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Samsung Galaxy Express Review

Samsung Galaxy Express

Posted: , by Victor H.



While we can only admire the productivity of its processor and its lag-free performance, we were worried that all of this could be spoiled by a sub-par camera. The Express features a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash, capable of recording 720p HD video at 30 frames per second.

The camera interface in Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX is extremely rich, allowing you to tweak every possible setting you can imagine. We tend to think such freedom is only a good thing.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Express Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Express Review

Camera interface

Sadly, the cloudy weather didn’t allow us to test the camera to its full potential, yet from what we see the Galaxy Express’ camera captures images with true-to-life, not overblown colors. Details are average and images are on the soft side, with noise suppression kicking in a bit too aggressively so certain parts of the images are smudgy.

The same can be said about the 720p footage. It flows smoothly without skipping frames, but it is on the soft side with smudged objects.

Samsung Galaxy Express Sample Video:

Samsung Galaxy Express Indoor Sample Video:

On the front, there is a 1.3MP secondary camera, a great asset for video calls, but good for little else.


The 4.5-inch screen opens up a world of entertainment with the Galaxy Express. The vibrant colors play to its advantage, and we definitely enjoyed watching video clips on the device.

Good news is the built in video player supports a wealth of common formats. Of all the formats we threw at it, it stumbled only with DivX-encoded movies (Xvid worked fine), and MOV files. The video player also supports Pop-up Play, the feature that allows you to watch videos while doing something else on your phone.

The loudspeaker gets fairly loud and sound remains clear even at the higher tones.

The music player on the Galaxy Express is also rich in options, with one notable feature being its folder view which we appreciate. It of course also breaks down your music by artists, albums, genre and so on, and even comes with a feature that tries to guess your mood and play music to it.

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posted on 01 Mar 2013, 03:01 2

1. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 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...

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 03:17 5

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

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 07:40 1

5. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 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:)

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 09:32 1

6. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

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.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 05:12 1

3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Let the Samsung praisaton begin !

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 06:37 3

4. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 20:03 3

7. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

before the Galaxy Nexus it was considered high resolution, LOL.

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PhoneArena rating:
Display4.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (207 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
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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