After a few days of usage, Mister Mo has his Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 hands-on review and benchmark tests ready. Find out how the phone has fared.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is a beautiful smartphone. If you have ready my unboxing article, you already know what our first impressions of the device was. People who want the biggest displays on their smartphones will not be impressed, but there are still many people who want a fairly-sized display with flagship specs. It is for this class of users that the A5 2017 is targeted.
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Hands-On: Size
Personally, I am a great fan of smartphones with displays between 5 inches and 5.5 inches large. A 5.2-inch display is my sweet spot. That means the A5 2017 is just perfect for me in terms of size. The finish f the phone is smooth and glossy, most likely as a result of its water resistant nature. I soon got a chance to put that water resistance to test.
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Hands-On: Water Resistance
I was on my way to an interview with Kamar Abass, Managing Director of Ntel, last week when the heavens opened up and began to shower. I had some ground to cover from the car park to the building’s entrance and so pulled out my phone and used it under the light rain shower till I got indoors. It was good not to have to hide the phone away because of a few drops of water. Once in, I wiped the water off and went on with my task. There were no issues with the phone and it has been working fine since then. PS: Expect the video interview of Kamar soon.
MobilityArena team members think we should dunk it in a bowl of water for and include the results in our main review. I agreed. So, expect that.
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Hands-On: Night and Low-light Selfies
Photography on the A5 2017 has been good. The selfie camera has no LED flash but do not suppose that Samsung has left you in the dark for low-light and night shots. There is an interesting implementation that provides flashlight when you need it: the display lights up brightly to serve as flashlight when you need it. It works well too. Nice one.
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Hands-On: Camera Gallery
One implementation that has gotten me irked is how when you access the gallery from inside the camera, it does not display only photographs shot with the camera. Instead, it gives the user access to video all kinds of images saved on the phone – WhatsApp images, downloaded images, Bluetooth images – every image on the phone can be viewed from in there. This is in contrast to the standard implementation where access the gallery from inside the camera only gives access to photographs taken with the camera.
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Hands-On: Fingerprint Scanner, Battery and Network
The fingerprint scanner is located in the home button. I find it a bit less responsive than what I am used to. It certainly is less responsive than the Gionee A1’s fingerprint scanner. That isn’t quite nice for a phone at this price range.
The 3,000 mAh battery of the Galaxy A5 2017 has been great though. One of our apprehensions was how well it would hold up. But it has held up well. And the fast charge built in is superb too. We will have details for you in our full review.
Call quality has been great and 4G network compatibility is good – with support for Glo’s 28(700) LTE band. It doesn’t allow the user to peg to 4G only, but my Glo data line has stayed on 4G for more than 95% of the time.
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Performance and Benchmark Tests
In terms of performance, the Octa-core 1.9 GHz processor and 3G RAM combination runs fair enough. Switching between apps is fairly fast, but then we have been spoilt by Android smartphones with 4 GB of RAM.
At random, the phone pauses/freezes briefly while one attempts to scroll through an app. It has happened while scrolling through Twitter, Play Store, web browser, among others. The freezing does not last more than one or two moments when there is no response to any swipe action by the user. It doesn’t happen often, but it is certainly not a good thing – not with the processor and RAM. And not for a phone that costs about NGN 150,000.
If you are a fan of benchmark tests, we ran our usual battery of tests on the galaxy A5 20176. Here are the results:
- AnTuTu 6: 55,689
- Geekbench 4: 788 Single-Core / 3,948 Multi-Core
These scores are good for the specs of the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017. Still, no amount of good benchmark scores will compensate for the random freezing that we experience on the phone.
So far, so good, we are generally pleased with the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017. We will have more details for you in our full review. If interested in more details, you can have a look at the Samsung galaxy A5 2017 specifications. Feel free to ask any questions that you may have about the device.
Read the follow-up article to this, Samsung A5 2017 Update A520FXXU1AQF3 is a mixed bag, in which a subsequent software update fixed the fingerprint sensor issue but created another one.