Samsung has always sold inexpensive phones, but only recently has it mixed them all into a more streamlined (and less confusing) Galaxy. “A series“branding. There are still a few too much A-series phones, but this strategy is finally paying off. Now Samsung produces good Phone (s that don’t break the bank.
the Google Pixel 4A It might still be our favorite budget phone, but if you don’t want to spend a dime over $ 300, the Galaxy A32 5G is your next best bet. Just a note before we dive in: there’s a standard Galaxy A32 and the A32 5G. They are two very different phones, and we haven’t tested the first one.
The A32 5G typically costs $ 280, but it has dropped to $ 205 previously. No matter how much less than $ 300 you pay for it, it’s hard to find a part of this phone that disappoints.
It starts with performance. The phone features MediaTek’s Dimensity 720 5G processor with 4 gigabytes of RAM, which sets it apart from the ocean of phones powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. If you are worried, don’t be. Performance is generally smooth, offering little stuttering and blocking. Sure, apps don’t launch lightning fast – that’s to be expected in this price bracket – but I’ve never found it super slow or frustrating to use. It’s certainly less stuttering than OnePlus Nord N200 5G ($ 240), but not as smooth as the Moto G 5G Stylus ($ 400) or the Pixel 4A ($ 350).
He even managed a session of almost an hour of Dead cells with very, very little performance drop while playing. It didn’t even get too hot. Gaming is even better with the new screen refresh rate of 90Hz, which increases the number of screen refreshes from the traditional 60fps to 90. The experience of using the A32 5G is slightly smoother.
The 6.5-inch screen itself is not a YOU ARE panel like most Samsung phones, but LCD, and it shows. Blacks are not as deep and there is no always-on display for you to casually check the time (OLED technology uses less battery, which is why phones with them can display icons of notification as well as time 24/7.)
For what it’s worth, OLED isn’t mainstream at this price point. (That’s one of the reasons I love the Pixel 4A so much.) But the A32 5G’s screen is just right. fine. The 1600 x 720 pixel resolution isn’t the sharpest, but it’s colorful and bright enough to be seen on sunny days. Size could be a bigger issue. I have big hands and I have to shuffle the phone up and down to get to some parts of it. Speaking of hand placement, there is only one bottom trigger speaker. It looks decent, but I kept blocking it when holding the phone in landscape mode.
The battery life is more satisfactory. Can each phone last two full days on a single charge, please? That’s what you’ll get with average use thanks to the 5,000mAh cell here, and it’s great. Forget the need to tune in every night!
Samsung manages to pack the A32 5G with all the other features available on other budget phones, like a MicroSD card to expand the 64GB of onboard storage, a side fingerprint sensor that doubles as a power button, as well as a headphone jack.