Samsung Galaxy Alpha G850F
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Samsung Galaxy Alpha G850F Review
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is slicker than anything we have seen from Samsung prior to now. It boasts a metal frame, a width of only 6.7mm, (slimmest yet for a Galaxy) and weighs only 115 grams. Impressive once you take into account the Galaxy S5 weighs 30 grams more and is made from plastic. Samsung has done its best to let the market, (including its supporters and detractors) know that it has been keeping a finger on the pulse of what is relevant to the consumer.
Although the Galaxy S5 provides everything a top-of-the-line device should, like unmatched full-screen HD capability, a high-powered quad core chip, and a capable camera device, the knock on the Galaxy S5 is the plastic it is made from, which gives the user a less than authentic feel.
The Galaxy Alpha’s design addresses that lack of authenticity; it feels like an entirely different phone than the S5. If you have been using an iPhone 5S, however, the difference will not be as noticeable, for obvious reasons. This marks the first time Samsung has incorporated anything other than plastic into its design. Using aluminum has streamlined the device and weighs heavier in the hand of its user as well as the minds of competitors already sporting metal devices, namely, Apple. The design differences don’t end there. The Alpha’s 4.7 inch screen-size convey a switch towards a truly mobile device if you take into account the 5.1 inch screen the S5 possesses.
The drawbacks are right where you would expect to find them. The battery life is less than desirable, (expect roughly 13 hours for pure phone usage, 10 hours for media and video purposes) and smaller than what you would expect for a phone of this size. So while you may like the Alpha’s aesthetics, they might not be as pleasing after a long night out leads to no battery. That same shiny metal will become the focus of your ire. This certainly accounts for why this device is so light, and not so waterproof, a key selling point for those of us unwilling to admit how water hurts mobile devices. In addition, the Galaxy Alpha only offers 32GB of built-in storage, so make sure you know what is important to you. Another dubious difference between the S5 and the Alpha is the downgrade from a 16-pixel sensor down to only 12. Now, megapixels should never be given the final word in regards to deciding camera supremacy, but it still makes you question the logic, since the iPhone 6 totes 13 megapixels. Finally, the Alpha isn’t entirely metal -the back panel is still made of plastic- a factor when you consider the high price of this device.
People consider their phones an extension of themselves, so maybe now is the time to find out if patience is an application on your display. Chances are that if you are reading this you have been waiting to gauge the reactions of those who went ahead and bought the iPhone 6, and understandably so.
Samsung put itself in an awkward position with the Alpha by releasing it fully aware that the iPhone 6 was ready to replace the 5S, and here is why.
Both devices (the Alpha and the iPhone 6) showcase each company’s latest offerings in operating systems. The improvements that created Apple’s iOS8 is a huge draw for those who had grown out of what the 5S had to offer, and Samsung’s Android platform is Apple’s perennial competitor. However, the only quality the Alpha’s operating system offers is familiarity, because nothing has changed.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha offers a peek into the future Samsung has been talking about for some time now, which is a bit disappointing for a device that finds itself stuck between its own S5 and its chief competitors, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6.