The Samsung galaxy A71 is one of the devices most android lovers might want to get especially because of the battery life and ram capacity.
Design & Display
Featuring smooth edges all around, a tall Gorilla Glass-covered display, and a glossy plastic back, the Galaxy A71 looks and feels premium. Its frame may look like metal but it’s plastic also, much like the back, but don’t let that discourage you from choosing this smartphone. The plastic on it feels smooth, yet non-slippery, but it does flex a bit when pressed hard on.
PhoneArena reports that the Galaxy A71 sports a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080. The display is sharp and beautiful, with pitch blacks and rich, yet not oversaturated colors. The unusual aspect ratio means users will have to pinch-to-zoom in order to fill the screen when watching YouTube or, say, Netflix, which means parts of the top and bottom frame of the videos will be cut out. However, the tall screen makes for a great reading experience, and more information is visible at a glance when scrolling through social media feeds.
A small, centered punch hole inside the display holds the phone’s selfie camera. It’s tiny enough to not get much in the way of enjoying your content on this phone. Even when watching videos, most users may completely forget about it. Similarly, the small chin below the display is easy to overlook.
The Galaxy A71 supports always-on display, which doesn’t seem to impact the battery life too much, and is a welcome feature. Always-on display means valuable information such as time, calendar and even notifications are always visible on the screen, even when the phone is locked.
In addition, hidden under the screen is the phone’s fingerprint sensor, which works reliably every time, even if it’s not the fastest, taking nearly a second between placing your finger on it and the phone unlocking.
The phone features three “Prism Crush” color options – silver, black and blue. In addition, it weighs a comfortable 179 grams, making it not too heavy and not too light.
Camera & Audio
The Galaxy A71’s arsenal of cameras make it suitable for photography in any conditions. The rounded rectangular module on the phone’s back holds four cameras, the main one at 64 megapixels.
The rest are a 5-megapixel depth camera, an ultra-wide 12-megapixel shooter with a 123-degree angle of view, and a 5-megapixel macro camera for taking extreme close-ups. Above the latter is also a flash, useful for nighttime shots.
When it comes to audio, great sound quality doesn’t seem to be a priority with this phone, as it features a single down-firing speaker, which produces unimpressive sound. It lacks punch and bass, and it’s far from the loudest, making it difficult to hear in outdoor environments. On the other side, the phone does have a headphone jack.
Software & Performance
Performance from the Galaxy A71 is smooth and snappy, with zero hiccups. The phone is running Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI 2.0 skin on top, while on the inside it’s packing the reasonably fast Snapdragon 730 upper-midrange processor with either 6 or 8GB of RAM. Browsing through menus or social media feeds, and even multitasking is a completely lag-free experience. This is another good device to play , although heavier games may need to be set to Medium graphics settings.
At the time of this review, the phone’s latest Android security patch is from April. Samsung’s One UI 2.0 interface comes with a nice variety of features, such as a screen recorder, flashlight and Edge Screen, which allows for accessing information, quick actions and even apps by swiping from the edge of the display.
The Galaxy A17 doesn’t have Samsung DeX support, but it does allow for split screen multitasking and running windowed apps. By default, navigation is done through on-screen buttons, but it can be switched to Android 10’s gesture navigation.
The Galaxy A17 has comes with a 4500 mAh battery which can last this phone well over two days of light usage on a single charge, even with always-on display. Most users should be able to get a day and a half between charges, or a comfortable single day of heavy usage. Charging up is quick, thanks to the phone’s 25-watt Super-Fast Charging capabilities.
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