2016 Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone review (SM-A510F)

In 2015, Samsung's A-series turned out to be a bestseller both in Russia and around the world. Consumers chose these devices for two reasons: on the one hand, they looked like the flagships of the previous season, on the other hand, they could choose the required screen diagonal and, as a result, the size. In favor of the A-series was also the fact that they didn’t ask for as much for a decent design as in the flagships, many looked at these devices as a reasonable compromise. In 2016, Samsung decided to strengthen this direction and offered in the A-series a design that is as similar as possible to the company's current flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S6. Externally, these are the same materials, internally similar solutions that are becoming massive and distinguish this device from the inexpensive J-series, which can be safely considered more budgetary, even if devices in it start to cost from 10,000 rubles. I see the A-series as a middle ground for the average person who doesn't chase the latest technology, processor speed in virtual tasks, but doesn't want to sacrifice the smoothness of the interface, the possibility of long work and fast battery charging.

If we talk specifically about the A5 2016, then the solution turned out to be very balanced and of high quality, to some extent it can be called the Russian flagship, since people will choose such solutions in 2016 with the prospect of using them for 2-3 years . Unlike the same A3, a fingerprint scanner has already been added here, which makes the device noticeably more interesting, and the screen size is closer to the most common on the market. A sort of golden mean.

Given that the model costs about 26 thousand rubles, it cannot be considered as a competitor to the same S6, the price of which starts from 40 thousand rubles. At the same time, for many, this model will become a competitor to the ancient iPhone 5s 16 GB, which in Russia costs about the same, but has worse characteristics in almost all aspects. The only advantage of the iPhone is that it's an iPhone, even if it's three years old. To understand the gap between three generations of devices, you don't need to be Einstein, electronics has gone far ahead during this time, which I will show a little later using the example of these two devices.

Design, dimensions, controls

As already mentioned, the design of this solution is directly borrowed from the company's flagship - Galaxy S6. A metal case in which not only the screen, but also the back panel is covered with glass. The glass has a slight curvature, it is fashionable in the last year 2.5D, the glass itself is Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Given that the device is aimed at the widest possible audience, it comes out in four colors at once - gold, black, white, rose gold.

Each color has a metallic sheen, plays well in the sun. Handprints remain on the rear panel, they are clearly visible indoors, those who are disgusted by this will not be happy with the phone. Small bevels of the panels are pleasant in the hands, but on a table or an inclined surface they do not create a sliding effect, the device lies well.

The dimensions of the phone are 144.8x71x7.3 mm, the weight is 155 grams. I like both the materials and the quality of the device, there are no complaints here and cannot be. Fits well in the hand, well-assembled, there are simply no rough edges. At the top and bottom there is a microphone, there is a noise reduction system that works well in noisy environments.

Two separate volume keys are on the left side, the on/off button is on the right side. There is also a slot for two SIM-cards (nano), instead of one of them you can install a memory card.

On the rear panel you can see a 13-megapixel camera, it protrudes above the body, which does not interfere with life in the slightest. Next to it is an LED flash. At the bottom there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack, as well as a speaker hole.

You will see the proximity and light sensor above the screen, but below it there is a physical key, on the sides there are two touch keys. This key has a built-in fingerprint sensor, it works quickly and well, just touch it. In order for the sensor to start working, the phone must be woken up, it is pointless to put a finger from rest mode, this is a conscious step in order to avoid increased power consumption or complication of the design.

Display

The screen specifications are as follows: 5.2 inches, 1080x1920 pixels (424 ppi), SuperAMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, with 2.5D effect. Let me remind you that 2015 became interesting in terms of the fact that literally all the notable players began to install AMOLED matrices in their flagships, since Samsung began selling them to the side. The lag behind Samsung's own screens was several generations, but this did not stop the manufacturers, they saw more pluses than minuses in this.

In A5 2016, the screen is almost impossible to find fault with, it is very high quality and performs well in all usage scenarios, whether it is reading texts or working in bright sunlight. Traditionally, in the settings you can set different color display options (Adaptive screen, AMOLED movie, AMOLED photo, main). Those who prefer muted, natural colors can get them, those who want a brighter picture can also choose it. This is a matter of your choice, and not the restrictions laid down by the manufacturer.

Auto brightness is working correctly, I use it all the time and have no problems. Of the advantages of using it, I note that on the street in this mode the screen becomes readable, in manual mode the backlight brightness is limited to lower values.

Reproach, and then only theoretically, is possible on the screen resolution, FullHD is not so much, especially since the flagship has a QHD resolution. On the other hand, you simply will not notice this difference, no dots on the screen are visible, even if you bring it close to your eyes. Some people claim that they see something like that, but this is more a conviction than an objective reality. Another horror story that people love to scare people with is that AMOLED screens burn out. Considering how I use phones, and the fact that they work during the day for 3-4 hours with the screen on, or even more, this should have happened to me a couple of years ago on older and more primitive screens. But it didn't happen. Yes, and in the services with such a problem encountered in isolated cases. Although in demos that run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this occurs after a couple of weeks of work.

Whatever one may say, but the screen in this device is one of the best on the market, which is worth a lot, since you will have to work with it for a long time.

Battery

For me, the time of the phone is critical, I think that the same can be said about any person. Working time is the parameter that is important for each of us. In this device, the battery capacity is 2900 mAh (Li-Pol), which does not look like something special against the background of Chinese devices, they already have 4000, 5000 and even 6000 mAh batteries. But what distinguishes the Chinese from A-brands, and in this case A5, is that with a large battery capacity they compensate for the shortcomings of chipsets, that they assemble their devices from public cubes and do not work with them to optimize power consumption.

During the test, we always look at how long the video device can spin (AVI, FullHD, MX Player, maximum brightness). And here comes the moment of truth, most Chinese break down on this test, they show a result of 5-7 hours with a battery of about 3000 mAh. The same A5 of 2016 works until 2 pm.

