With it's glossy design and intelligent features - Samsung have cracked the mid-range market with the 2017 version of the Galaxy A5. Take a look at what I thought after reviewing the phone for a week.
Set-up and Design
To the naked eye the glossy Galaxy A5 looks veeeery similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7; this is absolutely a positive in my opinion since the S7 and S7 Edge were two of the sleekest phones on the market last year. The A5 has a 5.2” display with a gorgeous full HD AMOLED screen. Having an AMOLED screen means colours appear bright and vibrant which makes watching movies or scrolling through Instagram a real pleasure. Personally I don’t think I can go back to a LCD screen now having seen how vivid AMOLEDs are in comparison. The A5 comes with 32GB of internal storage with the option to expand that up to 256GB with a microSD card. This will be great if you want to store a lot of photos (the A5 has very impressive camera specs) or download music and movies. You’ll find a fast and accurate fingerprint sensor on the front of the device and thankfully the headphone jack is situated at the bottom of the phone.
A key feature of this water and dust-resistance. Samsung says the 2017 A5 has basic protection against water and dust and you could submerge the phone to a maximum of 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes and it would still be okay. I haven’t tested this feature but it gave me peace of mind when I took the A5 to the beach for the day.
Samsung have launched the A5 with the Android 6.0 operating system but Android 7.0 should be coming soon and I don’t think it’ll be a long wait for those of you looking forward to Nougat.
The 2017 A5 has some seriously impressive specs, with a 16MP front and rear camera. I’m really pleased that quite a few manufacturers are equipping their mid-range phones with such decent cameras these days because it means you can capture great shots without having the most expensive device on the market.
The A5’s camera doesn’t have an optical image stabiliser (OIS) but you can still take clear photos with lovely depth of field. The selfie cam aka front camera also takes extremely detailed shots – with so much focus on your face, you can decide whether this is a good or bad thing
The Samsung Galaxy A5 has a powerful 3000 mAh battery and it will get you through a full day of moderate to heavy use.
- Sleek design
- AMOLED screen
- Older-looking software
All the great qualities of a Samsung handset that you’d expect plus a few extra treats with the camera, screen and lovely design. If you’re after a mid-range star, this could very well be the phone for you.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the above review are my own and do not represent those of Optus or its staff.
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