Samsung Rex 60 Review: Dual Sim phone, not price worthyby Ravi Sinha, on 27 Feb. 2013
As part of the new ultra-budget range series of smartphones, the Samsung Rex 60 represents the absolute bottom of the barrel. It competes directly with the Nokia Asha 206 (or simply, the Nokia 206). While presenting an old school design, with its curved corners, silver edged linings and physical buttons, it tries to cram every possible function of Android on to its small screen. The benefit of having the OS on such a compact and low-priced device is appealing, but day to day functionality isn’t what it could be. Build quality is decent, as to be expected from Samsung, with a pretty thick though feathery profile. The phone is easy to grip, unless you have humongous hands, and the plastic finish still holds up even after all these years. The glossy back panel does attract its fair of scratches though.
The Samsung Rex 60 configuration is as big a mystery as the entire line’s configuration. But suffice to say, it’s not meant for power despite miraculously running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Internal storage is only 30 MB which facilitates the use of a microSD card (for up to 16 GB more space). Performance, given the lighter interface, is decent though you won’t find the same speed as the higher models. Let’s not even talk about the 2.8 inch touchscreen which features 320x420 resolution. The benefit of the Nokia Asha 206 is that it facilitates messaging and provides a decent display for viewing applications. For that reason, recommending the Rex 60 for messaging is touch given its limited screen real estate. Viewing angles, brightness and colour quality are all secondary factors in this scenario. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and dual SIM functionality (though one SIM is used to for data downloads, while the other is used for calling). The 1.3 megapixel camera is quite awful, with no LED flash and a fixed focus. This is more or less the case with all the Rex devices, and in this range, the luxury of decent optics is rather limited. Battery life relies on a 1000 mAh battery, which provides a good 9-10 hours of life thanks to the limited performance. As for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and TouchWiz Lite, it retains the majority of its functions – including Google apps and Voice Search. Though it navigates the interface just fine, multi-tasking and heavy performance games should generally be avoided.
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Decent design and build quality
- Strong battery life
- Bulky; glossy back panel attracts scratches
- Display is third-rate; not really suited for messaging compared to Asha 206
- Rear camera is terrible
- Limited performance
Comparing the Samsung Rex 60 to better budget Android devices like the Micromax A27 Ninja, which runs Gingerbread, exposes its faults fairly quickly. However, it provides a better modicum of apps and functionality than the Nokia Asha 206. Its future-compliance is very questionable though, and it’s highly likely that the next crop of budget handhelds from Micromax will supersede it.