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Samsung Galaxy Amp, a Jelly Bean-flavored budget phone

Size is relative

Fit 'n' finish

Side storage

Not a shoddy shooter

Lay of the land

New to Aio Wireless, the prepaid Samsung Galaxy Amp dishes up Android Jelly Bean on an entry-level handset.

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A 4-inch screen was considered generously sized not too long ago. By today's standards, the Galaxy Amp is compact, even bordering on small.

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The Amp may retail for $130, but Samsung has added some heft and a hint of texture to the back cover, which helps keep it from feeling too flimsy and cheap.

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You'll need this microSD card slot sooner than you may think. It doesn't take much time to chew through the Amp's roughly 1GB of user-available storage.

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The 5-megapixel camera doesn't have continuous autofocus, but it did do an OK job with many indoor and outdoor shots. There still were a few out-of-focus examples, and a studio shot that turned out strangely blue.

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The Micro-USB charging port lives at the bottom of the phone.

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