It is clear that in real life scenarios for using the phone are very different, we use the Internet, social networks and other opportunities. My experience with the A5 is that it provides two to three days of work, depending on the workload you have. For example, for those who use calls and SMS, do not surf the Internet for long, it will be about 3.5 days of work with an hour of calls in total and up to two hours of screen operation! As for me, this is a very, very good result. For more active people, about two days of phone operation, 3 hours of screen on and up to an hour of talk time will come out. The audience that buys such solutions will be very pleased with how long the phone works.

Traditionally, there is fast charging, which allows you to charge the battery up to one hundred percent in 105 minutes. In half an hour, you can get a little more than half the charge, which is nice.

There is also a power saving mode, when the backlight of the screen, the frequency of the processor is limited, in this mode, many will not experience problems with the operation of the device, but the operating time will increase by 20 percent at least. In the maximum power saving mode, everything turns gray on the screen, and the device can provide hours of operation even with a small charge.

I'm glad that technologies that were reserved for flagships have moved into the mid-range and made this model stand out. Working time in different modes is its strong point.

Memory, RAM, performance

Samsung is consistently refusing to use Qualcomm chipsets, and this also affects mid-range models. A year ago, the Snapdragon 410 was in the A5 model, which belonged to the middle segment and in every sense had not the most outstanding characteristics. The move to the Exynos 7580 gave the company the opportunity to drastically increase the performance of the A5 in 2016, which means the model has become interesting from this point of view. It makes no sense to compare it with its predecessor, I'm more likely to say that against the background of other devices in this price niche, the A5 2016 began to show results close to the maximum. And that's not bad. I was surprised that, despite the 28 nm process, the processor's gluttony is low. It almost does not heat up under load, it is noticeable only when transmitting data via LTE, there is heating of the area near the camera.

В синтетических тестах этот процессор показал себя неплохо.

The built-in memory in the device is 16 GB (10.7 GB is available to the user), but there is also support for memory cards, which no other flagship from Samsung can boast of. It is this moment that surprises me, as it is a competitive advantage that was voluntarily abandoned. However, in the A5, this is all right, so you can install a memory card up to 128 GB and not know any problems.

2 GB of RAM, enough for all tasks. Despite the fact that the flagships get 3, 4, and some even 6 GB of memory, this does not matter for most tasks. Given the positioning of this device, 2 GB of memory is enough for the eyes, none of the users will experience difficulties.

I want to emphasize once again that from the point of view of the chipset, the solution turned out to be balanced, a powerful processor with good performance, while it does not work like an oven and does not eat up the battery.

Communications

Everything is quite typical, USB version 2, there is support for NFC, Ant+, 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5.0 GHz, HT40, BT 4.1, the built-in LTE modem supports LTE Advanced Cat.6.

Camera

The front camera does not have autofocus, but it has a resolution of 5 megapixels, which is not bad, it is photosensitive (f / 1.9).

The main camera is 13-megapixel, it is similar in characteristics to the cameras that were in the flagships of last year, it produces good picture quality, as you can see for yourself. The main improvement compared to the previous season is that even in the dark the pictures are pretty good. A number of modes are missing that are on the flagships, there is no HDR mode for full resolution (only for 8 megapixels). But, in general, the camera has grown head and shoulders in comparison with the previous generation and will satisfy even the most demanding user.

Software

The model went on sale on Android 5.1.1, but will receive an update to Android 6 at the end of spring. Inside we see a light version of TouchWiz, the same was on the Samsung S6, most of the menu Mafuta Ya Nywele Ya Olive Na Nazi and settings are the same. You can watch a detailed video that describes all the nuances of this shell.

Those who like to read can check out the TouchWiz feature link in the Galaxy S6 review.

Unlike the top models, it has a built-in FM radio, which looks like a nice bonus.

Apps such as S Health, Kids Mode and others can be downloaded to this device from the Samsung App Store, even if they are not preinstalled.

When using KNOX, you can install any program in duplicate, for example, install two WhatsApp messengers on one device and use them for each SIM card (two numbers, two messengers). You can even chat with yourself. Exactly the same trick can be done with any software, no phone allows you to simultaneously work with two instant messengers on the same device with different numbers, this is a unique feature from Samsung.

Impressions

The call quality is excellent, the ring volume is above average, it can be heard from clothes or a bag. The vibrating alert is average in strength. The noise reduction system works well, there are no complaints about it either.

What did I like about this device? These are case materials, glass and metal, and from experience with such phones I can say that they are very resistant and difficult to break, unlike the same iPhone, which damnably does not like to fall on hard surfaces. Different color solutions are a plus to the ability to choose a device for yourself.

Of the outstanding characteristics, I will note the operating time, it deserves praise. Two days of confident work is very good with the load that the phone holds. No one can boast of 14 hours of video playback with such a diagonal of the screen, its brightness and a battery of comparable capacity. Samsung turned out to be a very balanced device, the presence of a fingerprint sensor makes it convenient to use. I frankly like most of the latest models from Samsung, they have high-quality materials, excellent screens, good sound. But this device is distinguished by the fact that it also gives a good price, its price is 26,000 rubles. For comparison, a three-year-old iPhone 5s 16 GB is offered for 25,000 rubles (and after a sharp price reduction, it recently cost more than 30,000 rubles).

In the iPhone, there is nothing but the name, the screen is smaller and its resolution is worse, the operating time is shorter in any of the modes, there is no possibility to increase the memory, the cameras are lower resolution and noticeably simpler. I don’t even stutter about fast charging or special power saving modes. This is a model that came out three years ago and was once the flagship. In A5 2016, on the contrary, most of the solutions of the flagship of a year ago were used, so feel the difference. On the other hand, if you like the design of the iPhone, and the phone is only for calls and you are ready to constantly recharge it, then why not? Someone buys new solutions, someone buys old ones.

There are many offers on the market in the segment of about 25-27 thousand rubles, this is the former middle segment, which for many in Russia has become the "new flagships". The Chinese are chosen here, but their capabilities are often comparable only on paper, the quality of the screens, the operating time and other “little things” differ. Picking up a dozen competitors of the 2016 A5 will not be difficult, but these are players from different worlds.

