Samsung Galaxy Alpha Hands-on, Initial Impressions and Photo Gallery

by Chetan Bhawani 40

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review

Samsung has been making smartphones with the same polycarbonate body, and we have been hating it. Moreover, there is nothing they did to make it better, except for the changes in texture and still never impressing with that. Finally, the company has an answer to all the critics, with what they call is the most premium Samsung smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Does the device give justice to the tag it has been given? for us on the initial looks, it does.

But hold on. It isn’t still totally different, as you can see the polycarbonate back being the same, but the entire focus is put on the frame on the sides, because it is the metallic frame that is giving the Galaxy Alpha a premium look. At the same time, it is the plastic back due to which the phone feels incredibly light for the 4.7-inch screen. But overall, there is nothing wrong in the design at least this time. In fact, I liked the dimpled back on the Galaxy S5 than the textures Samsung on the earlier flagship devices.

Giving it some more time while trying to check how good the phone feels in hand, it felt really good and comfortable, and the chamfered edges gave it not just a good look, but it does add to the premium factor while holding the phone. The corners are raised and thus, the phone looks even more premium, compared to the big competitor, the Apple iPhone 5s.

Towards the sides, where the actual improvement is seen, the physical buttons have a sturdy make, they are harder to press and that actually is good because you know whether you were able to press the button properly or not. The power/lock key is on the right, while the volume rocker buttons are on the left. In the bottom frame, there’s the microphone alongside MicroUSB slot and speaker grill, and in the top, there is a secondary mic with the 3.5mm headset jack.

For the display, it has always been impressive on Samsung flagships, for the reason that they use SuperAMOLED display with vibrant colors and good brightness. The display on the Galaxy Alpha just adds to the beauty, making it a perfect smartphone for those who would like to flaunt it.

For the initial use, there was no lagging or any poor performance, and that is no surprise, because as much good the device looks externally, it is given good power internally as well. Samsung’s standard TouchWiz UI is there, and that is what could disappoint many because this UI has been always known to slow down with time. Though, the first few days of use was pretty perfect, no frills or problems at all.

It is the Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS running with TouchWiz over it as mentioned, and we are sure this is going to get the Android Lollipop update in the near future, considering that this is a flagship smartphone from the company.

The Galaxy Alpha has a 13-megapixel camera on the back. and a 2.1-megapixel one on the front, and the quality doesn’t disappoint, quite similar to the captures you see on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. But for now, lets stick to our first thoughts, because the camera review will be up soon, and you won’t see much surprises, except for the 2160p 4K video recording.

The best part, apart from the design is the storage. The Galaxy Alpha comes with 32GB internal storage, and there is no option to expand it using a MicroSD card.

So far, we are quite loving the Galaxy Alpha, and the design is the main reason for it. Especially because it is from Samsung, the company that never cared much about the build quality, the material to be used and the color combination for the smartphones. We’ll post the review, very soon after finding how well can this run on a regular usage, although the hardware shows some good power.

Chetan Bhawani

Chetan Bhawani is a dentist, a tech blogger and a passionate writer in the field of technology. He keeps himself connected to the web for the entire day, of course except when he's dozed off! Add +Chetan Bhawani on Google Plus for more!

  • Shanky Yadav

    This phone got a shiny display with metal body and best in performance even camera is too good to click exellent pics and can do 4k recording .. All i can comment is this smartphone hss tremendous ssuper its like a super smartphone

  • MANJIT SARMA

    Oh, what a look..I m luving it!

    • yeah its beautiful right? Samsung gathered some gret mids for this premium phone and the metal finis is outstanding. the polycarbonate back is great too. Overall this phone is one of the best looking phones on th mrket and if this is the future of a galaxy phone im excited!!

  • I like the design and would be a great daily driver, I think. But the ptice tag, not worth it.

    • if you had a choice of any non flagship phones and money was not an option what would u take? I for one would hands down take this device. How about you?

  • great phone, only downside is the price.. will skip this phone..

    • aww thats to bad, not every phone attracts everybody and thats natural, the design is incredible though right?

  • Jugal Mudoi

    I think Samsung’s new idea shows their intelligence about design policy.. using metal on the sides gives premium look and the polycarbonate back gives no heating issue and also the phone is still lightweight… Btw for me Touchwiz is one of reasons for which I’m still liking Samsung phones and happy to hear that you admired the UI of this one.. Great going!

