Samsung Galaxy A32 5G review: 5G on a budget

If you are looking for a 5G Android phone and want to spend as little money as possible, you can stop here. The $279 Samsung Galaxy A32 5G is the best choice, especially if you live in the US, where such options are scarce. It has great 5G support (with a very important C-band!), a huge battery, and 4 years of security updates. It’s an attractive package for under $300. I’m not saying it’s perfect. The screen on the A32 5G is poor, performance is a bit slow, it is possible, but the camera is limited. If you can spend a little more, you can get a phone that works better in one or more of these areas. And if you can put your phone purchases on hold for a few more months, there should be plenty of very affordable 5G phones on the market to choose from, like the OnePlus N200. But if you don’t have time to wait and don’t spare the extra cash, I can’t find a good reason to talk about the A32 5G. Verge Score 7.5 out of 10 Good stuff 5G, 4 years of security updates with C-band frequency Good battery life Bad stuff Screen is low resolution Awkward and bulky design Complex software with lots of pre-downloaded apps A32 5G is a big device . , equipped with a 6.5-inch screen and a 5,000mAh large-capacity battery. Samsung Galaxy A32 5G Screen, Performance and Design The A32 5G has a large 6.5-inch 720p LCD panel that best describes it as nothing special. The colors look a bit flat and faded and bright enough to be seen in direct sunlight, but the screen’s reflective plastic protective panel is difficult. It’s also low-resolution on such a big screen, so if you look closely you’ll see a bit of pixelation. The phone uses the MediaTek Dimensity 720 5G processor, which compares well to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 690 5G chipset for cheap 5G phones used by the OnePlus Nord N10 5G. The Galaxy A32 5G combines a MediaTek processor with 4GB of RAM (which is decent) and 64GB of storage (smooth but usable enough, expandable by inserting a microSD card), and is well worth its class performance. The A32 5G features a 6.5-inch 720p LCD panel, best described as nothing special. There are noticeable hiccups on medium-dense pages, pauses when jumping into tricky tasks like starting Google Maps navigation, and noticeable camera shutter lag. But for the most part, I haven’t noticed any slowdowns while moving between apps, scrolling through Instagram, and using my phone normally in general. Everything I want for a phone under $300. The phone’s headline feature, 5G, is still lacking, so it’s a good idea to buy a new phone. However, the A32 5G has some features that are worth the time, even considering that good 5G is still a year or two away from the US. Crucially, the A32 5G has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission to use C-band frequencies that Verizon and AT&T will use for 5G over the next few years. Not all 5G phones are C-band capable, so the A32 5G is the preferred big check mark. There is no mmWave support here. This is the fastest and scarce taste of 5G, but it’s not a huge loss. The second factor here is that we can reasonably expect that we will continue to use these phones enough to actually see 5G more meaningful than LTE, as Samsung will continue to provide security updates for four years. Many budget devices get around two years of security update support, but the long lifespan of the A32 5G will make it into the real 5G era in a few years. The long lifespan of the A32 5G will lead to the actual 5G era in a few years. Battery life is one of the strengths of the A32 5G. The 5,000mAh battery is really large and I had no trouble using it in moderation for two days. Even those with battery optimization turned on and spending a lot of time on Wi-Fi, which used up their battery more than others, but still consumes a lot of power, can last all day. On the A32 5G. With a 6.5-inch screen, the A32 5G is definitely a big phone. It feels too bulky and awkward in the hand. What I hate more is that it is slippery for me. The back panel plastic is difficult to get a proper grip on. One time I put my phone down on a softcover book, which fell across the cover and off the table next to me when I wasn’t looking. (There’s a happy ending, though. There’s a good argument for keeping your house cluttered around the house, because hand-laid baby clothes fell about a foot into a box full of them.) Anyway, get a case. I bought this phone and found it very uncomfortable to use if I have small hands. The A32 5G’s rear panel has a decent quality 48-megapixel main camera. Samsung Galaxy A32 5G Camera There are two cameras on the rear panel of the A32 5G: a 48 megapixel standard wide and an 8 megapixel ultra wide. It has a not-so-good 5 megapixel macro camera and a 2 megapixel depth sensor that may or may not help you with portrait mode photography. There is also a 13-megapixel selfie camera on the front. Considering the price of a Grid View phone, the A32 5G’s main camera performs well enough. Like most other phones, it takes great pictures in good lighting. That’s no surprise, even for a low-budget phone. But in poor lighting, such as in interiors, it quickly hits the limit. This is where optical stabilization or more sophisticated image processing comes in handy, which the A32 5G doesn’t offer. Instead, you may find some of the photos taken indoors are a bit blurry, and you can have a very hard time taking clear photos of moving subjects in out-of-bright daylight. Ultra wide-angle cameras have their drawbacks when viewed up close. There is a distracting flare in direct sunlight and some noise is visible in the shadows of high contrast scenes. There is no telephoto lens here, there are shortcuts in the Camera app to go to 2x (acceptable), 4x (eh) and 10x (not used) digital zoom. The Galaxy A32 5G’s generous security support timeline means it’s a phone we plan to use for years to come. There aren’t many Galaxy A32 5Gs yet, so it’s hard to say how they compare to the competition. One of the cheapest 5G phones you can find anywhere. Currently, its closest competitor is the OnePlus Nord N10 5G, which costs a little more at $299 but offers valuable hardware upgrades such as a better screen, slightly better camera performance, and faster charging. It’s a better phone in many ways, but it only has two years of security updates scheduled. If you’re looking for a future-proof choice that doesn’t fit your budget, the Samsung A32 5G will do the trick. Of course, the N10 5G is strongly worth considering if you’re only planning on holding the phone for a few years. . 5G will also be a less important feature in this case. If you can afford it, consider the $349 Google Pixel 4A, which will get you a much better camera, cleaner software, and timely updates over the next few years, even if it doesn’t support 5G at all. It’s a much smaller device though. So, if a big screen is part of the A32 5G’s appeal, you’ll want to see something like the $279 Motorola Moto G Stylus. If you want to avoid the hassle of phone shopping again in two years and want a future-proof choice that’s comfortable on your budget, the Samsung A32 5G will do the trick. Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

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