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Samsung Galaxy Alpha

78
Engadget
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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
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Scores

Engadget

78
 

User Reviews

80
cookmik
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
80
climb74
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
zagna
This is a very good phone, incredibly fast and lag-free at any time and in any...read more
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81
Average Critic Score

Reception and call quality

73
 

Display

78
 

Battery life

67
 

Camera

76
 

Ease of use

80
 

Design and form factor

80
 

Portability (size / weight)

83
 

Durability

90
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

73
 

How It Stacks Up

88

Engadget

88
 

Critic

81
 

User

93
 
80

Engadget

80
 

Critic

80
 

User

Not yet scored
 
84

Engadget

84
 

Critic

81
 

User

79
 
87

Engadget

87
 

Critic

83
 

User

90
 
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How It Stacks Up

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Critic

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User

93
 
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User

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84
 

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User

79
 
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Engadget

87
 

Critic

83
 

User

90
 
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