When Samsung launched the Galaxy A51, they advertised that it would be an awesome phone with an awesome screen, an awesome camera and a looooooooong lasting battery life. Honestly, it’s a catchy ad that you should watch but the message it portrays is one of an awesome phone without flaws but at R6,399, there’s bound to be some corners cut to keep that price low.
We have taken time with the Samsung Galaxy A51 and we’ve put together this review tackling the three pillars that Samsung says are awesome with this phone.
The Samsung Galaxy A51 features a 6.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display that’s in all sincerity, awesome. The colours are good, brightness is up there and because it’s an AMOLED it looks awesome in dark mode.
There’s also a centred punch-hole selfie camera which adds to the aesthetics of the phone since it’s not a notch and it’s also placed well. So to answer the question, yes, the screen is awesome.
With a quad-camera setup, the Samsung Galaxy A51 has a main 48MP lens, complemented by a 12MP wide-angle lens, a 5MP depth sensor and a 5MP macro lens that is… Ummm!… we’ll get to it.
In general, the camera does a good job. That’s with sufficient light – preferably outdoors and without the requirement of “magic”. When everything works well, the images produced are colourful with sufficient dynamic range.
There are various shooting modes such as live focus, wide-angle to fit more in the frame, super slow-mo, a dedicated food mode and a pro setting among other modes that you’ll probably use less than 10 times within the phone’s lifespan.
Where the camera stops being awesome is when you want it to perform some magic. Low-light images could be better, live focus isn’t always accurate and that macro lens we spoke about barely produces anything that you’d be proud to post, but at least it’s there.
So, is the camera awesome? For most people, it’ll be but it’s not winning any contests.
Long battery life?
What counts as long battery life? Two days of usage or a phone that can comfortably last from the morning when you leave your house until evening?
The Galaxy A51 is not a two-day phone with its 4000mAh capacity, unless you hardly use it at all but for a normal human being who keeps checking their phone, is addicted to TikTok and loves Twitter tea you will definitely need to plug it in at the end of the day depending on what time you started using it.
On average, it would last from 8 AM all the way to 10 PM – a good 14 hours without worry. When it comes to charging, there’s a fast charger included that gets the phone to 100% within 75 minutes from dead zero.
So, is it a looooong battery life? Having that many Os is a stretch but yup, it’s a long battery life – just one O is enough.
What Wasn’t Awesome?
While the Samsung Galaxy A51 did put a fight to prove its awesomeness, a few things about it let it down. Top of the list is the performance. Despite having 4GB RAM and a decent Exynos 9611 processor, the A51 still stuttered once in a while. To the untrained eye, this is barely noticeable but there’s a slight delay when opening up resource-intensive apps such as games.
There’s also a cool under-display fingerprint scanner that’s pretty inaccurate and slow. This is a characteristic that we have seen with in-display fingerprint scanners. Good thing there’s a more reliable, but less secure face unlock to take away your woes.
If we use Samsung’s checklist of an awesome screen, awesome camera and long battery life, we would give the Galaxy A51 a 2/3. Only because we feel the camera and battery life, each take away half a point from what would have been an otherwise awesome phone.
However, there’s a reason this phone was 2020 Q1’s best selling Android phone. At its price, it’s very hard to get a device that offers what the Samsung Galaxy A51 offers without a lot of compromises.