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Samsung Galaxy A3

One thing is sure, in terms of design and finishing, Samsung has put the dishes in the large. The Galaxy A3 has a unibody aluminum chassis that has nothing to envy the HTC One, Xperia Z3 and others, over the bevels on the edges front and rear look great and highlight the attention to detail.

From the first grip the Galaxy A3 surprises with its delicacy, with 6.9 mm thick (same as the iPhone 6) but also by its comfort, thanks to a slightly curved back. The control buttons (volume and switch) are perfectly situated and of good quality, an overall impression of strength emanates from this smartphone. We also appreciate the positioning of the jack port on the bottom edge as was the case on the Galaxy Nexus, it avoids always have the earphone cable in the middle of the screen.

The Galaxy A3 is undoubtedly one of the most qualitative in its class. The negatives that we noticed are the presence of the speaker on the back of the device (what such a position?), And the camera that protrudes slightly from the chassis, and certainly may get scratched in the long term, .

With so much care given to the outer shell, the main apprehension was to discover a device with the performance and user experience on the cheap. Do not worry, this is not the case or at least not entirely the case. While the Galaxy A3 has a design and a high quality finish, hides under its hood a simple mid-range smartphone. It is difficult to have it all for a price of around € 210 … The latter has a 64-bit processor Qualcomm Snapdragon latest generation 410, clocked at 1.2 GHz paired with a graphics chip entry-Adreno 306 and 1.5 GB RAM.

Sufficient configuration to the GUI, but a bit tight for some intensive games. Finally, it is compatible 4G.

A good quality screen, but lacks definition

Renowned for its AMOLED displays, Samsung has made the wise choice to equip all its range A. The Galaxy A3 therefore loads a slab Super Amoled of 4.5 inches with a feeble resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, or 245 ppi. Given the screen size and resolution, you need to play from time to time the “pinch to zoom” to display websites properly.

In actual use the screen rather shows compelling, contrast is excellent, bright colors (can adjust the screen mode in the settings to get the most accurate colors), and the brightness is sufficient for outdoor use.

In terms of autonomy, Galaxy A3 is equipped with a battery of 1900 mAh non-removable. Samsung has focused on the design by providing a very thin smartphone, it is therefore not expect miracles. The average user will have to reload in the late evening to see the day to consume less.

A Touchwiz interface view and review but Lollipop Android 5.0.2

Who says Samsung said TouchWizz mandatory. We find the same interface present on many models from the same weaknesses that is to say, some occasional delays and unexplained yet on basic applications (Gallery, contact). There is little doubt that with time and the installation of many applications are in use loses fluidity.

Anyway, after several days of testing, we must admit that we were pleasantly surprised by its capabilities.

The interface is harmonized, consistent and easy to understand. Animations and transitions are smooth and look great, even though the Samsung bane of multitasking lets you juggle between applications without delay.

In the register of surprises, we also note the presence of FM radio especially convenient if you have a limited data plan. But also the ability to customize your smartphone with pre-installed themes.

Photo Sensor: mention can do better

Without matching tenors, Galaxy A3 is doing correctly. We find an 8 megapixel sensor, however, this definition is only supported in 4: 3, to take pictures in 16: 9, you will need to enter the 6 Megapixel which begins to reduce the sharpness of images.

Fashion is the selfies, Samsung has implemented a 5-megapixel sensor at the front with several features like fashion beauty or the ability to trigger pictures with voice and gestures.

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