It's not a flagship, but it sure does look like one. The case for the Samsung Galaxy A5 is very strong, indeed
Guess what? You really do not need a flagship iphone screen replacement these days. I know, a flagship handset is always nice, but if you're looking to save some money or get out of the contract loop, you do have other very impressive options.
And one of my current favorites – you can see the other 18 handsets here – is the Samsung Galaxy A5. Not only does the Samsung Galaxy A5 look like a flagship phone in its own right, but it also performs like one.
And while I am sure Samsung would rather you bought the Galaxy S8, or the incoming Galaxy Note 8, I have to doff my cap to the company for its A-Series because not only do the handsets look amazing, Samsung also hasn't scrimped on the specs and hardware.
This is basically what a flagship from 2014 looked and felt like; and things have changed that much since then. I mean, think about it: do you use your phone in any different manner now than you did then? Nope, didn't think so.
Apple and Samsung want you to pay £1000 for a phone because they make more money this way. But as most people in the tech space know, you don't really need all that guff to get 99.9% of things done, QHD panels and laptop-levels of RAM are nice, but they are a luxury – you can live, quite happily, without them.
Android Nougat will begin rolling out soon too, which means you'll have the latest build of Google's Android OS, but beyond this, you're getting a hell of a lot of bang for your buck. I mean, just look at these specs:
Full metal unibody design
Snapdragon 615 CPU
16-megapixel, f/1.9 rear camera
16-megapixel, f/1.9 front camera
32GB storage, microSD expansion
IP68 water resistance
They're really impressive, which for the price of under £250 from most places, offers exceptional value for money pretty much across the board. The Galaxy A5 2017 edition is also massively improved over the original 2015 handset.
You also have a very impressive camera onboard, which will produce excellent shots in all manner of settings, including low-light. It might not have all the bells and whistles of the Galaxy S8, but the A5's sensor is still one hell of a capable shooter.
You get 3GB of RAM, plenty of internal storage (32GB), and Qualcomm's excellent 615 CPU as well. This means top-level performance for everything including gaming, multitasking, and imaging.
As noted earlier, performance on the Galaxy A5 is exemplary. And not just for a mid-range Android, either; no, this iphone screen sits right in between the Moto Z Play, which it wipes the floor with, and OnePlus's excellent OnePlus 3T – though the latter handset costs more.
The design, however, in my humble opinion, is where the Galaxy A5 really comes into its own; it looks positively stunning with its premium, unibody chassis, and gorgeous AMOLED display.
The big USP of going with handsets like the Galaxy A5 – for me, at least – is that you can, with a little saving or a credit card, buy the phone outright. This gets you out from under network contracts, meaning you can then shop around for a great (and always cheaper) rolling monthly SIM-only deal.