Samsung Refines The Middle Class

Samsung puts an end to plastic and shows its first metal smartphones for Android with the Galaxy A3 and A5 of the Galaxy.The flat cell phones look chic and feel good. And their performance is largely convincing to middle-class devices.

Long, Samsung staunchly stuck to the plastic and clothed itself most expensive smart phones in often cheap-looking plastic. This had its advantages (less prone to breakage, cheap parts, easy to replace), less made the top technically equipped and expensive equipment but appear high when they were actually. For Samsung suffered much criticism, last year was with the metal frame of the Galaxy Alpha and the touch 4 but a change of course visible, which has found its zenith with the Galaxy-A series: the devices are all in a Housing made of aluminium dressed and act so almost higher quality than they actually are.

But even if the performance of the two smartphones will not always lived up to the premium impression of their housing – buys with the eye, and optically and haptically has Samsung done right here almost everything. You are less than 7 millimeters thick and thus on par with the iPhone 6. The cameras of the two models of A protruding while approximately one millimeter. Placing the devices with the display upwards on the table, it not bother. The cameras are centrally placed, thus the Smartphones are more stable; Unlike the iPhone, which is always somewhat shaky because of the asymmetrically placed camera lens.

More On It Than In It

The brushed aluminum feels good and is just rough enough to protect your smartphone from the slippage from the hand. In direct comparison, that is iPhone 6 although slightly smoother, for it but also significantly rutschiger. The hard edges of the metal frame is less well-liked. While the back on the side edges is slightly arched, a sharp-edged frame includes the display, which makes the Smartphones not just hand sycophants on the front. Here dust and small particles of dirt can accumulate quickly, because the frame is minimally higher than the display.

The larger A5 acts even edgier than the A3, as the four corners of the body are less rounded, otherwise there but no real differences between the two devices. Both have the home button below the screen and above the silver Samsung logo, headphone jack and USB inputs sit at the bottom, left of the camera, an LED Flash and right is a bit cheap-looking mono speaker. All other elements are subtly housed in the housing. The back cover can no longer be removed when compared to other Samsung devices, the battery is firmly installed, microSD cards are pushed sideways with a sledge into the housing.

A first slight damper for the good external impression is the display resolution of the Galaxy A3. The 4.5-inch screen displays 960 x 540 pixels, which corresponds to a pixel density of around 245 ppi. That’s not enough for a really sharp display, especially with writings that is visible. The low resolution in everyday life but is not really disturbing, it is only in the direct visual comparison with the high resolution screens of significantly more expensive top smartphones.

The A5 comes with his 5-inch screen and a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels on 294 ppi, enough for a sharp image. The brightness of the screen is slightly better than at the A3 at the A5. Viewing angles, contrast and color saturation are very good at both AMOLED displays. You are while recognizable darker than that is the LCD screen of the nexus 5 or the iPhone 6, about only in the direct visual comparison or in bright sunlight. Both displays are not just predestined for extensive multi media consumption, but are sufficient for everyday use.

When the processor is as clear in the screens that Samsung would like to play with the A-series not in the upper class. A 64-bit processor from Qualcomm – the Snapdragon 410 – cycles in both devices at 1.2 gigahertz and can be accessed at the A3 to 1.5 gigabytes in the A5 to 2 gigabytes of memory. In benchmark tests, both cut modest, especially the graphics performance leaves to be desired. In daily life this is hardly noticeable. Games like real racing 3 can be played smoothly on both devices, Web pages load pretty fast, juddering or dropouts hardly occur during use. Still should be demanding users be clear that limits the performance here.

Selfies In Infinite Loop

Also as cluttered and resource-hungry UI TouchWiz makes no major problems the devices. The functional range is slightly slimmed down compared to the S5 or note 4, so for example the health app is missing S health. According to Samsung, both devices have a sensor to determine of the oxygen content of the blood, but this is useless without S health. The A3 the multi-window mode and useful features missing stay also like smart. For this, the TouchWiz interface with themes can be adapted, where not only the background image, but also the app icons are changed. Android 4.4.4 serves as a base, an update on Android 5.0 is not unlikely, but currently still open.

The camera is good on both devices and appealing results. The recordings of the A3 work direct compared sometimes sharper, but lies on the stronger post processing of software and is not necessarily an advantage. In bad light goes picture quality both significantly down in daylight or in bright rooms, they make a good figure but. A highlight is the front camera with 5 megapixels in quality to capture resolution photos which is equipped with practical functions to take self portraits for the devices. In addition to the Selfie panoramas which are composed of three shots (Huawei has presented for the first time this function at the Ascend P7 ), you can trigger the camera with a gesture or a spoken command. Selfies are possible also with the main camera, automatic face detection gives the order to accommodate it.The animated Selfies fun Special: combining several images, GIFs can create short videos in loop.

So, the front-facing camera to continuous use invites which however significantly affects the battery. Frequent users can but peace of mind: with a capacity of 1900 Mah at the A3 and 2300 Mah at the A5 the batteries on paper are not particularly powerful, in practice they get good terms from 12 to 15 hours for 4 to 5 hours the display-not least due to the relatively low resolution of the display. The ultra energy-saving mode, introduced with the Galaxy S5, also helps the out tickling of the last reserves of strength.

Not much to the buy recommendation for the mid-size car segment is missing A series of Samsung. Especially the price at the end remains problematic: Samsung is known for its smartphones to require much money, 399 EUR is earmarked for the A5 299 euros for the A3,. For the same money, you get technically better equipped devices, for example the HTC one M7, the Galaxy S4 or the Huawei honor 6. Those who are still interested in A model, should wait for something, because experience has shown that the sales prices on the Internet fall quickly below the retail price.