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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) - Absolute Perfection

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) - Absolute Perfection
Samsung's flagship S series became the symbol of exquisite design, incredible power, and cutting edge features. Attention to detail and lots of long hours yielded a product so close to perfection, journalists around the world were banging their heads to find a single flaw. Seeing the resulting success, Samsung’s team decided to use the same principles on the new Galaxy A series balancing out lower spec components, but with the same passion and attention to detail. The result? A midrange smartphone that can hardly be outclassed even by higher-end devices! Let’s take a closer look!

Galaxy A5 (2016)


We might be slightly biased when it comes to design as we are huge fans of premium materials such as metal and glass, but nothing else really comes close in terms of refinement. Polycarbonate phones don’t look bad nor are they fragile in any way, yet somehow they just don’t feel like the peak of smartphone development. Everyone that has come in contact with an aluminium phone knows you get a different sensation. Most of the time there is a recognizable weight to it, one that won’t strain your wrist but lets you know that you are holding a well-crafted product. Not to mention structural rigidity and the fact that aluminium phones never produce strange flexing sounds or have substantial panel gaps. Galaxy A5 (2016) has all the qualities of a meticulously crafted aluminium phone and comes really close to Samsung’s Galaxy S6 that costs considerably more.

Galaxy A5 (2016)


Having a great viewing experience is one of the most important aspects on any smartphone. No matter how powerful, useful, or good looking other components are, screen is the interface through which we interact with our device and if it’s not up to the standard, the whole experience is ruined. Making sure that doesn’t happen here is a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen churning out a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels for a total density of 424ppi. The screen itself puts on a remarkable performance using bright and vivid colours, inky deep blacks, and amazing levels of contrast. Samsung’s AMOLED screens feel like an explosion of colour right in front of your face and we simply love that!

Galaxy A5 (2016)


The muscle behind this handsome device is Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 7580 CPU with 8 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz. Backing it up is Mali-T720MP2 GPU alongside 2GB of RAM. Samsung has changed its interface quite a bit over the past couple of years. Back in the day, TouchWiz used to be sluggish and full of bloatware and no matter what your specs were, it would occasionally freeze during multitasking or returning to homescreen. Thankfully their software engineers decided to ditch much of the bloatware keeping only what’s necessary. The effects are ground-breaking, giving hardware the needed breathing room to really showcase what it’s capable of. There is only one choice for internal memory coming in at 16GB, but it can be expanded via a microSD card.
 

Galaxy A5 (2016)


Traveling to interesting places around the country, most of us like to capture a photo or two. In charge of Galaxy A5’s (2016) photography is a 13-megapixel main camera accompanied by a 5-megapixel selfie cam. Images taken with the main camera contain plenty of detail, accurate colour, and ample contrast thanks to the inclusion of HDR. Camera interface is extremely simple to use and includes modes such as Pro, Panorama, Continuous Shot, HDR and Night, and many more downloadable ones.
Samsung succeeded once again in creating a device that is desirable on so many different levels. Galaxy A5 (2016) is miles better than last year’s model and pretty close to Samsung’s current flagship. It can’t compete with flagships in terms of specs, however design-wise it gives any flagship on the market a run for its money.

 


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