Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Review


Introduction


The Samsung Galaxy Express 2 comes with one hallmark feature – it supports 4G LTE connectivity. The Express 2 takes pride in being one of the more affordable smartphones with LTE, but that does not necessarily make it cheap. It's a mid-range phone that checks most bases, at least on paper – it's got a fairly spacious 4.5” display, a dual-core Snapdragon chip and runs on Android Jelly Bean.

With all things considered, it is its price that might actually turn out to be the biggest turndown. What are the compromises you need to make with the Galaxy Express 2, and is it worth buying? Let’s explore it to find the answers to these questions.

In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cabler
  • In-ear headphones
  • User manual

Design

The Galaxy Express 2 is a smartphone with typical Samsung looks, a bit chubby in appearance, but otherwise solidly put together.

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 0.39” (9.8mm) 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 used in the Galaxy S4, and you could easily mistake the Express 2 for a Galaxy S4 Mini, or even the Galaxy S4 itself, if you didn’t know the sizes - they are that similar. On the left side of the phone is a volume rocker, and on the right, easy to reach, is the lock key, and both have a decent amount of travel and are easy to press.

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)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

HTC Desire 601

HTC Desire 601

Dimensions

5.3 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches

134.5 x 66.7 x 9.88 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Nokia Lumia 625

Nokia Lumia 625

Dimensions

5.25 x 2.84 x 0.36 inches

133.25 x 72.25 x 9.15 mm

Weight

5.61 oz (159 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)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

HTC Desire 601

HTC Desire 601

Dimensions

5.3 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches

134.5 x 66.7 x 9.88 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Nokia Lumia 625

Nokia Lumia 625

Dimensions

5.25 x 2.84 x 0.36 inches

133.25 x 72.25 x 9.15 mm

Weight

5.61 oz (159 g)

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4 Comments

1. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

sigh, what was that old saying about Samsung again...

2. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 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: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I like how narrow it looks. It looks comfortable to hold.

4. M4th3u54ndr4d3

Posts: 67; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

480$? Wow! I like this phone, it's beautiful. But it's very overpriced!
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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