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The biggest complaint that most customers have about Samsung’s flagship phones is that they’re plastic build. The new Galaxy A range is an attempt to combat this, and all models are metal unibody build. The Galaxy A5 is the mid range model, and that metal build makes a huge difference. It’s sexy, sleek and has great performance, plus it’s not going to cost you a fortune.
What do you have to look forward to? Well, other than the fact that the A5 has a premium look and feel, there’s also a fair amount of power, and a great screen (as we’d expect from Samsung). Oh, and there’s some pretty nice cameras on board too. If you’re shopping for something that has top end design, but you don’t want to pay top end prices, the new Galaxy A5 is really the only choice out there.
From the start you know this is a quality mobile. It’s all metal build. That means it’s light, sturdy and just looks good. The Galaxy A5 looks a lot like a hybrid between a classic Samsung Galaxy and an iPhone, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s slim, has sharp, defined edges, but sexy curved corners, and it sits perfectly in the hand.
Under the hood you’re getting some pretty impressive specs given the A5’s price tag. In fact, you’re probably getting pretty close to high end flagship specs, especially when it comes to things like screen size. Premium build, great specs, and an affordable price tag? It really does seem like the Galaxy A5 has it all.
Okay, so looks aren’t everything, but the A5 has the performance to go along with those looks, and that’s what really counts. You’re looking at a mobile that ticks all the boxes and then some, and all for a whole lot less than you’d pay for most comparable models. And who can complain about that?
What kind of power are we looking at here? Well, there’s a 1.2 GHz processor on board, which might not sound super speedy, but it is quad core, so that number might be a little misleading. There’s also a full 2 GB of RAM. That means that the A5 is responsive and really more than fast enough for the average user, it’ll be tough to find an app that this phone won’t run and run well and quickly.
Of course, as we’d expect from Samsung, this is an Android model. It’s running Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, which isn’t the newest Android version. But to be fair, Samsung haven’t even rolled out Android 5.0 to all their top end devices yet, so the A5 will almost certainly be getting the upgrade in the near future. Even so, Android 4.4 is a great OS, it’s intuitive, fast and light, so you won’t have any worries while you’re waiting for that upgrade.
Performance on the A5 is very solid. It’s reliable, dependable, fast enough to run pretty much anything. And what more could you want? Sure, there are mobiles with faster processors, but if you’re an average phone user you’re not going to see much difference. The A5 has excellent day to day performance.
The A5’s screen is one of the features we love the most on this model. It’s the full five inch screen that we’d expect to see on a high end phone, and that means tons of space. Whether you’re watching movies, playing games or just reading web pages, you’ll find that that extra screen space really makes a difference. And on screen typing is a breeze too.
Screen resolution isn’t amazing, it’s not 4K, however the A5 does get 720 x 1280 pixels, giving a PPI of around 294. And, being a Samsung, the A5 does get a Super AMOLED display, which more than makes up for the slightly lower resolution.
All of this actually adds up to a great screen. Picture quality is crisp, sharp and colour reproduction is excellent. Okay, compared to something like the Galaxy Note 4 you might see a difference, but the A5 definitely has one of the best displays in its market sector, and viewing is a pleasure.
In general, Samsung tend to make pretty great cameras, and the A5 has a couple of great little devices. First up is the front facing camera, which is a huge and very impressive 5 MP device. If you’re an inveterate selfie fan, then this is sure to please, since it’s one of the best front facing cameras around at the moment.
Moving to the rear of the phone, there’s a 13 MP camera, which is fairly standard for a mid range phone (though some manufacturers are still sticking with 8 MP at this price range). There’s all the bells and whistles that you’d expect, including LED flash, panorama mode, face detection, auto focus. And as a bonus, the A5’s camera interface is simple to use as well.
If you’re into your mobile photography, then this is probably one of the best camera combinations that you’re going to find in the middle of the market, and the Galaxy A5 takes some very nice snaps indeed.
We’ll be honest and say that the A5 doesn’t have a huge amount of special features, but we’d rather that Samsung skimp on the added extras than on the really important things. There are two things that you should be aware of though.
The first is that Samsung have included NFC. This isn’t a huge deal right now, but could well be in the future, since NFC is the technology used for digital payment systems. This is more common in the US than in the UK at the moment, but it is growing in popularity. So if you fancy paying at the supermarket with your mobile, then the A5 is equipped to do that.
The second fact is that there are two models of the A5, one is the regular A5 model, the other is the A5 Duos, which is a dual SIM card model. The Duos lets you run two SIM cards simultaneously, which means you don’t need to carry around a business and a personal phone. Or if you’re a frequent traveller, you can avoid paying roaming fees by buying a local SIM and running it alongside your UK SIM card.
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Dimensions||139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm (5.48 x 2.74 x 0.26 in)|
|Weight||123 g (4.34 oz)|
|Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.0 inches (~71.0% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|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, 2 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||13 MP, 4128 x 3096 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 a/b/g/n, dual-band, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|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|
There are so many phone models in the middle of the market that choosing between them can be tough. We’ve got to say though, that the Galaxy A5 has a lot to give. It’s got very solid performance, and that five inch screen combined with the full metal build really edges the A5 up into the top end phone category.
You’ll get the expected connectivity options: WiFi, Bluetooth etc. And you’ll be getting 16 GB of internal memory for storage, plus an external MicroSD card slot to add an additional 64 GB of memory should you need it.
Anything we don’t like? Just one little thing. Since the A5 is a metal unibody build that means that the battery is non removable. It’s not a huge deal, but you can’t carry an extra battery around with you for more juice, and you can’t hard reset your phone by taking the battery out. That seems like a small price to pay for a metal build phone though. When it comes down to it the Samsung Galaxy A5 really is one of the best mobiles in its class, and one that’s more than worth considering if you’re phone shopping.
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.