Samsung Galaxy A5 Review, Premium Droid

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As I was recently reviewing one of Samsung’s newly launched “babies” from the A-series, the Galaxy A3, I’m going to offer the proper attention to one if its brothers too, the Samsung Galaxy A5, another pretty-looking and capable device, which brings forward a better camera and a bigger display than its smaller sibling. The A5 also comes in a dual-SIM version and some of its major assets are a 5 inches AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 410 chipset, 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP primary camera and a 5 MP front facing one and more. Check it out in the following review and find out exactly what’s cooking under its hood.

In its retail box, the Samsung Galaxy A5 comes along with a charger, a microUSB cable which serves for making data connections and re-charging your unit, a pair of headphones with in-ear buds and a small tool for ejecting the SIM card.

The Galaxy A5 stands at 139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm and has a weight of 123 grams. In the smartphone world, these are some supermodel measurements, thus what we have here is a really compact and beautiful looking fellow, which draws its elegance from a really thin profile and a simplistic design. The classy-looking body is surrounded by a subtle metallic frame which adds even more style to the overall appearance. The plastic used for the back is high-quality and features a matte finish that will reject fingerprints and smudges. You’ll definitely enjoy managing the A5 due to its lightweight body and slim profile, not to mention its good looks, which bring pleasure to your eyes.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is equipped with a 5 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 294 ppi. Long story short, this baby offers an excellent image quality and the ingredients for such a result are the wonderful contrast, gorgeous colors and extremely wide viewing angles. You’ll also have no issues the phone outdoors, as the sunlight legibility is also great.

Regarding software support, the Galaxy A5 comes packed with Android 4.4.4 KitKat which has been customized with the TouchWiz user interface. You’ll be able to set up to 5 homescreens and the last one is occupied by Flipboard, which holds your social news. The notification area holds, naturally, your notifications, a row of quick toggles which can be expanded, a shortcut for the settings menu and a brightness slider. Themes are available for enabling you to customize the appearance, the One handed operation minimizes the interface for making it easy peasy  to operate with one hand, the Multi Window functionality makes it possible to use two applications at the same time in split screen and more. The user interface is pretty intuitive and you’ll befriend it in no time even if you’re an Android newbie.
In terms of performance, the Samsung Galaxy A5 is packed with a Snapdragon 410 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 306 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage which can be extended with a microSD card of up to 64 GB. The handset does a great job for a mid-range performer and will deliver a hiccup-free experience if you don’t burden it with power-hungry games and the like.

Inside the connectivity package, the Samsung Galaxy A5 holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE, EDR and A2DP, microUSB 2.0 and NFC.

For snapping pictures, the Galaxy A5 relies on a 13 MP camera with autofocus which delivers stills with a maximum resolution of 3096 x 4128 pixels and is equipped with a LED flash for helping in low light conditions. The camera application offers support for Panorama, manual settings for adjusting the ISO, white balance, exposure, metering and more. The photos provided reveal accurate colors, good contrast and plenty of resolved details.
The video camera is very capable and will produce some beautiful 1080p videos @30 fps.
A 5 MP secondary camera sits on the front for offering its assistance when making video calls or taking selfies.

Some other handy apps and features are the Android and Google Chrome browsers for surfing the web, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, a file browser, an FM Radio with RDS support, S Voice for enabling you to access and use several apps with your voice, two excellent audio and video players and more.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 relies on a 2,300 mAh non-removable battery that will keep your handset alive for almost three days under a moderate usage.

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