After being announced by Samsung, the Galaxy Alpha was a device we saw unexpected excitement for. Maybe it is the new design language Samsung implemented for the hardware, or the fact it features decent specs in a smaller package, but many people across the web seemed interested in the device, so we decided to pick one up and try it for ourselves.
Having spent my time with an iPhone 6 before the Galaxy Alpha, the smaller size was no big deal, as I was already accustomed to a display smaller than 5″. However, making that jump between iOS and Android was a weird one, as the operating systems are certainly very different from each other, but it felt great to be back on Android. Plus, given that a few in this industry labeled the Galaxy Alpha as an “iPhone Killer,” I was excited to see if the phone could live up to that hype.
This is our Galaxy Alpha review. (more…)
What secrets lie sandwiched between the metal of Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha? iFixit, having exhaustively documented its teardown of the so-called iPhone killer, can definitively tell us. (more…)
We are in the process of wrapping up final thoughts on the iPhone 6, but while it’s still in hand and on our minds, we wanted to compare it to a couple of interesting Android devices that are doing the opposite of today’s smartphone trend – going smaller. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact carry flagship-level specs, but weigh in with smaller bodies and slightly lower-resolution displays, which just so happen to match up nicely to the new iPhone. Funny how Apple went bigger by using a 4.7-inch display, yet these Android phones are technically “small” with their 4.7-inch and 4.6-inch displays. (more…)
When Samsung first introduced the Galaxy Alpha back in August, we weren’t exactly sure what to make of it. Was Samsung trying to take on the iPhone by using premium materials like metal? Was Samsung trying to set a new standard for their design going forward? Were they trying to enter Sony’s “Compact” arena, where you have a smaller device that still packs mostly high-end specs? They may have been trying to do a little of all that. (more…)
This morning, AT&T posted a new video to their YouTube channel, introducing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha into their lineup of smartphones. The odd thing is, the video is sort of out there by itself without a formal announcement with pricing or availability details. It’s tough to tell if the video was supposed to have been made public or not, but either way, we caught it and should see official details before long. (more…)
Photos of yet another upcoming Samsung device leaked this morning, courtesy of SamMobile. The pictures show off the latest device in the A series from the Samsung, being the Galaxy Alpha A5. The phone is much like its big brother, the Galaxy Alpha, but will instead be marketed as a mid-range device, featuring specs that make it suitable for that category. (more…)
Samsung made the Galaxy Alpha official this morning, a device that looks and thinks that it is every bit as high-end as other flagships. Unfortunately for the Alpha, its list of specs tends to disagree with that idea, so we thought a comparison to the rest of Samsung’s line-up of phones from the last couple of years was in-store to show just that. (more…)
Samsung went ahead and made the oft-leaked Galaxy Alpha official this morning. Sure enough, it has a metal frame, a “solid finish,” and is the evolution of Galaxy design. Confirmed by the press release, this is indeed a mostly mid-range phone by today’s flagship standards, though it could be just a sign of things to come from the Korean manufacturer. (more…)