Samsung Galaxy A7 Review, Fresh Start

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Last month, Samsung has released a new member for their Galaxy A smartphone series, the Galaxy A7, the bigger sibling of the A3 and A5. If phablets are your cup of tea, this fella will seem pretty tempting, coming with a beautiful 5.5 inches Super AMOLED display, a thin 6.3 mm profile, a 13 MP primary camera and 5 MP secondary one and more. Oh, and there’s also a version with dual-SIM support for those of you who depend on two carriers. Keep reading and check out its whole package of features, as it’s pretty rich and might be what you’ve been looking for.

In its retail box, the Samsung Galaxy A7 comes accompanied by its charger, a microUSB cable that serves for re-charging your unit and making data transfers, a pair of headphones with in-ear buds and a little tool for ejecting the SIM card.

Let’s take a look at it. The Galaxy A7 stands at 151 x 76.2 x 6.3 mm and has a weight of 141 grams, being very slim and quite light too, considering its size. Its build quality is excellent, the phone looks nothing less than a premium device, having a matte finish on its back that offers the impression that it’s metallic even if it’s just a high quality plastic that accompanies a metallic frame (real metal here) that elegantly surrounds the stylish body. The handset is very compact, with thin bezels that make way for the gorgeous screen, and a super slim profile that adds an additional touch of style to the overall appearance.

The Galaxy A7 is packed with a 5.5 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 401 ppi. For protection, it features Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.
As expected from an AMOLED unit, the colors are very punchy and vibrant, the contrast is excellent and so are the viewing angles. Due to its very low reflectivity, the screen also looks great on the outside, under direct sunlight.

In terms of software, the Galaxy A7 will greet you with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which has been customized, as usual, with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz launcher. The lockscreen holds a camera shortcut and shows the date, time, some notifications and, if enabled, weather info. You can set a maximum number of 5 homescreens and customize the interface with themes. The notification area gathers your notifications and holds a customizable row of quick toggles, a brightness slider, settings shortcut, S Finder and Quick Connect.
Being a phablet, the handset features one handed operations, which bring the keyboard in a position that can be reached with one hand, the Side key allows you to have on screen hardware keys and Reduce screen minimizes the screen image. Multi window is also supported, thus you can view two supported applications at the same time in the split screen mode.

When it comes to hardware, the Samsung Galaxy A7 comes in two versions. The dual-SIM features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, with a quad-core 1.5 GHz and quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and Adreno 405 GPU. The single-SIM comes powered by an Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset, having a quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 and a quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 processor and Mali-T628 MP6 GPU. Both of them have 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 64 GB. If you need a microSD card, you should know that the dual-SIM version holds it inside the second SIM slot, so you have to give it up for adding extra storage. In terms of performance, both versions will do a fine job, so lag issues or freezing are out of the question.

Let’s see what’s in the connectivity package. The Galaxy A7 holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, LTE Cat. 4, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE, EDR and A2DP, microUSB 2.0 and NFC for the LTE model.

The Galaxy A7 comes with a 13 MP snapper for taking pictures. It captures stills with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and is assisted by a LED flash in low light conditions. Among others, the camera application features support for HDR, Panorama, manual settings for adjusting the ISO, white balance, exposure values and more. The photos produced are very good looking, with beautiful and accurate colors, good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also very capable and will please your eyes with some smooth 1080p videos @30 fps.
For taking selfies and making video calls, you have a front-facing 5 MP camera which is especially focused on the first action and can even take panoramic selfies.

Some other useful features offered by the Samsung Galaxy A7 are a GPS receiver with A-GPS, GLONASS and BEIDOU support, Google Maps for getting around, an FM Radio with RDS support, some awesome media players for audio and video playback and much more.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 is powered by a 2,600 mAh battery and will last for two days under a heavy usage or three and some more even you use it moderately. Impressive, don’t you think?

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