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Here's why you should buy this year's Samsung Galaxy A5

The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) was introduced to the world earlier this year in January and is available now for nearly $100 less than its original price. But the question is: should you seize this opportunity? The device has a lot of potential, so here are its winning qualities that may well sway your decision.

An elegant design

The design of the A series is based on the S series - so this year's Galaxy A5 device is based on the design of the Galaxy S7. The latter is an excellent device, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect anything short of a very successful phone for the A5 (2017). The smartphone looks beautiful and mingles very tactfully with the high-end devices, both in terms of how it looks and how it feels. The only issue that may be upsetting to some is the presence of fingerprints on the glass screen, but this problem isn't specific to this phone, all smartphones with a glass screen encounter this issue. 

It's obviously reminiscent of its high-end cousin: the body is made of metal and a layer of glass ensures the premium effect is very much present. It also has some other points that make it stand out, particularly the placement of the speaker, which is no longer on the bottom edge of the phone but is instead on the side, so you can avoid blocking the sound output when you're looking at videos or playing games. 

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The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is a great looking phone. © AndroidPIT

Incredible battery life

The 2016 version of the Galaxy A5 was renowned for having a battery life far above average and this latest model successfully perpetuates the family tradition. The device uses a 3,000 mAh battery, which has now become a fairly standard battery capacity. Having said that, even for a mid-range device, this Galaxy A5 (2017) shows remarkable battery life: under intensive use, the phone will last a whole day without problems.

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Aside from the autonomy, the Galaxy A5 (2017) has another interesting feature for a mid-range device: quick charging. You can fully charge the device (from zero to 100 percent) in 1 hour and 20 minutes. 

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The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) has a USB Type-C port and quick charging. © AndroidPIT

Some highly appreciated little extras

Although the Galaxy A5 (2017) isn't really there to compete against high-end devices, though it does offer some benefits that the others don't. For starters, it has an IP68 certification that allows the device to be submerged underwater for several minutes without being ruined. You'd think this feature would be standard on flagship phones today, but several manufacturers are still deadlocked against it, like Google and its Pixel phones.

Samsung also offers some of the little extras from the Samsung Galaxy S7. The Game Launcher, which is aimed at gamers, is available on the phone: it allows you to save your game sessions, block notifications so you can't be disturbed while you're playing, and many other features. While this isn't especially useful for the mere mortals among us who don't play games on phones, for others this is a very useful feature.

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Some elements are displayed even when the screen is off on the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017). / © AndroidPIT

There is also Always On mode, which displays the date and time, and whether you have any notifications, on the locked screen of the smartphone. This mode makes the most of Samsung's AMOLED screen, meaning it's a black screen with only the necessary numbers and letters illuminated. Whether this function is actually useful in everyday life is another question altogether, that's up to you to decide.

Did the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) catch your eye? Did you already buy it? We'd love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • My first smartphone. As a piece of hardware it's extremely impressive - much better than I could have hoped for - but the longer I have it the more I feel it's let down by a mediocre software experience. The pre-installed apps do not provide a very integrated or sophisticated experience. They take up a huge chunk of the available storage, and having to replace so much of it without being able to get rid of any of it becomes increasingly irritating over time. It's not all bad, TWiz is actually fine, and Secure Folder is great. Unfortunately it eats up another 4 gigs with duplicated apps... *sigh*.

  • Phone is awesome, amazing look, battery is greatest, i took it for 320€ here in Kosovo

  • Hilko R. 3 months ago Link to comment

    The A5 is a great phone. I agree that its a very pricey phone, but in my opinion all current phones by the major manufacturers are way over-priced - for a good bargain you'll need to look at china-phones with all their shortcomings like limited (none?) update support and delivery and guarantee issues. So if to leave the cost aspect out of the equation, then the A5 is a very nice phone.
    The screen is super, visability in and out of the sun is good, the software automatically improves visability (and it really works!) based on a light sensor. Speaking of software, the A5 comes with a good skin on top of Android. With my previous Samsung phones I would often put Cyanogenmod on it within the first 6 months to get rid of all the bloatware and very unwanted quirks that came with Samsung's skin. But I actually enjoy what comes default with the A5.
    Battery life is superb!
    Size of the phone is perhaps it's best feature, its small enough to fit in my pocket, its hardly bigger than my S4 due to small bezels. Camera is pretty good (only lacks optic image stabilization), the default software is very fast and works nice. Selfy cam is good enough. Overal build quality is very acceptable. I love the physical home button which serves also as fingerprint reader, which works very well.
    One item from my S4 which I really miss is the notification LED ! Very annoying to not see in one glimps if there is a new notification, or while charging if my phone is full.
    Overall I'm very happy with my A5 2017.

  • I agree with battery life, I had this phone for a whole week, battery could last for 2 days of medium use (social apps plus browsing net through Chrome). But design isn't elegant rather than glassy. I felt if A5 dropped it would be the end of it. Better option for same amount of money is P9. Regards.

  • far too pricey,
    but if you really love it and you really want a budget Samsung, great... as long as your happy
    (that's the sort of diplomacy a parent needs these days)
    I've noticed over time cheaper Samsung's really don't handle Sammy's heavy software too well.
    lots of great value androids at similar price, with a much better software experience.

  • Mark
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    3 months ago Link to comment

    At those prices you can get an unlocked Note 4 Best phone ever made by Samsung.

  • storm 3 months ago Link to comment

    Seems the moto g5 plus offers more actual phone and performance for the same or less money.

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