Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Samsung Galaxy A51 2020 Review :The big screen, big battery from Samsung at 25K

Hello Everyone, When you think about Samsung phones, you probably think about this one right here. This is the Galaxy S20 or maybe you think of the Note line if you like styluses. Those are Samsung's Halo phones, but they're not actually the Samsung phones that most people buy. 

samsung galaxy A51

You see the top two selling android phones worldwide last year, were not Samsung's S phones or Notes or Huawei or anything else. They were Galaxy A series of phones. That is what people buy, and now Samsung's making a big push to get Americans in on buying those kinds of phones with this thing right here, the Galaxy A51. 

In India., it's available on Amazon.com and Samsung.com, but the big deal here is that it costs Rs.25,250 for the 6Gb variant.

You have to pick what you care about, so just for an example of those trade-offs, here is the iPhone SE from Apple, and Apple picked caring about the processor and the camera, instead of caring about having a big screen and getting rid of these big dopey bezels. 

So, What are Samsung's priorities for the Galaxy A51? 

Well, Samsung will tell you that there are three things, their, Awesome screen, awesome camera, long-lasting battery life. Okay sure, yes, that commercial's a banger. Awesome screen, awesome camera, long-lasting battery life.
It's, it's an awesome screen, awesome camera, long-lasting battery life - Okay, stop, hang on, oh my God. Screen, camera, battery life are the priorities for the A51, and all three are good for a 25k phone, but none of them are awesome. 

Display and Screen

It is 6.5 inches at 1080p and it's OLED, and it's good. It is a big screen, it gets pretty bright. I just like it. I think having a big screen is awesome, and I do not think there are going to be a lot of other 25k phones this year, with screens that are this good.
Except, there's a hole-punch selfie camera, and that's fine. I have no problem with hole-punch selfie cameras, but Samsung puts a shiny chrome ring around the selfie camera right in the middle of the screen, and you see it all the time, and it is super distracting. 

Under Display Fingerprint

The other thing about the screen is that there's a fingerprint sensor underneath it which also should be fine, but it's super slow. It's an optical sensor which whatever, but you stare at it, and there's this little green circle thing, and you kind of just hope it unlocks in under a second, and it never does. So, screen, good. Parts underneath the screen, not so much. 

Cameras

Second thing, let's talk about the camera, well cameras.

Rear Cameras
  • There is a 48-megapixel main sensor that kicks out 12-megapixel images by default. 
  • There is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a depth camera, and then the selfie camera inside that stupid chrome ring is 32 megapixels. And the photos are, well, you can tell it is a 400 dollar Samsung phone. 
  • White balances okay, but Samsung really, really, hates shadows, so in light photos, it tries to brightens them up too much, and in the dark, it just freaks out and takes kind of terrible pictures. 
  • The details when zooming in on anything are just kinda messy. 
  • The ultra-wide and the macro lenses, they're super fun. I actually love using them, but this like full-resolution 48-megapixel mode that you can do, it really doesn't add much. 
Front Camera
And the selfies they're hit and miss, and portrait mode is, well it's almost all this. 
I think that Samsung software for imaging processing is really starting to fall behind in 2020, so when it doesn't have great camera hardware to fall back on like it does with the Galaxy S20, you can really tell. 

Comparison with iPhone SE and Pixel 3a

Look, the Pixel 3a and the iPhone SE, they have cameras that are like whoa, I didn't think an inexpensive camera could do that. This camera system is like yep that's a cheap phone all right. 

Battery Life

Alright, the third thing is battery life, and I have to be honest and say that testing battery life when you're stuck at home all day isn't the easiest thing, but, I've been using it for a little bit less than a week, and my takeaway is that you'll probably get more than a day, but you're not going to get, so battery life is good, but I expected awesome because it has a 4000 mah battery, so I'm trying to figure out what the disconnect is there, and I think it might be the processor. 

Processor

The Samsung A51 has Samsung's Exynos 9611 which is an overclocked version of the last one, and so it should be fast, but it's not. You can definitely tell when it's trying hard, and this only has four gigs of RAM on it, and you can definitely tell that, too. It's just kind of slow. 
When you're inside an app, it's okay, but sometimes it just makes you wait. 

Software

Alright, what else? Well, I still like Samsung's One UI software. I think it's really good for big-screened phones, but I don't like that I can't trust Samsung to give me software updates for this thing after two or three years. 

Storage and Headphone Jack

There's nowhere else charging, but there are 128 Gb of storage, and you can expand it with microSD, and there's a headphone jack. 

Design

The overall design and build quality of this phone are really nice. Samsung calls this material glasstic. And yeah, that's sort of like plasticky glass, but it's better than that sounds. It's actually alright. I really like the design of this phone. So, that is the Galaxy A51. 
Basically, it's not an overachiever. It performs exactly as well as you'd expect a 25k Samsung phone to perform in 2020 which is better than it would've been a couple of years ago, but it's still not awesome. 
You do get this really solid, really big 6.5-inch screen, and it is the best thing about this phone, and screens are really important on any phone, but look, there are going to be a bunch of sub 500 dollar phones with big screens this year, and I think at least one of them is going to be awesome. It's just that this Galaxy A51, it doesn't quite get there. 

Hey, thank you so much for watching, if you want to see another tech article, I have also reviewed the iPhone 11 which is way more interesting than you'd expect, so you should click on it to watch it. 

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