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Samsung Galaxy A53 5G evaluation: Secure, smart, and a must-buy

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Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

MSRP $449.00

“Whereas it isn’t a large improve to its predecessor, the Galaxy A53 5G is succesful and fairly, comes with Samsung’s assurance of high quality, and is accessible at an inexpensive worth.”

Professionals

  • Fairly design
  • IP67 water-resistance
  • Digicam is nice for social media
  • Vibrant display screen
  • Two-day battery life

Cons

  • Efficiency might be sluggish
  • Not an improve to the A52 and A52S

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G isn’t actually all that completely different from the A52 and A51 that got here earlier than it, with Samsung clearly feeling it didn’t have to dramatically overhaul an already established (and really properly acquired) formulation. However was it the fitting choice, or has it resulted in stagnation for the favored A-Collection mid-range gadget?

It’s most positively the previous. Samsung has not solely upgraded the place essential, nevertheless it additionally knocked $50 off the previous worth and left the telephone alone within the locations that matter. Effectively, principally, a minimum of. Let’s see if Samsung’s $449 Galaxy A53 5G continues to be one to purchase.

Design

There’s nearly nothing to separate the Galaxy A53 5G from the Galaxy A52 5G when it comes to design. For me, the déjù vu was jarring and fast as a result of I used to be despatched a white model for evaluation, similar to I used to be with the Galaxy A52 5G. There are some tiny variations in dimension — it’s 8.1mm thick, not 8.4mm thick just like the A52 5G — however the weight stays the identical at 189 grams. It’s made from plastic with Gorilla Glass 5 over the display screen, similar to the A52 and Galaxy A52S.

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G leaning against a tree.
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So, Samsung’s design division has been fairly lazy, proper? Maybe, however I’m not going to carry it in opposition to them as a result of the Galaxy A53 appears wonderful. The again could also be made from plastic nevertheless it has an exquisite heat really feel and a satisfying texture that gives loads of grip. The white end doesn’t present fingerprints or smudges until you actually look laborious, and the swooping, built-in digicam module is fashionable and doesn’t protrude a lot.

Samsung has eliminated the three.5mm headphone jack although, which doesn’t trouble me personally however might frustrate others. An IP67 water-resistance score offers peace of thoughts and isn’t frequent on telephones at this worth. The Galaxy A53 is kind of a chunky factor, and I discover one-handed use a problem, which isn’t helped by the fingerprint sensor being set fairly low on the display screen.

Nevertheless, I’ll take the iffy ergonomics right here, as Samsung has mounted every thing that was horrible about it on the Galaxy A52. It’s not fairly as quick as the perfect fingerprint sensors obtainable on telephones just like the OnePlus 10 Professional, however it’s dependable, and that’s what actually issues. It hasn’t didn’t learn my thumbprint as soon as, and though it takes a beat longer than I count on, the actual fact it has unlocked the telephone each time makes me pleased. It’s an unlimited enchancment over the terrible fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy A52.

The side of the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G.
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Making the fingerprint sensor higher is a large deal, because it was actually the one main draw back of the Galaxy A52. Has it set the Galaxy A53 on the trail to an ideal rating? Not fairly, as one other inner change hasn’t labored out fairly so properly, however I’ll come again to that in a second. Samsung was proper to not change the Galaxy A53’s fashionable design and sturdy construct. It might be acquainted, nevertheless it’s additionally wonderful.

Digicam

The Galaxy A53 5G has 4 cameras on the again: A 64-megapixel predominant digicam with an f/1.8 aperture and optical picture stabilization (OIS), a 12MP wide-angle digicam with a 123-degree discipline of view, and a pair of 5MP cameras for macro and depth. It’s the identical setup discovered on the Galaxy A52, and also you get the identical 32MP selfie digicam mounted top-center within the display screen, too. Options embody Night time mode and a Professional mode, Samsung’s Single Take mode, and video recording as much as 4K and 30fps or FHD at 60fps. Plus, there are numerous Snapchat Lenses constructed into the digicam, and the augmented actuality results work very well.

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G's camera module.
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Not everybody goes to love Samsung’s overly saturated images, however there’s no denying the Galaxy A53 can actually make some scenes pop off the display screen. If the photograph has some inexperienced, blue, or purple in it and it’s a sunny day, you might be positive the A53 goes to intensify them. Realism isn’t the purpose right here. As a substitute, it’s providing you with the proper social media photograph with out the necessity to edit.

