It is laborious to dislike Samsung’s new Galaxy A53 5G. This Android telephone prices simply $450 and is all most individuals want, even besting our present high choose, the Google Pixel 5A, in a number of areas. It is look is a bit drab—the matte plastic design can be a haven for fingerprints—but when you don’t need your telephone to stay out like a sore thumb, it is an important inexpensive possibility.
Samsung’s A Recreation
Put the A53 5G subsequent to its predecessor, the A52 5G, and also you may need a tough time telling them aside. Two areas the place the brand new A53 may disappoint are with the removing of the headphone jack and the dearth of a charging adapter within the field. These developments began with high-end flagships and at the moment are trickling down, which some customers aren’t blissful about.
Fortunately, the A53 5G succeeds with the options that matter most. Take the display screen, for instance. The 6.5-inch OLED display screen will get a lot brighter than the show on Google’s $450 Pixel telephone, making it pretty legible throughout sunny days right here in New York. It maintains a 120-Hz display screen refresh charge too, so scrolling by way of apps and the interface feels responsive and buttery easy (simply ensure that to show this on within the settings menu).
The big display screen is sweet for my huge paws, and the slim design helps for smaller arms. It is paired with stereo audio system that really sound nice. My TV has been damaged for somewhat over per week, however I have been greater than OK catching up on reveals on the sofa with this telephone.
It has a 5,000-mAh cell, which is barely bigger than final 12 months’s A52, although real-world battery life is comparable. There are days I push it laborious and see it hit 30 p.c by midnight. However most of the time, it hangs someplace round 50 to 45 p.c by the day’s finish, leaving sufficient juice for most of the next day. Nonetheless, neither telephone fairly presents two full days of battery life.
This is without doubt one of the few Samsung telephones offered within the US that use its homegrown processor, the Exynos 1280, and it is paired with 6 gigabytes of RAM. Benchmark checks present its efficiency is just like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G powering its predecessor, which is a little bit of a disgrace. Do not get me mistaken—identical to final 12 months’s model, the A53 5G handles most on a regular basis duties simply high-quality. There are, nevertheless, conditions the place you may huff and puff as you look forward to it to load up instructions on Google Maps, or look forward to the digicam app to launch. I do not recall experiencing such frustrations with the Pixel 5A.
The excellent news? This A53 will unusually get extra model upgrades and safety updates than its Pixel peer. (I nonetheless do not perceive how Google, which manages the Android working system, is letting Samsung eat its lunch on this division.) Meaning 4 OS upgrades and 5 years of safety updates, so it’s going to hold getting patched till 2027. That is fairly gorgeous for a sub-$450 Android telephone.
Talking of the software program, it is high-quality. Every time I take a look at Samsung telephones, I begin to miss the clear Android software program expertise discovered on Pixels and Motorolas. The interface design right here is not my favourite (why do I’ve to scroll by way of my app drawer horizontally?!). Fortunately, like all Androids, you possibly can customise and alter a lot of this by way of third-party apps and launchers.
Most cameras on Android telephones that price lower than $600 suck. The exception has been the Pixel A-series telephones—I’ve but to see a tool that may dethrone Google’s prowess right here. Samsung closes the hole and delivers a reasonably passable digicam system with this new mannequin, although it isn’t fairly reaching Pixel heights, significantly in low mild.
Through the day, the 64-megapixel major digicam can seize detailed pictures. The colours are the issue. Take the photograph of the fireplace escape on a wet day within the gallery above. In Samsung’s photograph, the shade of the constructing is a lot lighter than it was in actual life (the Pixel 5A photograph is far nearer to actuality). In high-contrast scenes, particulars within the A53 5G’s photographs undergo a smidge too. When the solar units, you continue to get fairly nice pictures! However they’re usually grainier and haven’t got the sharpness or shade accuracy of the Pixel 5A.