Just got this phone (Y/DS variant) set up with AT&T in the United States. I love it. My last phone was the Alpha, which I loved when I first got it, but in its last year I had to yank the battery 3x daily.
This phone is everything I wished the Alpha had been. Very fast, not crash prone, long battery life, and the over-bright notification LED is gone, replaced with an elegant always-on display. I'm getting good LTE 4G, despite not having band 20.
A note on bringing a phone like this to AT&T: Do NOT use the phone's true IMEI. Use the IMEI of a genuine made-for-AT&T Samsung phone instead (especially helpful if you're decommissioning one, which I was). The IMEI in AT&T's database does not need to match your hardware (only the SIM needs to), but they will not "provision" 4G LTE or visual voice mail to your phone, despite the capabilities. You will be limited to their 3G H+ data network and classic (Dial 1) voice mail if your IMEI is not in their "approved 4G devices" range, and this import won't be.
I'm interested on the Galaxy A3 2017 phone. Specs wise it seems very good on that front. But I have been hearing some issues like:
1. USB Type-C is of the 2.0 version and not the faster 3.0?
2. Strange speaker placement making the sound tinny?
3. Blue light filter not baked in on the quick shortcuts?
4. Overall screen quality poor in direct sunlight &/or has poor sunlight readability?
5. Camera photo quality is slightly poorer/inferior to previous models? No image stabilisation even on 1080p 30fps?
6. Multitasking and apps still reload pointing out to poor memory management?
Can someone please confirm or advice? Thanks.
Arkin, 07 Jun 2017that's normal it's the lens. the camera hardware makes a sound when focusing and stops when yo... moreI don't know if my problem is related with focusing. Or I do not fully understand when this sound should stop. But whenever I poke the back of the device or even place it on the table it makes the sound if something would be loose in the phone.
qpasp, 05 Jun 2017Hey! did you find out more about the sound that comes from the camera? I also have it and I do... morethat's normal it's the lens. the camera hardware makes a sound when focusing and stops when your camera gets its focus. All my phones have the same sound when using the camera. especially my Lumia phones. that just means that you have an optical focus and not a digital one.
Nisura, 06 Jun 2017It's even in the S6. But it's from the OIS which A3 doesn't have. I bet it's the camera lense ... moreThe rattling in the camera lens is aparently normal bud it bugs a person and at some point it get anoying. I have the sme problem and its working on me when i hear the rattling,it makes you feel like your phone is broken when its not.
My phone blocked while i was trying to do restart.Now is white and is not opening at all.Any idea?
this is my new samsung a3 2017
good friendly handset and also ver good battery back
qpasp, 05 Jun 2017Hey! did you find out more about the sound that comes from the camera? I also have it and I do... moreIt's even in the S6. But it's from the OIS which A3 doesn't have. I bet it's the camera lense as the noise goes away when the camera is active.
Nisura, 31 May 2017even I have that rattle noise it's from the camera lense it's stops when the camera is in fo... moreHey! did you find out more about the sound that comes from the camera? I also have it and I don't consider it something normal.
Anonymous, 04 Jun 2017You can move lots of apps if developer lets you, but i find enough room. will last 3 years if... moreOkay thanks. Will definitely go for this phone if it's accesories are available in the market??
Dany16, 02 Jun 2017Okay thanks. What kind of apps can you mobe to the sd card? Also, overall is this a good phon... moreYou can move lots of apps if developer lets you, but i find enough room. will last 3 years if you look after it :D
harris96, 01 Jun 2017This mobile is very good, with excellent camera, primary and secondary, with solid processor, ... moreOk thank you. What about durability as i want a phone which can last more than a year??
Anonymous, 02 Jun 2017Yes, i move a lot to SD card also !Okay thanks. What kind of apps can you mobe to the sd card?
Also, overall is this a good phone if i want to keep it for a year, year and a half?
Dany16, 01 Jun 2017So is the 16gb storage enough for like a few social media apps and like 3,4 games. Also over... moreThis mobile is very good, with excellent camera, primary and secondary, with solid processor, memory is enough for standard apps like facebook, instagram, messenger, viber etc. and fo 5-6 games depends of size.
So is the 16gb storage enough for like a few social media apps and like 3,4 games.
Also overall, is this a good phone?
Hi, how's multitasking with this phone? it only got 2GB and a bloated UI..
I would consider buying xperia XA1 because of 3GB and very light OS, but there's no fingerprint scanner and waterproofing.
How many apps can it hold in the background without restarting the app.?