Total, the A53 takes good images. Consistency between the primary and wide-angle cameras is appropriate, lowlight efficiency is respectable with out an excessive amount of noise in photos, and the selfie digicam captures pores and skin tones and particulars successfully. Don’t count on it to fret the Galaxy S22 Extremely, although, as other than the oversaturated appears, it doesn’t like difficult lighting situations. Overcast days or low daylight produced poor images. The 2x choice can be a digital zoom and never an optical one, so high quality drops significantly whenever you use it.

The photograph modifying suite is nice and provides versatility to the digicam system. The helpful Object Eraser mode is current and appears to work in the identical approach it does on dearer Galaxy smartphones. There’s additionally a Spot Shade mode, and loads of filters, too. The Galaxy A53’s digicam is nice for informal, enjoyable use. It’s not going to problem the very best digicam telephones, however if you wish to take good images and share them on-line, it gained’t disappoint.

Efficiency and display screen

The Galaxy A53 has a Samsung Exynos 1280 octa-core processor inside, relatively than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750 or Snapdragon 778 from the A52 sequence telephones. It’s obtainable with 6GB or 8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB space for storing. The Galaxy A53 is likely one of the few telephones to return with house for a MicroSD card slot, so don’t instantly assume you must get the 256GB mannequin. For reference, I’m utilizing a UK-supplied telephone with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G's home screen.
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It’s right here the place the Galaxy A53 loses the factors it gained with the improved fingerprint sensor. The telephone isn’t at all times the speediest performer, with noticeable hesitations and sluggishness typically showing all through the software program. None of them are deal-breakers, and none drastically have an effect on the telephone each day, however you’ll discover them. For instance, beginning the A53 takes a substantial period of time. Apps take a second longer than anticipated to open, the digicam is a bit of sluggish to take images, and a few transitions and animations aren’t all that clean.

This is probably not all the way down to the Exynos 1280 processor solely, as the problems are usually worse after waking the telephone up after it has been left alone for some time — suggesting some aggressive energy administration could also be at work. None of this impacts video games, and as soon as Asphalt 9: Legends was going, the hesitation disappeared and there was no proof of harsh body fee drops. The Galaxy A53 does get heat to the contact whenever you play for some time, indicating the Exynos processor is having to work fairly laborious to maintain up. For those who’re an off-the-cuff gamer, you’ll be proud of the A53, nevertheless it’s not a telephone for the intense participant.

Playing Asphalt 9: Legends on the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G.
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All that is considered on a 6.5-inch Tremendous AMOLED display screen with a 2400 x 1080 pixel decision and a 120Hz refresh fee. It’s the identical panel discovered on the Galaxy A52. In some ways, it echoes the pictures produced by the telephone’s digicam. Colours are so vibrant and shiny, for instance, in Kawaguchi Yurina’s music video for Cherish, they threaten to leap out of the telephone there’s a lot visible pop. Element stays although, even within the city-at-night scenes in Woyshnis Media’s stunningly filmed Lamborghini Huracan vs. Audi R8 video.

Large viewing angles, loud stereo sound, and that clean 120Hz refresh fee make the Galaxy A53 a wonderful multimedia telephone, perfect for anybody who commonly watches video or listens to music however solely has a passing curiosity in video games.

Software program and battery

My evaluation Galaxy A53 has Android 12 with Samsung’s One UI 4.1 put in, together with Google’s Could 1 safety patch. It’s the identical software program you’ll discover on the Galaxy S22, the Galaxy S22 Extremely, and even the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Samsung guarantees 4 years of software program updates and 5 years of safety updates, which is the very best long-term assist you’ll get on any telephone exterior of Google’s Pixel sequence or an Apple iPhone. It’s particularly welcome on a telephone that doesn’t value $1,000 or extra.

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G's charging port.
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Samsung’s One UI fits most of my private preferences for software program on a smartphone. It’s sensibly designed and retains quite a lot of what makes Android 12 enticing, Google Uncover is a swipe away from the Dwelling display screen, and there are many customizations. As a result of the default settings are cheap, you aren’t instantly compelled to alter a lot. The always-on display screen is informative, notifications are dependable and interactive, and Google Pay is accessible should you don’t wish to use Samsung Pockets.

