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Samsung Galaxy Express Review

Samsung Galaxy Express

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Interface and Functionality:

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.

The Samsung Galaxy Express runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
The Samsung Galaxy Express runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
The Samsung Galaxy Express runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
The Samsung Galaxy Express runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Express Review

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.


Samsung Galaxy Express Review
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.

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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display4.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (207 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
1 GB RAM
Size5.20 x 2.72 x 0.37 inches
(132.2 x 69.1 x 9.3 mm)
4.91 oz  (139 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 22.5 hours talk time

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