Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 review
Full Front Display & 16MP selfie
Our Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 review unveils a smartphone that is rich in features and yet surprisingly affordable. Priced at from £16.99 per month on a 24 month contract, if you buy this Samsung phone you will enjoy a Full Front Display and high-end 16MP selfies.
Full Front Display
If you don’t have an almost bezel-free display then your phone is going to look out of date. Fortunately, the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 has a 5.6” Full Front Display that uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED display technology.
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You can switch between several viewing modes that have been carefully configured for the media you want to enjoy. Two examples include AMOLED cinema and AMOLED photo.
The display has a 18.5:9 screen aspect ratio, which is thinner but longer than traditional displays. The benefits of this is that the phone is easier to hold and with HD+ (1480 x 720 pixels) resolution, you can see further down webpages without needing to scroll.
Metal design and processor
The Samsung Galaxy A6 has a metal design with smooth curves. Without a physical home key, there is very little phone body below the display. This Samsung phone is available in Black, Lavender and Gold. It is fairly light at 162g and slim at 7.7mm thick.
The experience is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. This is a really healthy amount of RAM, so the experience is lag free and very responsive.
Phone Set Up
Face or fingerprint recognition
For convenience, Face Recognition is a real gem. It isn’t however as secure as a fingerprint, so you can use the fingerprint sensor, which sits just under the camera lens on the back, if security is of great concern. You can use the fingerprint reader to access the Secure Folder or for dragging down the notifications window.
You can use the Smart Switch feature to move content over from an old smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 has a healthy 32GB internal memory and there is an up to 256GB microSD slot, should you need more memory in the future.
When you create a Samsung account during your set up, you will be given Samsung Cloud (online) storage of 15GB. This can be used to backup your content and make it accessible from your other devices.
Android and Galaxy apps
The Samsung Galaxy A6 runs on Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. The result is that you end up with a good mix of Android and Galaxy Apps. The most notable features include:
- Dual Messenger - It is simple to start a second instance of Messenger and you can do this through the home screen or from within the settings menu
- Samsung Health - Track your nutrition, sleep patterns and activity levels
- Multi Window - Use two apps in a split screen or pop-up view
- Samsung Notes - Take notes and add attachments such as photos
- Game Launcher - Access games from one place, change the performance (normal, power save or high), open games with or without sound and block notifications
- Dolby Atmos Surround Sound - Enjoy sound swirling around you
The Bixby assistant is pre-loaded on the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018. You can see everything that is important to you by dragging in the Bixby Home page from the left.
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Using Bixby Reminders is simple enough but there is a little more to the Bixby Vision feature. Here you can use the camera to find a recipe of the dish you are eating or find cooking videos.
You can use Bixby and the camera as a food tracker, automatically sending the details of what you are eating to Samsung Health. Bixby Vision can also translate text, read QR codes, get information on wines or give you details on what is nearby.
Camera & Video
The Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 has a 16MP main camera with a wide aperture for low light photos. It also has a 16MP selfie camera with a special three level flash that adapts to avoid glare and a pixelated image.
There are plenty of camera features and the best of these include:
- Selfie Focus for blurring backgrounds
- Selfie Mode for adjusting your skin tone, enlarging eyes or slimming your face
- Night Mode
- Sports Mode
- Sound & Shot
- AR Sticker
- Wide Selfie Mode
- Videos and photos organised by theme
- Full HD video recording
The Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) has a high capacity battery that performs really well. You should expect to get up to 13 hours of internet use or up to 16 hours of video playback, 20 hours of talk time or up to 70 hours of audio playback.
Written by: Michael Brown