Samsung Galaxy Alpha Preview:
Alright, we all know the Samsung Galaxy Alpha looks a lot like the iPhone 4, especially at the rims and edges. But this is also the first time that Samsung is incorporating metal into its manufacturing. But its tryst with metal ends at the borders; the back of the Galaxy Alpha reminds you that you’re operating a Samsung product. It’s a laudable first attempt, with the sleek, elegant body which is very comfortable to navigate and handle even in a single hand. At 6.7mm, it may not be the thinnest phone out there, but the very slim build and the 4.7” display are very impressive. The ergonomics are brilliant in this one, with the intelligent use of both metal and plastic that facilitate easier handling, and even the perk of the little-finger slot is pretty neat.
The display is a 4.7” screen which might look a bit low when compared to its peer, both within Samsung and outside of it. But it feels perfect, providing a very good experience with reading, games, pictures and videos without compromising on usability. But the touchy point here is the display of just 720p, which looks a little unfair for the high price tag. It might seem a bit drab in relation to other players, but, for this screen size, this display feels very satisfactory and gives us sharp, vivid images and texts.
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In case you’re looking for a major software overhaul to match the ergonomic enhancement, you’re going to be let down big time. The Alpha still runs on TouchWiz UI with Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It’s adequate, but not excellent. But Samsung has upgraded its software layout, making this the most spontaneous UI yet.
The Galaxy Alpha also includes innovative and popular features such as Ultra-Power Saving Mode, S Health, Finger Print Scanner, Private Mode and connectivity with the latest Samsung Gear Fit, Gear Live and Gear 2 wearables. It will be available in Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue, with available colors to be determined by market.
The 1860mAh battery is pretty frail, especially in comparison to the other modern power-tanks out there. However, with careful usage and the Ultra power-saving mode, you’re sure to look at a nice level of charge in the box.The verdict: if you’re a moderate user with a craving for great ergonomics, go for it.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Preview