2016 Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone review (SM-A510F)

In 2015, Samsung's A-series turned out to be a bestseller both in Russia and around the world. Consumers chose these devices for two reasons: on the one hand, they looked like the flagships of the previous season, on the other hand, they could choose the required screen diagonal and, as a result, the size. In favor of the A-series was also the fact that they didn’t ask for as much for a decent design as in the flagships, many looked at these devices as a reasonable compromise. In 2016, Samsung decided to strengthen this direction and offered in the A-series a design that is as similar as possible to the company's current flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S6. Externally, these are the same materials, internally similar solutions that are becoming massive and distinguish this device from the inexpensive J-series, which can be safely considered more budgetary, even if devices in it start to cost from 10,000 rubles. I see the A-series as a middle ground for the average person who doesn't chase the latest technology, processor speed in virtual tasks, but doesn't want to sacrifice the smoothness of the interface, the possibility of long work and fast battery charging.

If we talk specifically about the A5 2016, then the solution turned out to be very balanced and of high quality, to some extent it can be called the Russian flagship, since people will choose such solutions in 2016 with the prospect of using them for 2-3 years . Unlike the same A3, a fingerprint scanner has already been added here, which makes the device noticeably more interesting, and the screen size is closer to the most common on the market. A sort of golden mean.

Given that the model costs about 26 thousand rubles, it cannot be considered as a competitor to the same S6, the price of which starts from 40 thousand rubles. At the same time, for many, this model will become a competitor to the ancient iPhone 5s 16 GB, which in Russia costs about the same, but has worse characteristics in almost all aspects. The only advantage of the iPhone is that it's an iPhone, even if it's three years old. To understand the gap between three generations of devices, you don't need to be Einstein, electronics has gone far ahead during this time, which I will show a little later using the example of these two devices.

Design, dimensions, controls

As already mentioned, the design of this solution is directly borrowed from the company's flagship - Galaxy S6. A metal case in which not only the screen, but also the back panel is covered with glass. The glass has a slight curvature, it is fashionable in the last year 2.5D, the glass itself is Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Given that the device is aimed at the widest possible audience, it comes out in four colors at once - gold, black, white, rose gold.

Each color has a metallic sheen, plays well in the sun. Handprints remain on the rear panel, they are clearly visible indoors, those who are disgusted by this will not be happy with the phone. Small bevels of the panels are pleasant in the hands, but on a table or an inclined surface they do not create a sliding effect, the device lies well.

The dimensions of the phone are 144.8x71x7.3 mm, the weight is 155 grams. I like both the materials and the quality of the device, there are no complaints here and cannot be. Fits well in the hand, well-assembled, there are simply no rough edges. At the top and bottom there is a microphone, there is a noise reduction system that works well in noisy environments.

Two separate volume keys are on the left side, the on/off button is on the right side. There is also a slot for two SIM-cards (nano), instead of one of them you can install a memory card.

On the rear panel you can see a 13-megapixel camera, it protrudes above the body, which does not interfere with life in the slightest. Next to it is an LED flash. At the bottom there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack, as well as a speaker hole.

You will see the proximity and light sensor above the screen, but below it there is a physical key, on the sides there are two touch keys. This key has a built-in fingerprint sensor, it works quickly and well, just touch it. In order for the sensor to start working, the phone must be woken up, it is pointless to put a finger from rest mode, this is a conscious step in order to avoid increased power consumption or complication of the design.

Display

The screen specifications are as follows: 5.2 inches, 1080x1920 pixels (424 ppi), SuperAMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, with 2.5D effect. Let me remind you that 2015 became interesting in terms of the fact that literally all the notable players began to install AMOLED matrices in their flagships, since Samsung began selling them to the side. The lag behind Samsung's own screens was several generations, but this did not stop the manufacturers, they saw more pluses than minuses in this.

In A5 2016, the screen is almost impossible to find fault with, it is very high quality and performs well in all usage scenarios, whether it is reading texts or working in bright sunlight. Traditionally, in the settings you can set different color display options (Adaptive screen, AMOLED movie, AMOLED photo, main). Those who prefer muted, natural colors can get them, those who want a brighter picture can also choose it. This is a matter of your choice, and not the restrictions laid down by the manufacturer.

Auto brightness is working correctly, I use it all the time and have no problems. Of the advantages of using it, I note that on the street in this mode the screen becomes readable, in manual mode the backlight brightness is limited to lower values.

Reproach, and then only theoretically, is possible on the screen resolution, FullHD is not so much, especially since the flagship has a QHD resolution. On the other hand, you simply will not notice this difference, no dots on the screen are visible, even if you bring it close to your eyes. Some people claim that they see something like that, but this is more a conviction than an objective reality. Another horror story that people love to scare people with is that AMOLED screens burn out. Considering how I use phones, and the fact that they work during the day for 3-4 hours with the screen on, or even more, this should have happened to me a couple of years ago on older and more primitive screens. But it didn't happen. Yes, and in the services with such a problem encountered in isolated cases. Although in demos that run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this occurs after a couple of weeks of work.

Whatever one may say, but the screen in this device is one of the best on the market, which is worth a lot, since you will have to work with it for a long time.

Battery

For me, the time of the phone is critical, I think that the same can be said about any person. Working time is the parameter that is important for each of us. In this device, the battery capacity is 2900 mAh (Li-Pol), which does not look like something special against the background of Chinese devices, they already have 4000, 5000 and even 6000 mAh batteries. But what distinguishes the Chinese from A-brands, and in this case A5, is that with a large battery capacity they compensate for the shortcomings of chipsets, that they assemble their devices from public cubes and do not work with them to optimize power consumption.

During the test, we always look at how long the video device can spin (AVI, FullHD, MX Player, maximum brightness). And here comes the moment of truth, most Chinese break down on this test, they show a result of 5-7 hours with a battery of about 3000 mAh. The same A5 of 2016 works until 2 pm.

