Samsung Galaxy A5
Optimised for social networking
The Samsung Galaxy A5 is a smartphone that has been specifically tailored for young and trend conscious consumers with social networking optimised to its best. If this describes you then you can find out more in our Samsung Galaxy A5 review.
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The Samsung Galaxy A5 is touted as having a trendy design but I think it is more fitting to say that the design is offered in a range of colours that will appeal to young users both in and out of a professional setting.
The colour options include Pearl White, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Midnight Black, Champagne Gold and Light Blue and these add flavour to the crafted full metal body, which incidentally is Samsung’s slimmest to date at 6.7mm.
A 5” Super AMOLED display with Adaptive Display technology for clearer images, deeper contrast and wider viewing angles even under bright sunlight has been used and this has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels at 294 pixels per inch.
Inside we find a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and a memory of 16GB that can be boosted with a 64GB MicroSD card. All of this impressively fits into a smartphone that weighs in at only 123 grams which makes it one of the lightest full-feature smartphones on the market today.
Phone Set Up
The Samsung Galaxy A5 phone set up is extremely easy and the younger tech-savvy users will undoubtedly already be familiar with the Android KitKat v4.4 operating system.
Google’s Android OS comes complete with Chrome, Gmail and YouTube as well as many other apps that give you the essentials prior to exploring the Google Play app store for your personalised favourites.
Setting up a theme is the next task on the Galaxy A5 and these include a selection of personalities labeled as Natural, Classic, Romantic and Casual. After this you may want to connect other devices to the Galaxy A5 and the dedicated Quick Connect feature takes care of this for you.
When you begin to explore the Samsung Galaxy A5 you soon realise that the typical set of features such as GPS Drive with Maps and Play Movie & TV are complimented by a set of other lesser known yet useful features.
The first of these is Private Mode and when you turn this on you can move any photo, video, document or voice file into a private folder. Whilst Private Mode remains on you can see this folder and its files but when you turn Private Mode off these vanish from site.
Next there is the Multiscreen app that can be used to connect the Samsung Galaxy A5 to a SmartTV with a public view of the app on the TV and a private view for controlling the action on the phone itself.
Finally we get to enjoy adjustable audio that intelligently adapts and enhances the sound output based upon the user’s surroundings providing even more evidence that this smartphone has been created for the young and the enjoyment of a range multi media.
Camera & Video
The Samsung Galaxy A5 cleverly combines a powerful 13MP main camera with a 5MP forward-facing camera to satisfy the needs of both high resolution photography and social based photography such as capturing that all important selfie.
Several intuitive features are ready to aid you and these include Wide Selfie which works like Panorama Mode, Palm Selfie, Animated GIF, Beauty Face and Rear-cam Selfie. Aside of these the Galaxy A5 ensures top-notch results by automatically detecting and focusing on a subject’s face.
The camera set up is geared towards making it easy to share photos and videos (1080p at 30fps) quickly onto popular social media channels. Overall I have to agree that Samsung have created possibly the ultimate camera smartphone for selfies and social sharing.
It was a pleasant surprise to find a 2,330mAh battery inside the Samsung Galaxy A5 and of course this high-capacity battery will be needed for a market segment that is rarely not using their smartphone!
Whilst a full days usage should be attainable under typical mixed usage scenarios, Samsung have installed their Ultra Power Saving Mode software for those who may be found short and without access to a power supply. Ultra Power Saving Mode turns off unused features and apps and preserves the remaining power to increase the predicted standby time.
Written by: Michael Brown