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Smartphone Reviews, Samsung Galaxy A02 2022

Trying to complement its entry-grade smartphone portfolio, Samsung Indonesia just officially launched the Samsung Galaxy A02 in mid-February. When compared to the previous generation, the improvements brought in are quite significant, relying on the main features that are all-round.

So that Gizmo friends are not confused, this one affordable Samsung smartphone is the twin brother of the Galaxy M02. The main difference lies in the memory options and sales methods, where only the Samsung Galaxy A02 has a greater RAM capacity, and is available both in online and offline stores. Reach consumers more easily and widely.

This smartphone is suitable for those who need an affordable device for school from home or SFH. Where generally the students need a large screen, durable battery and performance that is just enough. Clashing in a market that is actually already crowded with many competitors, what makes this device interesting? Here's the review.

Design

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Simple, but interesting. That was my initial impression when I saw the samsung Galaxy A02 for the first time. In dimensions, it is quite large even equivalent to the Galaxy M51. It weighs 206 grams with a thickness of 9.1mm. Both side to back body use plastic material.

To make it more attractive, Samsung provides bright color options with striped textures. Use a matte surface, the body is very tight aka not slippery. Not only that, when viewed more closely, there are points as if exposed to bursts of paint from a distance. Make it look not boring.

It may look a bit plain because there is no fingerprint sensor found. That way, the screen locking option only has a conventional PIN / password option. Also not equipped with supporting accessories such as antigores or soft case layers.

Screen

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For the purposes of video calling via Zoom, or must be present in a digital class for example, of course, a large screen dimension is needed on a smartphone. Samsung Galaxy A02 has a 6.5-inch HD+ screen with PLS IPS panel, using the Infinity-V design aka use the small bangs above to embed the front camera.

The bezel is relatively thick, so one of the factors that make the dimensions large. The screen itself has a decent quality, not bad, but also not the best in its class. At least the color is not pale and bright enough for various use scenarios.

Which is a little unfortunate, a screen of this size cannot be used for multitasking or running two applications at once, because the option cannot be found in the recent apps menu. So it can only be used for one application at a time.

Camera

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The rear camera setup of the Samsung Galaxy A02 is quite unique. Generally, entry-class smartphones have depth sensors to accompany the main sensor. But here, what can be found is a 13MP f / 1.9 sensor, and a secondary sensor 2MP f / 2.4 type macro camera.

Initially, I thought that portrait mode or Live Focus would be presented through software. In fact no, aka there is no way to take photos that can have a bokeh effect at all. I personally very rarely find the need for close-up photos of objects. According to Gizmo friends itself how, mending depth sensor or macro sensor?

Then for the results of the photo itself, the color reproduction is relatively neutral, and may look pale to some people. Its HDR capabilities are still less than optimal for balancing under&exposure areas, and there's no night mode or professional mode. More can be accessed in the following Google Photos album.

There's not even an option to watermark, there's just the added option to give a virtual camera button that can be moved around. The front camera is 5MP f / 2.0 resolution, and with a fairly fast resolution, the details are quite good. As for video, the maximum resolution reaches full HD 30fps without support EIS.

Feature

Using an entry-class chipset, the Samsung Galaxy A02 uses the One UI Core 2.5 interface. The word "core" here signifies more limited features, such as the absence of split screen options to the option to use full-screen gesture navigation. When taking a screenshot, there is no option to scroll to the bottom.

Never mind the Dual Messenger feature, the option to record a screen record is also not available by default. Even so, other complementary apps such as Samsung Pay and Samsung Gift are still available. Includes fm radio features that utilize antenna from 3.5mm cable earphones.

What is somewhat unique is its ability to support microSD cards up to 1TB capacity, where other competitors may only be up to 256/512GB only. The slot is non-hybrid, so it can use the other two cards. Dolby Atmos support is also available to provide immersive effects when accessing audiovisual content.

Performance

For school from home, enough, but not to play the game. Because, Samsung Galaxy A02 uses a chipset that is very simple and classified as old. MediaTek MT6739W with 1.5GHz quad-core CPU and 28nm fabrication.

The chipset's slightly sluggish performance is accommodated with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. For the purposes of a simple application or just access to social media and WhatsApp is enough. PUBG Mobile? It could be, but even with the lowest graphics, it is still less comfortable to use.

Battery

Although the chipset used is not the most power efficient, in fact this smartphone has a fairly durable battery life. With a capacity of 5,000 mAh, I can use it intensively all day. Not too often turn on the screen, but intensive use of hotspots.

It may be the same when used for digital classes through intensive Zoom, and can last up to 1.5 more days for less intense use. The charging is not yet equipped with fast charging, so it takes more than 150 minutes to full capacity.

Samsung Galaxy A02 already supports adaptive battery features to adjust the power of frequently used applications. If needed, there are two power saving options that can be utilized in an emergency, when the battery is about to run out and away from plugs.

Conclusion

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In the price class of Rp1.4 million, Samsung's latest product in early 2021 can be increasingly catching up with competitors. Large screens, large batteries and attractive designs are enough to be a special attraction for consumers.

Although it is indeed in performance and the camera is not the best, Samsung Galaxy A02 will still be the best choice for beginners. Through the appearance of a simple One UI interface, plus Samsung's after-sales service that greatly pampers its consumers. It's perfectly legal to make this device the best choice.

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