    • this phone is sheer beauty and will be a lucrative appeal for phone users as a direct aesthetic competitor to the iPhone 5s. I love touchwiz too and love its multi tasking i hope it will be great on this device as well!!!

    • Suraj Racharla

      Yes this phone is great in terms of design and is great in terms of the device overall. Looks like a direct competitor to the iphone5s but i would have loved it too see this device released a year ago.

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Loved its shinny display…

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    Good Phone but price is too high .

    • Suraj Racharla

      aesthetics increase the price really high!! but i think its worth it

  • Shashank Chourey

    price us high coz of the hardware and material used

    • Suraj Racharla

      mostly cause of the style Samsung used. It is a slim device with premium materials. Impressed with this device

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    This was the first beauty which has metal body

    • Suraj Racharla

      It is the beauty (Alpha) and with the beast (note 4) they both are undefeatable!!

  • Suraj Racharla

    Great phone!!! Great competion to the iphone 6 and they now use mush better quality matrials like metal instead of plastic. Honetsly i dont like small phones but this made me start to like them. Especially the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Would take this phone over an iphone any day!!!

    • This is the only phone from Samsung that competes the iPhone 5s in design, and the size. iPhone 6 is again way taller because Apple has always made considerably taller phones although smaller screens.

      • Suraj Racharla

        But in terms of software the Galaxy alpha is also competion. it may not be toom uch hardware but stull people will compare the galaxy alpha against the iphone 6.

  • that was so beautiful

    • Suraj Racharla

      its aesthetically beatiful. It would look so good in anyones’s hands!!

  • i love it

    • Suraj Racharla

      I know i love it also. the device is great and it would fit in my pockets with ease allowing a great standard of style and this phone itself would make me capable of walking on the runway.

  • Arindam Borgohain

    Will be a great phone after price reduction. What do you say guys?

    • Won’t be a price reduction at least until the launch of S6, we guess.

      • Android

        Might be a price reduction if Ipone sales continue

      • Arindam Borgohain

        Market analysts are in the view that the price drop cycle of any device is between 3-6 months. So hope it gets cheaper soon. Also S6 launch is gonna happen soon(don’t know how soon!!!).

    • Android

      Definetly yes . It would be an amzing phone

    • Agree it is an amazing phone with a brilliant design. Price yes is very high for me but when there IS a reduction it will look even better to buy reductions don’t usually come till after a successor making the older option irrelevaant

  • Arindam Borgohain

    🙂 . Got some info that the phone heats a bit due to the metal frame and the heart sensor does not produce accurate results as in the other devices. But I don’t think that those two minor shortcomings will put this lovely baby off the edge. Once the price drops by certain margin they will definitely sell like hot cakes.

    • lol i like your use of word choice when saying hot cakes, yes an s6 launch and competitor sales will bring the price to its knees!!!

  • Suraj Racharla

    This truly an astonzing device that shows the world that yes aesthetics do make a difference. The galaxy alpha is a live example of it and it really defines the definition of smartphone aesthetics. The alpha proves the world that this phone is made for perfection and all this phone does is that it shows the power the aesthetics and it shows that Samsung knows how to design a smartphone with the best materials and design!! Well done Samsung and i am excited to see what more you will offer!!!

  • Suraj Racharla

    i know its a great phone. But you should keep dreaming about this phone because one day you will get this phone and you will hold it in your hands and feel that cold metal edge on the phone.. Follow your dreams!!

  • Suraj Racharla

    it a good phone only if you really care about design and not about the specs. it a signature phone from Samsung

  • Suraj Racharla

    Everyone would be looking at you if you take this phone out at the subway. It gives you more confidence in holding this phone and it is compact so then you can easliy slip it into your pocket anytime

    • Shanky Yadav

      ha ha this happen with almost every flagship gold smartphone by Samsung and iPhone but there are lots of features to track which help you and also the police to find it faster.

  • Suraj Racharla

    I know its so elegant and appealing. Samsung has aced the design aspect of this phone and even though the back is made out of plastic the device is still top notch design and the best looking compact phone available in 2014!!!!

  • Suraj Racharla

    lol yeah. samsung and Apple have also taken security to the next level and eventhough someone takes your phone they will need to get past your finger print scanner.

    • Shanky Yadav

      yup this the only vault which is still un beatable