Sick little smartphone — Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review

Even though the Samsung Galaxy Alpha has been out for awhile, it’s still one of the better smartphones out there. It’s not a flagship smartphone, but it could’ve been one if Samsung didn’t take out some of the features the Galaxy S5 has. Smartphone wise, it really can do everything you need it to do.

Samsung didn’t go cheap when it comes performance. Hardware wise, the Galaxy Alpha can compete with most flagship Android devices from Sony, HTC and LG in the speed department. With 2GB of RAM, the Galaxy Alpha is smooth and fast.

However, Samsung did go cheap on the display. The display isn’t full HD but most people won’t be able to tell the difference. Only spec-whores would worry about crap like that. Another feature missing is microSD expansion. But that shouldn’t matter since it comes with 32GB of on board storage, which is plenty in reality. Another big feature missing are the waterproof and dustproof capabilities that the Galaxy S5 has. Most people can deal with that and I still don’t know too many people that worry about taking their smartphone in to the water.

Design wise, the Galaxy Alpha is actually one good looking smartphone. This isn’t usually the case with Samsung phones, so it’s nice to see Samsung step up their design game. It looks really good mainly due to the metal frame. I even like the feel of the rubberized backing. It has a better feel than its big brother (Galaxy S5). It’s very light and it’s easy to hold. It feels really good. It feels so good that you want to hold it all day long.

A smartphone of this size seems to be the sweet spot when it comes to smartphones. Big hands or small hands, it just feels right. You really need a “hands on” experience to appreciate how well the phone feels and looks.

One negative you do get is a smaller battery. Which means shorter battery life. Add in the fact that Android is power hungry to begin with, and what you get is less than stellar battery life. The Galaxy Alpha is best used for those “city type” individuals who have access to outlets and chargers everywhere. It’s not for people who tend to be far away from a power source. The “outdoorsy” type.

The Galaxy Alpha is basically a Galaxy S5 without the high resolution display, sd card expansion and water/proof features. If you’re looking for a solid Android that feels high end and can deal with not having the features I mentioned above, then the Galaxy Alpha might be for you. And for $320, the price isn’t all that bad for what you get. If you’re looking for something that has those features I mentioned above then check out the Xperia Z3 Compact. It has microSD card expansion, it’s water and dust proof, has a bigger battery and supposedly a better camera. And like the Galaxy Alpha, it looks really good! It will cost you around $500 though…

Originally published at on March 23, 2015.

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