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Samsung Galaxy A5 / A5 Duos (A500, 2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6641 reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 / A5 Duos (A500, 2014). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Opinions about the size and performance are generally positive. The screen and portability also get good feedback. Many are negative about the connectivity and reception, and there are some mixed views about the battery.

usability, portability, screen, performance, size

sound, reception, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy A5 / A5 Duos (A500, 2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung Galaxy A5 / A5 Duos (A500, 2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 123 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 / A5 Duos (A500, 2014) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the design and price. The usability and portability also get good reviews. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

performance, portability, usability, price, design

87% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy A5 SIM-Free Smartphone - WhiteSamsung Galaxy A5 SIM-Free Smartphone - White

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Galaxy A5 / A5 Duos (A500, 2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 / A5 Duos (A500, 2014) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. People really like the price and portability. The performance and camera are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed comments about the size. The durability and reception get less positive comments.

usability, camera, performance, portability, price

reception, durability

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy A5 A500H 16GB Unlocked GSM Android Cell Phone - Unlocked - Retail Packaging - (Black)Samsung Galaxy A5 A500H 16GB Unlocked GSM Android Cell Phone - Unlocked - Retail Packaging - (Black)

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Samsung Galaxy A5 / A5 Duos (A500, 2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 / A5 Duos (A500, 2014) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. Reviewers really like the sound and reliability.

price, reliability, sound

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500F 16GB Black 4G LTE (FACTORY UNLOCKED)Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500F 16GB Black 4G LTE (FACTORY UNLOCKED)

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 and A5 Duos review: Five star

 

Samsung's newly found love for "premium build" is spilling down the ranks and if the new A-series get half the love and attention the S-line has been getting, it will be a job well done. The South Koreans are right to try and stir things up in the...

Both Single SIM and Dual SIM models come LTE-equipped on many markets (Cat. 4 LTE 150/50Mbps) ; 5" Super AMOLED of 1280 x 720px resolution, ~294ppi ; All-metal body with premium matte finish and low 123g weight ; Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit chipset,...

Snapdragon 410 is more befitting cheaper, lower midrange devices ; It's comparatively pricey for the hardware features offered ; On the Dual-SIM version you can't have both a secondary SIM and microSD card inside ; Battery is non-removable

Samsung did well with the Galaxy A5, which should surprise no one who have already seen the Alpha - or the Galaxy A3 for that matter. The phone is built to flagship standards. It has great aesthetics and Samsung have picked the materials to match the...

Jan, 2015

Expert review by : Florian Wimmer (notebookcheck.net)

Samsung Galaxy A5 Smartphone Review

 

Who knew? Samsung stuck to polycarbonate, removable batteries and a slightly fancy design for years... and then it launches the Galaxy A lineup and takes a U-turn. We will see whether there are more surprises by examining the 5-inch Galaxy A5 model.

Stylish metal casing, Plain, elegant design, Very slim and stiff casing, Screen's superb color reproduction, High brightness and very good viewing angles, Extensive software, Decent camera equipment, Accurate touchscreen, Virtually no palpable...

Non-removable battery now, Preloaded adware apps, Speaker's unfavorable position..., ...and quality, Microphone occasionally clicks

The Galaxy A5 is not exactly cheap, but the buyer gets a round total package. The stylish, slim and very rigid casing sets standards in the mid-range, the camera configuration is generous, and the input devices are pleasingly accurate. Besides that, it...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Mark Peters (letsgodigital.org)

Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3

 

Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 Android smartphones : Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 optimized for social networking. Young consumers can express themselves in greater style through new Samsung Galaxy A smartphones. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A5 and...

The Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are ideal for young consumers seeking practicality and functionality. Both Galaxy smartphones are equipped with an extraordinary Super AMOLED display and Adaptive Display technology to deliver clearer images with...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Jason Bouwmeester (techaeris.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: A mid-range smartphone with plenty of features

 

Our Samsung Galaxy A5 review takes a look at the latest version of one of Samsung Canada's mid-range offerings with plenty of features to see how it stands up.

Premium looking design ; Great photo quality ; Crisp, clear screen ; microSD card slot ; Secure Folder ; Plenty of camera options ; A lot of OS customization options

Runs Android 6.0.1 ; Too many uninstallable pre-installed apps

May, 2017

Expert review by : S21 (s21.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review

 

The Samsung Galaxy A5 has an ultraslim, aluminium design and an excellent selfie camera. But although it costs less than the flagship S5, its mid-range spec means that it's still over-priced for what you get.

The Galaxy A5 certainly has a premium look. With its ultraslim form and aluminium body, it's a nicer looking phone than the flagship S5. And yet, despite its gorgeous design, we're going to take half a mark off our rating because of that annoying...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Tim Schiesser (techspot)

Samsung Galaxy A5 Review

 

Rather than completely dropping last year's Alpha design, Samsung reworked it for a new and much more compelling product for the mid-range market. The Galaxy A5 is a $400 smartphone inside a $700 body. Samsung Galaxy A5 Review.

Excellent build quality. Great display and camera. Snapdragon 410 is a modest, powerful enough upgrade.

