Donny, 17 Jan 2017The 240 Hz flickering on Samsung's (and others) AMOLED screens is not noticeable to the eyes, ... morereally, they are doing it with their TVs and PC Monitors too. I wonder why. IMO they should be flicker-free nowadays. I guess they thought is still a phone something we all use to call and check the weather
geewaiho, 30 Apr 2017This a3 2017 as a Mali t830 vs the alphas Mali t628. Also the alpha has an 8 core processor cl... moreIn antutu benchmark 3d is 10k on alpha and 5k on a3 2017. Alpha is at least twice better. S series will be always a better buy even after 2 years. S6 is far better than a5 2017. S7 will be better than a5 2018. And also staying on older versions of android is better.
Hopefully the next year generation of A3 will improve on several key points:
- bigger battery (2500-2800 mAh), I don't care if it's a bit thicker and heavier as long as its other dimension stay the same or even smaller
- better software optimization (at least on top of the latest Nougat version)
- less bloatware (let us choose which Samsung proprietary softwares from Galaxy Apps that fits our needs)
- better camera hardware (OIS, wider aperture, dual tone LED flash, don't really care for 4K video recording and save dual cameras for 2019)
- faster and always on fingerprint scanner
- bigger memory configuration (at least 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM, UFS 2.0 will be really sweet)
- faster chipset (at least Exynos 7880 or Snapdragon 626)
- wireless charging capability (it currently has glass back, so why not?)
- free unique jelly case like they did on J Pro 2017 series
If Samsung read this and can approve most of those points, they will have better compact phones than what they're offering in 2017 now.
Man, I even won't mind if they charge $100 more if they can tick all those boxes.
Stop raving about always-on. It's been around on Symbian since 2009.
Apolodor, 03 Mar 2017I always dream that one day samsung will make the all-new galaxy alpha 2017. But no. They pref... moreWell,I was the unlucky one to buy an Alpha based on gsmarena review.The phone remember was godly awful,and quickly forgeted for updates.
Never again,iOS user since than
Apolodor, 23 Apr 2017But gpu is more powerful on alpha, is'nt it ?This a3 2017 as a Mali t830 vs the alphas Mali t628. Also the alpha has an 8 core processor clocked at 4x 1.8 and 4x 1.3. The alphas clock speed is 8x1.6 plus is 64 bit architecture and 1n m processor. I'm inclined to believe the a3 2017 is better.
Apolodor, 03 Mar 2017I always dream that one day samsung will make the all-new galaxy alpha 2017. But no. They pref... moreThe a3 2017 is a great phone and very comparable to the alpha. The software on lollipop was awful for the alpha whereas marshmallow flies on the a3 2017 with grace ui. The processor is a tad weaker (1.6 vs 1.8, but the a3 has 64. Bit processor on 14nm) but it is allot smoother compare to the alpha which I use both still, better build, better battery, design, performance, camera. And sd card. Alpha has better memory and removable battery).
7877, 11 Feb 2017A317 a517 and all the a series except galaxy alpha are crap.. samsung would have made custome... moreI always dream that one day samsung will make the all-new galaxy alpha 2017. But no. They prefer to sell us garbage and turn something good into garbage. At least a5 2017 scores 60k in antutu compared to alpha that scores 40k (at least my alpha)
A317 a517 and all the a series except galaxy alpha are crap.. samsung would have made customers more satisfied by upgrading it's galaxy alpha and not producing these phones!!!.. a7 2017 still can't beat galaxy alpha
Anonymous, 17 Jan 2017of courseTouchWiz is no more. This uses the new GraxeUI.
iLoveEeEe, 18 Jan 2017Can AOD be deactivated if we see no reasons to put it on ?Yes. Even the review gives battery endurance with ON and OFF settings.
ruleta, 31 Jan 2017The ultimate real question: Should I buy this (Samsung A3 2017) or the Sony Xperia X Compact?... moreRight now I would get a Z5 compact over either. Not only priced similarly but GPU is orders of magnitude better; don't forget this has a proper flagship chipset and camera. The only + for A3 is the battery life (so strange to be saying that of a Samsung vs Sony compact..).
The ultimate real question:
Should I buy this (Samsung A3 2017) or the Sony Xperia X Compact?
Which is the best compact android in the market?
I can't get it- how can many people complain about Nokia 6 being overpriced when they can buy this? My roommate uses J5 (2016) and it started to lag right after first power on.
Thank you for the review. It is great, but I found it lacking in one specific area. You usually go through great detail in some parts, but I feel like the internal storage was overlooked. I wish you'd provided information (with screenshots) such as these: how much internal storage is free to the user out of the box? How much storage is available after all the bundled apps that can be uninstalled and disabled are gone? Which bundled apps can you remove and which ones you can't? After this, how much is left when you update all the apps left, presumably system ones that can't be either uninstalled or disabled? Does the system software support adoptable storage for the SD Card, or if in normal removable storage, can you move apps to the SD Card? When a system update is available, do you need to make room on your internal storage for it, or is there space reserved for system updates on the system partition?
If anyone has information on this, thank you.