Hands-On: Samsung Rugby Pro and Galaxy Express
The Galaxy Express is the affordable cousin of the Galaxy S III. While the design is clearly inspired by Samsung's flagship, the features are decidedly lower-key.
From certain angles, the Express could be mistaken for the Galaxy S III. The thin profile, rounded shape, rounded back, and even the little camera bulge on the back, are all nearly identical. When you pick up the Express, though, you feel its strictly flat glass front, and know you're not holding a GS3.
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The side keys and home key are all easy to find and have good action. The volume key, however, is so short it looks like one button, not an up/down rocker. That makes it harder to use than it should be.
Aside from the volume key, the Express seems well-built. The good size and thin shape feel great in the hand.
If you like your batteries removable, you'll be happy with the Express. And you don't even need to remove it to access the memory card. The battery covers pops off and on easily.
The Android software has been customized and enhanced in the usual Samsung way, offering good options for home screen shortcuts, the app menu, widgets, and shortcuts in the notification shade. You can even adjust screen brightness with a slider control above your notifications.
The Express isn't a flagship phone; it's designed to be cheaper than the Galaxy S III. Most of the trade-offs are expected, such as reduced screen and camera resolution. But we were surprised that DLNA seems to be left out, although it does support Wi-Fi Direct.
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Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro
4" display 480 x 800 pixels
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 processor 1 GB RAM
1,850 mAh battery
Headphone Jack (3.5mm), Memory Card Slot, NFC, Water-Resistant