Galaxy Alpha - £560
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha
The Galaxy Alpha is a top-end smartphone that runs on Android KitKat. This phone is a departure from Samsung's usual 'all-plastic' design to one that incorporates a metallic frame. This is a powerful and desirable phone that performs well in all areas.
This phone has a 4.7 inch HD touchscreen that displays in 312PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Galaxy Alpha has a 12MP camera, can record video in Ultra HD 4K and has a 2.1MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 2.5GHz quad core processor and 2GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 91 out of 100.
The Galaxy Alpha has an estimated battery life of around 11 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 1860mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The battery on this phone is removable.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Galaxy Alpha comes with 32GB internal storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage. This phone does not have an expandable memory card slot.
The Galaxy Alpha comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. It also has NFC compatibility which enables you to make contactless payments and share files with your friends.
The Galaxy Alpha has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and it comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a stylish and desirable top-end smartphone. It sacrifices some of the functionality of Samsung's Galaxy S5 in favour of a premium design and will suit those who value look and feel over performance on paper.