The Samsung Galaxy A5 is perhaps the best mid-range device produced by Samsung because of its completeness and competitiveness in terms of price. Launched at the beginning of 2017 as a tradition for Samsung's A range, it is truly a nice Christmas present if you are looking for a state-of-the-art smartphone at a low price.
Back in 2016, when Samsung presented the Samsung Galaxy S7 in the only Edge variant, many have wondered why Samsung had not even presented the corresponding flat version. The answer is in this Galaxy A5 that has all the air of being a Samsung Galaxy S7 flat, certainly smaller in size.
The strong point of this A5 is, as mentioned, the completeness of the technical card: the 5.2 AM Super AMOLED display with FULL HD resolution is added the IP-68 certification (genuine novelty for the price range), the biometric sensor for fingerprint recognition integrated into the Home button and a 16 Megapixel front camera (same resolution as the rear one, which boasts the autofocus).
Who then follows the market of high-end smartphones, will certainly be pleased to know that the Samsung Galaxy A5 is the first to bring the dowry Always On Display, a function that makes the display always active to show now the current and notifications even when the display is in standby.
The performance of the Samsung Galaxy A5 is more than satisfactory and could not be otherwise seen as it has 3 GB of RAM and an octa core processor Exynos 7880 (Cortex-A53 1.9GHz) with GPU Mali-T830 MP2 that will be felt above all in games. Moreover, it is a device that can boast not only 32 GB of internal memory, but also the expandability via micro SD.
The supplied cameras are both based on a 16 Megapixel sensor and F 1.9 focal aperture. However, only on the back is the autofocus, while compared to real top of the range loses the optical stabilization. The quality of photos and videos is excellent for the category, from the first in the class, and not only when you look at the photos from the display of the smartphone.
The Galaxy A5 2017 was also the test bench for the renewal of the camera interface for Samsung, which is now simpler and works by swipe: just drag your finger down to move from the main camera to the front while with a swipe in other directions you can choose scenes or apply effects in real time. Among the various settings we indicate the possibility to set a floating shutter button.
Although at the launch this device had Android Marsmallow, from now on Samsung's managers have ensured support for subsequent versions and, on time, in August 2017 has re-launched the update to Android Nougat 7.0 (probably Samsung will keep pace and will update again by providing the latest version of Android Oreo 8.0). But a smartphone not just upgrade: the default user interface is the GraceUX which is very pleasant to the eye and easy to use but above all customizable through themes!
Finally, the presence of a 3000 mah battery that guarantees an autonomy above average (despite the presence of the aforementioned Always On Display) and that, supporting the standard fast charging, will not make you suffer from having the device always charged. We also report a powerful speaker positioned on the side profile near the balance of the volume to avoid covering it when, for example, you watch a video in landscape mode: a solution that we approve and promote.
Truly difficult to find a defect for this device. Knowing the top of the range of 2017, someone could turn up their noses for the frames of the display quite thick me if you think about all that it offers, both in hardware and software, and at the selling price with which it is proposed we say that he may postpone. Trust me, Samsung Galaxy A5 offers an excellent quality \ price ratio.
+ Cheap (2550kr)
+ Grim battery
+ Plenty sharp screen
+ 90% bloat can be removed
+ Fast Charge @ 2A (the most charger)
- Older android
Super satisfied with my purchase, walked away from a Nexus 5x when not dried in the battery or had SD support.
Extremely disappointed with performance and battery life. Steer away and buy the LG G4 / G5, or G6. It's worth it over the miserable phone Samsung A5 is.
Yes: it's "cheap" and you regret it after 6m. Not worth it.
Do not buy.
Very high build quality and a good software that feels uncluttered. Although the speaker is really good, the location slightly unusual but sounds good. After two days of use, it is only the fingerprint reader that does not get approved. Earlier Honor 7 was significantly safer and faster at reading but otherwise the A5 a class above in quality.