Samsung Pockets is an effective instance of the place One UI might irritate. Samsung installs a lot of its personal apps for varied completely different providers — a wide range of doubtless undesirable third-party apps — plus it has an intrusive suggestion system for extra apps it needs you to put in. Samsung’s keyboard isn’t as pure to make use of as Google’s Gboard, nevertheless it’s the default choice. This implies you might have to do some clean-up and alter among the normal app settings earlier than the telephone looks like your individual.

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is a fairly priced, dependable, fairly, and succesful on a regular basis smartphone.

The A53 has a 5,000mAh battery, which is able to final for 2 days should you’re not a hardcore gamer. Reasonable use — social, searching, messaging, some video, and the digicam — hasn’t seen the battery dip under 50% after a single day for me. Add in any power-hungry gaming and the A53 begins to gobble up the battery’s power. It’ll nonetheless final a full day and into the second, until you’re taking part in for hours, however a visit to the charger on the finish of day one will keep away from any anxiousness should you’re pushing the telephone laborious.

Samsung has unpacked the charging block from the Galaxy A53’s field however has saved the USB Sort-C cable. The telephone helps 25W quick charging, which makes use of Qualcomm’s Energy Supply 3.0 normal. Samsung fees $35 for the official model, however cheaper PD 3.0 appropriate chargers might be discovered from different producers that can do the identical job. Charging takes round 80 minutes.

Concerning connectivity, I’ve had no points with name high quality or connecting to 4G and 5G networks, and pairing Bluetooth headphones — notably Samsung’s fashions — is quick with a secure connection.

Worth and availability

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G prices $450 or 399 British kilos. It may be bought , by retailers together with Amazon and Finest Purchase, and thru most networks with a contract too. One factor to notice is Verizon sells a model known as the Galaxy A53 5G UW, which connects to its mmWave 5G community. It prices $500. All different carriers and the unlocked fashions assist Sub-6 5G.

Our Take

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is a fairly priced, dependable, fairly, and succesful on a regular basis smartphone, suited to anybody who isn’t going to be taking part in demanding video games for hours every day and is principally within the digicam for images to share with associates on-line. The Galaxy A52’s main draw back, the fingerprint sensor, has been mounted for the A53, however the strife it induced has been changed by sluggish efficiency in some conditions.

It’s not so bothersome you’ll hate the telephone, although, and I’ve used it fortunately as my main gadget with out wanting to alter my SIM early. You’re getting Samsung’s general high quality, its extremely livable software program, and a display screen constructed for great-looking video — all for much less cash than the predecessor value. The Galaxy A53 5G is a advisable, and really smart, buy, nevertheless it’s barely disappointing it doesn’t look or really feel like a step ahead in comparison with the A52 or A52S.

Is there a greater different?

The Galaxy A53 5G has two pure options, the Google Pixel 5a and the Apple iPhone SE (2022), each of which value across the similar worth. The Pixel 5a will probably be changed quickly by the Pixel 6a, however both will present a superior digicam expertise. The iPhone is extra highly effective however might require you to modify to iOS from Android and take up among the prices this includes relating to apps and providers. Your selections are extra plentiful within the U.Ok., with the OnePlus Nord 2T a robust contender instead, together with the Realme GT 2.

For those who can stretch to a bit of extra money, the Pixel 6 is value taking a look at with its nice digicam, fashionable design, and clear Android software program. The Galaxy S21 FE falls into the identical worth bracket if you need a Samsung telephone, and should you’re pleased to modify and undertake Apple’s iOS, so does the usual iPhone 13. All are wonderful purchases with lengthy software program assist and lots more and plenty of potential. For those who personal a Galaxy A52 or have simply purchased a Galaxy A52S, you’re not lacking out by not having the Galaxy A53.

How lengthy will it final?

You’re going to get a minimum of two years of use out of the Galaxy A53 5G earlier than it even begins to look or really feel a bit of outdated. Samsung’s wonderful software program dedication means it’s going to obtain updates for one more few years after this, so there gained’t be any have to rush to improve in case your utilization stays the identical. The telephone’s plastic again and chassis imply it’s not too fragile, and the IP67 water-resistance score ensures it’s solely shielded from mud, particulates, and robust jets of water.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. The Galaxy A53 5G is an effective worth contemplating its high quality, potential, digicam, and software program.

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