Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Review
We are fairly happy with the call quality we get on the Galaxy Express 2. It features a sufficiently loud earpiece where we were able to easily recognize the voices of our callers, but a slight rumble marred the otherwise good experience. On the other end of the line, our callers reported hearing us without much distortion at all, sounding very clean and loud enough.
We are happy to see a very large for its size, 2100mAh battery in the Galaxy Express 2. Moreover, it’s easily replacable by the user - you just have to peel back the rear cover, and you get instant access to it. We managed to get two days out of it while using the handset in a non 4G LTE environment. With LTE kicking in, we can imagine its longevity will go down, but still we expect the Express 2 to have a larger than average battery life, and give you a sense of security as it’d most certainly last through even longer workdays.
With a retail price of around $480 (€349.99) off contract, the Galaxy Express 2 is priced at more than you’d expect; it’s a mid-ranger, but it’s also among the more expensive mid-rangers. The reason for that higher price is the support for 4G LTE connectivity that is still considered a luxury in this class, and you have to pay for it - fairly similar by specs LTE-less devices can cost a half of the price!
If you insist on having 4G LTE support, choice is fairly limited at the moment. Alternatives include the very similar 4.5” HTC Desire 601 with its sleeker design and the Windows Phone-based, slightly larger, 4.7” Nokia Lumia 625. Both, however, are priced equally hard on the pocket as Samsung’s Express 2.
If you don’t absolutely need 4G LTE, we would suggest you look at other devices that offer much better value for their money. One such option that we whole-heartedly recommend is the 4.5-inch Motorola Moto G with a zippy Snapdragon 400 system chip and supports for the still very fast 4G HSPA+, or you can also get the 4.7-inch Nexus 4 that is still offered in some markets at a mid-range price.
The Galaxy Express 2 would have looked like a perfectly well-rounded device with buttery smooth performance and a decent (but not great) screen and camera at half its price. Unfortunately, 4G LTE connectivity support dictates a sour price premium that does not feel justified for all. Are you ready to pay double the price for it? Only then, you should consider the Express 2.