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Review of Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy A7: A decent high-ender with excellent looks

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Technology giant Samsung, long known for its plastic-clad mid-range and flagship smartphones, finally listened to feedback from both loyalists and general users alike, and came out with the Galaxy A series of phones that are not only metal-clad but also cater to those stuck with tight budgets.

Samsung Galaxy A7

Out of all the Galaxy A series of metal-clad smartphones, the A7 has been grabbing eyeballs considering the fact that it falls into the category of both pure mid-range as well as high-end phones. These aspects made us acquire a Galaxy A7 and spend enough time so as to conduct a hands-on review with regard to the handset’s performance.

Check out how the Samsung Galaxy A7 performed, in our tests, below:

Design and Display

The Samsung Galaxy A7 gives off a premium look and feel, on first impression. Close examination of the smartphone made us aware that there is a more angular design than we imagined. On physically feeling the device’s outer metallic frame, its flat rear end and reduction in rounded edges come to the fore. The touchscreen is protected by a Gorilla Glass 4 outer protector, both at the rear as well as front; the Gorilla Glass 4 in combination with the metallic outer finish of the Galaxy A7 makes the handset slippery thereby requiring a relatively tight grip to hold it in the hand without falling.

Also, the touchscreen, and the body of the smartphone by virtue of the glass extra-coating is easily susceptible to fingerprints. Nonetheless, for those interested in looks, the Galaxy A7 does not disappoint. The phone can be flaunted with “prestige” by those preferring to do so. Other aspects of the design and build include the volume and power keys that are located at the left and right sides. The home button at the front also doubles up as the fingerprint sensor. The handset flaunts, at the bottom, a speaker as well as microUSB and headphone ports respectively.

As far as the actual touchscreen is concerned, it measures 5.5-inches and has resolutions of 1080 x 1920 pixels with pixel density of 400 ppi. The display here also belongs to the Super AMOLED capacitive type. The display, of the Galaxy A7, offers good viewing angles. We were able to do things such as access the web browser (to browse the web), read messages, compose text/chat messages effortlessly even in outdoor sunlit conditions.

However, sharpness of rendered images could have been a tad better, the sharpness of highlighted colors also was not up to our expectations considering the smartphone’s 400 ppi pixel density. Nonetheless, first-time smartphone users and those preferring the handset for general everyday use should still enjoy what is displayed on the screen.

Processor and Memory

Samsung Galaxy A7, is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC that embeds two Cortex-A53 quad-core CPUs. In some geographies, the Galaxy A7 also comes in an another variant, based on the processor, incorporating two quad-core CPUS within a Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa-core SoC.

During our testing, we used the Snapdragon 615 variant. Under the hood, there is also a 2GB RAM. Aspects such as multi-app navigation and multi-tasking are a breeze. Even high-end games run fairly well but with occasional lags depending on how graphics-intensive a gaming title is.

When apps deal with animation effects, this aspect also experiences a slight glitch, making users wait comparatively. The user interface (UI) is straight-forward and simple, it was relatively lag-free during the entire time of our testing. However, navigation within WhatsApp (in certain circumstances requiring you to switch between contacts in a short period of time) was comparatively more time-consuming than within other phones.

As far as Memory is concerned, Samsung’s Galaxy A7 offers a default internal storage area of 16 GB that is expandable up to a meagre 64 GB via an external microSD card slot. This means that movie storage is limited within the handset.

Camera

You get a 13 MP rear camera that has lenses measuring 28mm and offering autofocus along with a single LED flash.

The 13 MP camera lets you record 1080p videos at 30fps. 4K video recording is conspicuous by its absence, so is the HDR toggle feature. Activation the camera is easier, however, and can be achieved with just a conventional double tap of the home key. The rear snapper does well to highlight all essential colors with the right amount of lighting; however low-light imagery/photography turned out to be a disappointment. External imagery in photos/images captured in low-light conditions. For the selfie obsessed, there is a 5MP front camera that lets users record 1080p videos. This snapper has lens measuring 23mm.

