Samsung Galaxy A7 review
Samsung Galaxy A7 or the Samsung Galaxy S6?
Our Samsung Galaxy A7 review discovers the features and functions of this smartphone and answers the question on whether to buy the Samsung Galaxy A7 or the Samsung Galaxy S6.
The Samsung Galaxy A7 has a premium full metal body and the crisp sharp edges lead us to the reverse side where the main characteristic is the camera lens that protrudes slightly out from the rear casing. This design trait allows for an extremely slim body of 6.3mm and a colour choice of Midnight Black, Pearl White or Champagne Gold ensures a look to match your personality.
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The 5.5” FHD sAMOLED display has a superb resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels which equates to 401ppi. The screen specification on the Galaxy A7 is greater than that of its smaller cousins the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 which are currently available in the UK and suit those who want a more compact smartphone with premium features.
At 141 grams this Samsung phone is pretty light and houses an octa-core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB RAM. This is coupled with a fixed memory of 16GB which is backed up by a microSD card slot for a 64GB memory card.
Phone Set Up
The Samsung Galaxy A7 runs on the Android KitKat operating system so your first port of call may be the Google Play app store from where you can download your favourite apps. If you are looking for more content at this point then I recommend visiting the Samsung App Store, Play Music, Play Newsstand and Play Books.
There is also a new interface to set up with changeable themes, new ring-tones, startup, touch and notifications sounds and these are exclusive to this phone giving it a little touch of unique.
The Samsung Galaxy A7 has internet access granted over 4G or Wi-Fi and this connection is used by S-Voice which uses natural language commands and dictation to mimic the actions of a digital assistant.
The Samsung Galaxy A7 has no S Pen support so this smartphone is a great alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for those who aren’t a fan of this gimmick but do want an extra large screen.
Two further useful connectivity options include GPS for location based services and navigation and ANT+. ANT+ is the latest compatibility protocol for connecting to health-based monitors/devices for analysis such as heart rate straps and cycling sensors.
The Samsung Galaxy A7 is a tough phone as well and features Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which has been designed and tested for drop protection onto hard jagged surfaces such as those found in the real world.
Camera & Video
The 13MP camera is one of the stand out features of the Samsung Galaxy A7 and this is paired with a 5MP selfie camera, both of which can record video at a quality of 1080p.
In fact most of the Galaxy A7’s photographic talents revolve around the selfie camera whose shutter can be activated using your voice or a visual palm gesture. Group selfies are taken care of with the Wide Selfie function that creates a panorama like result by stitching together three photos taken from the left, right and middle.
Under standard conditions selfies can be taken in a portrait orientation with a 110° field of view or with a 120° field of view in landscape. If you really want to wow you friends then you should check out the highly entertaining Animated Selfie feature. With this you can create an animated GIF to share by continuously shooting up to 20 still photos, resulting in a little mini movie.
The 2,600mAh battery performs really well under tests and should offer up to 13 hours of Wi-Fi usage, 54 hours of music playback or 11 hours of video playback. If you need maximum longevity then you can turn on Ultra Power Saving mode which shuts down unnecessary functions, changes the colour of the screen to greyscale and turns off mobile data when the screen is off. However the feature I love most is the estimated maximum standby time readout which is a really useful tool to have.
Samsung Galaxy A7 verdict: If we return back to our original question on whether to buy the Samsung Galaxy A7 or the Samsung Galaxy S6 then we should consider that the Samsung Galaxy S6 has a smaller 5.1” screen but a much higher resolution of 577ppi. It also boasts a better 16MP camera and more processing power with its 3GB RAM. So, for me this is a no-brainer, opt for the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Written by: Michael Brown