Mid-range marvel: Samsung's Galaxy A5 reviewed
4.3Overall Score

Price (RRP): $599
Manufacturer: Samsung

Flagship smartphones are often the ones checked out by reviewers, but companies still make mid-range options, and the Galaxy A5 might be Samsung’s best take on that middle ground yet.

Features

Samsung doesn’t only make flagship phones, and if you head to any phone store, you’ll see quite a few options out there, catering to all sorts of prices, including those made for $200, $500, and around the thousand dollar mark.

The Galaxy A5 edges closer to the $500 mark, coming in with a recommended retail price of $599, and yet offering technology from today and designs that are a culmination of yesterday to offer customers a value when that’s what they’re looking for.

Inside the phone, Samsung is relying on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and paired with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, and a microSD card if you want to expand on the available space that you have on offer.

Google’s Android 4.4 “KitKat” is provided on this phone out of the box, a little out of date, but still recent, and running Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay.

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Connections for this phone are fairly standard for a mid-range model, with 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 with Low Energy (LE), Near-Field Communication (NFC), GPS, and 4G LTE connectivity, with wired ports working through microUSB for charging and data transfer, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Cameras are included, of course, and you’ll find a 13 megapixel shooter with flash on the back, while the front-facing camera is a 5 megapixel camera. Full HD videos are capable from these, too, if you decide to capture any movies.

This sits under a 5 inch Super AMOLED display running the high definition resolution of 1280×720 (720p), and is protected by Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4. As far as pixel clarity goes, the numbers on this display add up to 294 pixels per inch, around 30 below Apple’s Retina grade panel.

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As with all smartphones, there are only a few ports and a few buttons on this phone, with merely a 3.5mm headset jack and a microUSB port at the bottom, while the remaining trays are accessible via pin ejection on the right side of the phone, catering to microSD and nanoSIM.

Meanwhile, the buttons are your typical Samsung selection, with a volume rocker on the left side, a power button on the right, and the home button on the bottom front flanked by multitasking and back buttons on either side.

The battery in the Samsung Galaxy A5 is rated at 2300mAh and is not removable.

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Performance

The majority of Samsung phones we see at GadgetGuy tend to sit in the upper end of the spectrum, making their way out to people eager for the latest and greatest, but what if that’s not you?