It is clear that in real life scenarios for using the phone are very different, we use the Internet, social networks and other opportunities. My experience with the A5 is that it provides two to three days of work, depending on the workload you have. For example, for those who use calls and SMS, do not surf the Internet for long, it will be about 3.5 days of work with an hour of calls in total and up to two hours of screen operation! As for me, this is a very, very good result. For more active people, about two days of phone operation, 3 hours of screen on and up to an hour of talk time will come out. The audience that buys such solutions will be very pleased with how long the phone works.

Traditionally, there is fast charging, which allows you to charge the battery up to one hundred percent in 105 minutes. In half an hour, you can get a little more than half the charge, which is nice.

There is also a power saving mode, when the backlight of the screen, the frequency of the processor is limited, in this mode, many will not experience problems with the operation of the device, but the operating time will increase by 20 percent at least. In the maximum power saving mode, everything turns gray on the screen, and the device can provide hours of operation even with a small charge.

I'm glad that technologies that were reserved for flagships have moved into the mid-range and made this model stand out. Working time in different modes is its strong point.

Memory, RAM, performance

Samsung is consistently refusing to use Qualcomm chipsets, and this also affects mid-range models. A year ago, the Snapdragon 410 was in the A5 model, which belonged to the middle segment and in every sense had not the most outstanding characteristics. The move to the Exynos 7580 gave the company the opportunity to drastically increase the performance of the A5 in 2016, which means the model has become interesting from this point of view. It makes no sense to compare it with its predecessor, I'm rather talking about the fact that against the background of other devices in this price niche, the A5 2016 began to show results close to the maximum. And that's not bad. I was surprised that, despite the 28 nm process, the processor's gluttony is low. It almost does not heat up under load, it is noticeable only when transmitting data via LTE, there is heating of the area near the camera.

В синтетических тестах этот процессор показал себя неплохо.

The built-in memory in the device is 16 GB (10.7 GB is available to the user), but there is also support for memory cards, which no other flagship from Samsung can boast of. It is this moment that surprises me, as it is a competitive advantage that was voluntarily abandoned. However, in the A5, this is all right, so you can install a memory card up to 128 GB and not know any problems.

2 GB of RAM, enough for all tasks. Despite the fact that the flagships get 3, 4, and some even 6 GB of memory, this does not matter for most tasks. Given the positioning of this device, 2 GB of memory is enough for the eyes, none of the users will experience difficulties.

I want to emphasize once again that from the point of view of the chipset, the solution turned out to be balanced, a powerful processor with good performance, while it does not work like an oven and does not eat up the battery.

Communications

Everything is quite typical, USB version 2, there is support for NFC, Ant+, 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5.0 GHz, HT40, BT 4.1, the built-in LTE modem supports LTE Advanced Cat.6.

Camera

The front camera does not have autofocus, but it has a resolution of 5 megapixels, which is not bad, it is photosensitive (f / 1.9).

The main camera is 13-megapixel, it is similar in characteristics to the cameras that were in the flagships of last year, it produces good picture quality, as you can see for yourself. The main improvement compared to the previous season is that even in the dark the pictures are pretty good. A number of modes are missing that are on the flagships, there is no HDR mode for full resolution (only for 8 megapixels). But, in general, the camera has grown head and shoulders in comparison with the previous generation and will satisfy even the most demanding user.

Software

The model went on sale on Android 5.1.1, but will receive an update to Android 6 at the end of spring. Inside we see a light version of TouchWiz, the same was on the Samsung S6, most of the menu Mafuta Ya Nywele Ya Olive Na Nazi and settings are the same. You can watch a detailed video that describes all the nuances of this shell.

Those who like to read can check out the TouchWiz feature link in the Galaxy S6 review.

Unlike the top models, it has a built-in FM radio, which looks like a nice bonus.

Apps such as S Health, Kids Mode and others can be downloaded to this device from the Samsung App Store, even if they are not preinstalled.

When using KNOX, you can install any program in duplicate, for example, install two WhatsApp messengers on one device and use them for each SIM card (two numbers, two messengers). You can even chat with yourself. Exactly the same trick can be done with any software, no phone allows you to simultaneously work with two instant messengers on the same device with different numbers, this is a unique feature from Samsung.

Impressions

The call quality is excellent, the ring volume is above average, it can be heard from clothes or a bag. The vibrating alert is average in strength. The noise reduction system works well, there are no complaints about it either.

What did I like about this device? These are case materials, glass and metal, and from experience with such phones I can say that they are very resistant and difficult to break, unlike the same iPhone, which damnably does not like to fall on hard surfaces. Different color solutions are a plus to the ability to choose a device for yourself.

Of the outstanding characteristics, I will note the operating time, it deserves praise. Two days of confident work is very good with the load that the phone holds. No one can boast of 14 hours of video playback with such a diagonal of the screen, its brightness and a battery of comparable capacity. Samsung turned out to be a very balanced device, the presence of a fingerprint sensor makes it convenient to use. I frankly like most of the latest models from Samsung, they have high-quality materials, excellent screens, good sound. But this device is distinguished by the fact that it also gives a good price, its price is 26,000 rubles. For comparison, a three-year-old iPhone 5s 16 GB is offered for 25,000 rubles (and after a sharp price reduction, it recently cost more than 30,000 rubles).

In the iPhone, there is nothing but the name, the screen is smaller and its resolution is worse, the operating time is shorter in any of the modes, there is no possibility to increase the memory, the cameras are lower resolution and noticeably simpler. I don’t even stutter about fast charging or special power saving modes. This is a model that came out three years ago and was once the flagship. In A5 2016, on the contrary, most of the solutions of the flagship of a year ago were used, so feel the difference. On the other hand, if you like the design of the iPhone, and the phone is only for calls and you are ready to constantly recharge it, then why not? Someone buys new solutions, someone buys old ones.

