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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) - Elegance In Its Purest Form

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) - Elegance In Its Purest Form
Brilliant phones don’t have to cost a fortune, and that’s exactly what Samsung set out to prove with their latest Galaxy A5. Dating back to 2015, Samsung’s Galaxy A series is the company’s mid-range offering with three different models; A3 and A5. While all phones in the series enjoy success, A5 is a natural choice for anyone balancing price and phone size. Having a bigger screen makes everything easier, however we are aware that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. This year’s Galaxy A5 brings a slew of improvements, inching the series ever closer to flagships.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
 

On the outside one would easily mistake it for a Galaxy S7, a flagship device that costs significantly more. The metal and glass construction is nearly identical to S7, delicately balancing out all the design elements. There is a strong undertone of sturdiness without the added weight wearing out your wrist. An assortment of colours is available featuring Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, and Peach Cloud. The glass surface makes every colour look good, however one of our favourites was Black Sky. It makes the phone look stealthy and menacing. Thanks to extremely thin bezels, Samsung managed to keep modest dimensions of 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm. Unusual for Samsung, Galaxy A5 features USB Type C port instead of microUSB and the reliable 3.5mm headphone jack. One major addition this year is IP68 certification which makes the phone dust and water proof. This was a premium feature usually reserved for flagships, yet we see it emerge in the mid-range segment thanks to Galaxy A5.


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)


Dazzling your eyes with colourful pixels is a Super AMOLED screen pushing out 1080 x 1920 pixels over 5.2-inches.  The great thing about AMOLED screens is that they really bring all types of content to life. If you don’t like the way it looks on default settings, Samsung gives users a choice of four different modes or you can tweak RGB settings manually. Galaxy A5’s screen is extremely bright making it a pleasure to use outdoors and when you are getting ready for bed, switch on the blue light filter that makes falling asleep easier.
 

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)


Sandwiched between wonderful glass panels is Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 7880 eight core processor ticking over at 1.9 GHz. Qualcomm has dominated the mobile CPU market over the last couple of years, but Samsung managed to accomplish astonishing feats with their own hardware. Built on the latest 14nm production process, Exynos 7880 is faster and more efficient than its predecessor to a great degree. Apps and games don’t present any challenges, unless you’re trying to play something extremely demanding. Samsung’s user interface underwent a total transformation within the past two generations amounting to something you can actually use. The previous TouchWiz versions were notorious for bloatware and features no one actually cared to use, but this new version polished the important stuff and ditched the rest making life much easier. Having 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM also enhances the entire experience as you don’t have to worry about running out of space initially. If 32GB proves too little, you can always grab a microSD card up to 256GB.
 

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)


On the camera front, Galaxy A5 comes with two 16-megapixel sensors with a decent feature set. Images captured have good accuracy alongside ample detail. One valuable detail of the entire experience is the de-cluttered camera app that launches at a blistering pace. Advanced features such as optical image stabilization and 4k recording are missing, but that doesn’t detract from the overall experience as there are plenty of positives. Although the front camera features the same number of megapixels as the rear one, it isn’t nearly as refined. That won’t matter for the most part because selfies aren’t scrutinized the same way.

Samsung Galaxy A5 has many great things going for it. Flagship-like build with waterproofing, excellent battery life, USB Type C port, spectacularly bright screen, and much more for a price that isn’t unreasonable by any standard. While flagship devices will get you more processing power, the styling is nearly identical which will undoubtedly delight every tech fan out there.

 


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