Samsung Galaxy Alpha

78
Engadget
Score
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha review: Samsung's most beautiful phone yet

Summary

The Alpha is Samsung's first phone with a metal frame, and it's the most aesthetically pleasing Galaxy phone we've ever seen. Unfortunately, it's priced at a premium and doesn't have the same set of features that you can get on the Galaxy S5 for the same price.

Pros
  • Beautiful and elegant
  • Wonderful performance
  • Compact size makes it comfortable, easy to use
Cons
  • Priced too high
  • Lacks several features found in the Galaxy S5
  • Battery life is nothing special
Samsung Galaxy Alpha review: Samsung's most beautiful phone yet

When a company names one of their products after the first letter of the Greek alphabet, it means business. Take Samsung's Galaxy Alpha: The name alone exudes confidence. Although the term typically signifies the first in a series, the Alpha obviously isn't Samsung's inaugural Android phone; rather, it ushers in a completely new design direction for the company. It's not a top-of-the-line flagship device on the inside, but what matters is that it actually looks like one on the outside, thanks to its premium aesthetics, metal frame and sleek body. Samsung has every reason to be confident in the Alpha's design. As always, however, there's more to a device than meets the eye.

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Scores

Engadget

78
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
7.3
Display
7.8
Battery life
6.7
Camera
7.6
Ease of use
8.0
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
4.7 inches
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
4.7 inches
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