Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

price Rs. 21,900 onwards launch Feb, 2016
current magic score ?
<50
verdict AVOID
poor value-for-money
currently ranked
#26
of 41 phones in Rs. 20,000 - 25,000

phonecurry editor's note based on opinion across 6 expert review(s)

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Exquisite, ambitious design with stylish colors
  • The attention to detail comes across - the finely polished glass surfaces are non-slippery in the hand, yet don't get too messy
  • the metal frame is thoughtfully shaped, so it doesn't create any discomfort for the user
  • and the physical keys have the perfect amount of click response
  • Manages to be both aesthetically pleasing and convenient to work with - which is a rare combination
  • Good display with nice brightness flexibility - outdoors, it can get bright enough to let you view it comfortably, while in the dark, brightness can get extremely low, so as not to hurt your eyes
  • Good, fast cameras
  • Decent loudspeaker
  • Good call quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Bundled Fast Adaptive Charger allows for quick charging

WHAT WE DIDN'T
  • The Touchwiz UI lets the phone down - it has a lot of bugs, and random instabilities, that tend to dampen the Android experience
  • Iffy fingerprint sensor
  • Underwhelming speed/performance in this price range
  • No notification LED

6 expert review(s)


615+ user reviews

video review

source: @PhoneArena
OS
Smartphone OSAndroid 5.1, Upgradeable to 6.0, Expected upgrade to 7.0
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.2 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4)
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Geomagnetic Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • RGB Light Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor1.6 GHz, Octa Core
RAM2 GB
Memory
Internal Memory16 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity2900 mAh
Battery Talktime (3G)16.00 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Internet Usage Time (3G): Up to 14 hrs
  • Internet Usage Time (LTE): Up to 14 hrs
  • Internet Usage Time (WiFi): Up to 16 hrs
  • Video Playback Time: Up to 14 hrs
  • Audio Playback Time: Up to 75 hrs
Dimensions
Weight153 gm
Thickness7.3 mm
Camera
Camera13.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch Focus
  • Face Detection
  • Panorama
  • HDR
  • F/1.9 Aperture
Secondary Camera5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • Full HD Video Recording
  • F/1.9 Aperture
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS
CompassYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • Supports Fast Battery Charging
  • Samsung Pay
  • S-Voice
  • WiFi Direct
  • WiFi Dual Band
  • ANT+ Support
Note: All brand quality factors listed below are already taken into account (with appropriate weightage) when calculating the magic score for a phone!
brand rating
3.15/5
(Average)
average phonecurry internal rating for phones launched by this brand in the last 12 months
brand perception
Very Good
brand perception among consumers, based on surveys
service quality rating
Good
service & support quality rating, based on user surveys