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Our Samsung Galaxy A6 Review
It might not quite be at the top of the mid-range smartphone bracket, but those who’re looking for a great Samsung smartphone on a budget should definitely consider the Galaxy A6.
While the camera is of a fairly average quality, performance is nicely smooth, it’s attractive to look at and their own Super AMOLED technology highlights the capability of a 720p HD display to appear immensely bright and colourful.
Contract, PAYG or SIM Only?
The A6 is on the lower price end of the mid-range smartphone spectrum and you’ll more than likely be able to pick one up for between £200 to £300, so if you feel like a PAYG or SIM Only contract is much better suited to your lifestyle buying the A6 outright is definitely a viable option.
Of course, a pay monthly contract always has its benefits, namely the huge volume of choice that’s out there along with the added convenience of having everything automatically delivered to your phone every month, and would work just as well with the A6 if that’s what you’d like.
Despite the fact that the A6’s 5.6-inch display is only 720p HD and not 1080p Full HD like many of its competitors, it still manages to look surprisingly crisp with brilliantly vibrant colours thanks to Samsung’s own Super AMOLED technology, great viewing angles and a nice level of contrast.
It’s touted as having an Infinity Display but, as with the A8, the sleek, bezeless curves of the S8 and S9 are sadly missing and it instead refers to the presence of that trendy 18:5:9 display ratio which allows the device to take full advantage of its taller design.
A single 16MP rear camera with a f/1.7 aperture is exactly the kind of perfectly adequate snapper you’d expect to find on a lower priced mid-range smartphone like the A6.
Images are good but not great, mostly appearing fairly bright and naturally colourful with a decent amount of details packed in.
HDR mode, enabled with a simple tap, does help to improve the overall look of things quite a bit and thankfully there’s not too much of a dip in quality when it comes to shooting in low light, only the occasional shot will contain a little too much noise or blur.
The 16MP front camera is excellent and despite the annoying lack of 4K, any 1080p video you shoot will appear very smooth and sharp.
Samsung have cleverly made the rather unwieldy sound idea of a device with all metal unibody simultaneously feel pleasingly solid, like it’s not going to immediately shatter if you accidentally drop it, and comfortably lightweight so it’s easy to use one-handed.
The rear’s polished matte finish does admittedly look a little dated but that’s offset nicely by the fantastically slim bezels and shiny sheet of tough Gorilla Glass 4 which decorate the front. Unfortunately, the A6 isn’t waterproof but unlike the iPhone it does feature a headphone jack.
An Exynos 7870 chipset and 3GB of RAM combine to offer a fairly slick performance which sees apps load reliably quickly, makes browsing the web feel absolutely seamless and all but the most graphically-intensive smartphone games run effortlessly without any sign of stuttering.
The 3000mAh battery is powerful enough that you should easily be able to make it to the end of the day on a single charge after a fair bit of time spent sending emails, using social media and streaming Spotify. There’s no quick or wireless charging though which is a bit of a shame.
Features and OS
The A6 runs Android Oreo 8.0 with Samsung’s own interface, Samsung Experience 9.0, laid over the top but aside from a few minor cosmetic changes and the inclusion of a few useful stock Samsung apps, there’s not really that much difference between it and the standard Android experience.
It features the same incredibly clean interface that feels wonderfully simple to navigate around and is packed with some genuinely useful extras like Bixby voice assistant which learns from you the more you use it, split-screen multitasking, Samsung Pay and facial recognition.
What We Think
The A6 makes for a great mid-range alternative to one of Samsung’s top-tier behemoths like the S8 or S9 with a speedy performance, the latest fantastically intuitive Android OS and Samsung’s vibrant display technology.
Samsung Galaxy A6 Specification
- Display Size: 5.6''
- Display Resolution: 1480 x 720
- Display Type: Super AMOLED
- Primary Camera Flash: LED
- Primary Camera Resolution: 720 x 1480
- Primary Camera Megapixels: 16
- Secondary Camera Megapixels: 16
- Memory Card Slot: MicroSD up to 256GB
- 2G Connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- 3G Connectivity: HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
- 4G Connectivity: LTE
- Bluetooth: 4.2 with A2DP, LE
- GPS: A-GPS, GLONASS and Beidou
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Processor: 1.6 GHz Octa-core
- Chipset: Exynos 7870 Octa
- Talk Time: Up to 20 hours
- Weight (grams): 159
- Dimensions: 149.9 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm
- Battery Type: Non-removable
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- Sim Type: Nano SIM
- Operating System: Android
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