The mid-range lineup of Android smartphones don’t put much focus on the design aspect, except for a few. And when it comes to Samsung, forget about the design part as the repetitive plastic design language has always been maintained. The biggest smartphone manufacturer, who has seen some downfall in the recent past, is bringing changes to that, with the A series. We’ve got two devices in this series, the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5.
The Galaxy A3 comes with a 4.5-inch qHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 1GB RAM, and a camera combination of 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front facing cameras, while the Galaxy A5 has a 5-inch HD display, similar chipset configuration but the rear camera has been upgraded to 13-megapixel. The RAM in Galaxy A5 is 2GB. The A5 also has a better battery capacity, with a 2300 mAh non-removable battery against the 1900 mAh battery inside the A3.
Samsung hasn’t changed the way the smartphone should look, for a third person’s eye, as the design remains the same. It is only the build quality where the device has got a lot better. Full metal body, the back frame and the chamfered edge on the side that shines and reflects the light source. Both the devices are unibody, and that could be a dealbreaker for a few users who effortlessly removed the battery if their Samsung phone hung up earlier, but these A3 and A5 look solid, finally and feel the same as well.
Samsung Galaxy A3 Photo Gallery
The back cover isn’t removable, and that is what has helped in keeping the design standards a little higher than what was always, earlier. The camera lens pops out a little on both the devices, and there is a LED flash and a speaker grill on the either side. The Duos branding towards the bottom is evident, to show that these devices support two SIM cards, both nano SIMs. A compromise to keep the size compact, the SIM card slot is used also as a MicroSD card slot, so if you are someone who isn’t happy with the 16GB internal storage, you might have to compromise and use a MicroSD card in one slot, and use only one SIM in the device, using the second SIM slot.
Unlike what we had seen recently with the Note Edge, the earpiece grill doesn’t push itself out, and thus the flat top area above the display feels good. There’s a single physical home button in the bottom, with two touch-sensitive navigation buttons on the either side, and these lit up pretty bright when touched.
Now, while holding both the devices at the same time, the lighter and smaller A3 feels a little better, but that can be the only choice for someone looking for a smaller screen. The display clearly looks much better on the Galaxy A5, and although the screen size is bigger and the pixel density isn’t much different, the A5 clearly shows content without demarcated pixels.
On a flat surface, both the devices rock on the sides due to the popped up camera lens, and that is where the impact can still occur before any other place. Though, that is a compromise Samsung had to do, to keep the device slim in profile, as the Galaxy A3 is 6.9mm thick and Galaxy A5 a couple millimeters lesser.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Photo Gallery
If it is not for the size, there is nothing on the physical aspect that becomes a differentiator between the two devices. Both the smartphones run Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz UI, and there is a set of pre-installed apps as always, with Galaxy Apps store, Radio, Voice Recorder and Memo along with the entire list of Google Play apps.
The set up could be a little tricky, with the SIM slot takes the Nano SIM in a horizontal position, and you’ll need to follow the guide, but the UI will be as easy as one would expect it to be. Value for money? too early to say, as Samsung finally took a step to make the build quality better than the plastic junk they have been coming up with, since years, and finally seeing a decline in sales count.
We’d be coming up with the review of the Galaxy A3 first, then with the A5. Stay tuned for the same.