Samsung Galaxy A3
Social networking on a budget
The Samsung Galaxy A3 is a smartphone that has been created for social networking and selfie photography. Aimed at young and trend conscious consumers on a budget, this smartphone offers plenty of appeal and you can find out more in our Samsung Galaxy A3 review.
If you have a slightly larger budget available then you may like to check out our Samsung Galaxy A5 review where we discover a smartphone that has similar traits but with a beefed up spec.
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A premium crafted full metal body has been used on the Samsung Galaxy A3 and this is offered in a choice of colours that include Pearl White, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Midnight Black, Champagne Gold and Light Blue.
The slimline form, which is only 6.9mm thick, holds a 4.5” Super AMOLED display that boasts Adaptive Display technology for clearer images with deep contrast and wider viewing angles. In fact the screen that has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels (245ppi) and can even be seen under bright sunlight.
The Galaxy A3 weighs in at only 110 grams and this is extremely light for a modern smartphone. Inside we find a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM and an internal memory of 16GB that can be bolstered with MicroSD cards of up to 64GB.
Phone Set Up
The Samsung Galaxy A3 is easy to set up and you can begin by choosing a theme from several built-in. These include Natural, Romantic, Classic and Casual.
After this it is possible to connect the smartphone to other devices that you own and this is simple, even for those who aren’t tech-savvy, if you use the Quick Connect option from the menu.
The Android v4.4 KitKat operating system powers the Galaxy A5 so you will find the most popular apps such as YouTube, Gmail and the Chrome web browser pre-installed. To set up more apps you only need to visit the Google Play app store.
We found the Galaxy A3 great for enjoying music on and the adjustable audio that intelligently adapts and enhances the sound output based upon the surroundings offers peak performance with great bass and treble.
Private Mode is also included and this handy little feature allows you to move almost any type of file into a private folder. When Private Mode is off those files and the folder disappear and Private Mode can only be turned back on by using a security code of your choice.
GPS Drive and Maps will take care of your navigation needs be they either by car or on foot whilst entertainment comes in the form of Play Movie & TV. If you are the proud owner of a Samsung SmartTV then you will also be able to control and share content on the larger screen.
Camera & Video
The camera on the Galaxy A3 has been scaled down compared to that on the Galaxy A5 but at 8 megapixels you would hardly know! A LED flash takes care of low light scenarios and video can be record at a resolution of 1080p at 30fps.
On the front face of the Samsung Galaxy A3 we find a 5 megapixels camera for those all important selfies and it automatically detects and focuses on a subjects face. Once you have captured an image or video you can quickly share it on your social media accounts.
A pretty neat set of camera features are to be found on the Galaxy A3 and these include Wide Selfie. This option works much like shooting in panorama mode where you can pan from left to right or up and down allowing you to capture a group of people or wider background scenes using the forward facing camera.
We also discovered Palm Selfie, Animated GIF, Beauty Face and a Rear-cam Selfie tool for when only high-resolution will do.
On the battery life side of things costs have been kept down with the inclusion of a 1,990mAh battery but with a small 4.5-inch screen this may be forgivable.
Samsung has included the Ultra Power Saving Mode software though so if you know you will be away from a power source for a good length of time then you will be able to shutdown unnecessary features and apps that normally run in the background.
Written by: Michael Brown