Samsung Galaxy A5 and Samsung Galaxy A3 launch in the UK

The Samsung Galaxy A5 and Samsung Galaxy A3 have been designed for the young and trend conscious user with optimised social networking. In fact these two new phones could be the best value for money phones in the Samsung range with a balance of Premium metallics, high-res camera and a reasonable price.

Samsung Galaxy A5

Design

 

The Samsung Galaxy A5 comes in a choice of subtle colours including white, silver, pink, black, gold and blue. These extend across the back, sides and around the display with just a silver trim as a distinguishing accent.

 

Samsung Galaxy A5 design

 

The 5-inch Super AMOLED display is ample for any media lover and the screen has been enhanced for wide angle viewing and use under sunlight. The screen resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels and the full metallic body is only 6.7mm thick and weighs in at 123 grams.

 

The attractiveness of the design is mirrored on the inside by a quad core 1.2GHz processor with 2GB RAM. The 16GB memory offers plenty of storage space for your files, photos and other media. It can be expanded upon with a 64GB memory card.

 

The 2300mAh battery seems well balanced to the screens size and processor inside and there is an Ultra Power Saving Mode for getting the maximum amount of standby out of the minimal amount of power should you be away from a charging point for an extended period of time.

 

Camera

 

The Samsung Galaxy A5 has a powerful 13MP camera which is backed up by a 5MP camera on the front for taking those infamous selfies or for making video calls.

 

Samsung Galaxy A5 camera

 

Samsung has included a range of photographic tools and settings so that you can get involved in the production process or choose auto and simply point and shoot. The features include Wide Selfie, Palm Selfie, Animated GIF, Rear-Cam Selfie and Beauty Face.

 

You can record video too on the Galaxy A5 at a quality of 1080p and a quick share system is employed for easy posting onto social networks.

 

Features

 

Powered by Android KitKat, the Samsung Galaxy A5 has a variety of mood themes to choose from including Classic, Natural, Casual and Romantic. You get the best of Samsung and Android with access to Google Play and the Samsung app store.

 

Quick Connect is pre-installed for easy connection to other media devices and the multiscreen app allows you to control your SmartTV. The Galaxy A5 will also automatically adjust the audio dependent upon the phones surroundings.

 

Samsung Galaxy A5 features

 

Other features include GPS Drive with Maps, Play Movie & TV and a Private Mode folder where files, photos and videos can be stored behind your pass code, ensuring that if other users use your phone they won’t be able to access your private information and media.

Samsung Galaxy A3

Design

 

The Samsung Galaxy A3 has the same characteristics as the Galaxy A5 but with a slightly thicker 6.9mm body and a smaller 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display. The screen resolution is also slightly less at 540 x 960 pixels.

 

Samsung Galaxy A3 design

 

The smaller overall size does however positively effect the weight which is less heavy at 110 grams. The memory is the same but the 1.2GHz quad core processor has only 1GB RAM and the 1990mAh battery is smaller too but as the screen size is less demanding on power there should be little effect on overall usage times.

 

Camera

 

The cameras both have the same set of features. The main camera has a lower resolution of 8MP but you would have to be a serious photographer to need more than this so we don’t see this being an issue when choosing between the two devices.

 

Features

 

There are no discernible differences in the set of features.

Verdit

 

These two Samsung phones are well worth considering for your next smartphone purchase. There is a rich set of features and decent spec throughout. The difference in line rental costs between the two is minimal so go for the Galaxy A5 if you can.

 

Written by: Michael Brown

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