Review: Samsung Galaxy A14 5G

It’s $200! Good performance. Nice screen. Two-day battery life. Solid camera. Includes sixty four GB of storage and a microSD card slot, plus a headphone jack and NFC for contactless payments. Runs the modern day model of Android and will get two OS enhancements and 4 years of protection updates. Works on all fundamental US networks.

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No IP rating. Mono speaker isn’t always great.
The most thrilling smartphones are not the $1,200 flagships, with their minute improvements that solely barely enhance the digicam from the prior year. No, it is the less expensive telephones that have had my eyes. It’s super seeing what aspects are trickling down from the excessive end, and how unexpectedly these handsets are improving. This is nowhere greater evident than with Samsung’s Galaxy A14 5G.

This $200 unlocked Android cellphone is, frankly, phenomenal. For two Benjamins, you can get a smartphone that can take care of most daily duties except performing frustratingly slow, a tremendously first rate digital camera system, a prolonged software program replace cycle, plus greater than two-day battery life. The crazier aspect is that Samsung manages to enhance on the flaws of the A14’s predecessor—the Galaxy A13 5G—while slicing the rate by means of $50. Consider my thought boggled.

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Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
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The A14 5G appears a little plain, however it has a textured lower back that offers it a little greater persona than most finances phones. It in reality would not experience as less expensive as it is. The plastic rear sketch potential it is one much less glass floor place you have to fear about. The solely hardware flaw? This cellphone would not have an IP rating, so it is now not dirt or water resistant. You’ll desire to be cautious with it in the rain, close to a pool, and at the beach.

The 6.6-inch LCD show has a 1080-pixel decision which is sharper than the prior model, and it appears flawlessly fine. I have not had bother studying it on sunny days (not that we’ve got had many right here in New York recently), and it is masses sharp for gaming, reading, and looking at all the TikToks my associate sends my way.

Speaking of displays, some inexpensive telephones have began introducing excessive refresh prices into their respective screens—a flagship function making its way down. Most smartphones used to have a 60-Hz screen, however via growing the range of instances the display refreshes per 2nd from 60 to ninety or 120, you get a greater fluid trip and it makes the smartphone sense extra responsive. (You can study about it in extra element here.) Samsung has retained the 90-Hz panel from the A13, which is nice, however it certainly is difficult to tell. It would not experience as buttery clean as greater effective units that can greater often ratchet up the frames when you are transferring via the interface.

Performance is surely a standout. Compared to a $170 cellphone I simply reviewed, the Galaxy A14 5G is a godsend. I can really juggle via all my apps besides my blood strain rising. This is thanks to the MediaTek Dimensity seven-hundred 5G and four GB of RAM inside. In my Geekbench benchmark tests, there is a stable bump in overall performance over the A13 5G, which is stunning given the A13 5G has the identical chipset and RAM. I suspect there is simply higher optimization here. That’s without difficulty mirrored in the course of my experience. I can play video games like Alto’s Odyssey, CarX Highway Racing, and Dead Cells barring noticing worrying hiccups.