Sufficed to say, you shouldn’t be disappointed with mobile broadband performance, and this phone handles its own.
WiFi is also decent, though only supportive of up to 802.11n, so if you’re looking for faster and stronger WiFi via the 802.11ac technology, this will pick up on the n network you’re broadcasting, not the faster ac one.
We guess you have to save something for the flagship phones of today.
Over to the camera side, and the 13 megapixel shooter isn’t the best we’ve used, but is very reminiscent of our time with the S4, those two years ago, providing nice and bright images when the sun is out, and mostly detail-less images when the sun goes away at night.
Out in the real world, you’ll find that’s a usable amount of megapixels with a camera that can handle its own in general daylight, though up close, few of the images are every that detailed, suggesting these would be better for online use than printed, though we don’t know how many people would print their photo these days, anyway.
When the lights go down, the image quality isn’t too impressive — again, like what we recall with the S4 — with blotchy colours and little detail in the black, though with a flash on the back, we suspect most won’t be complaining dramatically, and overall, most should be happy with this camera.
At the front, the 5 megapixel selfie camera is definitely an improvement on the 2 megapixel front-facing camera the S4 relied on, offering more image quality from a newer and slightly more capable sensor, so selfie lovers should be relatively happy with this.
But the camera performance is one area where the Galaxy A5 can take a bit of a hit, and it seems to come from trying to load up the gallery in this section, of all places.
Load the camera up from the standby screen and you’ll see it ready for you to take a shot, and generally, it does this with ease, but the moment you want to load your photos, prepare yourself for a couple of seconds of waiting, waiting, waiting for the phone to do your bidding, delivering you that photo you just shot a couple of moments ago.
It’s one of those bizarre little bugs that really needs to be squashed, though it’s reminiscent of some of the camera and gallery issues we’ve had on other Samsung phones, such as when the galleries would refuse to load, waiting for the phone to synchronise with Dropbox and other galleries every time you wanted to open the gallery app.