Last year, Samsung introduced the Samung Galaxy Alpha, the first high-end smartphone of their range with a part metal physique. The smartphone was a great, yet flawed step ahead for the corporate, failing to live up to its premium price tag from a hardware and battery life standpoint. Although the design was among the best to come from the Korean giant to date, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was simply a greater option for the worth.
Set into the metallic band are two detachable trays whose design is so similar to the Apple iPhone that at a look you may mistake the Samsung Galaxy A5 for a bigger version of the Apple iPhone 5.
The bottom edge is home to the micro USB charge and sync port as well as a headphone jack. On the left side is a volume rocker, and reverse on the right is a power button – the same setup as the Apple iPhone 6. On top is simply a tiny hole for the microphone.
We like the shimmery metallic effect of the rear cover, however it is not detachable and neither is the battery. We did not appreciate the 3 black dots on the top of the screen which were simply visible on our white test phone, although that is simply solved by buying the black model.
The display Samsung has used for the Samsung Galaxy A5 is a 5.0-inch, 1280 x 720 pixels Super AMOLED, which equates to around 294 pixels/inch. Although the resolution is similar as the show used on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the Samsung Galaxy A5 gets a small size bump from 4.7 to 5 inches, which makes the screen 13% bigger in whole.
Quality-wise, the Samsung Galaxy A5’s display has been produced utilizing the identical generation of AMOLED technology as the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4. These are a few of the greatest AMOLED displays I have ever seen, with colour accuracy, gamma, white balance and saturation all improved over previous panels such as the one seen on the Samsung Galaxy S5.
The camera on the A5 is a fairly top quality affair, and together with the metallic chassis might be the key selling point on the mid-range phone from Samsung.
At 13 MP it is actually powerful sufficient for most, however again the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is offering a 20.7 MP effort in the identical sort of frame – complete with more camera modes as nicely.
That stated, the Samsung Galaxy A5 does have wide selfie mode, which will appease a few of those looking to get a phone that is better for the group shots they want to be in as well.
Coming to the software, it runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz user interface on top. It has a drop-down notification bar that has fast toggles which are customizable, S Finder, Fast Join and Brightness adjustment slider.
Coming to the battery life, the 2300mAh battery lasts for the entire day with common use. With heavy such as 4G LTE with each the SIM cards on use and gaming, the smartphone will final for less than a day on a single charge. The ultra power saving mode and power saving mode allows you to extend the battery life to entire day. The built-in battery is a restriction as a result of unibody metallic build, which is a sacrifice you need to make due to its design.
- OS: Android 5.0
- Body: 139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm
- Weight: 123 g
- Display: 720 x 1280 pixels, 5.0 inch
- Memory: 16 GB internal, 64 expandable, 2 GB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
- Camera: 13 MP, 5 MP secondary
- Battery: 2,300 mAh
The Samsung Galaxy A5 is definitely one of the best mid-range smartphones mainly for its strong build quality and the beautiful Super AMOLED display screen. Wonder why firm took so long to introduce a smartphone with all metallic build. At a price tag is slightly costly compared to some of its competitors that offer a full HD display and some of those who provide smartphones with a faster processor at much much less or a similar price tag. However you do not find another smartphone with the premium build quality at this price to compete with the Samsung Galaxy A5. The Samsung Galaxy A7 that was introduced recently has a big, high-resolution display and a faster Snapdragon 615 SoC, which might be even better. To summarize, here are the pros and cons of the smartphone.