm getting so sick of them releasing the same phone over and over again seemingly every week...

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

let me guess your okay with apple doing it though?

3. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Or Sony, or HTC, or Nokia...

6. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Apple is doing it each year actually.

9. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

To be fair, Apple releases 1-2 iPhone models a year and that's it - can't even compare that to Samsung.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

So? That's their decision.

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Moto G doesn't have LTE and is in the same price point. Checkmate.

12. true1984

Posts: 866; Member since: May 23, 2012

the verizon version does...

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

5. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

So...this phone is bigger, watered down (software wise) version of Galaxy S4 Mini, which uses IPS instead of AMOLED. Really?

13. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Windows phone pretty much has done this since day 1.

15. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

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

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Galaxy Express 2
  • Display 4.5" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11h 3G talk time)

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