REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A5
A stylish, thin phone with good cameras that's available for a lot less than the flagship Galaxy S6
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.