Samsung Galaxy A32 5G Review

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G Review


If you have not read my unboxing and first impression posting on the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, read it here now. Owning the device and using it for the past couple of weeks has been a breeze. The big 6.5" screen and 5000mAH battery does make a difference in daily use, making this one of my go-to android devices. Read on below for my review on this smartphone, from the many features, to the camera, software, and more! 

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G Review
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G Review

An almost budget device, this mid-range smartphone is robust enough for most people, and with the feature set it provides, it's really worth the money spent on it. The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G retails for RM1,199 for the one I have, with 128GB of storage. The exact model number is SM-A326BZBHXME. 

Propped up beside the box
Propped up beside the box

Design & Display


Candybar design, this is not the most beautiful phone in the market, nor is it the most innovatively designed. However, the range of colours makes a world of difference. I had mine in Awesome Blue (yes, that's what they call this blue matt colour). Awesomeness. The back of the phone is glossy, but it won't really attract smudges nor fingerprint. Refreshing colour makes you just want to pick it up and use it. 

Fits nicely in the hand
Fits nicely in the hand

The camera behind however, does not seem to have any protection on it, protruding out when the phone is placed on a flat surface with the back down. Now this may be a concern for some, as it may very well scratch the lens of the 3 protruding cameras. Yes there are 4 cameras on this device, but only 3 is prominently protruding out. 

Prior to unwrapping the initial wrapping when unboxing the phone
Prior to unwrapping the initial wrapping when unboxing the phone

Handling the phone daily, I did not once find it too cumbersome, and it fits nicely in the hand. In fact, one handed use is no problem at all! The on/off button is placed together with the volume rocker on the right side of the phone. You can scan your fingerprint on the on/off button easily for biometric access. 

Side view, showing the volume rocker and on/off fingerprint sensor/button
Side view, showing the volume rocker and on/off fingerprint sensor/button

On the bottom of the device, you have the usual USB Type C port, together with the volume grill and a 3.5mm audio jack. Nothing out of the ordinary there. 

Bottom of the device
Bottom of the device

 

The display of the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G is what stands out for this mid range device. Pressing the on button and the 6.5" 90Hz AMOLED display springs to live. The colours are indeed vibrant, and it reminded me why Samsung is the leader in screen technology, at least to me. The notch is one small u shaped one on the top, in the form of a punch hole. It's rather unfortunate however that the bezels are a tad big, but when watching Netflix or movies on the device, it becomes a non-issue as the screen estate is BIG! 

Welcome to your new device
Welcome to your new device

Binge on Netflix with the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G and never worry about running out of battery
Binge on Netflix with the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G and never worry about running out of battery

Performance


Performance wise, I have no complaints at all. The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G takes everything you throw at it, and performs without lag nor issues. Powered by the MediaTek processor, the octa core, 2Ghz speed does its job smoothly. I installed the usual social media apps, with a couple of 3D games thrown in, no problem at all. 

 

 


The interface itself is typical Samsung Android, icons and frames slide in smoothly, with apps launched instantaneously when started. From what I gathered on the www, it's running the One UI3.1 based on Android 11 out of the box. Good OS indeed, I like the fact that most of the "bloatware" preinstalled on the device could be uninstalled without any fuss. 

Typical Samsung / Android UI
Typical Samsung / Android UI
 

Camera


The camera is definitely one of the features that shouted out to me the moment I unboxed the device. With a quad rear camera set up, my first impression was that "wow, there's a whole lot of cameras on this phone". The rear camera houses a 48, 8, 5, and 2 MP lenses, going from F1.8, F2.2, F2.4 and F2.4 respectively. I did test out the digital zoom, what with most phone cameras out there going for super zooms. Here the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G comes with 10x digital zoom. 

 

(taken using the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G)
(taken using the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G)
 
(taken using the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G)
Portrait mode (taken using the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G)

(taken using the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G)
(taken using the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G)

(taken using the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G)
(taken using the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G)


Taking photos and portrait shots with the phone, the screen does do a good job showing how pretty the outcome can be. Transferring the photos out, I think the photos are pretty decent, in fact it's quite good! Check out some of the shots taken with the phone. I'm glad that this device has an ultra wide sensor! 

 

Battery


I did mention it before in the unboxing post. I'm pumped at knowing that it has a 5,000mAH battery contained inside. The phone supports 15W fast charging. With intensive Netflix binging, and gaming, the battery will definitely last you more than a day. Why can't all new phones have hug batteries? I definitely appreciate this from Samsung. Check out the specifications for the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, taken from Samsung's official site below: 

 

 

 

 


Overall, I totally dig this Samsung Galaxy A32 5G and feel for the money spent on this phone, it does it's job well and surpasses expectation. If you're on a look out for a mid range device and don't want to break the bank, this device is for you! More information can be found on their website linked at https://www.samsung.com/my/smartphones/galaxy-a/galaxy-a32-5g-awesome-blue-128gb-sm-a326bzbhxme .

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