Samsung Galaxy A7, the Bold and the Beautiful

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The latest Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone, the 2016 edition (nota bene) can be regarded as the latest and the greatest in the Korean company’s struggle to re-invent itself.

It seems like they managed to do it, don’t you think? I mean, they copied thoroughly the iPhones until the copy got better than the original.

You know that saying, that imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? Well, Samsung did a great job, truth be told, and the proof is that Apple stock is crashing, as they seem to fail at innovation, while Samsung stays strong!

But, let’s not anticipate. So, what’s up with the Samsung Galaxy A7?

Basically, the Korean tech giant took the awesome design from the S series (the high end) and put it to good work in the A-series, giving it a chance for greatness.

So, as you probably have guessed already, the A7 is a mid-range droid which looks very similar to a Galaxy S in terms of design, while the hardware is on par with the mid-range price bracket.

Basically, this smartphone plays in the “best bang for the buck” category. But is it worth it considering for a future acquisition?

Well, stick around and let’s find out, shall we?

Technically speaking, the 2016 Samsung Galaxy A7 is the aforementioned (in a previous review) A5, but with more screen real-estate, as it comes with a 5.5 inches wide screen size.

Some say that a device with a 5.5 inches screen falls into phablet territory, that kind of real-estate being the sweet spot  and what not.

Now, let’s see the details. The Samsung Galaxy A7 is a wonderful combo between a cool looking metal chassis and the sculpted 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4, being a sort of sandwich. Both the front and the back panels are protected by Gorilla Glass, bringing you an outstanding premium feeling. The phone looks and feels great in hand, despite its relative heaviness (172 grams),and that’s fantastic in my book.

The 5.5 inches wide display is absolutely fabulous, coming perfectly calibrated from the factory. We’re dealing with a Samsung smartphone here, hence you’ll be delighted with the SUPER AMOLED screen, with Full HD resolution/1080p and 401 pixels per inch density.

As far as I’m concerned, this is as good as it gets in terms of displays, at least in this price bracket.

samsunggalaxya7-5Connectivity is top notch, as the Samsung Galaxy A7 comes fully packed with all the goodies in the world: LTE Cat. 6, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, 3G HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, NFC and MST,microUSB 2.0 and even an FM radio.

The smartphone comes with a huge 3300 mAh battery which has an endurance rating of 96 hours, which is outstanding for a modern day smartphone. If you’re a heavy user, the A7 will easily resist for 2 days, while on moderate usage, you can expect at least three days of autonomy from this baby.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 is built around a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 system on chip, which features an octa-core architecture. That means that you’ll have eight CPUs inside, all of them being Cortex A-53 processors, together with an Adreno 405 graphic processing unit. All the hardware works with a little help from the ample 3 GB of RAM and there’s even a version featuring Samsung’s in house made Exynos 7580 system on chip, running in tandem with a Mali-720MP2 GPU.

What does that mean in terms of performance?

Well, to put it bluntly, the new A7 is basically the same as the old A7, with a game-score somewhat lower than a S6 edge. However, in daily use for the normal user, the difference is almost unnoticeable.

The Android experience is there, the phone runs smoothly through apps and medium games, without hick-ups or freezing.

Now, let me tell you about the camera. The snapper is engineered in the same fashion as in the Galaxy S6, and that translates into excellent news for photo aficionados.

Even if the resolution was downgraded to a 13 MP sensor, the aperture is the same  f/1.9 with optical image stabilization. The processing and the dynamic range are top notch and photos are rich in detail. Video recording offers 1080p videos @30 fps resolution and the quality is where it should be, i.e. pretty good.

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As per my conclusion, if you’re into phablets, which are conquering the world, the Samsung Galaxy A7 is a very good choice. For the relatively modest price-tag, you’ll get premium, even flagship-built quality and solid hardware from a reputable manufacturer, an excellent screen, an outstanding battery life,an above average camera and even premium features, such as Samsung Pay and a fingerprint reader.

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