Samsung Galaxy A7 Review

Samsung Galaxy A7 - Originally, the Alpha project did not want to be tied to the Galaxy line. This all changed after an identity boost that was more than welcomed. The new Galaxy A7 is a metal trimmed, light weight, slim phablet that is able to offer consumers a competitive alternative to premium phablets that include the Galaxy Note 4.

The new A7 measures in at a mere 6.3mm thick and is combined with a metal frame that permits the device with a degree of rigidity that is said to be quite welcomed. It is also 35 grams lighter than the Note 4 and is able to feel smaller although the width and height are virtually similar.

The new phablet is no different than other flagships that have been offered by Samsung in regards to the fact it has a 5.5 inch AMOLED screen that is equipped with 1080p resolution. The power for the device comes from either a 64 bit Snapdragon 615 or an Exynos 5430 (which is like the Galaxy Alpha). Regardless, consumers will be provided with a 5 megapixel selfie camera as well as a 13 megapixel main camera.

The key features associated with the phablet are as follows:

  • Available in both double SIM and single SIM models that are also LTE equipped within all markets.
  • Theme support by way of Android 4.4.4 kitkat wth TouchWiz
  • An option of a dual SIM version that includes a nanoSIM slot inside the card slot reserved for the microSD
  • A dedicated mic that is equipped with active noise cancellation
  • A battery that is 2,600mAh

The phablet does also come with its own set of disadvantages as well. The most prominent of them are included below:

  • It is widely considered to be too pricey in regards to the hardware that is offered to consumers
  • At the launch of the phablet, there is no Android Lollipop
  • The battery is non-removable
  • The extra microSD and SIM share a card slot which means that both cannot be used in combination. Those that purchase the version with dual card capabilities will still only be permitted to utilize one or the other.
  • There is no 2160p video capture nor are there any modes for high frame rates

With the new Galaxy A7, Samsung remained very close to the aesthetics of the current product line. The major difference between the current line and the new phablet is the fact that the A7 places its priorities in design as opposed to features.

It would have been nice for the phablet to have a trio of slots so that expansion could be optimized, but maybe that will be reserved for the next generation of the device. Overall, the device is a nice departure from the devices within the current line from Samsung. It seems to be ideal for those that do more non camera oriented activities. Maybe an executive or personal assistant will find a great deal of comfort and convenience in the device. For the remaining members of society that enjoy the use of all features that we view as standard may not find it optimal. The disadvantages of the phablet make it destined for minimal acceptance among consumers.