One thing I admire most about Samsung is its commitment to providing affordable smartphones for consumers of all stripes. Whether wealthy, middle-class, or poor, all persons can afford a Samsung smartphone. This side of Samsung does not fare well according to some iPhone customers, but it is one of the factors that propelled Samsung into its “formidable Apple foe” reputation in the smartphone market. Like it or not, Samsung’s plastic (however “cheap” Apple fanboys deem it to be) is a product that many cannot wait to grasp in their hands. It is not glass, but it is just as premium.
Riding on its successes with the 30-million-plus Galaxy S3 sales from the last five months and the even larger-projected success of the Galaxy Note II, Samsung is back at it again with the Galaxy Axiom. The Axiom comes with the following features:
- 4.0-inch screen display
- 480 x 800 screen resolution
- Operating system: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip)
- 5-megapixel camera (rear-facing camera)
- 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- 4GB internal memory storage (micro SD card provides an additional 32GB of storage)
- Near Field communication (NFC) capability included
- 4G LTE
- $80 (contract price); $400 contract-free
The Galaxy Axiom departs, like the Galaxy mini, departs from the rather large screen sizes such as 4.8 inches (GS3) to a 4.0-inch screen that imitates the design size of the iPhone 5. It has a 480 x 800 screen resolution, so the screen is not as large as that of the Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note I and II – neither does it pack in the same amount of pixels (short form for “picture units” or “picture elements”) as its taller and bigger Galaxy brothers. The operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, somewhat behind in the Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean updates. Unfortunately, many Galaxy S3 owners still have Ice Cream Sandwich and are awaiting the arrival of the Jelly Bean 4.1 and 4.2 updates.
Near Field Communication (NFC) and 4GLTE (not to mention the megapixel cameras) are rather standard features in the industry, even if Apple’s iPhone 5 lacks NFC. One feature that makes the Galaxy Axiom so unique is its 4GB of internal memory storage. It has become increasingly noticeable that smartphones are falling in the amount of internal memory storage they offer. The newest LG Nexus 4 for example, has only 8GB and 16GB versions of the Google-LG wonder (with no micro-SD card slot). The Galaxy S3 Mini comes in both 8GB and 16GB versions in addition to a micro-SD card slot. In this regard, the memory in the Galaxy Axiom is rather small. For those who want a value purchase, however, the Galaxy Axiom is what you want. If 4GB is not enough memory for you (it never is), there is a micro-SD card slot that can provide up to an additional 32GB of memory. In contrast to the LG Nexus 4 (16GB maximum), the unlocked Axiom provides a total of 36GB of internal memory storage (4GB + additional 32GB) for the same price as that of the unlocked, 16GB LG Nexus 4 ($399-$400). It is much more affordable than the unlocked iPhone 5 16GB ($649) and 32GB ($749) versions. For many individuals, 36GB of combined memory should be enough storage for a smartphone. The Axiom, thus, is an excellent investment to make for its memory storage and price attached.
If you are a US Cellular customer who wants the Axiom, you will have to sign up for a new 2-year agreement to acquire the Axiom for just $80. The SIM-free version of the Galaxy Axiom will cost $400, and the phone will be unlocked for you to use on any carrier. Samsung’s Galaxy collection has risen to the occasion once more.
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