Have been using A5 (2017) for seven months and here are my findings.
-Good display. No trouble whatsoever using it in broad daylight. 424ppi is sharp enough.
-Great build quality. I dropped the phone thrice and the glass (both front and back) didn't shatter at all. It scratchs fairly easy though (Gorilla Glass 4 and all) so buying a case and a tempered glass layer wouldn't be a bad idea. By the way, the phone has a sensor in the USB-C port that detects moisture and warn you in case you get any ideas about charging your phone.
-Terrific battery life. I get 8 hours SOT easily, using that Facebook app (a battery hog and RAM eater), web browsing, messaging and some light gaming and battery saving options disabled (running Nougat). It has fast charge (which you can disable)
-Octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM are enough to keep things smooth and nice, but if you are into heavy gaming and multitasking, you need to look somewhere else.
-32GB are enough for me (I store music, documents and photos, beside of apps, and I have only used half the device's storage). Those who like to store everything in a phone, 32GB won't be enough.
-Audio is clear but not loud enough for high impedance headphones, so I recommend using earbuds or something alike.
I spent $400 in this phone and, after my experience, it's worth every bit of it.
The best phone in this range
Speed and battery awesome
I appreciate Samsung
Just purchased the black a5 2017 (for a steal,. New. Sealed for £190 from ebay) to replace my a5 2016 which is just not as smooth and fast as I would like (processor sizes), love my A5 2017 so far, flagship design, smooth fast ( for a mid range) performance, great screen and brightness, long battery life, Ip68 and fast charging. Wish the A series has fast wireless charging. Hopefully oreo update will work wonders with software optimisation like it has for S8.
Dave, 20 Jan 2018Thx for the reply but is the battery drains a lot faster in nougat ? Is there any improvement ... moreWell i get upto 10 hrs of normal usage with still 30% left ( morning to evening).
No camera is same as it was b4 except the bokeh effect of selfie.
Mine has got a bit slow ( freezes fr secs smtimes) since i updated to nougat but over all runs smooth.
N heating ? Well i never experienced heating in A5.
Dave, 20 Jan 2018Thx for the reply but is the battery drains a lot faster in nougat ? Is there any improvement ... moreDecember patch will improve the selfie camera...
I use my phone all the time and the battery life is great.
About 9 or 10 hours screen on....and my phone doesn't never heat....
Sorry for my englsh....
Eriii, 19 Jan 2018In marshmallow ram management is little bit better.. Everything else is great in nougat. I... moreThx for the reply but is the battery drains a lot faster in nougat ? Is there any improvement in low light pictures or any stabliser in the camera? does it always hang in nougat?as my phone sometimes freezes in marshmallow and does the phone always heat up in nougat?
billben100, 18 Jan 2018just got new update and camera seems better and no charging issuesWhich country ? ANY one in india get dec patch ?
Mick, 19 Jan 2018After update, camera is better, charging 0-100% 1:25 h everything is awsomeyes u right
Eriii, 18 Jan 2018Go to setting....software information and look in the end of page for your security patch.1. December 2017. I use, my a5 is dual sim, i don't get any update for camera.
After update, camera is better, charging 0-100% 1:25 h everything is awsome
Dave, 19 Jan 2018Is there any difference between nougat n marshmallow other than the new app icons in nougat?In marshmallow ram management is little bit better..
Everything else is great in nougat.
In nougat you have experience 8.1 like note 8 or s8.
You have the dual messages who let you to use to Facebook and or WhatsApp or snap chat and more..
Is more smoothly.
And is little bit faster in app opening.
Is there any difference between nougat n marshmallow other than the new app icons in nougat?
billben100, 18 Jan 2018just got new update and camera seems better and no charging issueswhich patch did you receive ? And did you get face filters (like snapchat) ?
After one year of using
I can tell you no problem at all
Battery is awesome I've got company IPhone 6s and
Comparing to a5 it's crap
This phone is perfect
just got new update and camera seems better and no charging issues
AnonD-514603, 18 Jan 2018How can i know, which patch i use?Go to setting....software information and look in the end of page for your security patch.
AnonD-727389, 18 Jan 2018No idea ... may be region based... I m still on nov patch .My phone already got face filter from nov patch before
Eriii, 18 Jan 2018How long it takes to fully charged???1h 20m until 97%