Bought a few weeks ago an A3 in China (SM-A3000 dual). Flashed immediately with HK 4.4.4 firmware. Very happy about performances under 4G network. It's my first Android phone ever, bought to test if I can escape from iPhone prison for good.
Bought I second one in Italy (SM-A3000FU) since I lost the first one :( I rooted it and it works very well. Now I'll try to flash it with 5.0.2 lollipop (there is a Russian version for SM-A3000F). Hope I won't brick it...
Muchu, 22 May 2015Anyone who knows how to turn off the camera sound?activate the silent mode.
just boughtthis phone few days back. and now the fromt camera is blurry. and even has a black spot when i take phones.. anyone knows how to correct it and what should i do now? :(
Anonymous, 23 May 2015Bad battery lifeI get 6 days on a single charge. Tell me how that is bad.
its a shit mobile took me one day to realize that and return to use my old note 2 .
A5 battary drains too fast , no LED notifications , speaker sound too low .
the only thing i liked about it is it metallic frame .
Jemima, 22 May 2015Yeah!This is how they trap the customers. The same brand has different models.But it is not co... moreNo one hiding anything. You just need to read the fine prints. Even gsmarena write it out for us.
Samsung Galaxy A3 SM-A300F with 1 GB RAM
Samsung Galaxy A3 SM-A300FU with 1.5 GB RAM
Different country gets different version according to Samsung main branch. They decide which variant to sell in which country according to the country purchasing power and gross national income per capita. Macau, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan are among the top ranking in this criteria. Laos,India, Philipines are among the lowest. This goes with all of their different smartphone models. Country with high purchasing power like Hong Kong usually gets the high end version with 4g LTE/LTE-A capability. Country like India usually always get the duos(dual sim) 3g model as dual sim smartphone are popular in that country. Internet speed in various countries are also considered. Hong kong is ranked 2nd in world internet speed, so they get the good stuff. Poland, the one getting lollipop update, ranked 24th in world internet speed. Those in India asking for lollipop update, you guys are ranked 51st in the world. Singapore and Taiwan are a more likely candidate to get the lollipop ota update for being ranked among top 20 in the world. As for the 4g model, country like South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Philipines, Australia and United Kingdom are more likely to have this LTE version. United States too, if Samsung even launch this phone there. These are just some marketing strategy very well calculated and strategized according to various data available by Samsung. Don't blame them. Blame your country instead.
Brian, 21 May 2015I've found my new A3 is not matching with the user manual downloaded. When ask for Tec support... moreYeah!This is how they trap the customers. The same brand has different models.But it is not communicated.No separate user manuals.I don't know whether it is legal but for sure not ethical.Customers are being fooled since they are not aware what's going on.This is not limited for A3 or Samsung I think.I also think the people in the Asian countries should be more cautious. Earlier it was low quality imitations and now it is the different quality products by the same original company. May be to capture different price markets. This shouldn't be hidden anymore.Damn these cheaters!!!
has anybody got problem with its speaker volume,,kinda low i think in comparison with other devices???
250 USD is expensive? How do you think? Show me a smartphone for that price and let's compare these models. Not Huawei, Xiaomi, Meizu or Lenovo. They are only smartphones for maximum a year, then you need a new one. So, be honestly, give every model it's real opinion...
erid@, 16 May 2015The phone is perfect!!!unless u know how t use it of course..!!I bought my a3 last february 2015... i have no regrets... if u know how to use it... no problem at all...
I've found my new A3 is not matching with the user manual downloaded. When ask for Tec support only I came to know that there are different country versions available in the same product.Therefore pls be vigilant when you buy one as even the original company product there are less featured versions.I think the best model is Hong Kong manufactured one which has all settings & features in line with the user manual.
Samsung Lover, 21 May 2015This is still expensive. Bothered to choose if A3,E5 or Grand Prime. Help? :D ThanksGo for e5. U got a better. 5 inch 720 screen. U still have the same camera like those of a3. The only thing missing is the lte connection but hey it still got 3g with decent speed and ive heard from reviews that e5 performs faster with tests done.
This is still expensive. Bothered to choose if A3,E5 or Grand Prime. Help? :D Thanks
goldfinger, 19 May 2015the phone speaker is to low, could not even hear it in public places or street! missed many ca... moreI agree with you, but I ve read somewhere tht it is caused by the os used in the phone,