Samsung Galaxy Amp

The Good The entry-level Samsung Galaxy Amp runs Android 4.1, gives strong call quality, and has a solid 5-megapixel camera.

The Bad There's no LTE on the Galaxy Amp, internal memory is abysmal, and the phone is only available in a handful of cities.

The Bottom Line If you're within newbie Aio Wireless' tiny network and looking for an affordable Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy Amp is a good buy.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0
6.7 Overall

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Review

Jelly Bean sweetens this starter Android phone

A brand-new phone for AT&T's brand-new Aio Wireless prepaid arm, the Samsung Galaxy Amp does a fairly good job balancing entry-level Android features with cost.

Ringing in at $129.99 off-contract -- or $99.99 during an online promotion -- the Amp has a few notable points in its favor, like its strong call quality (it is a phone, after all), Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and a smooth, compact frame. However, exceptionally cramped storage space forces a microSD card investment on you, it has more-limited software than Samsung's top phones, and the phone lacks 4G LTE support. It also doesn't help that Aio's footprint encompasses only a handful of cities as the carrier starts out.

First-time smartphone seekers, read on to consider the Amp, but you may also want to peek at T-Mobile's $120 Nokia Lumia 521 (which has comparable specs, including the lack of LTE) if you're also open to getting a Windows Phone device.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Samsung
  • Service Provider Aio Wireless
  • Diagonal Size 4 in
  • Weight 4.41 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features Speech-to-Text (speech recognition), Text-to-Speech (text recognition), intelligent typing (SWYPE), multitasking
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