Review: Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Price: PhP 19,990

As an iPhone user, it’s quite unusual to recommend phones from the other side.

Samsung’s first entry to our battleground in 2017 is none other than the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017). Although I’ve never had the chance to test its previous editions, my experience reviewing this year’s version was one hell of a ride.

Let’s cut to the chase.

Why should you get one?

I fully recommend this smartphone due to simple yet strong reasons:

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  • The overall design is great. In my entire career as a tech journalist, I’ve never got a hold of a Samsung phone as enjoyable as the A5. It sat well on my hands, thanks to its ergonomically designed curves and a few inches smaller (5.2 inches) than the Android norms nowadays. I can say that this is one of the sleekest smartphones in the market today. Just a reminder: don’t be deceived by its size, because…
  • The A5 is powered by a 3,000mAh battery. Yes! If you’re one of those people who nod 24 hours a day to their device, this phone could be your destiny.
  • It surfaces a good display panel, which allows you to view photos, videos, and the entire system in 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution.
  • Dust and liquid are shielded out by A5’s IP68 waterproof ratings.
  • Two-SIM people will love it since the A5 accommodates two nano SIM cards.
  • Last but not the least, aside from the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory stored within, you can add up to 256GB worth of memory via microSD.

The catch?

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  • The Galaxy A5 uses a USB Type C plug for charging. At this point, I can only name one benefit of using a Type C USB: you can plug the cable on both sides unlike the micro USBs. Not to mention, it’s a 2.0 USB.
  • Props to the team for installing a fingerprint sensor! However, the home key button was struggling to recognize fingers that were not pressed in the way it was recorded.
  • Placement of the external speakers to the right ear is weird and useless. I wonder when will they finally realize that the best area to plant the speakers is in the front panel?

To sum it up, the Samsung Galaxy A5 can take the role as your main phone and will surely give the other midrange competitions a run for their money.

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