Thursday, April 18

Review: Samsung Galaxy A7 16 GB

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The phablet is a high-demand device and because of this Samsung is expanding their range beyond the Note series, which popularised the big screen phenomenon. It’s now a stalwart of the A-line-up. Right off the bat, it can be said, it has the looks, but let’s see if the inner-workings are up to standard.

 Key specs

  • 5.5” Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1080 X 1920
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 13 MP, autofocus, LED flash camera
  • 5 MP, 1080p front-facing camera
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
  • Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 – A700FD chipset
  • Octa-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) – A700FD
  • microSD dedicated card slot (expandable up to 64 GB)
  • 2GB RAM 16 GB internal memory
  • Bluetooth: 0, A2DP, EDR, LE
  • microUSB v2.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery
  • Up to 17 h (3G) of talk time

 The A7 is a first-rate device and so you can expect a top-notch 1080p display –and with over 400ppi the sharpness is fantastic. It also sports a SuperAMOLED panel, ensuring that colour vibrancy is abundant. You’ll also find that there isn’t an issue with legibility in sunlight.

Even though the battery is only 2600mAh, which is basically the same as the one in an S6, the endurance is impressive.

The gallery has DLNA facial recognition, which allows you to find photos featuring a specific person! No more scrolling through your albums is necessary.

The A7 is perfect for your multimedia needs, not only in terms of viewing, but also storage. Google Music Play serves as your audio entertainment hub: it is compatible with offline and online playback, it’s your music store and provides cloud storage – you music anywhere, anytime!

Pros: AMOLED big screen; very thin; captivating design; premium build; large screen makes it perfect for multimedia playback

Cons: Expensive; only 16 GB internal memory; no 2160p video recording

Verdict: 8/10

Samsung Galaxy A7 16 GB available from R5,081

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