Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 review
All the right moves
Samsung has undoubtedly made all the right moves in updating its A Series of smartphones for 2017. The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is the mid-range model and incorporates almost all of the cool things that you have seen on flagship during the last year.
So, let’s get on with our UK Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 review:
Water resistance and durability
Straight off the bat we find IP68 certification for water resistance. This certification is of the highest level that we usually see on mobile phones and it means that the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 can be submerged into water, at a depth of 1.5 metres, for up to 30 minutes.
While Samsung doesn’t recommend taking such action, the certification removes all of the worries associated with your phone coming into contact with rain, sand, sweat and dust.
The back of the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is made from 3D Glass and this gives it a nice form, for comfort in the palm. The surface is highly resistant to wear and tear and its pleasing shape isn’t ruined by the camera module, which now sits flush with the surface of the phone.
The 5.2” Full HD Super AMOLED display has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. This sits into a body that weighs 159 grams and is 7.9mm thick. The colour models are listed below:
Phone Set Up
Security and privacy
The Samsung Galaxy A5 has a fingerprint sensor that is built into the physical home key, which sits beneath the display. A fingerprint can unlock the device but it can also be used to access the Secure Folder.
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The Secure Folder separates chosen files, photos, videos and apps from regular content. If desired, this means that someone else can use the phone, while not getting access to your personal stuff.
Always On Display
The Always On Display is another of those desirable features that was previously reserved for flagship phones. This is no more the case however and the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 makes good use of the feature.
The Always On Display can be configured to show a variety of content such as the time and date, notifications, multiple world clocks or your calendar. The Always On feature uses a tiny amount of power and because you don’t need to wake the phone up to check for this key information, you use less battery throughout the day.
Operating system and performance
This Samsung phone runs on Android 6.0.16 Marshmallow but an update is being prepared by Samsung, so that the software can be updated to Google’s Nougat OS.
Performance is top notch with an octa-core 1.9GHz processor with 3GB RAM. The internal memory of 32GB is quite generous and of this 23.1GB is free to the user. A microSD card slot can be used to boost the memory further and supports cards with a value of up to 256GB.
Camera & Video
Front and back equality
If you love taking selfies then the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 trumps almost all other smartphones, by having the same camera resolution on both front and back. That resolution, of 16MP, is also higher than you will find on the majority of other camera phones.
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The 16MP main camera has a fast and accurate auto focus and the position of the floating shutter button has been optimised to help photographers get a better grip of the phone, when snapping away.
The camera app offers nine different filters for tailoring the final look and there is a dedicated Food Mode as well. The camera can also record video at Full HD 1080p quality.
The 16MP selfie camera gets good low-light results by using the display as a flash.
High capacity / fast charging
The high capacity 3,000mAh battery has fast charging capabilities, through its USB Type-C connector. This latest USB format gives the connector a symmetrical shape, so you no longer need to figure out which way is up, when connecting the charger.
The battery stats are quite impressive and offer up to 16 hours of talk time, 19 hours of video playback or up to 18 hours of internet browsing.
The performance of the battery when playing music is slightly complicated by the Always On Display. When on, music can be played for up to 53 hours and when it is off, music can be played for up to 78 hours.
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Written by: Michael Brown