Samsung Galaxy A01 review[lwptoc]
If you only have a 100 – 150 $ to spend on a phone and you need something that covers all its basics then Samsung’s cheapest number of its ‘A’ series line up phones can do just that.
We got to spend time with the Galaxy A01 and it’s a no muss no fuss handset that covers all its basics without costing too much.
Samsung Galaxy A01 has a 5.7-inch display with a 720p resolution. That’s not so bad but keep in mind many YouTube videos can be viewed in a sharper 1080p resolution.
Overall videos look fine, but the LCD screen isn’t as vibrant and rich as say the Galaxy A51S OLED display.
The phone is thin and small enough to navigate comfortably with one hand while its bottom bezel is a bit thick. The teardrop notches up top keeps the phone looking modern.
There’s also a headphone jack which is great for Wired headphone users
The Samsung Galaxy A01 has a 13-megapixel standard lens and a 2-megapixel depth-sensing camera. In ample lighting, the phone captures clear colour photos and red & green hues especially pop in some pictures.
There are a few images we took where the sky was overexposed but later on in the evening, we were able to take a good shot of the blue sky with foreground and subject matter evenly exposed as well.
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The camera has an 8X digital zoom that’s decent at getting more details from faraway objects, but image quality does get muddier and washed out the closer you zoom.
Live focus for portrait photos was also really inconsistent. Though some pictures turn out ok, several others had the foreground or the main object blurred out instead of the background.
As for video the camera can record 1080p video but doesn’t have optical image stabilization, so footage won’t be super smooth if you’re moving around.
Speaking of pictures, you’ll likely need Google photos cloud service to store your photos and videos or invest in a micro SD card.
The phone only has 16 GB of internal storage and 2 GB of RAM and nearly half of that is taken up by the OS and apps.
Our review unit came from Verizon and it had so many preloaded apps that when we just turned it on it only had about 5 GB available. We had to delete a bunch to get more storage.
The phone does have expandable memory up to 512 GB, so I recommend that route for onboard storage.
Equipped with a Snapdragon 439 processor the Samsung Galaxy A01 operates quickly enough for the most part and putting apps and launching the camera felt timely but every so often we noticed that the Samsung Galaxy A01 took a beat or two for some other things like opening Geek bench.
It isn’t slow enough for me to pull my hair out but if you want a lightning speed user experience this phone isn’t for you.
Powered by a Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery the phone can last a workday with mild usage.
During our test for continuous video playback on aeroplane mode the phone lasted 11 hours and 47 minutes that’s a good enough time but most phones that we’ve tested in the last couple of years lasted longer starting about 13 hours and higher.
All in all, the Samsung Galaxy A01’s bare-bones hardware and features like its plain design and low-resolution display aren’t much to get excited about but the handset covers the basics well enough that for its low price.
It’s a satisfactory device to snap photos, check email, watch videos and of course make calls. Because of its better camera setup and updated OS, we preferred over 2019s Motorola moto E6 and 2018s moto G6 which also cost 100 to 150 dollars.
But the Samsung Galaxy A01 does have a relatively unimpressive battery life if you want something with more juice and you could spend $100 more consider the Moto G power instead in addition to triple rear camera setup and a sharper display. The Moto G power lasted more than 24 hours during our same battery.
Samsung Galaxy A01 Price on Amazon.com: 100 – 110 $
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