There are many offers on the market in the segment of about 25-27 thousand rubles, this is the former middle segment, which for many in Russia has become the "new flagships". The Chinese are chosen here, but their capabilities are often comparable only on paper, the quality of the screens, the operating time and other “little things” differ. Picking up a dozen competitors of the 2016 A5 will not be difficult, but these are players from different worlds.

2016 Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone review (SM-A510F)

In 2015, Samsung's A-series turned out to be a bestseller both in Russia and around the world. Consumers chose these devices for two reasons: on the one hand, they looked like the flagships of the previous season, on the other hand, they could choose the required screen diagonal and, as a result, the size. In favor of the A-series was also the fact that they didn’t ask for as much for a decent design as in the flagships, many looked at these devices as a reasonable compromise. In 2016, Samsung decided to strengthen this direction and offered in the A-series a design that is as similar as possible to the company's current flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S6. Externally, these are the same materials, internally similar solutions that are becoming massive and distinguish this device from the inexpensive J-series, which can be safely considered more budgetary, even if devices in it start to cost from 10,000 rubles. I see the A-series as a middle ground for the average person who doesn't chase the latest technology, processor speed in virtual tasks, but doesn't want to sacrifice the smoothness of the interface, the possibility of long work and fast battery charging.

If we talk specifically about the A5 2016, then the solution turned out to be very balanced and of high quality, to some extent it can be called the Russian flagship, since people will choose such solutions in 2016 with the prospect of using them for 2-3 years . Unlike the same A3, a fingerprint scanner has already been added here, which makes the device noticeably more interesting, and the screen size is closer to the most common on the market. A sort of golden mean.

Given that the model costs about 26 thousand rubles, it cannot be considered as a competitor to the same S6, the price of which starts from 40 thousand rubles. At the same time, for many, this model will become a competitor to the ancient iPhone 5s 16 GB, which in Russia costs about the same, but has worse characteristics in almost all aspects. The only advantage of the iPhone is that it's an iPhone, even if it's three years old. To understand the gap between three generations of devices, you don't need to be Einstein, electronics has gone far ahead during this time, which I will show a little later using the example of these two devices.

Design, dimensions, controls

As already mentioned, the design of this solution is directly borrowed from the company's flagship - Galaxy S6. A metal case in which not only the screen, but also the back panel is covered with glass. The glass has a slight curvature, it is fashionable in the last year 2.5D, the glass itself is Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Given that the device is aimed at the widest possible audience, it comes out in four colors at once - gold, black, white, rose gold.

Each color has a metallic sheen, plays well in the sun. Handprints remain on the rear panel, they are clearly visible indoors, those who are disgusted by this will not be happy with the phone. Small bevels of the panels are pleasant in the hands, but on a table or an inclined surface they do not create a sliding effect, the device lies well.

The dimensions of the phone are 144.8x71x7.3 mm, the weight is 155 grams. I like both the materials and the quality of the device, there are no complaints here and cannot be. Fits well in the hand, well-assembled, there are simply no rough edges. At the top and bottom there is a microphone, there is a noise reduction system that works well in noisy environments.

Two separate volume keys are on the left side, the on/off button is on the right side. There is also a slot for two SIM-cards (nano), instead of one of them you can install a memory card.

On the rear panel you can see a 13-megapixel camera, it protrudes above the body, which does not interfere with life in the slightest. Next to it is an LED flash. At the bottom there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack, as well as a speaker hole.

You will see the proximity and light sensor above the screen, but below it there is a physical key, on the sides there are two touch keys. This key has a built-in fingerprint sensor, it works quickly and well, just touch it. In order for the sensor to start working, the phone must be woken up, it is pointless to put a finger from rest mode, this is a conscious step in order to avoid increased power consumption or complication of the design.

Display

The screen specifications are as follows: 5.2 inches, 1080x1920 pixels (424 ppi), SuperAMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, with 2.5D effect. Let me remind you that 2015 became interesting in terms of the fact that literally all the notable players began to install AMOLED matrices in their flagships, since Samsung began selling them to the side. The lag behind Samsung's own screens was several generations, but this did not stop the manufacturers, they saw more pluses than minuses in this.

In A5 2016, the screen is almost impossible to find fault with, it is very high quality and performs well in all usage scenarios, whether it is reading texts or working in bright sunlight. Traditionally, in the settings you can set different color display options (Adaptive screen, AMOLED Movie, AMOLED Photo, main). Those who prefer muted, natural colors can get them, those who want a brighter picture can also choose it. This is a matter of your choice, and not the restrictions laid down by the manufacturer.

Auto brightness is working correctly, I use it all the time and have no problems. Of the advantages of using it, I note that on the street in this mode the screen becomes readable, in manual mode the backlight brightness is limited to lower values.

Reproach, and then only theoretically, is possible on the screen resolution, FullHD is not so much, especially since the flagship has a QHD resolution. On the other hand, you simply will not notice this difference, no dots on the screen are visible, even if you bring it close to your eyes. Some people claim that they see something like that, but this is more a conviction than an objective reality. Another horror story that people love to scare people with is that AMOLED screens burn out. Considering how I use phones, and the fact that they work during the day for 3-4 hours with the screen on, or even more, this should have happened to me a couple of years ago on older and more primitive screens. But it didn't happen. Yes, and in the services with such a problem encountered in isolated cases. Although in demos that run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this occurs after a couple of weeks of work.

Whatever one may say, but the screen in this device is one of the best on the market, which is worth a lot, since you will have to work with it for a long time.

Battery

For me, the time of the phone is critical, I think that the same can be said about any person. Working time is the parameter that is important for each of us. In this device, the battery capacity is 2900 mAh (Li-Pol), which does not look like something special against the background of Chinese devices, they already have 4000, 5000 and even 6000 mAh batteries. But what distinguishes the Chinese from A-brands, and in this case A5, is that with a large battery capacity they compensate for the shortcomings of chipsets, that they assemble their devices from public cubes and do not work with them to optimize power consumption.

During the test, we always look at how long the video device can spin (AVI, FullHD, MX Player, maximum brightness). And here comes the moment of truth, most Chinese break down on this test, they show a result of 5-7 hours with a battery of about 3000 mAh. The same A5 of 2016 works until 2 pm.

