Flashback: a look back at the best Samsung Galaxy A phones through the years

21 March 2021
The series is a follow-up to the one-off Galaxy Alpha and brought some unique devices since its inception in 2015.

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  • Kek

Honorable mention to the A6+ (2018), one of Samsung's last all metal devices.

All in all, I feel last year A-series were bad imo. They just pushed numbers but there was nothing groundbreaking on them

  • Anonymous

Truee!!

Galaxy A71 is my favourite A series phone.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 21 Mar 2021How heavy is aluminium? Bigger phones also use more glass w... moreAccording to GSMA, my Redmi Note 5 weighs 186 grams. 5.99 inch screen, 18:9 screen ratio, and 4000 mAh battery. I don't recall about the dimensions.

Though I don't know how much aluminum contributes to phone weight in general, as I recall, most glass/plastic phones now weigh 190 grams or more, with much bigger screen, size, and battery. 200 grams or more seems to be normal nowadays, and that's plastic. However, well-build, plastic with good material can be durable too, Nokia phones of old come to mind.

  • ylr

galaxy a5 2015 model is the best one in this eventhough lacks ois, its sleek n fits in hands and really feels like a premium mobile

  • Vijay

I still have A5 (2017) that we bought in Dubai. It was 8k less when compared to Indian price. I still have it and use as a secondary phone. Apart from camera, chipset, rest of the featured were great. It had IP68 rating, Samsung Pay, sAMOLED, 424 PPI, 5'2 screen, flashlight which was brighter than Samsung Note 2 and S6E. Easy to use in one hand. Gone are the days of 5 or less than 5'5 inch screen.

  • blue.sun

Anonymous, 21 Mar 2021How heavy is aluminium? Bigger phones also use more glass w... moreMaybe cheap, but also more shatter resistant than the so much praised glass.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 21 Mar 2021Metal phones are becoming rarer nowadays, since the screen ... moreHow heavy is aluminium? Bigger phones also use more glass which weights them down too. This is not the reason. Manufacturers are just cheapening out by giving us cheap plastic bodies.

  • Anonymous

YUKI93, 21 Mar 2021I'm surprised not to see the Galaxy A8 (2018) or the G... moreIphon12 mini

Anonymous, 21 Mar 2021modern A series is garbage my mother has the A8 2015 and... moreYes they looked and felt great but now metal body is obsolete and not feasible now...no phone has metal body be it any brands ,accept it and move on...its either plastic or glass...plastic prone to scratches and glass prone to break and shatter

  • Past A series fan

Mat, 21 Mar 2021The best of A series ended in 2018 models.they used be brin... moreSo ture i my self purchased the A8 2018

  • Maria

rizki1, 21 Mar 2021lol how can you telling from that? if redmi and galaxy make... moreIf you are looking for a cheaper phone, do not hesitate to buy the one that is for you. Simple!

Maria, 21 Mar 2021In my opinion, if you need just a smart phones now, do not ... morelol how can you telling from that? if redmi and galaxy make same spec who is cheaper?

  • Anonymous

BigMillions, 21 Mar 2021I still have my A7 (2016) from 2016. It's still kickin... moreMetal phones are becoming rarer nowadays, since the screen and size keeps growing, metal isn't feasible anymore as it will weigh the phone more. Not only in Samsung, Xiaomi Redmi too. My Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera from 2018 has metal (aluminum) body, while this year's Redmi Note 10 Pro has plastic body. Back in 2016 to 2018, metal phones were quite a lot.

  • Anonymous

Nostalgia. Missed those days when galaxy A series was beautifully designed. Now ''modern'' galaxy A series are made with plastic which is ugly.

  • Ng

My first samsung phone, A7 2016 still working, for me is great design compare to other A series, just lack of storage and lack of software update, even A5 2016 get more that 3 years security update, A7 2016 only 2.5 years then no more update

  • Maria

The Android Freak, 21 Mar 2021What about costing compared to Redmi and Realme? Redmi is o... moreIn my opinion, if you need just a smart phones now, do not see the brand but look for the spec/features offered (and of course, the money you have to spend for a mobile phone). Note: we are talking about Android phone only.

In some countries, we may look for the brand as well because we need more values when selling our old phone.

I'm surprised not to see the Galaxy A8 (2018) or the Galaxy A8+ (2018) in this list. That is the last ever Samsung Galaxy A series phone to have an IP rating before the A52 and A72 comes in and also Samsung Pay with NFC and MST support.

  • Mat

The best of A series ended in 2018 models.they used be bring near flagship quality for A series

  • Anonymous

The Android Freak, 21 Mar 2021What about costing compared to Redmi and Realme? Redmi is o... more" Redmi is offering snapdragon 870 in China at 300 USD."
Are you really comparing a specific Xiaomi phone designed and priced ONLY for the Chinese market, to a Samsung phone that is globally available?
By the way, as someone else said, Hardware is ONLY a part of the smartphone...