RE­VIEW: Sam­sung Galaxy A5

A stylish, thin phone with good cam­eras that's avail­able for a lot less than the flag­ship Galaxy S6

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We're big fans og the new Galaxy S6. but if you can't af­ford one then the mid-range Galaxy A5 should be on your short­list. It's the lat­est model in Sam­sung's Al­pha range and is a smart-look­ing mid-priced phone. It comes in black, sil­ver,gold and white. The 5 refers to the screen size, and it weighs a feather-like 123g.

In the hand, it feels re­mark­ably svelte, and that’s mainly be­cause it’s just 6.7mm thick. Th­ese fig­ures are slightly lower than those for the iPhone 6, which is 129g and 6.9mm.

It may have a plas­tic rear cover, but the cham­fered alu­minium band around the sides and smooth glass front make it feel more like a pre­mium phone. Plus, the ab­sence of any flex means build qual­ity is right up there with the best.

Turn it on and you’ll im­me­di­ately no­tice the vi­brant colours of the Su­per AMOLED dis­play, which also has ex­cel­lent view­ing an­gles. You also get a 13Mp cam­era at the rear, com­plete with LED flash and a 5Mp front-mounted ‘selfie’ cam­era.

In­side, it’s clear that there have been some com­pro­mises. The Snap­dragon 410 pro­ces­sor isn’t go­ing to top any bench­mark charts, and the phone runs the older ver­sion of An­droid: KitKat in­stead of the lat­est Lol­lipop.

Set into the metal band are two re­mov­able trays whose de­sign is so sim­i­lar to the iPhone that at a glance you could mis­take the A5 for a big­ger ver­sion of the iPhone 5.

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