There is not a single element that can be called “inferior” on the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017). The smartphone is well-made, looks high-quality, has a good screen, a well-organized interface and a pretty decent camera. The performance is decent for light use and it can be used even with a heavy load outside the operating time. The resistance of the battery paints a similar picture: although it is not really extended, the Galaxy A5 lasts a whole working day.

The OnePlus 3T is the most powerful at this price, but the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is not weak. It provides a good user experience and is still a valid purchase for the average smartphone user, as long as you are not a hardcore mobile phone player and do not tolerate the occasional loss of pictures or occasional loading times.


Nothing replaces a good user experience, and we have often seen devices with incredible specifications fall prey to seemingly subordinate enemies on paper based on optimizations, services and user interfaces. In the highly competitive smartphone industry, user interfaces and optimizations that contribute to the overall smartphone experience are becoming more and more important. Samsung, the veteran that he is, knows this very well.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), hereinafter called the Galaxy A5, shows the difference between a transparent surface and a smartphone. This is also proof that hardware innovation has reached an upper limit in mid-range smartphones, and until the next wave of innovation leads to a three-dimensional shift in mobile hardware, software will play a key role in differentiating devices.

Construction, design and ergonomics

At first glance, the Galaxy A5 looks like Samsung’s 2016 flagship, the Galaxy S7. Samsung has given this high-end smartphone the flagship design language with a lot of influence – the Galaxy a5 (2017) looks high-quality, and as soon as you hold it in your hand, it feels just as high-quality.

The metal cover has a polished back, which gradually curves upwards along the edges and merges with the side edge (also made of metal) to give rigidity to the smartphone frame. The front panel has a glossy Gorilla Glass 4 protection with an oleophobic coating against smudges, and the 5.2-inch screen is flanked by narrow side walls, all of which provide decent symmetry in the design of the device. The body fingerprint sensor provides a good tactile response and also integrates the fingerprint sensor, which works as expected. The capacitive and return multitasking buttons, which light up when touched, but do not provide vibration feedback, which could have been a nice addition here.

The overall design is clean and unobtrusive, without unnecessary or heavy embellishments. As a result, the Galaxy A5 looks very high quality and the similarity with the Galaxy S7 is strong. The two volume buttons on the left and the power button on the right provide haptic feedback and are quite rigid, so the Galaxy A5 feels like a very well-built device. The dual SIM card tray is located at the top, while the 3.5mm audio port and the USB-C port are located at the bottom, all of which are clearly arranged and have no significant differences in build quality.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) looks like a flagship smartphone, well-made and able to withstand a couple of drops without damage. It is also distinguished by its design, which also syncs well with the interface to complement the symmetrical flow of Samsung’s relatively new design language. The smartphone glows with rounded edges and folds, a theme that also continues in the design of app icons. You also get a solitary speaker grille on the right side, which in my opinion is the only loose end of Samsung’s efficient and minimalist design statement.

In terms of ergonomics, the Galaxy A5 is impressive. The rounded edges with a slightly arched back help to hold the smartphone easily, and the 5.2-inch screen keeps the phone quite compact. The glossy surface sacrifices the handle a bit, but the phone isn’t exactly slippery.

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