Samsung Galaxy A5 and A5 Duos review: Five star

Five star

GSMArena team, 30 January 2015.


The Samsung Galaxy A5 comes in a little blue box offering the standard set of accessories all phone should have. Inside is a wall charger rated at 1.55A, a microUSB cable, SIM ejector tool and Samsung headphones with volume control and microphone.

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Retail box

Samsung Galaxy A5 360-degree spin

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is a nice looking smartphone with a very thin profile of only 6.7mm, a height of 139.3mm and a width of 69.7mm. Quite expectedly, with those measurements the Galaxy A5 is impressively thin and compact considering it houses a 5" display and physical home button. The space above and under the display are just about the right size but we do wish the side bezels were a bit thinner.

Design and build quality

Design-wise Samsung has gone very clean and minimalist with the Galaxy A5. The white-painted metal frame is precision cut and has no protruding corners along its length, unlike the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4.

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The Samsung Galaxy A5 up front

The metal frame is chamfered at the edges allowing for a sharp, edgy feel in the hand and the corners at each end are ever so slightly rounded although not taking away from the square feel and look of the handset.

Our unit has a Pearl White finish although you can get the Samsung Galaxy A5 in Light Blue, Champagne Gold, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver or Soft Pink. In the case of the Pearl White version that we got, the body glistens in different nuances depending on how the light falls on it. It certainly looks catchy, but it looks like it's going to appeal more to the female part of the Western audience.

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy A3 the Galaxy A5 is noticeably taller although not much wider. The design here is flatter, though.

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Compared to the Samsung Galaxy A3

The metal frame of the Samsung Galaxy A5 is the main design element here. It's where all other things come together, clasped firm under the frame's metal grip.

Samsung has applied a coat of paint to the frame so that no matter which color option you choose the frame matches the rest of the body.

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Thin, metal frame

Handling the Galaxy A5 is a joy. The phone sits nice and flat in the hand and its matte surface and cool sides are nothing short of impressive. Some might prefer a more curved shape as the flat sharp surface doesn't sit as naturally in the hand. But the sharp edged actually contribute to the feeling of holding a super slim device in your hand.

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Handling the Samsung Galaxy A5


The Galaxy A5 controls layout in typical fashion with the usual controls in all the usual places. The front is mainly occupied by the 5" Super AMOLED panel of HD resolution.

Above it Samsung has fitted an earpiece, the proximity and ambient light sensors, and a 5MP front-facing camera.

Under the display sits the usual combo of physical home button and two capacitive buttons for recent apps and back. The home button isn't fingerprint sensing, though, unlike the one of the Galaxy Alpha.

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Controls at the front

The volume rocker is located on the left side while the power button is side-mounted on the right. Under it are two card slots - the top one is reserved for the microSD card slot but it also doubles as the second nanoSIM compartment on the Galaxy A5 Duos, giving you dual SIM abilities on expense of the memory expansion option. The second slot holds the main nanoSIM card.

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The sides

The top acts only as the placeholder for the secondary noise reducing microphone while on the top lies the main microphone, the audio jack and the microUSB port.

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Bottom and top

The main 13MP camera sits on the back between the single LED flash and the single loudspeaker grille. We would've preferred the speaker to be front-facing as now the audio is directed backwards, which isn't ideal, but that's certainly not uncommon.

The back panel has a pleasant matte finish which feels great when gliding a finger over it.

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Things to see at the back

Reader comments

  • Dyim

A5 is a good phone. Got this in 2014 and still using it. Tough battery, my kids are using it to watch youtube videos. Not for high end gaming though but good for browsing, music and Netflix. Can still shoot clear pics and videos in good lighting...

  • Brum

Still using it today and works well. Battery still lasts one day with my usage (I don't play games on the phone) and performances are still more than acceptable.

  • Anonymous

It also have a very short battery timing