The Samsung Rex 70 is a simple feature phone from a manufacturer known for its cutting edge smartphones. This pocketable feature phone is small in size, lightweight, and is pleasing to look at. Samsung’s move is seen as trying to stall the progress of Nokia phones in the low-range phones segment. The Asha range of phones will have an impact based on the performance of Nokia phones.
The diminutive appearance of the phone should not be mistaken for the lack of worth. This phone has a purpose. Targeted at entry-level feature phone buyers, the Rex 70 does have a smartphone-type appearance. The design is simplistic. Curved edges. Rounded corners. and fitting into your palms easily.
The Samsung Rex 70 is a touchscreen, dual SIM phone. It is an attractive proposition considering that it is an affordable feature phone that provides a touchscreen experience. That apart, you can access Samsungs App Store through this phone. The phone also offers plenty of freebies for users. There are interesting games installed for the taking.
The user interface is simple, intuitive, and user friendly. The Touchwiz UI overlay makes for an excellent user experience. When you are navigating between screens, you might get addicted to the effortlessness of this exercise. The way menu choices are organized is also an indicator of how much thought has gone into the user interface design. You choose from a 4 X 4 list. This arrangement allows you to access your favorite applications with only a click. Be it social networking applications or any office utility, a tap will get you there.
The design of the Samsung Rex 70 is something of a revelation. The curved edges are aesthetic and in some angles look aerodynamic! The compact frame makes for effortless pocketability. You can operate the phone in one hand. The metal frame of the phone is brushed and looks glossy. The back cover of the phone provides a modernistic look and feel to the phone.
The dual SIM support is an attractive proposition on the phone. You can segregate your personal and official calls by SIM card. This aspect allows you the convenience of two phones in one phone. The Dual SIM Always On feature allows you to receive calls on either SIM when in conversation. Such a facility presents an excellent possibility to carry an able electronic companion when on travel. And if you are looking for an inexpensive business trip gadget, the Samsung Rex 70 fits the bill.
There is a host of personal productivity applications on the device. Calendar, Calculator, Alarm, Clock, Document Viewer, and Phonebook are some of them.
The Opera Mini is the default browser providing superior browsing support. The web-browsing is fast. You can engage in effortless communication with your social media contacts because of the agile web browsing experience. The cross-platform chat messenger facility – ChatOn is another useful feature. You can aggregate your chat contacts across multiple messenger and social media. You have all of them in one unified place.
The Rex 70 has a bunch of connectivity options that is good considering its price. The device comes with integrated GPRS and EDGE capability. There is Bluetooth v3.0 to enable you to share data across ad hoc networks wirelessly. WiFi allows you to logon to the Internet in WiFi hotspots or if there is a wireless router. You can transfer data to and from your phone using the microUSB v2.0 port.
What’s not so great?
The design of the phone is good. But there isn’t much screen size to help you get a smartphone experience on a feature phone. You must contend with the smallish screen. As to why the 3” TFT Capacitive Screen is a touchscreen is a question. There is not much real estate for you to move your fingers around.
This phone is definitely not for viewing multimedia in its true manifestation. You need to go for an entry level smartphone at least for that. At 240 X 320 pixels resolution, don’t expect much from this screen. You can only have a basic viewing experience. Don’t look for super-saturated colors, deep blacks, high contrast ratios and so on.
It is interesting to note that you can access the Samsung App Store on this device. But there is only 10 MB of internal memory. Understandable, considering that it is a small phone. The saving grace is the 32 GB expansion slot.
The Samsung Rex 70 does have a camera. But the 2 MP camera is only a mole on the device. After a point of time, you may have forgotten that a camera does exist on the Samsung Rex 70. Aggravating the situation is the provision to record videos. One may wonder the quality of videos you can capture with only 2 MP resolutions.
It would have been nice if the Samsung Rex 70 supported 3G network data connectivity. But there is 2G network technology support as a saving grace. In an era where network data speeds are becoming better, 2G is slightly at a disadvantage.
Vs. Samsung Galaxy Fame
The Fame has NFC support. This is the only advantage that this phone has over the Rex 70. The Rex 70 has dual SIM support, and is a smaller, compact phone. If you are looking for good Internet connectivity, then the Rex 70 may not be the ideal phone to have. It has slow data speeds.
Vs. Nokia Asha 305
The Rex 70 is a smaller and compact phone. But unlike the Nokia Asha 305, the Rex 70 does not have an email client. But the 305 has its set of shortcomings. There is no WiFi on the device. The 305 has a resistive touchscreen. This means the touchscreen experience won’t be a feather-touch experience. The 305 also lacks a proximity sensor that automatically turns off the display when not in use. Overall, the 305 is a much better phone considering that it has plenty of features and good network connectivity minus the lack of support for WiFi.
The Rex 70 is a touchscreen phone. It is an affordable phone for users to get a touchscreen experience. Being an Android phone, you can lay access to plenty of apps on Android Market. The TouchWiz UI overlay provides some level of enhancements in the user experience. The design of this device is good. Being a dual SIM phone is an attractive proposition. On the downsides is that it is smallish phone. The screen size and resolution are small. Internal storage is low. The bottomline is that the Rex 70 is suitable if you are looking for a small and compact feature phone that gives you a touchscreen experience.
Price and availability
The Samsung Rex 70 is priced at Rs. 3671. The phone is available at online stores such as indiatimes.shopping and tradus.