- Victor H. , PhoneArena
The Galaxy Express 2 is a smartphone with typical Samsung looks, a bit chubby in appearance, but otherwise solidly put together.
- Alex Todd , Recombu
The Samsung Galaxy Express 2 is a mid-ranger that boasts a snappy user experience and 4G speeds on a budget.
- Excellent battery life
- Smooth performance
- Good screen viewing angles
- Display colors not true-to-life
- Poor outdoor viewing
- Thicker than average smartphone at 0.39 inches
The second iteration of the Galaxy Express offers a 4G connection and better specs. The handset itself doesn't stray too far from the standard Samsung design with its plastic chassis, rounded corners and slightly curved back. In fact, if not for the difference in size, which a few called "chubby", reviewers could barely tell it apart from the flagship phone, the Galaxy S4.
The 4.5-inch IPS display offers a resolution of 540x960 and pixel density of 245ppi. Critics were happy with its sharpness as they could easily read normal-sized text though smaller text was a bit more difficult to decipher. While the display offered good viewing angles, reviewers were fairly disappointed with the color accuracy. According to Phone Arena, the colors on the screen were washed out and pale and almost all were slightly off, especially the ones falling in the blue and cyan range. Besides poor color reproduction, critics also mention that the display is difficult to view outdoors due to the reflective screen and dim lighting.
The Express 2 runs on a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM. While it doesn't boast the highest specs, reviewers didn't notice any lag during regular use or when handling demanding apps. Aside from processing power, it also comes with 8GB of internal memory with can be expanded via a microSD slot. The 2,100mAh removable battery lasted testers around a day with normal usage and around 7 hours of heavy usage. The 5 megapixel rear-facing camera did not wow anyone, although it was noted that it can take decent pictures in the right light and focal distance.
While the Galaxy Express 2 offered a rather solid experience for experts, most cannot give it a high recommendation. Recombu says, "The Samsung Galaxy Express 2 doesn't really stick out from the crowd…it awkwardly slots in between the Ace 3 and S4 Mini in a gap we don't really feel needed to be filled."
Reviews (6.6/10 Avg. rating)
Smooth performance, capable of running top games
Rich feature set with a surprisingly snappy performance
The Samsung Galaxy Express 2 doesn’t really stick out from the crowd. 4G helps prevent it sliding into obscurity altogether, but it awkwardly slots in between the Ace 3 and the S4 Mini in a gap that we don’t really feel needed to be filled in the first place.
The larger screen may appease those looking for an affordable way to experience Netflix and BBC iPlayer on-the-go, but in truth we’d go for the older, but still fantastic Sony Xperia SP if that’s what you’re after. It shares similar problems with the Express 2, but promises a better display and... Full review
A great phone that's just too expensive compared to the competition
So the Samsung Galaxy Express 2 looks good, feels good to use and performs well. What’s not to like? Well, the price.
At £225 on pay as you go the Samsung is expensive. The game changing Motorola Moto G is just as good as the Express 2 and can be picked up for around £100 less!
To be fair to Samsung, pretty much every manufacturer has been caught out by the Moto G, and if I had been reviewing this phone a few months ago I would have been recommending it highly.
Samsung is big enough and ugly enough to slash the price of the Express 2... Full review
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