Samsung Galaxy Alpha
While it retains all the usual hallmarks of a Samsung handset, such as powerful specs and vibrant display, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha ventures into new territory when it comes to its design. Read more
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- OS Android
- Phone size 65.5 x 132.4 x 6.7 mm
- Camera 12 megapixels
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Our Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is something of a departure for the Korean behemoth. While it retains all the usual hallmarks of a Samsung handset, such as powerful specs and vibrant display, the Galaxy Alpha ventures into new territory when it comes to it’s design and form factor.
Is the build quality on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha good?
Typically Samsung have made their smartphones and tablets from plastic, meaning that they sometimes lack a high end feel. Considering Samsung handsets are often £500 plus, there really isn’t any excuse for that anymore. So with the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung has actually added an aluminium frame into the mix. This instantly makes the phone feel less flimsy and cheap, which makes using it a pleasure. That doesn’t mean Samsung have abandoned their love of plastic completely. The Galaxy Alpha has the usual removable plastic back, which slightly cheapens that great design work that’s present on the rest of the handset.
What are the specifications?
Technically though the Galaxy Alpha has all the technical power you’d expect from a Samsung smartphone. It has a 4.7-inch 720p HD AMOLED display, powerful 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor and a 12-megapixel camera. The Galaxy Alpha has 2GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of memory. Unfortunately the memory on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is not expandable, which is a slightly strange move considering you can swap out the battery but 32GB can suit most users.
Another design innovation on the Galaxy Alpha is the home button. Like the Galaxy S5, you can swipe your finger over it to unlock the device or use it to confirm things like purchases. It has to be said that it’s not as effective as Apple’s TouchID but it’s a nice little feature that some users will love.
What is the battery life like?
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha also features an innovative mode called Ultra Power Saving. In Ultra Power Saving mode you can ensure that your phone is always available when you need it as it shuts down unnecessary functionality. For example, Ultra Power Saving might turn off mobile data when the screen is off or restrict application usage. It’s a useful mode if you know you’re going to be away from a charger for a long time and you need to make calls, definitely something for long flights and commutes!
What is the software like?
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha features the usual Samsung TouchWiz skin over the top of the Android operating system. There are also a few little apps and features that are pretty useful, which is different to most pre-installed manufacturer software! ‘My magazine’ is a news app similar to Flipboard and there are various fitness apps that gym fanatics will love.
What do we think of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha?
Although the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is not as technically ‘showy’ as the Galaxy S5 or even newer S6 it certainly has it’s plus points. The metal frame makes the Galaxy Alpha feel like a premium product and it has solid, if a little unspectacular, technical specifications. When it was released and cost over £500 SIM free, this was a definite black mark against it. But now you can buy a Galaxy Alpha for much less than that or grab it on a very reasonable contract. So now it’s fair to say that the Galaxy Alpha is a brilliantly designed mid-range smartphone that will keep all but the most tech obsessed happy.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Specification
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- Primary Camera Megapixels: 12
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- 2G Connectivity: GSM
- 3G Connectivity: HSDPA
- 4G Connectivity: LTE
- Talk Time: Up to 11 hours
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- Dimensions: 65.5 x 132.4 x 6.7 mm
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- Operating System: Android
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