Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha ReviewReleased in the second half of 2014, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s premium offering, built to compete with the new iPhone 6. We decided to investigate exactly what it is that makes the Samsung Alpha so appealing; why this phone competes with the iPhone 6, and moreover, why it doesn’t quite touch the Galaxy S5.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha Specs:

  • 4.7 inch display
  • Resolution; 720 x 1280 pixels with a 312 ppi pixel density
  • PayPal certified fingerprint sensor
  • Heartrate sensor
  • Android Kitkat operating system
  • 12MP primary camera
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Li-Ion 1860 mAh battery
  • Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset
  • Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU
  • 4K video recording









Premium Build Quality

The most noticeable feature of the Samsung Alpha is the exquisite design and premium quality build. Having been released after the Samsung Galaxy S5, and before the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Alpha provides Samsung fans with a unique tactile experience and visual aesthetic.

Emulating the iPhone 4 and 5 with its flat edges, one cannot help but wonder why the new iPhone embraces curved edges. The flat edges are not only pleasing to the eye, but they also serve to lessen the slippery nature of mobile phones on the whole.

Unfortunately the back cover of the Samsung Alpha is still plastic, but the upside of this is that the phone is lighter than the iPhone 5S, and thanks to the texture of the back cover; the phone is less likely to slip out of your hand.

Why You Need the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Apart from its premium appeal, Samsung once again delivers its famous market-leading specs. The interface is low on bloat, leaving the hardware (which is swift to say the least) free to out-perform its nearest competitors, which are; Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Apple iPhone 5s, Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5 mini, HTC One and HTC One mini 2.

The 4.7 inch display is a clever move by Samsung to take the gap and capitalise on the sector of the market who simply don’t want larger phones. This also serves to satiate those former iPhone users who may just be ready to see the light and switch to Android.

 What's Holding the Samsung Galaxy Alpha Back?

Not quite ready to share the limelight of Samsung’s flagship, the Samsung Alpha does have its downfalls.

  • No micro SD slot
  • 720p display; could be sharper
  • Battery life doesn’t compete with the Galaxy S5
  • The Alpha is roughly the same price as the S5
  • The 12MP camera is good, but the camera in the S5 is better




If you are a dedicated Samsung fan you are less likely to buy into the Samsung Galaxy Alpha’s premium look and feel in favour of the similarly priced S5, unless you prefer the smaller screen. On the other hand, if you have recently become disillusioned with the current trajectory of the ‘iBrand’, what’s not to love?

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