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Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1703 reviews of Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Comments about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The usability and performance are also appreciated, whereas reviews about the social networking functionality and battery are mixed. There are some less positive opinions about the reception.

size, performance, usability, portability, design

reception

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the price and design. The screen and portability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the reliability, and reviews are divided on the battery.

performance, portability, screen, design, price

reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy Alpha SIM-Free Smartphone - SilverSamsung Galaxy Alpha SIM-Free Smartphone - Silver

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 310 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the price and usability. The size and performance are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed opinions about the reliability. Some have doubts about the GPS navigation.

portability, performance, size, usability, price

GPS navigation

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy Alpha G850a 32GB (AT&T Unlocked) GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Smartphone (Gold)Samsung Galaxy Alpha G850a 32GB (AT&T Unlocked) GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Smartphone (Gold)

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the performance.

performance

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

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy Alpha G850F 32GB Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Octa-Core 4G LTE Smartphone, WhiteSamsung Galaxy Alpha G850F 32GB Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Octa-Core 4G LTE Smartphone, White

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Michael Moser (notebookcheck.net)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850F Smartphone Review

 

Alpha leader. Samsung only used plastic even for its premium line in the past. This is now different, and it launches its Galaxy Alpha smartphone with an aluminum bezel. The phone places a claim on the smartphone crown with its strong components, but...

Elegant design, Very good build and stiffness, Very compact and light, Removable battery, High-contrast Super AMOLED screen with stable viewing angles and good color reproduction, Appealing performance, All-encompassing configuration including...

720p resolution only, Screen a bit dark, No micro-SD slot for expanding storage, Micro-USB 2.0 only, Camera's low light performance disappointing

Samsung launches a strong piece of hardware in the competitive high-end market with its Galaxy Alpha. Though it adheres to Samsung's own Galaxy S5, clear concessions have to be made in comparison. The refined manufacturing process of the new casing and...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Sam Rutherford (laptopmag.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review

 

Attractive metal design; Strong performance; Light and compact

Expensive for feature set; Below-average battery life; No microSD Card slot

Samsung shines with the Galaxy Alpha's premium metal design, but its features don't match the price tag.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Brad Molen (engadget.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review: Samsung's most beautiful phone yet

 

When a company names one of their products after the first letter of the Greek alphabet, it means business. Take Samsung's Galaxy Alpha: The name alone e

Beautiful and elegant ; Wonderful performance ; Compact size makes it comfortable, easy to use

Priced too high ; Lacks several features found in the Galaxy S5 ; Battery life is nothing special

The Alpha is Samsung's first phone with a metal frame, and it's the most aesthetically pleasing Galaxy phone we've ever seen. Unfortunately, it's priced at a premium and doesn't have the same set of features that you can get on the Galaxy S5 for the...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Vlad Savov (theverge.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

 

Imagine what Samsung could do, if it tried. Earlier this year, we concluded our Galaxy S5 review on a note of optimism about the awesome potential of a well designed Samsung smartphone. It turns...

Metal frame marks a huge design improvement ; Feels smaller and lighter than it is ; Does most things well

Disappointing display ; Battery life is merely adequate ; Android without Samsung software is better than Android with it

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: Andrew Hoyle (cnet.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review: The most luxurious Samsung Galaxy phone to date

 

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has everything you'd demand from a top-end phone -- a stunning full-HD display, powerful quad-core processor and an awesome camera. It's constructed entirely out of plastic however, which often draws criticism for feeling cheap,...

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha's metal frame makes it the most luxurious feeling Galaxy phone to date. Its more compact size makes it comfortable to use, it has loads of power and its camera is great.

It has a disappointingly low-resolution screen, which is a particular shame given the extremely high price of the phone. It loses the waterproofing of the S5 and there's no microSD card slot for expanding the storage either.

