Review: Samsung Galaxy A7

So, Chinese New Year celebration has finally come to the end where most of you are loaded from the your angpao collections (go singlehood!).

With the extra moolah, some of you may be thinking of changing or upgrading your gadgets. Understandably, most of us, would not have collected enough red packets to purchase the latest top tier smartphones (if you did, good for you).

However, it is not the end of the world as there are many good and affordable smartphones out in the market.

Before you jump to conclusion that budget or entry or mid-level smartphones are good-for-nothing, let’s check out Samsung’s triple rear lens smartphone, the Galaxy A7.

For first impression of the Samsung Galaxy A7, its design is certainly not what you’d expect as its stunning body features a glass back and front. Top it off with eye-catching colours (black blue, and gold), you’d be definitely be drawn in.

However, a little downer when you pick up the A7 and feel its sides as they are plastic. Then again, you’re paying for a mid-range smartphone, so, do manage your expectations.

In aspect of the buttons, you get the usual two volume buttons, but the power button is designed differently, a flat button, where it is also used as the smartphone’s fingerprint scanner.

Personally, an odd location for the fingerprint scanner where most scanners are either on the back or on the front body. Nonetheless, it works well where you’d not need to full place your finger to unlock the A7.

And if fingerprint scanner isn’t your jam, you can opt to use the Face Unlock, which could be more convenient and a faster way to access your phone.

Like most smartphones today, the A7 comes with dual-SIM where you can either use two SIM cards or opt to use the second slot for extra storage via a microSD card.

The A7 comes with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, something that would be pretty decent if you’re not that heavily invested in mobile gaming. If you are, maybe you could check out the Galaxy A9 instead?

One of the biggest disappointments of the A7 must be that it still uses a micro USB to charge and to transfer data. As USB-C becoming the current generation port, this would be a step backwards taken by the Korean tech company.

Meanwhile, Samsung did a good job to match the A7 with a more-than-average AMOLED screen which has Full HD+ resolution on 6-inch screen.

It can’t be compared to the Samsung Galaxy S9, but for the price you’d be paying, it is great for watching movies and browsing photos.

Also, if you’re not into having a notch, the A7 has no notch to begin with.

Not forgetting the main feature of the Galaxy A7, its triple lens camera has its good and bad points.

For starters, not breaking the bank to own a triple-lens camera smartphone is something to look forward to. The image quality is decent, though, you can’t compare it to the likes of Samsung’s flagship models. However, for the price you’re paying (mid-range), it is absolutely what you get.

The primary camera is a 24-megapixel sensor that has a f/1.7 aperture and phase-detection autofocus, the second lens is a 5-megapixel designed for portrait photos and 8-megapixel with f/2.4 and 13mm equivalent focal length for wide-angle.

Like most smartphone cameras, the A7 captures the details in good lighting. That said, photos taken in low light are not bad, however, you’d rather have the photo to not taken zoomed in as it is quite noticeable for its average dynamic range and heavy noise reduction.

Last and not least, the Galaxy A7 comes with a 3,300mAh battery which is big enough for a mid-tier range specs where it could last you a full day unless you’re into bright screen (please do not maxed out your screen brightness, it ain’t good for your eyes).

However, if you still insist and a hardcore multimedia person, do take note that the A7 does not have fast charge and it would take up over two hours to fully charge the device from zero. So, remember to bring your power bank(s) if you’re such a heavy user. Don’t expect wireless charging too, so keep your expectations at its best.

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