It is clear that in real life scenarios for using the phone are very different, we use the Internet, social networks and other opportunities. My experience with the A5 is that it provides two to three days of work, depending on the workload you have. For example, for those who use calls and SMS, do not surf the Internet for long, it will be about 3.5 days of work with an hour of calls in total and up to two hours of screen operation! As for me, this is a very, very good result. For more active people, about two days of phone operation, 3 hours of screen on and up to an hour of talk time will come out. The audience that buys such solutions will be very pleased with how long the phone works.

Traditionally, there is fast charging, which allows you to charge the battery up to one hundred percent in 105 minutes. In half an hour, you can get a little more than half the charge, which is nice.

There is also a power saving mode, when the backlight of the screen, the frequency of the processor is limited, in this mode, many will not experience problems with the operation of the device, but the operating time will increase by 20 percent at least. In the maximum power saving mode, everything turns gray on the screen, and the device can provide hours of operation even with a small charge.

I'm glad that technologies that were reserved for flagships have moved into the mid-range and made this model stand out. Working time in different modes is its strong point.

Memory, RAM, performance

Samsung is consistently refusing to use Qualcomm chipsets, and this also affects mid-range models. A year ago, the Snapdragon 410 was in the A5 model, which belonged to the middle segment and in every sense had not the most outstanding characteristics. The move to the Exynos 7580 gave the company the opportunity to drastically increase the performance of the A5 in 2016, which means the model has become interesting from this point of view. It makes no sense to compare it with its predecessor, I'm rather talking about the fact that against the background of other devices in this price niche, the A5 2016 began to show results close to the maximum. And that's not bad. I was surprised that, despite the 28 nm process, the processor's gluttony is low. It almost does not heat up under load, it is noticeable only when transmitting data via LTE, there is heating of the area near the camera.

В синтетических тестах этот процессор показал себя неплохо.

The built-in memory in the device is 16 GB (10.7 GB is available to the user), but there is also support for memory cards, which no other flagship from Samsung can boast of. It is this moment that surprises me, as it is a competitive advantage that was voluntarily abandoned. However, in the A5, this is all right, so you can install a memory card up to 128 GB and not know any problems.

2 GB of RAM, enough for all tasks. Despite the fact that the flagships get 3, 4, and some even 6 GB of memory, this does not matter for most tasks. Given the positioning of this device, 2 GB of memory is enough for the eyes, none of the users will experience difficulties.

I want to emphasize once again that from the point of view of the chipset, the solution turned out to be balanced, a powerful processor with good performance, while it does not work like an oven and does not eat up the battery.

Communications

Everything is quite typical, USB version 2, there is support for NFC, Ant+, 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5.0 GHz, HT40, BT 4.1, the built-in LTE modem supports LTE Advanced Cat.6.

Camera

The front camera does not have autofocus, but it has a resolution of 5 megapixels, which is not bad, it is photosensitive (f / 1.9).

The main camera is 13-megapixel, it is similar in characteristics to the cameras that were in the flagships of last year, it produces good picture quality, as you can see for yourself. The main improvement compared to the previous season is that even in the dark the pictures are pretty good. A number of modes are missing that are on the flagships, there is no HDR mode for full resolution (only for 8 megapixels). But, in general, the camera has grown head and shoulders in comparison with the previous generation and will satisfy even the most demanding user.

Software

The model went on sale on Android 5.1.1, but will receive an update to Android 6 at the end of spring. Inside we see a light version of TouchWiz, the same was on the Samsung S6, most of the menu Mafuta Ya Nywele Ya Olive Na Nazi and settings are the same. You can watch a detailed video that describes all the nuances of this shell.

Those who like to read can check out the TouchWiz feature link in the Galaxy S6 review.

Unlike the top models, it has a built-in FM radio, which looks like a nice bonus.

Apps such as S Health, Kids Mode and others can be downloaded to this device from the Samsung App Store, even if they are not preinstalled.

When using KNOX, you can install any program in duplicate, for example, install two WhatsApp messengers on one device and use them for each SIM card (two numbers, two messengers). You can even chat with yourself. Exactly the same trick can be done with any software, no phone allows you to simultaneously work with two instant messengers on the same device with different numbers, this is a unique feature from Samsung.

Impressions

The call quality is excellent, the ring volume is above average, it can be heard from clothes or a bag. The vibrating alert is average in strength. The noise reduction system works well, there are no complaints about it either.

What did I like about this device? These are case materials, glass and metal, and from experience with such phones I can say that they are very resistant and difficult to break, unlike the same iPhone, which damnably does not like to fall on hard surfaces. Different color solutions are a plus to the ability to choose a device for yourself.

Of the outstanding characteristics, I will note the operating time, it deserves praise. Two days of confident work is very good with the load that the phone holds. No one can boast of 14 hours of video playback with such a diagonal of the screen, its brightness and a battery of comparable capacity. Samsung turned out to be a very balanced device, the presence of a fingerprint sensor makes it convenient to use. I frankly like most of the latest models from Samsung, they have high-quality materials, excellent screens, good sound. But this device is distinguished by the fact that it also gives a good price, its price is 26,000 rubles. For comparison, a three-year-old iPhone 5s 16 GB is offered for 25,000 rubles (and after a sharp price reduction, it recently cost more than 30,000 rubles).

In the iPhone, there is nothing but the name, the screen is smaller and its resolution is worse, the operating time is shorter in any of the modes, there is no possibility to increase the memory, the cameras are lower resolution and noticeably simpler. I don’t even stutter about fast charging or special power saving modes. This is a model that was released three years ago, and once it was the flagship. In A5 2016, on the contrary, most of the solutions of the flagship of a year ago were used, so feel the difference. On the other hand, if you like the design of the iPhone, and the phone is only for calls and you are ready to constantly recharge it, then why not? Someone buys new solutions, someone buys old ones.

