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Samsung have often been criticised for their plastic build phones, even on flagship devices, which is why the company are making a determined effort to release more metal build mobiles. The result of this is a slew of new metal devices, and the Galaxy A3 is the junior member of the line up. Great design, solid specs and an affordable price tag, this is a great budget option for phone shoppers.
Why should you want one? That metal build means premium looks and build quality, but there’s also a fair amount of power on board, not to mention some solid mid level specs. If you’re budget phone shopping then you might find your choices rather limited, but the new Galaxy A3 just blows everything else out of the water.
Let’s talk build quality. Metal built phones feel more solid, weigh less, are sturdier and just look better, and that’s exactly what you’re getting with the Galaxy A3. Other than that, the A3 will be familiar to anyone that’s handled a Galaxy in the last few years. It’s got the same slim, sharp lines with rounded corners, a svelte profile, and a slightly curved back plate that fits easily into the hand.
Inside that metal unibody you’re looking at a satisfactory set of specs for your money. In fact, performance specs really verge on mid level rather than budget level, meaning you might be getting more than you bargained for. You’ll be getting decent performance, some nice features, and a solid camera, all for budget phone cost.
Of course, the true selling point of the A3 is that metal build, but in the end, it’s performance that matters. And if you’re in the market for a good, budget smart phone then you’re not going to do better than the A3. The fact that it’s good looking is just the icing on the cake.
The Samsung Galaxy A3 is running a quad core processor, which is pretty high class for a budget phone (we’d expect dual core). You’re getting 1.2 GHz of power, along with 1.5 GB of RAM. Okay, that’s not high powered, but for the average user the speeds of the A3 will be just fine, and it’s actually a lot more responsive than we’d expect from those RAM specs.
Like nearly every Samsung phone the A3 is an Android. Out of the box it’s running Android 4.4 KitKat, so not the newest Android version. To be fair though, there are plenty of top end Samsungs (including the flagship Galaxy S5) that haven’t received the Android 5.0 Lollipop update yet. Android in general is going to mean lots of customisation options, intuitive interface, and a whole ton of app choices, which is always a good thing.
We’ll be honest and say that performance on the A3 doesn’t wow, but it is more than capable of doing what most of us need to do on a day to day basis. And the benefit of this is that you’re not paying extra cash for power that you’re not going to be using.
The Galaxy A3’s display is definitely one of its better features. You’re looking at a full 4.5 inch screen, so there’s plenty of room for typing and watching videos, but the phone is still easy to use one handed. Compared to the behemoth Galaxy S5, the A3 is a lot more portable and just easier to deal with in general.
Screen resolution is a bit of a sticking point, this isn’t an HD display, coming in at 540 x 960 pixels giving the A3 about 245 PPI. However, that’s slightly made up for by the fact that the A3 does have a Super AMOLED screen, so colour resolution is excellent. You might see a small lack of clarity in HD video, but for general use the display on the A3 is actually very good indeed.
Numbers are great, but user experience is, of course, more important. And honestly, the display on the A3 is very good, and certainly better than most other mobiles in its price class.
Samsung cameras are generally fairly good, and the A3 is no exception to this rule. There are the expected two cameras on board (though some budget phones do still skimp on the front facing cam). The front camera is an absolutely massive 5 MP, which means some excellent quality selfies for you. This is one of the highest resolution front cams around.
The rear cam is a more run of the mill 8 MP device, but it does have LED flash, face detection, panorama mode and both auto focus and touch focus. We found the camera interface to be pretty intuitive, and the LED flash made for some nice night shots as well, something that not all camera phones are great at.
Bottom line: you’re going to be taking some great pics, particularly with the front facing camera. Not only that, but the camera interface is intuitive enough that you can really just snap and go.
As you’d expect, there are a fair few special features on the Galaxy A3, but there are two that we were particular fans of. The first is the addition of NFC. The main advantage of NFC is that it allows you to use your phone as a digital payment system. And whilst NFC payments aren’t exactly standard at the moment, the network is rapidly growing. It’s nice to see that Samsung have considered this, and that you won’t be forced to buy a new mobile in a year’s time to take advantage of a digital wallet.
The other thing we liked is not really a feature, it’s that the A3 is available in two models, one of which is a dual SIM model. For those that have both business and personal phones, or if you frequently travel abroad, this can be a real bonus. Dual SIM phones let you run two SIM cards simultaneously, meaning no carrying two phones and no missing important messages or calls. Note that the dual SIM version is referred to as the A3 Duos.
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Dimensions||130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm (5.12 x 2.58 x 0.27 in)|
|Weight||110.3 g (3.88 oz)|
|Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||4.5 inches (~65.5% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||540 x 960 pixels (~245 ppi pixel density)|
|OS||Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 64 GB|
|Internal||16 GB, 1/1.5 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama|
|Video||1080p@30fps, check quality|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou|
|NFC||Yes (LTE model only)|
|Radio||FM radio, recording|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|- ANT+ support|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- MP4/WMV/H.264 player|
|- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player|
|- Photo/video editor|
|- Document viewer|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 1900 mAh battery|
|Talk time||Up to 12 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 60 h|
|Colors||Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue, Champagne Gold|
Budget phones can mean huge sacrifices, and whilst the Galaxy A3 is maybe a little on the pricey side for a true budget model, it makes up for that with some very satisfactory specs indeed. The fact that it’s a full metal build phone and looks great is really a bonus on top of everything else that it has to offer.
You will be getting WiFi, Bluetooth and all the other connectivity options that you’d expect to have. And internal storage is non too shabby either. There’s 16 GB of built in memory, as well as a micro SD card slot that can bump that up to 64 GB if you need to, which is plenty of room for pictures, videos and apps.
Anything we don’t like? There is one picky little thing: the battery on the A3 is non removable, which means you can’t hard reset the phone by removing the battery and you can’t carry around an extra battery in case you need it. That is a pretty small complaint though, given all that the A3 has to offer. If you want an awesome budget phone that will add a little luxury to your life, then the Samsung Galaxy A3 is definitely your best bet.
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.