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Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1722 reviews of Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Comments about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The usability and performance also get good feedback. The connectivity and reception get negative comments, while the social networking functionality and battery get mixed reviews.

size, performance, usability, portability, design

reception, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the price and design. The screen and portability are also appreciated. There are some critical reviews about the reliability, and there are some mixed opinions about the battery.

performance, portability, screen, design, price

reliability

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy Alpha SIM-Free Smartphone - SilverSamsung Galaxy Alpha SIM-Free Smartphone - Silver

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 310 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the price and usability. The size and performance are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the GPS navigation. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

portability, performance, size, usability, price

GPS navigation

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy Alpha G850a 32GB (AT&T Unlocked) GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Smartphone (Gold)Samsung Galaxy Alpha G850a 32GB (AT&T Unlocked) GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Smartphone (Gold)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the performance.

performance

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy Alpha G850F 32GB Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Octa-Core 4G LTE Smartphone, WhiteSamsung Galaxy Alpha G850F 32GB Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Octa-Core 4G LTE Smartphone, White

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Jon Mundy (techradar.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

 

Enticingly sleek Samsung handset with its eye on the iPhone 6

Classy design ; Lightweight body ; Blistering performance ; 4.7-inch display well-sized and bright ; Good camera

No microSD ; Fiddly finger sensor ; 720p display not quite as sharp as it could be ; TouchWiz UI still inferior to stock Android ; Battery life underwhelming

Ratings in depth While Apple is being praised and mocked in unequal measure for launching the "bigger than bigger" iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and the even bigger iPhone 6 Plus - is that a reversing beep I can hear? - Samsung has performed an...

Jan, 2015

Expert review by: (t3.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

 

With plenty of metal and glass, the Alpha has its eye on the iPhone 6

Premium finish ; Highly powered ; Feels great in hand

Dodgy display ; TouchWiz is a pain ; Inconsistent battery

Jan, 2015

Expert review by: Luke Edwards (pocket-lint.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review - Pocket-lint

 

Lightweight, quality build, fast camera, rich screen colours

Still a plastic back, 720p screen doesn't match competition, price

The Galaxy Alpha is the highest quality smartphone from Samsung yet thanks to its metal frame, lightweight build and slim design. Some will find the plastic back and 720p resolution screen too inferior compared to the competition, even if the £549...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: Michael Sawh (trustedreviews.com)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

 

The Galaxy Alpha was the first step in Samsung's transition to metal phones. It's not metal and glass like the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, it's more like the Galaxy Note 4 – a metal edge with a plastic back cover. So it hasn't opted for an entirely metal...

Slim, lightweight design ; HDR camera mode really impresses ; Plenty of power

No microSD card slot ; Battery life less than S5 and S5 Mini ; Pricey

May, 2015

Expert review by: Chris Martin (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

 

Forget Android phones and iPhones. Would you consider buying a Ubuntu phone?

Feb, 2015

PC Advisor Recommended

Expert review by: Marie Brewis (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review: Can Samsung do iPhone better than Apple?

 

This really is the Samsung iPhone, and the South Korean firm has done a fantastic job of it. By putting build quality before specification it has produced a truly desirable, premium phone with a mid-range price. And still the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is...

Jan, 2015

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

 

It's Android for main course, aluminium on the side in the Galaxy Alpha

Loads of power - we mean, LOADS ; Very good camera ; The feel of real metal

Lower screen res reveals PenTile screen issues ; Battery life could be better ; Quite pricey

A smaller phone with zero compromise power but battery life could be better. And where’s the waterproofing?

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: expertreviews.co.uk (expertreviews.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review - a truly desirable smartphone

 

Excellent build quality, great performance and an amazing screen, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is all you'd want from an Android phone

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: Chris Martin (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs iPhone 5S comparison review

 

The Galaxy Alpha comes it at around £500 (which is more than the Galaxy S5 despite mostly downgraded specs). Nevertheless, that means it's cheaper than the iPhone 5S which hasn't got any cheaper since launching. It will set you back at least £549 for...

With it's metal frame, the Galaxy Alpha is a little bit like an Android version of the iPhone 5S. The two look similar and have a similar hardware line-up. The Samsung is cheaper but the biggest difference here is Android and iOS. Also bear in mind...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review - still a desirable smartphone

 

Excellent build quality, great performance and an amazing screen, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha was a true trailblazer for the modern 'A' series

As with the S5, the Alpha has an Ultra Power Saving mode, which switches the handset to use a greyscale theme and restricts which apps can run. It can dramatically extend battery life, eking out the last few percentages of battery life on your phone....

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1860
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time:11
Browsing time (3G):9
Browsing time (4G):9
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):11
Continuous audio playback time:37
Continuous video playback time:10 / 11
Talk time (3G):11

Call management

Auto-redialing: Yes
Call blocking: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image stabilizer: No
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Camera resolution:3840 x 2160
Flash type:LED
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):2.1
Geotagging: Yes
Image stabilizer: No
Main camera resolution (numeric):12
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear Camera Resolution:3840 x 2160
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:2.1
Sensor Type:CMOS
Video capture resolution (max):3840 x 2160
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p, 2160p, 720p / 2160p

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):0.506
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: No
Head SAR (EU):0.4 / 0.400

Design

Colour of product:Black / Blue / Gold / Silver / Silver, White / White
Curved Design: No
Fingerprint Reader: Yes
Form factor:Bar
Standard colour:Gold / Silver / White

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:11.9 / 12.2
Display number of colours:16.0 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720
Display Type:SAMOLED
Orientation sensor: Yes
Pixel density:312
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch / Single-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:2

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, WMA / AAC, AAC+, FLAC, MP3, WMA
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:JPG / JPG, PNG
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 720p / 1080p, 2160p, 720p
Video compression formats:H.262, H.263, MPEG4 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, MP43, VP8, WEBM, WMV, WMV7, WMV8 / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, MP43, VP8, WEBM, WMV7, WMV8 / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, MP43, VP8, WMV, WMV7, WMV8 / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WMV, WMV7, WMV8 / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MP4, MP43, VP8, WEBM, WMV, WMV7, WMV8 / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, M4V, MKV, MP4, WMV, WMV7, WMV8 / 3G2, 3GP, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
Position location:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900 / 900,1900,850,1800
2G standards:EDGE, GSM / GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100 / 900,1900,850,2100
3G standards:HSPA+, HSUPA, UMTS / UMTS
4G: Yes
4G bands supported:800,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 800,850,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 900,1900,2600,800,2100,850,1800
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVCTP, HFP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVCTP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP, MAP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, HID, HSP, MAP, PAN, SAP / A2DP, MAP, HFP, OPP, AVRCP, HID, PAN, HSP, PBAP, SAP / AVRCP, HID, HSP, MAP, PAN, SAP
Bluetooth version:4.0
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM / NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Battery pack: Yes
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:No / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.4 / 4.4.4
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): No
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

Coprocessor: Yes
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.3 / 1.8
Processor architecture:ARM big.LITTLE
Processor Cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Samsung Exynos
Processor frequency:1.8
Processor Model:5 Octa 5430 / 5433

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.4 / 4.4.4

Storage

Compatible memory cards: No
Internal RAM:2048
Internal storage capacity:32
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Colour : Yes
Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search / Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Google Play
GSM bands supported:850,900,1800,1900
UMTS bands supported:850,900,1900,2100

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.7
Height :13.2
Weight:115
Width:6.55