There are many offers on the market in the segment of about 25-27 thousand rubles, this is the former middle segment, which for many in Russia has become the "new flagships". The Chinese are chosen here, but their capabilities are often comparable only on paper, the quality of the screens, the operating time and other “little things” differ. Picking up a dozen competitors of the 2016 A5 will not be difficult, but they are players from different worlds.

2016 Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone review (SM-A510F)

In 2015, Samsung's A-series turned out to be a bestseller both in Russia and around the world. Consumers chose these devices for two reasons: on the one hand, they looked like the flagships of the previous season, on the other hand, they could choose the required screen diagonal and, as a result, the size. In favor of the A-series was also the fact that they didn’t ask for as much for a decent design as in the flagships, many looked at these devices as a reasonable compromise. In 2016, Samsung decided to strengthen this direction and offered in the A-series a design that is as similar as possible to the company's current flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S6. Externally, these are the same materials, internally similar solutions that are becoming massive and distinguish this device from the inexpensive J-series, which can be safely considered more budgetary, even if devices in it start to cost from 10,000 rubles. I see the A-series as a middle ground for the average person who doesn't chase the latest technology, processor speed in virtual tasks, but doesn't want to sacrifice the smoothness of the interface, the possibility of long work and fast battery charging.

If we talk specifically about the A5 2016, then the solution turned out to be very balanced and of high quality, to some extent it can be called the Russian flagship, since people will choose such solutions in 2016 with the prospect of using them for 2-3 years . Unlike the same A3, a fingerprint scanner has already been added here, which makes the device noticeably more interesting, and the screen size is closer to the most common on the market. A sort of golden mean.

Given that the model costs about 26 thousand rubles, it cannot be considered as a competitor to the same S6, the price of which starts from 40 thousand rubles. At the same time, for many, this model will become a competitor to the ancient iPhone 5s 16 GB, which in Russia costs about the same, but has worse characteristics in almost all aspects. The only advantage of the iPhone is that it's an iPhone, even if it's three years old. To understand the gulf between three generations of devices, one does not need to be Einstein, electronics has gone far ahead during this time, which I will show a little later using the example of these two devices.

Design, dimensions, controls

As already mentioned, the design of this solution is directly borrowed from the company's flagship - Galaxy S6. A metal case in which not only the screen, but also the back panel is covered with glass. The glass has a slight curvature, it is fashionable in the last year 2.5D, the glass itself is Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Given that the device is aimed at the widest possible audience, it comes out in four colors at once - gold, black, white, rose gold.

Each color has a metallic sheen, plays well in the sun. Handprints remain on the rear panel, they are clearly visible indoors, those who are disgusted by this will not be happy with the phone. Small bevels of the panels are pleasant in the hands, but on a table or an inclined surface they do not create a sliding effect, the device lies well.

The dimensions of the phone are 144.8x71x7.3 mm, the weight is 155 grams. I like both the materials and the quality of the device, there are no complaints here and cannot be. Fits well in the hand, well-assembled, there are simply no rough edges. At the top and bottom there is a microphone, there is a noise reduction system that works well in noisy environments.

Two separate volume keys are on the left side, the on/off button is on the right side. There is also a slot for two SIM-cards (nano), instead of one of them you can install a memory card.

On the rear panel you can see a 13-megapixel camera, it protrudes above the body, which does not interfere with life in the slightest. Next to it is an LED flash. At the bottom there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack, as well as a speaker hole.

You will see the proximity and light sensor above the screen, but below it there is a physical key, on the sides there are two touch keys. This key has a built-in fingerprint sensor, it works quickly and well, just touch it. In order for the sensor to start working, the phone must be woken up, it is pointless to put a finger from rest mode, this is a conscious step in order to avoid increased power consumption or complication of the design.

Display

The screen specifications are as follows: 5.2 inches, 1080x1920 pixels (424 ppi), SuperAMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, with 2.5D effect. Let me remind you that 2015 became interesting in terms of the fact that literally all the notable players began to install AMOLED matrices in their flagships, since Samsung began selling them to the side. The lag behind Samsung's own screens was several generations, but this did not stop the manufacturers, they saw more pluses than minuses in this.

In A5 2016, the screen is almost impossible to find fault with, it is very high quality and performs well in all usage scenarios, whether it is reading texts or working in bright sunlight. Traditionally, in the settings you can set different color display options (Adaptive screen, AMOLED Movie, AMOLED Photo, main). Those who prefer muted, natural colors can get them, those who want a brighter picture can also choose it. This is a matter of your choice, and not the restrictions laid down by the manufacturer.

Auto brightness is working correctly, I use it all the time and have no problems. Of the advantages of using it, I note that on the street in this mode the screen becomes readable, in manual mode the backlight brightness is limited to lower values.

Reproach, and then only theoretically, is possible on the screen resolution, FullHD is not so much, especially since the flagship has a QHD resolution. On the other hand, you simply will not notice this difference, no dots on the screen are visible, even if you bring it close to your eyes. Some people claim that they see something like that, but this is more a conviction than an objective reality. Another horror story that people love to scare people with is that AMOLED screens burn out. Considering how I use phones, and the fact that they work during the day for 3-4 hours with the screen on, or even more, this should have happened to me a couple of years ago on older and more primitive screens. But it didn't happen. Yes, and in the services with such a problem encountered in isolated cases. Although in demos that run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this occurs after a couple of weeks of work.

Whatever one may say, but the screen in this device is one of the best on the market, which is worth a lot, since you will have to work with it for a long time.

Battery

For me, the time of the phone is critical, I think that the same can be said about any person. Working time is the parameter that is important for each of us. In this device, the battery capacity is 2900 mAh (Li-Pol), which does not look like something special against the background of Chinese devices, they already have 4000, 5000 and even 6000 mAh batteries. But what distinguishes the Chinese from A-brands, and in this case A5, is that with a large battery capacity they compensate for the shortcomings of chipsets, that they assemble their devices from public cubes and do not work with them to optimize power consumption.

