Samsung Galaxy Express Review

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

Samsung Galaxy Express

Dimensions

5.2 x 2.72 x 0.37 inches

132.2 x 69.1 x 9.3 mm

Weight

4.91 oz (139 g)

HTC One S

HTC One S

Dimensions

5.15 x 2.56 x 0.31 inches

130.9 x 65 x 7.8 mm

Weight

4.22 oz (120 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 820

Nokia Lumia 820

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.7 x 0.39 inches

123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Samsung Galaxy Express

Samsung Galaxy Express

Dimensions

5.2 x 2.72 x 0.37 inches

132.2 x 69.1 x 9.3 mm

Weight

4.91 oz (139 g)

HTC One S

HTC One S

Dimensions

5.15 x 2.56 x 0.31 inches

130.9 x 65 x 7.8 mm

Weight

4.22 oz (120 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 820

Nokia Lumia 820

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.7 x 0.39 inches

123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

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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.




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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7 Comments

1. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 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 unregistered

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

5. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 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 unregistered

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: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

before the Galaxy Nexus it was considered high resolution, LOL.
Galaxy Express
  • Display 4.5" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2000 mAh(11.66h 3G talk time)

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