Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on March 26, 2013

When you compare the Samsung Galaxy Express and the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus side-by-side, which one comes out on top? Is the 4.5-inch display on the Galaxy Express kick more ass than the 4.3-inch screen on the Galaxy S2 Plus? Does it have a zippier mobile processor? All of these questions are answered in the table below…

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Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Galaxy Express VS Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
Display 4.5-inch Super AMOLED 4.3-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(207.333 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.2GHz dual core (unknown) 1.2GHz dual core
Software Android 4.1.2 Android 4.1.2
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 720p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with geo-tagging, autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, image stabilization, face/smile detection and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 2.0MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR 3.0 with A2DP
Size 69.1 x 132.2 x 9.3mm 66.1 x 125.3 x 8.9mm
Weight 139g 121g
Talktime TBC TBC
Standby TBC TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a TV-out GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a stereo FM radio

 

Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Connectivity

The wireless talents of the Galaxy Express include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. It also includes 4G connectivity where available. The Galaxy S2 Plus packs NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Unlike the Galaxy Express, this model doesn’t support 4G.
— The Galaxy Express wins (1-0)

Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Size/Weight

Let’s start with size and weight. The Galaxy Express and the Galaxy S2 Plus measure 132.2 x 69.1 x 9.3mm and 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.9mm respectively. The Galaxy S2 Plus is the thinner of the two. Neither the Galaxy Express or the Galaxy S2 Plus is unwieldy. The former weighs 139g; the latter weighs a mere 121g.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (1-1)

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Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Camera/Video

Samsung has built the Galaxy Express with a 5.0 Megapixel camera that boasts autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 720p video recording. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera rated at 1.3 Megapixels.

The Galaxy S2 Plus impresses with a better camera, which has a resolution of 8.0 Megapixels and includes geo-tagging, autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, image stabilization, face/smile detection and 1080p video recording. Photos enjoy a full resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. A second 2.0MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (1-2)

Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Display

In the display department, the Galaxy Express features a 4.5-inch touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Taking its 4.5-inch display into account, plus a below average overall pixel count of 384000, the Galaxy Express has a pixels per inch rating of 207.333.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy Express features a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 207.333.

The touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S2 Plus is a little bit smaller, measuring 4.3 inches. The screen resolution is also 480 x 800 pixels. With 384000 pixels on the 4.3-inch screen, the pixel density is a dull 216.977 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-3)

Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Processor

A 1.2GHz dual core (unknown processor type) vs. a 1.2GHz dual core (unknown processor type). Now let me think…
— It’s a tie, one point each (3-4)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus

After five rounds, the Galaxy S2 Plus leads by 4-3. It’s close. So this fight’s not over. Not by a long sh0t. The Galaxy Express still has time to mount the sort of comeback that people will sing sons about around camp fires…

Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Software

Android 4.1.2 vs. Android 4.1.2
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (4-5)

Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Applications

Android 4.1.2 vs. Android 4.1.2 There’s been no real change since half-time, the Galaxy S2 Plus is still ahead. But there’s still only one point separating the two. This fight isn’t over yet.
— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (5-6)

Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Storage

Which phone can store the most data? The Samsung Galaxy Express is only available in one configuration with 8GB of storage. Ditto the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus. Neither the Samsung or Samsung handset comes out on top. Of course, the Galaxy Express also features a microSD slot, which supports cards up to 32GB. This will boost the overall storage to a roomier 40GB. You can expand the memory of the Galaxy S2 Plus via the microSD slot. With a 64GB card, the maximum is 72GB.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (5-7)

Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Galaxy Express and the Galaxy S2 Plus share the points (6-8)

Samsung Galaxy Express vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy Express also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a TV-out. In comparison, the Galaxy S2 Plus is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a stereo FM radio.
— The Galaxy Express wins (7-8)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus wins! (7-8)

The Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus wins this match-up. It beats the Samsung Galaxy Express, taking 3 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 5 and losing 2. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: No
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Comparable
The best processor: Comparable
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best extras: No

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