If you love the high-end tech Samsung crams into its phones but hate the plastic bodies, the Galaxy Alpha may well be the phone for you. Its processor and camera perform brilliantly, while its compact 4.7-inch size makes it very comfortable to hold and...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha ( charcoal black)

 

The Galaxy Alpha is Samsung's way of shutting up those moaners by packing an octa-core or quad-core processor, the latest Android KitKat software and a great camera -- not to mention the heart-rate and fingerprint scanners lifted from the S5 -- into a...

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha's metal frame makes it the most luxurious feeling Galaxy phone to date. Its more compact size makes it comfortable to use, it has loads of power and its camera is great.

It has a disappointingly low-resolution screen, which is a particular shame given the extremely high price of the phone. It loses the waterproofing of the S5 and there's no microSD card slot for expanding the storage either.

If you love the high-end tech Samsung crams into its phones but hate the plastic bodies, the Galaxy Alpha may well be the phone for you. Its processor and camera perform brilliantly, while its compact 4.7-inch size makes it very comfortable to hold and...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review: Galaxy reboot

 

Utilitarian Samsung has finally put on their premium hat to produce a device with more refined looks and manageable size to match the upcoming iPhone 6. An Android super mini and an iPhone 6 competitor, the Alpha puts aluminum back in Samsung's design...

Metal frame, 6.7mm slim, 115g of weight ; LTE connectivity (Cat. 6, 300Mbps downlink) ; 4.7" 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display with 312 ppi pixel density ; Android OS v4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz UI ; Octa-core processor (1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 + 1.8GHz...

Low battery capacity ; Still plenty of plastic in the design ; Non-expandable storage ; No TV-Out option (no MHL or SlimPort) ; Not water resistant (like the S5 mini or Z1 Compact)

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a brilliant addition to the Galaxy line. Not quite an alpha dog but a starry-eyed pup, dreaming of leaving its own legacy. What if they dropped the "Galaxy" moniker and just called it "Samsung Alpha"?

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: GSM Arena (gsmarena.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha preview: First look

 

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a surprising change in the Samsung product strategy. It certainly has many of the Galaxy S5 key selling features, while staking on more premium material such as aluminum. But it's not another flagship, no, it's rather an...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: Reviewboard Magazine (reviewboard.com)

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review

 

You are probably wondering why our review is so much different than the reviews that have basically been regurgitated around the Internet. Once “Engadget” says something is good it seems like all the review sheeple get in line to baaahhh. Ok, I'm not...

Jun, 2015

Expert review by: John V. (phonearena.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review

 

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a device that not only bears several rich qualities, but it has a design to die for. With this on tap, will it finally erase Samsung's reputation of making top performing handsets that have no substance with their designs?...

Premium design that’s accentuated by its aluminum trim bezel ; Compact size doesn’t compromise its solid construction ; Perfect for one-handed typing ; Excellent battery life, despite smaller capacity battery

Camera suffers from blurring & weak low lighting performance ; Voices sound robotic in tone, so it’s sometime hard to comprehend calls ; Display uses PenTile matrix arrangement, so it’s not as sharp as we’d like

Cutting straight to the chase, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is an excellent, all-around phone. From taking photos, to its battery life, it earns plenty of high marks from us. However, its refreshing design change is what we’re most impressed about. No...

Oct, 2014

Product Specifications

Battery

Browsing time (3G):9
Browsing time (4G):9
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):11

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):2.1
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12

Design

Curved Design: No
Standard colour:Silver

Messaging

E-mail:Y / Yes

Navigation

GLONASS: Yes
GPS: Yes

Networking

2G standards:EDGE, GSM / GSM
3G standards:HSPA+, HSUPA, UMTS / UMTS
4G: Yes
4G bands supported:800, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2600 / 800, 850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2600 / 800,850,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 900,1900,2600,800,2100,850,1800
4G standards:LTE
SIM card capability:Single SIM

Ports & interfaces

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): No
USB port: Yes

Processor

Coprocessor: Yes
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.3 / 1.8