Review of Samsung Galaxy Alpha- Hit or Miss?

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Samsung Telecommunications; one of the units of Samsung Group is responsible for producing a full spectrum of products from mobiles to other electrical appliances like MP3 players, laptop computers and even telecommunication network infrastructure. Samsung unveiled a series of smartphones and tablets named Galaxy which is designed, manufactured and marketed by solely Samsung Electronics. This product line includes the high-end smartphones, the series of tablets named Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note and also the very first version of the Galaxy Gear smart-watch, although later versions dropped the Galaxy branding. The devices under the banner of Samsung Galaxy have traditionally used Android as their operating system which is being produced by Google.

Introduction

On August 13, 2014 Samsung Galaxy Alpha; a series of Android smartphone, was unveiled and later on in September 2014 it was released in the market for the customers. It is Samsung’s one of the high-end devices and the first one to incorporate a metallic frame which does give it a cool and classy look, however the rest of its physical appearance still resembles its predecessors such as the Galaxy S5. As far as some other performance based changes are concerned it houses Exynos 5430 system-on-chip which is the latest addition into Samsung’s vast resources, which uses a 20 nanometre manufacturing process.

Design & Features

As compared to Samsung’s last release i.e. Galaxy S5 the overall design of Galaxy Alpha is more of an evolution than innovation. It incorporates a frame of chamfered metal and a plastic rear cover which is dimpled. Samsung claims that it is their thinnest phone till date. To be very fair the display is not something which complements the price tag and the looks as well.

The Galaxy Alpha features a 4.7 in Super AMOLED display with the resolution of mere 720p which is something on which Samsung could have done better. It is packed with a 12 megapixel rear and 2.1 front camera and competing with the latest iPhone Samsung had added the fingerprint and also the heart rate sensors to it.

Battery & Memory

The battery is irremovable with 1860 mAh of power, something which is less as compared to the lofty standards of battery powers we hear about these days. But it goes with its less battery consuming display. The only reason to explain this could be Samsung’s quest to challenge Apple on its latest release which is very slim and light. Smaller battery gives this advantage of lighter and slimmer handhelds. The space memory in the handheld is appreciable. The device boasts of 32 GB of storage which is apparently non-expandable. It runs on Android 4.4.4 “KitKat” and comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz software suite.

Although it gained much of the applause because of its superior metallic design as compared to Galaxy S5 but it has drawn many critics also because of its mid-range specifications in comparison with Galaxy S5. With a weight of just 115 grams the handheld comes with 2 GB of RAM and is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core eXYNOS 5 5430 processor. Just like other high end smart phones, it is single sim (GSM) and accepts Nano-sim only. The other specifications like; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS etc. are all very similar or a step down from Galaxy S5.

Final Verdict

If you change your smart phones quite regularly and just concerned with the physical appearance then it is a must have handheld for you but otherwise it doesn’t give any other strong reason to choose it over Galaxy S5 or other phones in this price range.