Sam­sung Galaxy Al­pha

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Sam­sung’s Galaxy Al­pha is just about as straight a com­peti­tor for Ap­ple’s iPhone as I’ve ever seen. To that end, it’s also quite dif­fi­cult to see what the at­trac­tion would be for any­one not search­ing for a di­rect iPhone 4S re­place­ment, beyond its ob­vi­ous good looks.

The Al­pha fea­tures a rel­a­tively mod­est 4.7” screen and an aes­thetic that looks like it stepped right from the hal­lowed halls of Ap­ple’s Cu­per­tino HQ. Sam­sung has even gone so far as to step away from its now- stan­dard plas­tic build to opt for a new alu­minum so­lu­tion in­stead. And at just 7mm thick, and boast­ing the same dis­tinc­tive pat­terned sur­faces and dim­pled rear of pre­vi­ous Sam­sung de­vices, it’s cer­tainly a beau­ti­ful smart­phone. Be­neath that sleek ex­te­rior lurks a 2.5GHz Snap­dragon 801 pro­ces­sor and the now- stan­dard 2GB of RAM found in most not- quite- top- of- the- range hand­sets. At the rear of the de­vice lives a de­cent enough 12MP cam­era, with a 2.1MP front facer that’s ready, will­ing and able to pro­vide your selfie fix, should you par­take in such pur­suits. 32GB of stor­age is cer­tainly gen­er­ous, but it comes at a cost: the Al­pha, un­like most other mod­ern de­vices, doesn’t of­fer a mi­croSD slot for re­mov­able stor­age. Per­haps Sam­sung was so fix­ated in of­fer­ing a di­rect iPhone re­place­ment that it for­got to fix one of the big­gest is­sues with Ap­ple’s de­vices? On the flip side of the coin, the Al­pha does of­fer some solid fea­tures in­clud­ing a finger­print scan­ner for that ex­tra layer of de­vice and data se­cu­rity, a won­der­ful Ul­tra- Power Sav­ing Mode that’ll ex­tend the life of your de­vice tremen­dously should you find your­self sep­a­rated from a power source for pro­longed pe­ri­ods and the now- oblig­a­tory Sam­sung S Health app, which re­mains a fine piece of builtin soft­ware. For all the good things about the Galaxy Al­pha, though, it’s re­ally tough to un­der­stand what pur­pose it serves. It does noth­ing the Galaxy S5 can’t do, aside from per­haps look­ing a lit­tle pret­tier, and iPhone stal­warts look­ing to make the move to An­droid will surely look to­wards some of the more high­end de­vices on the mar­ket, rather than sim­ply cross- grad­ing. It’s a cu­ri­ous one, but that doesn’t stop the Al­pha from be­ing a de­cent de­vice when taken on its mer­its, and if you hap­pen to be in the slim de­mo­graphic that sees sense in con­sid­er­ing it, then you’ll get a fine smart­phone for your money.

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