Samsung Galaxy A Series: A Smartphone Buying Guide

Jacob King By Jacob King - updated May 23rd, 2023
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Samsung’s Galaxy A series is a cornerstone in the mid-range smartphone market, offering great value phones for wide range of budgets. Sporting a number of features that were previously limited to their flagships, Samsung shows us that with the Galaxy A range, you can get everything you need without breaking the bank. Whether your budget is $200 or $800, there’s one for you. With such a big lineup, it can feel a bit overwhelming, we get it. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide so you can find the best Samsung Galaxy A smartphone for you!

Best for Basic Needs

Samsung Galaxy A04

Samsung’s Galaxy A04 is the most affordable smartphone from this lineup and has all of the essentials, along with the trusted reliability of Samsung, at a great value. If you’re looking for a smartphone that can make and receive calls and texts, check emails, and casually surf the web, then this is a good option.

The A04 features a 6.5-inch Infinity V-Display with HD+ technology and a solid 5,000mAh battery that'll keep you going all day long! It also sports a 50MP main camera, a 2MP depth camera, and a 5MP front camera. This phone also has support for Dolby Atmos Sound - simply plug in your headphones and you'll be transported to the middle of your music and movies. Dolby Atmos lets you hear sound that's full, loud and seems to surround you in the scene.

Best Entry-Level Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy A14

If your needs are beyond the basics and you want more of a smartphone experience, the Galaxy A14 could be the one for you. The A14 has a slightly larger 6.6-inch Infinity-V Display with FHD+ technology for crisp and clear everyday content, along with a 5,000mAh battery that can last up to 2 days. It also features an octa-core processor with 5G to provide fantastic performance and speed while you stream, game, download, and watch your favourite videos. With much more storage, you can make the most of the upgraded mobile photography. The triple camera system is comprised of a 2MP macro camera, 50MP main camera, 2MP depth camera, and an 8MP front camera.

Samsung Galaxy A24

If you're able to splash out a little more, we recommend the Galaxy A24. With a faster CPU, more RAM, and a 90Hz refresh rate, you’ll enjoy greater performance that’s better-equipped for more tasks, including watching videos and using apps. The triple rear camera system features a 5MP Ultra Wide, 50MP Main, and a 2MP Macro Camera, along with Optical Image Stabilisation meaning your videos will be smoother and you’ll capture finer details. It also has a 13MP front camera!

It has the same 5,000mAh battery as the A14, but with the added perk of 25W Super-Fast Charging. This means that your phone will get back to full power much quicker! Additionally, this phone has a fingerprint sensor built into the power button so you can get into your phone in one seamless action.

Best Budget Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy A34

Samsung’s Galaxy A34 is a fantastic budget option for those who need a solid smartphone that can do it all. Featuring a FHD+ AMOLED 120Hz display, you’ll enjoy vibrant, clear, and smooth images on your screen. Powered by a 5nm Octa-core processor, the A34 is built to handle heavy-duty multitasking. It has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, as well as RAM Plus which reads your usage patterns and provides extra virtual RAM for an additional boost.

The quad core camera system includes a 5MP macro, 8MP ultra-wide, and 48MP OIS main, along with a 13MP front camera. Features such as AI Image Enhancer and Fun Mode add some extra oomph to your photos too. Additionally, the A34 has features such as Game Booster, and an IP67 Water & Dust Resistant rating.

Best Mid-Range Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy A54

From the Galaxy A54 onwards, you can enjoy more advanced features (including 5G) without the eye-watering flagship prices. The Galaxy A54 offers the perfect balance between high-end capabilities and affordability. It sports a vibrant FHD+ Super AMOLED display with 800 nits of brightness and Eye Comfort Shield to reduce blue light. Additionally, it has a 120Hz refresh rate, offering a smoother viewing experience with less blur, more details, and vivid contrast.

Your photos will be clearer and crisper on this phone too. The triple camera system features a 5MP macro camera, 12MP ultra-wide, and 50MP main camera, along with a whopping 32MP front camera. It can record up to 4K at 30fps and OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) built-in will ensure your videos look nice and stable. The advanced image sensor also ensures you get awesome performance - even in low-light or at night! The A54 is rated IP67 for water and dust-resistance, and can withstand up to 1.0 meter of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. With additional protection from Gorilla Glass 5, this device is also tougher and less prone to scratches.

Best for Multi-Media Power Users

Samsung Galaxy A73

The Galaxy A73 is the best of this series in a number of ways. To start with, the screen is a feast for your eyes with an expansive 6.7-inch Infinity-O display with FHD+ Super AMOLED Plus technology. On top of that, the 6nm Octa-core processor means you can do more of everything. Powered with the Snapdragon® 778G 5G, the Galaxy A73 is capable of pro-level gaming, with accelerated AI for smarter performance and premium capture experiences. It also has RAM Plus which provides an extra virtual RAM boost when needed.

Along with all of this extra power comes an even better quad camera system. The A73 features a 5MP macro camera, a 12MP ultra-wide, a massive 108MP main camera, and a 5MP depth camera, along with a 32MP front camera. In addition to OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) on the main camera, it has advanced VDIS tech and Enhanced HDR to keep details alive with delicate colour expression as you record videos in both bright daylight and low light. The Galaxy A73 also gets an upgrade in aesthetics. It has super slim bezels, an incredibly light display and seamless camera housing with the Ambient Edge, all brought together in a thinner frame holding extended battery life.

We told you there’s a Samsung Galaxy A smartphone for every price point! Of course, if you want more out of your smartphone, you might want to look at taking a step up into the Galaxy S series. Head over to the Samsung brand store to see their full range of smartphones or check out our smartphones department for NZ's biggest range of smartphones.

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Jacob King

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Good options I have been using a samsung phone since the S3 and found them to be good enough

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