Samsung Galaxy A7

5.5 inch midrange Android smartphone

Samsung Galaxy A7 review, rating and latest UK deals & offers

A big brand smartphone that's both better and considerably cheaper than the iPhone 6 Plus? Meet the Samsung Galaxy A7 which has a lot to offer for the price

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Main features

  1. Superb 5 inch Full HD 1080p screen
  2. Stunning 20.7 megapixel camera
  3. 4G handset
  4. Useful Memory card slot

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There is little to seperate the three A-series Galaxy handsets in terms of looks, except for the size. The Samsung Galaxy A7 is the largest of the three phones, with a 5.5 inch screen. The Galaxy A5 and A3 have smaller screens.

Samsung have made sure there is something for everybody with the Galaxy A5 sporting a 5 inch screen while the A3 has a 4.5 inch display.

However the specification of each phone increases with the size, with the A7 being the only one of the three to include a Full HD 1080p screen. Once you ramp the screen size up to five and a half inches it's almost necessary these days to include Full HD as anything smaller isn't going to win over the public and would tend to look inferior with visible pixels.

No such concerns here, the Super AMOLED display contained within the one piece metal casing is excellent, with a pixel count of just over 400 pixel per inch. It would not look out of place on a flagship handset, especially with it's Gorilla Glass 4 screen - a feature of all three A-series phones.

The one thing that goes down as the screen size goes up is the depth. From the 6.9mm of the A3 and 6.7mm of the A5, the A7 is a super slim 6.3mm. In the real world though you are unlikely to notice the difference of around half a millimeter between the three.

However the A7 is clearly aimed at those who want a BIG screen, with the A5 probably the closest competitor to the iPhone 6 for those of us on a budget, with this handset probably aimed a taking sales away from the iPhone 6 Plus, with a saving of around £200.

The power also gets a boost on the Galaxy A7 with octa-core processing thanks to 1.3GHz and 1.8GHz quad core processors which only run when required, ensuring your battery isn't discharged unnecessarily.

This is a big difference from the 1.2GHz processor found on the A3 and A5 and ensures the A7 will handle anything you throw at it with ease, helped along by a healthy 2GB of RAM memory.

It certainly runs very smoothly with no lag found anywhere, no matter what you are doing. Combined with the large screen it comes into it's own watching streaming video, with super clear, super smooth viewing on that fabulous display.

The creditable 13 megapixel camera found on the A5 is also seen here, while all three phones include the 5 megapixel wide angle "selfie" camera.

16GB memory and a memory card slot is again present here.

Our summary

If we have one gripe it is that we perhaps expected more than the same 16GB inbuilt memory found on the two smaller, and cheaper, A-Series handsets but it should be borne in mind that this is a mid-range phone, albeit a slightly expensive one.

However this is a lot of phone for the money and the all metal casing, slim design and overall high quality puts the Samsung almost in the premium bracket - though the price doesn't fall too short!

If you can live without top end features such as a fingerprint sensor and advanced camera features the Samsung Galaxy A7 is an excellent choice. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the iPhone 6 Plus then you are on to a winner, with Samsung offering a better specced phone at a considerably cheaper price.

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