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Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1885 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 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the design and portability. The performance and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the connectivity and battery. There are mixed opinions on the social networking functionality and reception.

size, usability, performance, portability, design

battery, connectivity

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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (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. Comments about the price and design are overall positive. The screen and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the battery. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (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. Reviewers really like the price and usability. The size and performance are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability. Many are negative 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)

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (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. Reviewers really like 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

Jul, 2018

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 : 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 : 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 (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 : Andrew Hoyle (cnet.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

 

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 (laptopmag.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

 

While Apple went big with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung is going small--well, smaller--with the Galaxy Alpha. Sporting a 4.7-inch display, the same size as the iPhone 6, the Alpha for AT&T ($200 with two-year contract) features an aluminum frame,...

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 : 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 : 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

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1860
Battery performance:1860
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):9
Browsing time (4G):9
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):11
Continuous audio playback time:37
Continuous video playback time:10 / 11
Talk time (3G):11

Call Management

Auto-redialing: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image Stabilizer: No
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera Resolution:3840 x 2160
Flash Type:LED
Front camera resolution (numeric):2.1
Geotagging: Yes
Image Stabilizer: No
Main camera resolution (numeric):12
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear Camera Resolution:3840 x 2160
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Rear camera type:Single camera
Scan technology:CMOS
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:2.1
Sensor Type:CMOS
Video capture resolution (max):3840 x 2160
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p, 2160p, 720p / 2160p

Certificates

Body SAR:0.506
Body SAR (EU):0.506
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:N
DLNA Certified: No
Head SAR:0.4 / 0.400
Head SAR (EU):0.4 / 0.400

Design

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

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:4.7 / 4.8
Display number of colors:16.0 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720
Display Type:SAMOLED
Orientation sensor: Yes
Pixel density:312
Touch screen: 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: Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, WMA
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:JPG / JPG, PNG
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 720p / 1080p, 2160p, 720p
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, MP43, VP8, WEBM, WMV, WMV7, WMV8 / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, MP43, VP8, WEBM, WMV7, WMV8 / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, MP43, VP8, WMV, WMV7, WMV8 / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WMV, WMV7, WMV8 / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MP4, MP43, VP8, WEBM, WMV, WMV7, WMV8 / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, M4V, MKV, MP4, WMV, WMV7, WMV8 / 3G2, 3GP, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV
Video compression formats:H.262, H.263, MPEG4 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,MP43,VP8,WEBM,WMV,WMV7,WMV8 / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,MP43,VP8,WEBM,WMV7,WMV8 / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,MP43,VP8,WMV,WMV7,WMV8 / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WMV,WMV7,WMV8 / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,MKV,MP4,MP43,VP8,WEBM,WMV,WMV7,WMV8 / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,M4V,MKV,MP4,WMV,WMV7,WMV8 / 3G2,3GP,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,900,1800,1900 / 900,1900,850,1800
2G standards:EDGE,GSM / GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850, 900, 1900, 2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 900,1900,850,2100
3G standards:HSPA+,HSUPA,UMTS / UMTS
4G:Y
4G bands supported:800,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 800,1800,2100,2600 / 800,850,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 900,1900,2600,800,2100,850,1800
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVCTP, HFP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVCTP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP, MAP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, HID, HSP, MAP, PAN, SAP / A2DP, MAP, HFP, OPP, AVRCP, HID, PAN, HSP, PBAP, SAP / AVRCP, HID, HSP, MAP, PAN, SAP
Bluetooth version:4.0
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM / NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

Google applications: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
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:No / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.4 / 4.4.4
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / 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 / Sim-lock free
Support for contact groups: 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

Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.3 / 1.8
Processor:5 Octa 5430 / 5433
Processor architecture:ARM big.LITTLE
Processor cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Samsung Exynos
Processor frequency:1.8
Processor model:5 Octa 5430 / 5433

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.4 / 4.4.4

Storage

Compatible memory cards: No
Internal RAM:2048
Internal storage capacity:32
RAM capacity:2
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Color: Yes
Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search / Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Google Play
GSM bands supported:850,900,1800,1900
UMTS bands supported:850,900,1900,2100

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.264
Height:5.2 / 5.21
Weight:4.06
Width:2.58