June 7, 2020

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Samsung Galaxy A50 review: Still one of the best budget phones

The Galaxy A50 from 2019 could not be as extravagant as the spanking new Galaxy...

The Galaxy A50 from 2019 could not be as extravagant as the spanking new Galaxy S20 phones or as cool-hunting as the Z Flip. But at $350 (£309, AU$500), the A50 is the most inexpensive Galaxy phones that Samsung unveiled final calendar year, and stays one of two of your very best choices for a solid Android telephone below $400. (For more phones below $500, look at out our roundup.) 

That other option is the Motorola Moto G7, which at first introduced at $three hundred (£189, AU$349), but you can now get it for less expensive (in the US, Motorola at this time sells it for $two hundred). For the earlier few a long time, Motorola’s G-sequence has continually ranked as our preferred spending budget telephone and the G7 continues this legacy as an outstanding telephone for its cost.

All in all, we even now adore the Moto G7. It can be a great, inexpensive telephone, and it received our Editors’ Decision for its economical cost, great digicam and trustworthy efficiency. But I do imagine the Galaxy A50 is far better, even if it truly is a bit much more pricey. For that, it far too attained alone an Editors’ Decision. If you have an further $fifty to spare, go for the Galaxy A50 more than the Moto G7. However it does not shoot 4K movie and I am not a massive enthusiast of Samsung’s Just one UI, the A50’s outstanding digicam, sleeker structure and lengthier battery everyday living make it the far better telephone.

Galaxy A50 appears far better, but has no h2o defense

However both phones are very similar in dimensions and structure, there are a few information that elevate the Galaxy A50 earlier mentioned the Moto G7. For occasion, the Moto G7 has a more substantial digicam bump on the back. Getting a bump just isn’t a offer breaker, and a large amount of phones have it which include the Iphone. The Galaxy A50’s digicam is way much more flushed, it appears flatter and sleeker. The on-screen digicam notch for the front-experiencing digicam is also more compact, so it truly is a lot less obtrusive when you’re viewing the exhibit. And finally, due to the fact the Galaxy A50 has an in-screen fingerprint scanner, the machine appears much more seamless over-all. The Moto G7, on the other hand, has a noticeable reader on the back that is emblazoned with the Motorola logo (and you can find a Motorola logo on the front far too, on the base bezel), which just isn’t as appealing.

In addition, the Galaxy A50 has an AMOLED exhibit in contrast to the Moto G7’s Liquid crystal display screen. However both phones have about the exact same resolution and pixel density, the Galaxy A50 screen is brighter and colours are considerably much more vibrant. Blacks are considerably darker and inkier as well. When viewing both phones at distinct angles, the colour shift is much more intense on the Moto G7 far too. That implies colours wash out radically and the screen seems to get dimmer at selected angles.

Just one edge the Moto G7 does have is that it truly is somewhat h2o repellent. You are unable to totally submerge it underwater, but it does have a nano-coating that shields it in opposition to gentle h2o sprinkles and splashes. Samsung did not incorporate h2o defense to the A50.

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The digicam bump on the A50 is a lot less well known.


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Do not treatment about 4K movie? Galaxy A50’s digicam is outstanding

Both of those the Galaxy A50 and Moto G7 consider apparent and vibrant pics when ailments are great, as in options with a large amount of even lighting. And although the Galaxy A50 can record only 1080p movie (in contrast to the Moto G7’s 4K optimum), the Galaxy A50’s digicam even now pulls forward of the Moto G7 in a lot of ways. 

Photographs are sharper, so you can see finer information in matters like leaves and bricks. In lower gentle, the A50 brightens and punches up colours, although pics taken with the G7 are muddier with considerably hazier and washed out colours. The A50 also has a broader dynamic array, this means scenes with distinct lighting predicaments are exposed much more evenly in contrast to the Moto G7. I did see that there had been periods when the A50’s HDR impact looked a small far too unrealistic, but I desired it more than the Moto G7 nonetheless. The Galaxy A50 has a next vast-angle digicam far too, this means you capture much more information within just about every frame. This is useful when you want to capture large landscapes and scenery far too. 

The Galaxy A50 (still left) brightened up this scene and has a broader dynamic array in contrast to the Moto G7 (right).


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