So a few weeks ago i uploaded my full review on the samsung galaxy a02, the lowest end entry level, a series device in samsung’s, 2021 lineup, and i had some harsh words about it. In fact, i said outright that you really shouldn’t buy it at all and well about 90 of you guys agreed with me on that some of you were pretty salty that i offered a negative, albeit honest, opinion about that phone. I just didn’t think it was worth the money, any money really and if you want an affordable entry level, samsung device that one just ain’t it. Instead, i wholeheartedly recommend jumping to the samsung galaxy a02. This phone – normally s versions of devices, are only slightly better than their non s counterparts, but in this case the a02s is multiple times better than the regular it’s, absolutely the budget friendly device. You should consider instead and in this video i’ll, not only explain why, but i’ll also offer a brief comparison to the regular a02. So you can see the real world difference in performance and features and i’ll also talk about my long term use with this a02s. Now that i’ve had it for a couple of months, so first off let’s just quickly go over what we’re working with on the a02s and how that stacks up to the a02. I just want to give you a broad overview comparison, since we mainly want to focus on the a02s anyway, but to start off price wise, these phones, retail, for around 110 to 120, depending on where in the world, you live they’re sort of priced.
Similarly, but with that similar price point, you wind up getting a vastly different experience with both phones. It is true that a lot of the specs and features are comparable here. They both have big six and a half inch screens they’re, both made of plastic. So, in my opinion, the fit feel and finish on the a02s seems nicer. That’S just my opinion, though the camera setups differ a little. The a02s is objectively the more capable shooter that’s, not saying too much, though the single speaker setup and the headphone jack. Those are all the same here. Even the battery capacity on both phones is the same too it’s. A 5 000 milliamp battery, though actually the regular a02 has a micro usb charging port, which is just ridiculous. The a02s has usbc, and that alone, i could argue, is reason enough to ditch the regular a02, but the really big difference, the definitive deciding factor in choosing the a02s is in performance. Both these phones are very obviously budget devices. So you kind of have to keep your expectations in check, but 90 of my negative view on the regular a02 had to do with its poor performance and even the simplest of everyday tasks. While the a02s not only can handle the simple stuff with ease as any phone should, but you could very well get even more out of this phone than you bargained for it’s, not just a very usable entry level device but i’d argue that it’s surprisingly capable too Side by side, you can see that not only is the a02 just faster in general, no matter what it is, you’re trying to do, but the regular a02 oftentimes just borders on unusable in some instances, especially as you start to load up more and more apps and That’S, because the regular e02 has a fairly old quad core mediatek processor, powering it it’s a chipset that came out like three or four years ago and it’s, one that is just horribly underpowered nowadays.
The a02s, on the other hand, has the snapdragon 450 inside still very much a budget chipset, but one that absolutely can handle, not just the basics, like i said, but even light gaming too, which i’ll talk about in a second now, like i explained neither one of These phones is particularly powerful. The geekbench scores certainly reflect that and it’s fair to assume that with numbers, this low and seemingly this close to one another, they could be and should be comparable, but take a closer look at the actual scores. With these numbers being so low. Any kind of increase means a decent percentage jump proportionally and comparatively in performance and that’s reflected in real world usage. When you see these phones side by side in action, the e02 has trouble with just about everything, while the a02s can get the job done. Like i said, you should still be realistic, it’s still a budget device but it’s, just not so frustratingly unusable, it’s a pleasant worthwhile experience in comparison and the a02s can even game a bit too average everyday titles play rather smoothly and even more complex stuff. Like call of duty mobile is playable for sure on some lower settings on the regular a02, while you can load into a game you’re going to experience unbearable, lag it’s, just not really usable again. I totally understand that neither one of these phones is meant to be used that hard they’re entry level budget devices for simple everyday tasks – web browsing, social media usage, videos on youtube stuff like that, but the difference between these two devices isn’t just a minor spec boost Or mild performance bump it’s, literally the difference between unusable and fully capable and comparatively you’re getting a phone that is multiple times better in performance with the a02s compared to the a02 it’s a strong opinion.
