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Samsung Galaxy A3, Mid-Range Jewel

January 30, 2015


I was checking out a mid-range handset in my latest smartphone-reviews, so I’m going to follow that path and do a little presentation of another device from the mid-range market area, the Samsung Galaxy A3, which was recently released and also holds on board a tempting list of features. Some of them are a 4.5 inches Super Amoled display, a Snapdragon 410 chipset, an 8 megapixels primary camera and a 5 MP front-facing one, a great design and more. Also, it comes in a dual-SIM version too, being ideal for customers who use two carriers and don’t want to be using a smartphone for each of them. Feeling interested? Keep reading and find out more.

In its retail package, the Samsung Galaxy A3 comes along with a charger, a microUSB cable which serves for re-charging your handset and making data connections, a pair of headphones with in-ear buds and a little tool for ejecting the SIM and microSD cards.

The Galaxy A3 is certainly a looker and has some great measurements, standing at 130 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm and has a weight of 110 grams. If it sounds nice on paper, you should know that it’s even better in real life, being very slim and lightweight, thus elegant and easy to handle. The handset is made from a hiqh-quality plastic and seems really solid and reliable, almost touching the premium quality you usually find on flagships. A metal frame surrounds the stylish body and adds even more elegance to it. The rear surface features a delicate matte finish which is pleasant to look at, offers a good hand grip and will keep away fingerprints.

The Samsung Galaxy A3 comes packed with a  4.5 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and a pixel density of 245 ppi. The colors look very nice, the viewing angles are good, but the star of the show is its contrast, which is wonderful. The phone is a pleasure to use on the outside too, as it offers an excellent sunlight legibility. Unfortunately, it lacks any kind of protection, so you might consider getting a case or something like that for avoiding scratches and the like.

In terms of user interface, the Samsung Galaxy A3 comes loaded with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which has been tweaked with Samsung’s proprietary interface, TouchWiz. When browsing through it, you’ll be greeted by the lockscreen, which offers the time and date and also holds a shortcut for the camera. You can set up a number of 5 homescreens and tweak them however you like, themes are available for customization, the notification area will show your notifications, a brightness slider, a set of quick toggles and a Settings key, the app drawer holds your apps and so on. Browsing through the interface goes nice and smooth, as it’s friendly and intuitive and will provide a great user experience even if you’re an Android newbie.
At the hardware department, the Samsung Galaxy A3 holds a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 306 GPU, 1 GB of RAM for the dual-SIM version and 1.5 GB RAM for the single-SIM one and 16 GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 64 GB. The A3 is an excellent performer and will provide a flawless user experience, free of any lagging issues or anything like that.

In its connectivity basket, the Galaxy A3 holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G, LTE Cat4, Wi-Fi b/g/n with Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE, EDR and A2DP, microUSB 2.0 and NFC. The dual-SIM version lacks LTE and NFC.

For snapping pictures, the Samsung Galaxy A3 is packed with an 8 MP camera with autofocus which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and is accompanied by a LED flash for low light shots. The camera app offers support for panorama, HDR, manual settings for adjusting the ISO, white balance, exposure compensation and more. The photos delivered will offer a very good image quality, with accurate colors, good contrast and a great deal of resolved detail.
The video camera will prove itself as being highly capable too, producing some very pretty 1080p videos @30 fps.
For making video calls or taking selfies, you also have a great 5 MP snapper on the frontal side of the handset.

Some other useful apps and features offered by the Samsung Galaxy A3 are two very capable media players for audio and video playback, an FM Radio with RDS support, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, the Android browser and Google Chrome for providing a smooth browsing experience and much more.

The Samsung Galaxy A3 is kept “alive” by a 1,900 mAh non-replaceable battery and will endure almost two days under a moderate usage.


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