Samsung Galaxy Alpha has a disappointing Super AMOLED display with only 1280×720 pixel resolution, which is much less than what can be seen on the S5 and way below some 2K screens that are already out the in the market. For example, some screens that have the same size had FullHD resolution, even though they didn’t actually need it, while Alpha has a lower pixel per inch count (312 ppi) than some mid-range phones with the same screen size. The screen is extremely bright with very vivid colors and has interchangeable screen modes, which comes in handy if you don’t prefer the default mode. Visibility of the screen, when exposed to direct sunlight is good and can be compared to S5. It has a super brightness mode that will allow you to view the screen under different angles even under the brightest sunlight. At times, the reflective material around the edges can reflect the sun directly into your eyes which can be a bit bothersome, but not something that will annoy you every time you take the device out during a walk.
Android KitKat v 4.4.4 with a Fingerprint Scanner
Galaxy Alpha ships with the Android KitKat v4.4.4 and it’s almost identical to features that are seen on the Samsung Galaxy S5. (Unlike the complete change of direction in terms of design we’ve seen on Alpha.) It’s important to note that TouchWiz is as good as it is on Galaxy S5, perhaps even better, considering that Samsung gathered users’ feedback and improved on some flaws that were notable on the S5. It’s now, a more modern-looking UI, and it runs very smooth with a high level of responsiveness.
TouchWiz has some nice features added to it, like the download Booster that increases the download speed in some apps, or the S Health app if you are into exercise and calorie intake monitoring. Fingerprint scanner is improved over the one we’ve seen on Galaxy S5 and is now much more responsive. It no longer requires you to sweep your finger over it under a certain angle (This might be due to smaller screen) and you can save multiple fingerprints. It’s capable of authenticating PayPal payments and Samsung services. Another feature that can often come in handy is the Private Mode with which you can protect your files with a password or your fingerprint, making sure that even if you somehow manage to lose your phone, you have enough time to use Samsung’s remote control on your computer and erase the data before it is compromised.
Price and Final Verdict
Samsung Galaxy Alpha is spot on, when it comes to a lot of things. It stands out as the nicest looking phone that was produced by Samsung (Of course, it’s a matter of preference) and it packs a lot of power under the hood. The camera is amazing and is capable of taking great photos in nearly all conditions. The downside is the price of the phone. Samsung Galaxy Alpha costs just under $600, which doesn’t exactly make it cheap. However, you can find good deals with carriers that are offering the phone under contract for just under 200$.