I know, but i just don’t, think it’s much of a debate when you see these phones side by side so enough, griping about the regular a02 i’ll. Put it to rest for now and finish off this review by focusing all my attention on the a02s since that’s, mainly what this video is all about, and as it is, i think this 110 device still offers a lot even without a direct comparison. The six and a half inch display on this thing is great it’s, a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to screen real estate, in particular, now yeah as a budget device you’re getting just a 720 resolution. Lcd display 1600×720 270 pixels per inch. But honestly it’s not a bad viewing experience at all and i think you’re paying for a big display for content consumption. More than anything else, this isn’t out of the ordinary for an entry level samsung device either and all in all, i don’t really have any complaints. The kicker here actually has to do more with some other mid range devices from samsung and like motorola, also having 720p displays like the a12 and moto g power and play those 200 ish dollar phones, wind up making this 120 phone with the same display, actually look Like a good value as weird as that sounds so all in all the viewing experience here is decent. The big size is what you’re paying for more than anything else, but comparatively there’s, this weird potential for some value here physically.
I already mentioned that this is an all plastic, build it’s, not a big deal. Even 700 flagship phones are made of plastic nowadays, but particularly budget phones. The nice thing is you aren’t, missing anything too important: there’s, a micro sd card slot on the side, there’s a headphone jack usbc, like i mentioned, even the single speaker, isn’t too bad here’s, an audio sample. So you can get an idea. The only thing that this phone doesn’t have is a fingerprint sensor, a little bit of a bummer, but you still get face unlock, which is fast enough and certainly usable. A fingerprint unlock, though i think, would have made this phone 100 when it comes to its physical features and offerings, without that i still think it’s got 95 of the things that you’d want. Also, like i mentioned earlier, this phone is powered by that massive 5000 milliamp battery inside. For me, i can get 16 to 18 hours of screen on time pretty easily. Actually, that equates to basically two days of usage without needing to be plugged in, but i think if you’re using your phone, maybe a little less than average, you could stretch that out even more. The big battery size on its own is obviously nice but it’s. The combination of less power, hungry specs and a lower resolution screen that all mean this phone is efficient, to say the least. So, if you’re looking for that long lasting device in particular again, i think this is exactly what you’re getting the downside here is that you get just the 15 watt charging speeds, but even still i’ve been able to charge up the phone more than halfway in less Than an hour takes about two and a half hours to get a full charge, but you won’t really be plugged in all that often anyway, honestly, i think where this phone does fall short the most is in camera capabilities and that’s a little tough for me to Say because samsung has made great strides in its camera.
Tech specifically for the budget devices, but camera tech on smartphones in general has just improved so much so quickly, especially over the last year or two and it’s now easier than ever to see. Just how far behind some of these budget phones are now the main lens on this device is a 13 megapixel, f, 2.2 aperture shooter and the other lenses are maybe not as useful as they could be, but they’re still there there’s the macro lens for super up. Close photography and a depth sensor for things like portrait pictures also, the selfie camera is just a five megapixel shooter, which i think is a little bit of a miss and inside the camera, app it’s about as basic as can be you get live, focus. Obviously, a digital zoom macro panorama a limited pro mode but that’s. Basically it you still get 1080p video and things like that, but no night mode, no additional video features. No filters, no add ons, nothing to really get excited about now. Don’T get me wrong. It’S, certainly enough to work with and honestly the results aren’t too bad. I think if you need to take a picture with this phone, you can and everything looks decent as long as the lighting conditions are good, it’s, just tough to have this sort of a setup when some 200 and 300 phones offer so much more. Now i think if there was one aspect to change about the a02s like i said this would be it, but fortunately, this complaint is only minor while everything else about this phone value, wise is absolutely more than you could ask for all in all.
If you are looking for an affordable, android device in general or specifically an affordable, samsung phone, the a02s is a really great starting point. In fact, i think it’s a fantastic value for the price this phone performance wise can handle more than even i expected, and while i know most people will probably just use this phone to do the simple stuff. If you wanted to push it more, if you had to you totally, could it’s not missing a whole lot either and in fact, i think it offers even more than the price reflects and comparatively like i’ve harped on up against a similarly priced a02. The difference, in my opinion, is like night and day now. If you are looking for a little more out of your affordable smartphone, especially in the camera department, where this phone falls a bit short, i definitely recommend jumping to the samsung galaxy a12 it’s a slight step up, but also a great option. However, the a02s is still something i’d recommend for most anyone looking for a reliable and affordable smartphone, so there you go. Those are my thoughts on the a02s and a few more harsh opinions on the regular a02. What do you guys think is this a02s, something that you’re interested in? Let me know in the comments down below i’d love to know your thoughts, of course, but hopefully you guys did enjoy this video be sure to follow techdaily on twitter and subscribe to the tech daily youtube channel.