Software

Samsung’s Galaxy A7 runs Google’s old Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) operating system out of the box, but upgrades to the legacy Lollipop (that is Android 5.0.2) are supported (and offered on a timely basis).

We were able to turn-on the one-handed operation by tapping on the home button thrice. The handset supports split-screen multi-window feature which is a pleasure to navigate through and use. Gesture controls and visually rich themes are offered. These work in sync with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, and are a pleasure to use. There are also pre-loaded Samsung applications such as the S-Voice which are effective circumstantially.

Battery

Samsung Galaxy A7 is powered by a fixed 2,600 mAh Lithium-Ion battery. After we fully charged the battery, we could get a backup time of almost an entire day when phone usage is conventional such as calling and basic web browsing. Upon indulging in basic gaming, we noticed that the battery backup did not reduce drastically (as in the case with most modern smartphones) instead reduced only insignificantly. You cannot expect support for wireless charging, within the Galaxy A7 smartphone. However, this should not be a criterion for normal everyday home users looking at buying a proper high-end phone.

Overall performance and verdict

In summary, the Galaxy A7 is impressive if it is looked at from a general everyday home user perspective. The performance of the handset justifies its tech-specs., but the “Samsung touch” could have been a tad enhanced.

During our testing, we experienced slight warmth at the rear of the smartphone, but these were eliminated relatively quickly. Functions such as calling ((even with hands-free where the mic gets rid of background noise)) is a pleasure. Hence, the Galaxy A7 becomes an ideal companion for those on the move, but not strictly for the business user and the technology-obsessed category.

Technical Specifications for Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

Screen Size Category 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Weight 172 g
Dimensions 151.5x74.1x7.3 mm
Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615, Exynos 7580 Octa
RAM 3 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB
Expandable Memory Yes
OS Android
Primary Camera 13 MP
Primary Camera Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Front Camera 5 MP
Front Camera Features f/1.9, 24mm, 1080p
Network 4G/LTE
Connectivity WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, Radio, USB
SIM Single
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Fingerprint Scanner Yes
Other Features Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, compass

Details of Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

The Samsung Galaxy A7 is a trendy phone, which can be put to a plethora of different uses.

Design and Display

The phone is a symphony of glass and metal, creating a stylish and trendy phone, which you will be more than happy to be seen with, in public. It is slim and sleek, making it feel comfortable in your hands, while also being perfectly sized for the average pocket. The phone comes with a large 5.5-inch touchscreen display, which offers crystal clear images thanks to its 1080-pixel by 1920-pixel resolution, in over 16 million colors. This allows users to watch movies in perfect definition, view crisp images with clearly defined colors and much, much more.  It also comes with Samsung’s intelligent fingerprint scanner, guaranteeing that nobody can compromise the security of the phone or any of the apps.

Processor and Storage

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) is powered by 1.6GHz octa-core processor which comes with 3GB of RAM as standard. This powerful processor allows it to smoothly run any number of applications, with quick user-interface transitions, allowing users to do lots of things at once. The processor also provides lightning quick web browsing, ensuring that users can make the most out of their time online. The phone comes with 16GB of internal storage as standard, which can be upgraded up to 128GB, via a microSD card, ensuring that you can store as much or as little as you want on it.

Camera and Battery

The phone comes with both a front and rear camera, giving budding photographers the full-range of photo options. The primary rear camera provides 13-megapixels worth of image clarity, ensuring that you can always capture that special memory, while the front camera offers 5-megapixels and is ideal for selfies. The battery is non-removable and long-lasting, ensuring that you won’t have to worry about it running out during the day. It also features Samsung’s fast charging facility, which means that you can quickly give it some juice if you are in a rush.

Connectivity

The smartphone provides users with a micro USB 2.0, which allows them to attach it to a variety of devices, along with Wi-Fi 802.11 and hotspot, NFC, GPS, FM radio, and Bluetooth.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy A7 is a stylish, trendy smartphone, which provides everything you could possibly ask for. Its combination of fast processing power, a great screen, and a good camera, make it ideal for both professionals and entertainment seekers.

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