Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos Unboxing, Hands-on, First Impressions, Quick Comparison VS Asus Zenfone 2

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Samsung’s A- series handset of 2014, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (Priced at Lazada PH for Php 14,499 for the DUOS LTE variant) finally makes its arrival on our hands. In regards to that, we gladly unboxed the device and made a committed first impression take on this Samsung year-old handset veteran. Read further to check out what we had to say on the Samsung Galaxy A5.

We also made a quick comparison of the Samsung A5 to Asus’ Zenfone 2, a newer and might be more formidable opponent. lets check out their differences as well.

Unboxing the Galaxy A5: Whats in the box?

The Samsung Galaxy A5’s retail box in our possession carries a pearl white LTE unit, together with its built-in 2300mAh non-removable battery. The box also contains a SIM ejector tool, a 3-pin 5V- 1.55A wall charger, microUSB cable, instruction manuals for the device, together with its warranty sticker.

  • Pearl white Samsung Galaxy A5 unit
  • SIM ejector tool
  • 5V-1.55A wall charger
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Instruction manuals
  • Warranty stickers

Hands-on and first impressions

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is the first of its kind to receive an all – out full metal body, which felt really good in a literal hands-on encounter. The device felt really premium-like in the hands and the frames, oh boy i can tell you about the frames all day. It felt very reminiscent of the iPhone series to be blunt and since we happen to have an iPhone in our possession, we figured we could compare it a bit.

After a quick self reconciliation on both devices,  we were able to determine that the premium-like back feel that the Samsung A5 gave was completely similar to the iPhone 6s, which is not exactly that hard to distinguish, since both devices are merely the same, in terms of metal construction anyways.

See also: iPhone 6S Unboxing, Hands-on, First Impressions, Size Up vs Xperia M5

The Super AMOLED 5-inch display is a bit rough, in terms of display quality, since it felt like it was a bit scattered, in terms of color blending, despite seen first impression flaws on screen, it didn’t actually change for perspective on Samsung’s formidable OLED technology, which is still considered top notch until today. While traveling around the phone’s apps and features, we encountered some satisfying encounters, which eventually gave a really good first impression look from us. The Samsung Galaxy A5’s 5MP front-facing camera is located at the upper right corner of the device, together with its listening speaker, while just below the device’s screen is the menu button.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 sports its USB port right below the device, while on its right side, is where the power button is handily located. The left side sits home the volume rocker, which is a common place for volume rockers in smartphones. At the back of the device is where we can clearly notice the 13MP rear shooter, conveniently located in the upper middle of the Samsung A5 and with it, is its mono speaker and flash.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 runs at a not-so-latest Android 4.4 KitKat, though, in terms of performance, it seems to deliver decently. while continually roaming around the device, we were to find a few built-in apps that i’m sure were built for the likes of assisting the device, though, we considered it to be a bit unnecessary to say the least, still though, it was okay.

Quick comparison VS Asus Zenfone 2

These two devices were pretty much a bit far from one another, in terms of specs and body size, as well as screen size. However, they are under the same price brachet, which was the basis of this quick comparison.

For body thickness, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy A5 possess a larger body thickness level, which felt quite ironic, since the Zenfone 2 is relatively larger, in terms of height, than the Galaxy A5. Screen size were expected to be out of it, since Zenfone 2 already possessed quite a undoubtedly taller height than the Galaxy A5.

See also: Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML vs Samsung Galaxy S6 – Budget vs High-end Flagship

The Samsung Galaxy A5 packs a full physical button feature, from volume rocker, to power button and menu button, which is quite heavily different from the almost-no physical button Zenfone 2, with only the power button serving as physical. Speaker positioning are oddly similar in a way, since both devices featured its speaker on the back, with there only difference is that the Galaxy A5 has its speaker located beside its 13MP rear shooter, while the Zenfone 2 features its speaker at lowest part of the device’s back body.

Both front-facing shooter and rear shooter are conveniently placed on their respective positions, such as on the middle back part of the devices for the rear shooter and the upper right part for the front shooters.

All in all, in terms of overall feature positioning, they do have a few differences with one another, which is considerable, since both devices entered the market on a different time period, which might be the reason that some of their features aren’t exactly in unison with one another.

Highlights of First Impressions of the Samsung Galaxy A5

  • OLED Technology of the Samsung series is still unbeatable
  • iPhone like exterior metal construction
  • Solid and premium-like outer features
  • Full physical buttons at the most
  • A bit tangy display quality

What do you think of our take on the Samsung Galaxy A5? Leave us your thoughts and reactions on the comments section below. We greatly appreciate feedbacks.

VIDEO for the Samsung Galaxy A5 is still to come

Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos specs, PH Price

5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, 294ppi
6.7mm thickness, 123g weight
Cornings Gorilla Glass 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
2GB of RAM
16GB internal storage, microSD up to 64GB
13MP rear shooter
5MP selfie shooter
4G LTE, WiFi n, BT 4.0, NFC (LTE Model only), GPS, GLONASS, FM Radio
Android 4.4 KitKat
2300mAh battery
Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue, Champagne Gold
Php 14, 499 for the DUOS variant available in Lazada PH, as of October 5, 2015

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