During the test, we always look at how long the video device can spin (AVI, FullHD, MX Player, maximum brightness). And here comes the moment of truth, most Chinese break down on this test, they show a result of 5-7 hours with a battery of about 3000 mAh. The same A5 of 2016 works until 2 pm.

It is clear that in real life scenarios for using the phone are very different, we use the Internet, social networks and other opportunities. My experience with the A5 is that it provides two to three days of work, depending on the workload you have. For example, for those who use calls and SMS, do not surf the Internet for long, it will be about 3.5 days of work with an hour of calls in total and up to two hours of screen operation! As for me, this is a very, very good result. For more active people, about two days of phone operation, 3 hours of screen on and up to an hour of talk time will come out. The audience that buys such solutions will be very pleased with how long the phone works.

Traditionally, there is fast charging, which allows you to charge the battery up to one hundred percent in 105 minutes. In half an hour, you can get a little more than half the charge, which is nice.

There is also a power saving mode, when the backlight of the screen, the frequency of the processor is limited, in this mode, many will not experience problems with the operation of the device, but the operating time will increase by 20 percent at least. In the maximum power saving mode, everything turns gray on the screen, and the device can provide hours of operation even with a small charge.

I'm glad that technologies that were reserved for flagships have moved into the mid-range and made this model stand out. Working time in different modes is its strong point.

Memory, RAM, performance

Samsung is consistently refusing to use Qualcomm chipsets, and this also affects mid-range models. A year ago, the Snapdragon 410 was in the A5 model, which belonged to the middle segment and in every sense had not the most outstanding characteristics. The move to the Exynos 7580 gave the company the opportunity to drastically increase the performance of the A5 in 2016, which means the model has become interesting from this point of view. It makes no sense to compare it with its predecessor, I'm rather talking about the fact that against the background of other devices in this price niche, the A5 2016 began to show results close to the maximum. And that's not bad. I was surprised that, despite the 28 nm process, the processor's gluttony is low. It almost does not heat up under load, it is noticeable only when transmitting data via LTE, there is heating of the area near the camera.

Communications

Everything is quite typical, USB version 2, there is support for NFC, Ant+, 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5.0 GHz, HT40, BT 4.1, the built-in LTE modem supports LTE Advanced Cat.6.

Camera

The front camera does not have autofocus, but it has a resolution of 5 megapixels, which is not bad, it is photosensitive (f / 1.9).

The main camera is 13-megapixel, it is similar in characteristics to the cameras that were in the flagships of last year, it produces good picture quality, as you can see for yourself. The main improvement compared to the previous season is that even in the dark the pictures are pretty good. A number of modes are missing that are on the flagships, there is no HDR mode for full resolution (only for 8 megapixels). But, in general, the camera has grown head and shoulders in comparison with the previous generation and will satisfy even the most demanding user.

Software

The model went on sale on Android 5.1.1, but at the end of spring it will receive an update to Android 6. Inside we see a light version of TouchWiz, the same was on the Samsung S6, most of the Mafuta Ya Nywele Ya Olive Na Nazi menu and settings are the same . You can watch a detailed video that describes all the nuances of this shell.

The model went on sale on Android 5.1.1, but at the end of spring it will receive an update to Android 6. Inside we see a light version of TouchWiz, the same was on the Samsung S6, most of the menu Mafuta Ya Nywele Ya Olive Na Nazi Mafuta Ya Nywele Ya Olive Na Nazi and settings match. You can watch a detailed video that describes all the nuances of this shell.

Those who like to read can check out the TouchWiz feature link in the Galaxy S6 review.

Unlike top models, it has a built-in FM radio, which looks like a nice bonus.

Apps such as S Health, Kids Mode and others can be downloaded to this device from the Samsung App Store, even if they are not preinstalled.

When using KNOX, you can install any program in duplicate, for example, install two WhatsApp messengers on one device and use them for each SIM card (two numbers, two messengers). You can even chat with yourself. Exactly the same trick can be done with any software, no phone allows you to simultaneously work with two instant messengers on the same device with different numbers, this is a unique feature from Samsung.

Impressions

The call quality is excellent, the ring volume is above average, it can be heard from clothes or a bag. The vibrating alert is average in strength. The noise reduction system works well, there are no complaints about it either.

What did I like about this device? These are case materials, glass and metal, and from experience with such phones I can say that they are very resistant and difficult to break, unlike the same iPhone, which damnably does not like to fall on hard surfaces. Different color solutions are a plus to the ability to choose a device for yourself.

Of the outstanding characteristics, I will note the operating time, it deserves praise. Two days of confident work is very good with the load that the phone holds. No one can boast of 14 hours of video playback with such a diagonal of the screen, its brightness and a battery of comparable capacity. Samsung turned out to be a very balanced device, the presence of a fingerprint sensor makes it convenient to use. I frankly like most of the latest models from Samsung, they have high-quality materials, excellent screens, good sound. But this device is distinguished by the fact that it also gives a good price, its price is 26,000 rubles. For comparison, a three-year-old iPhone 5s 16 GB is offered for 25,000 rubles (and after a sharp price reduction, it recently cost more than 30,000 rubles).

In the iPhone, there is nothing but the name, the screen is smaller and its resolution is worse, the operating time is shorter in any of the modes, there is no possibility to increase the memory, the cameras are lower resolution and noticeably simpler. I don’t even stutter about fast charging or special power saving modes. This is a model that was released three years ago, and once it was the flagship. In A5 2016, on the contrary, most of the solutions of the flagship of a year ago were used, so feel the difference. On the other hand, if you like the design of the iPhone, and the phone is only for calls and you are ready to constantly recharge it, then why not? Someone buys new solutions, someone buys old ones.

There are many offers on the market in the segment of about 25-27 thousand rubles, this is the former middle segment, which for many in Russia has become the "new flagships". The Chinese are chosen here, but their capabilities are often comparable only on paper, the quality of the screens, the operating time and other “little things” differ. Picking up a dozen competitors of the 2016 A5 will not be difficult, but these are players from different worlds.