Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review

Some of the basic specification of Samsung Galaxy Alpha are given below:

 Android v4.4.4(kitkat)
 Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz  Cortex-A7
 32 GB
Expandable Memory
Screen Resolution
 HD, 720 x 1280 Pixels
Screen Size
 4.7 Inches
Other Display Features
 Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Battery Type
 1860 mAh
Primary Camera
 12 Megapixel
Secondary Camera
 2.1 Megapixel
Other Camera Features
 Selective Focus and Shadow Free (HDR), Fast Auto  Focus. Phase Detection
Additional Features
 BLE / ANT+, Advanced Multi-processing, Ultra  Power Saving Mode, Enhanced Security with Finger  Print Scanner: Screen Unlock, Web Login, Private  Mode, S Health with HRM, Wearable Companions

Apart from its previous plasticky design, Samsung now introduced metallic frame in its new smartphone "Samsung Galaxy Alpha". Galaxy Alpha feels most luxurious and premium in hand than all of the Samsung Galaxy series. Despite, it looks like Samsung Galaxy S5 as the back panel has a similar rubbished dotted pattern but it is found to be more comfortable on hands than Galaxy S5.Also, Galaxy Alpha lacks the water resistance. Therefore you need to be more careful around drinks, rain or any spot of liquids.

The main disappointing aspect of this phone is its display.It has 4.7" display which is the perfect size for a smartphone but it has a 1280x720 p resolution which is a way down to the full HD resolution.It has the pixel density of 312 pixels per inch which is also low. On the other hand, the screen is bright and extremely rich colors which makes the videos more vivid.

The Galaxy Alpha runs on Android v4.4.4 (kitkat) platform which would be upgradable to Android v5.0  (Lolipop) in future.

It packs in Octa Core processor. There are eight cores in total but its actually made up two Quad Core processors - one clocked at 1.3GHz for basic tasks and one clocked at 1.8GHz for when more power is required. It has a excellent performance which is above than that of Galaxy S5. It scored more on benchmark tests than Galaxy S5. There was no noticeable lag at all during multitasking or playing heavy games such as asphalt 8, GP2, Deadzone. So performance wise, it is powerful smartphone.

The phone has a 1860mAh battery which is low. The charge remains intact for long during standby but the battery drained very quickly during heavy tasks, and particluarly when the screen brightness is at maximum level. It was needed to be charged before the day ended.

It has an internal memory of 32GB with a 2 GB RAM. One more disappointing aspect is its non-expandable memory. 32GB internal memory is enough for a person with normal usage but for heavy Gamers or person with heavy usage, it can be low memory for them. On the other hand, its 2GB RAM supports perfectly for its performance.

Galaxy Alpha has a 12 MP primary camera and a 2.1 MP secondary camera. While testing, the camera shows the extremely good results while the HDR is ON. The images were brighter, crisp and more exposed. The secondary camera was capable of taking some descent images in normal light conditions but fails during the low light conditions.

Galaxy Alpha has an feature of  "Finger Print Unlock" to enhance security as in Galaxy S5. You can unlock your phone only by your finger by activating the lock entering your fingerprint. This provides the more secure and easier medium to access your smartphone.

So, overall its a powerful phone with some of disappointing factors. If you look for a "high on performance" phone, then its a great choice but if you are focusing on screen resolution or expandable memory then drop the idea of buying it.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha is available on retail stores of around Rs 40,000 or you can buy it online of Rs 38,000.

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