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It Starts With an Earthquake

 

Jul 23, 2013 by GravityFails   updated Jul 23, 2013

Carrier: AT&T

What does it mean when one of the wireless industry's perennial prepaid tightwads introduces a phone like the Samsung Galaxy Express? That is, a phone with no creaks, no rattles, no second-rate materials, and no dim, washed out screen? With access to LTE data? Surely it's the end of the world as we know it. And I feel pretty good.

Since T-Mobile and Sprint (via Boost and Virgin) have offered decent Android handsets for their prepaid accounts for a couple of years now, and since AT&T's rate of policy change can be most accurately measured by glacial striation, it's just about time for Big A to unclench and cough up a high-quality, company-branded, relatively inexpensive prepaid smartphone that doesn't suck. The Galaxy Express is that phone.

Actually, it's more than that phone. The Express has a great build, with good quality plastic and a smooth Super AMOLED Plus screen, both of which give it a decidedly upscale flavor at a fraction of the cost -- sure, you can get a 16 GB iPhone 5 or Galaxy S 4 for less up front, but you'll be piloting a two-year contract that will set you back at least $50 more per month (including fees and taxes) than the most expensive GoPhone plan.

The LTE is reliable and faster than a greased weasel, and I appreciate the extra half inch on the screen after using the small-but-spectacular screen on the iPhone 5 for seven months. As far as gripes go, the notifications and ringtones could be a little louder, but that's really all I've got.

Pros:

Great 4.5-inch screen
Quality construction
LTE
Android 4.1.2
Not made by Huawei
Good voice quality
Impressive battery life
No mustard

Cons:

Notifications and ringtones aren't loud enough

If you're a current smartphone user with GoPhone, you've probably already sampled some of their early offerings from ZTE and Huawei, and for that I am truly sorry; now, thanks to the Galaxy Express, the days of sub-par smartphones on AT&T prepaid are over.

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Great Phone for the Money

 

Aug 18, 2014 by MikeVille

Carrier: Cricket

This is a great phone. If I had any complaints it would be Battery Life and Audio Volume. I'm new to the Cell Phone game so the learning curve has been massive. I would tell anyone to "Root the Device". But rooting this phone isn't easy. But it can be done, just remember do your homework before trying anything that will void your warranty. It took 6 tries to root this device. Like I said I am new to all of this and I must say when my phone went to Chinese I was in total shock. I'm not Chinese... I tried not to panic and followed all the instructions to the letter and everything worked out..... Good Luck and Enjoy this PHONE...

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