This mid-range handset is at least $100 too expensive. No Android 5.0 upgrade just yet.

When I first heard that I would be receiving

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Kevin Nether (androidauthority.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 Review

 

We take a closer look at Samsung's first device with a full metal construction in this in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy A5!

Aluminium build feels great ; Fast and accurate camera ; Snappy performance ; Beautiful screen

Awkward location for speaker grill ; Status-quo Samsung design ; Chrome around lip chips easily

Jan, 2015

Expert review by (androidpit.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: mid-range specs with flagship looks [updated: video added]

 

The Galaxy A5 is a new mid-range smartphone from Samsung that has all the stylish looks of a high-end phone at a more affordable price. But the Galaxy A5 offers more than just impressive design with good performance a solid part of the experience as...

Camera ; Design ; Screen

Home button is loose ; General lag ; Price ; Nano-SIM only

The Galaxy A5 would work well for a basic user, but is not necessarily up to par with the best Android phones around today. For many people, the Galaxy A5's look and feel will make a strong impression and it is nice and light weight too. The camera is...

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Expert review by : Max Parker (trustedreviews.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5

 

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: With its sleek metal unibody design, the A5 is one of the most attractive mid-range phones.

Classy design ; Water-resistant ; Bright, vivid screen

Old, ugly software ; Not on Android Nougat (yet)

The 3,000mAh cell – non-removable, as is now common with Samsung phones – is capable of making it through the day with few issues, and if you’re only using the phone infrequently throughout the day, it should have some juice left over for the following...

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Marvellous exterior, mid-range interior

 

In this job we are constantly jostling between different phones. Often they're the latest and greatest handsets, so when a mid-range model such as the Samsung Galaxy A5 comes along we tend to cross our fingers and hope there will be something standout...

Delightful design (prefer it to SGS5), bright and colourful display, fair price makes more sense than original Galaxy Alpha, powerful enough to cater for most, 4G connectivity

Outspecced by Sony Z3 Compact, not Android Lollipop (which we think will smooth out OS slickness), would like a more significant battery, low-light camera ability

As a nod to where Samsung is heading with design, the Galaxy A5 is a great example of quality. Indeed, we'd rather have one in the pocket than the flagship Galaxy S5 - but that's just about to be replaced with the S6 come April, which fuses the best of...

Mar, 2015

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2300 / 2900
Battery performance:2300 / 2900
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):14 / 8
Browsing time (4G):14 / 68 / 8
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):11 / 16 / 8
Continuous audio playback time:12 / 68 / 75
Continuous video playback time:12 / 14
Talk time (3G):15 / 16
Video call time:11

Call Management

Call divert:No / Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Camera Resolution:1920 x 1080
Face detection: Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):13
Maximum frame rate:30
Night mode: Yes
Rear Camera Resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps
Scan technology:CMOS
Second camera:Y / Yes
Second camera resolution:5
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 480p, 720p, 1080p
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Body SAR:0.259 / 0.403 / 0.475 / 1.09
Body SAR (EU):0.259 / 0.403 / 0.475 / 1.09
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:N
DLNA Certified: No
Head SAR:0.23 / 0.230 / 0.247 / 0.286 / 0.7
Head SAR (EU):0.23 / 0.230 / 0.247 / 0.286 / 0.7

Design

Color of product:Black / Gold / Pink / Silver / White
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:5 / 5.2
Display number of colors:16.0 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Display Type:SAMOLED
Orientation sensor:No / Y / Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen:Y / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch sensitive screen: Yes
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:2

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA, eAAC+ / AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGA, OGG, OTA, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGA, OGG, OTA, WAV, WMA, XMF / AAC, WAV, AAC+, WMA, OGG, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, JPG, PNG / JPG
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, VP8, WMV7, WMV8 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV / 3G2,3GP,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV / H.263,H.264,MPEG4,VC-1,VP8,WMV7,WMV8 / H.263,H.264,MPEG4,VC-1,WMV7,WMV8
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900 / 850,900,1900,2100
2G standards:GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850, 900, 1900, 2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 850,900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+ / UMTS / UMTS,WCDMA
4G:N / Y
4G bands supported:800,850,900,1800,2100,2300,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,2100,2600 / 850,1900,2100,2600 / 850,900,1800,2100,2600 / 850,900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, DID, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HCRP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Google applications:Gmail,Google Chrome,Google Maps,Google Play,Google+,YouTube / Google Maps,Google Play,Google Voice Search / Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube / Google Play

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Battery pack: Yes
Bundled software:Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Flight mode:No / Y / Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.4
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid / Sim-lock free
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

64-bit computing: Yes
Processor:410
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.6
Processor model:410

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.4 / 5.1

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:2 / 2048
Internal ROM:16
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:128 / 64
RAM capacity:2
ROM capacity:16
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid

Technical Details

Color:Y / Yes
Google applications:Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Maps, Google Play, Google+, YouTube / Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search / Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Google Play

Video

Video call:Y / Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.264 / 0.287
Height:5.47 / 5.48 / 5.7
Weight:4.34 / 5.47
Width:2.74 / 2.8