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Samsung Galaxy Alpha SIM Free (Gold) £344.99 @ Expansys (£5.75 Quidco)
Samsung Galaxy Alpha SIM Free (Gold) £344.99 @ Expansys (£5.75 Quidco)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha SIM Free (Gold) £344.99 @ Expansys (£5.75 Quidco)

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha features a sophisticated design in a carefully constructed compact body with a metal frame and a solid finish. Elegant and practical, the Galaxy Alpha is the optimal convergence of style and cutting-edge technology.

Concentrating on elegant aesthetics and compact construction, Samsung has taken a fresh approach to design with the Galaxy Alpha. Created to help consumers express their unique style without sacrificing functionality, the refined Galaxy Alpha features a sophisticated design with a metal frame, elegantly curved corners and a tactile soft back cover. At less than 7 mm thick, the Galaxy Alpha is also one of the slimmest Galaxy devices ever, and its uniquely compact construction and light weight provides consumers with maximum in-hand grip and control.

Despite its slim and light design, the Galaxy Alpha provides users with the same powerful hardware and features users expect from a flagship Galaxy mobile device. The device is equipped with a brilliant 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display as well as an advanced camera and real time HDR for an unrivaled viewing and photo experience. The Galaxy Alpha also includes innovative and popular features such as Ultra-Power Saving Mode, S Health, Finger Print Scanner, Private Mode and connectivity with the latest Samsung Gear Fit, Gear Live and Gear 2 wearables.

■System: Android 4.4 KitKat®
■Processor: 1.8 GHz / Octa Core / Octa-core Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset: quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 / GPU: Mali-T628 MP6
■Memory: Internal: 32 GB / RAM: 2 GB
■Display: 4.7" / Super AMOLED / Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels / 315 ppi
■Camera: 12 Mpixels / Flash: LED / Front: 2.1 Mpixels / Video: UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps
■Network: 4G: LTE Cat. 6 / 3G: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz / GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
■nanoSIM
■Wireless: Bluetooth: 4.0 LE + EDR / NFC / Wifi: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n
■Connection: Jack 3.5 mm / micro USB
■GPS: GPS/AGPS + GLONASS
■Sensors: Accelerometer, Fingerprint sensor, Geo-magnetic, Gesture, Gyro sensor, Hall sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity sensor
■Battery: 1860 mAh
■Weight: 115 g
■Dimensions: 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm
■In the box: AC Adapter, USB cable, Headset, Quick start guide, Warranty Card

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Might drop even more with the announcement by Samsung that they're discontinuing the Alpha brand.

Nope, only rumours, and they slant that way for Samsung.

This one does not bend in your pocket its a bad metal copy. Good price for a so called premium phone.

small battery low resolution for the price (smells like bad apple)

Easily the best built and best looking 4.7" phone on the market.

seabs

Might drop even more with the announcement by Samsung that they're … Might drop even more with the announcement by Samsung that they're discontinuing the Alpha brand.

or go up more. phone is excellent built. feels better than my note 4.

This is my current phone. It's excellent for its size, the best phone at this size.

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finbaar

Easily the best built and best looking 4.7" phone on the market.



agreed

nice phone

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Simply electronics have the note edge for 629.95

It's a very nice phone, probably the bicester samsung has done but it's got some big cons like no micro sd and a low res screen

and a few minor ones like no waterproofing

nice to hold. It felt like a samsung s2 but with a part metal body. very nice

If the lifespan of the high end phones was 5 to 7 years it would be ok, but spending more than £300 (without contract) for a phone that gonna die in 3 years time (or less), i can't anymore.
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nice-new

If the lifespan of the high end phones was 5 to 7 years it would be ok, … If the lifespan of the high end phones was 5 to 7 years it would be ok, but spending more than £300 (without contract) for a phone that gonna die in 3 years time (or less), i can't anymore.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence


That can be argued, I mean with Android you can root it and install custom firmware and what not. However with iPhones its a different story, once Apple stop supporting your device its pretty much over.

still a lot for shamesung

The battery wont last you the full day and the screen is just awful.

Pentile AMOLED screens need stupidly high resolutions for you to not notice the horrible jaggedy pixel arrangement. 720p at 4.7" is nowhere near high enough.

brawlzzz

That can be argued, I mean with Android you can root it and install … That can be argued, I mean with Android you can root it and install custom firmware and what not. However with iPhones its a different story, once Apple stop supporting your device its pretty much over.



However how easy is the battery to replace in this as doubtless it'll be knackered after 12 to 18 months?

given the specs it's not really a good price in my eyes. but it is a very nice phone to hold and i had no problem with the resolution.

hold it next to an i phone 5 and you should chuckle

omgpleasespamme

However how easy is the battery to replace in this as doubtless it'll be … However how easy is the battery to replace in this as doubtless it'll be knackered after 12 to 18 months?



There's no reason for the battery to only have a lifespan of 18 months.

For £279 I've gone for the S5 Vodafone offer, I like the alpha but £66 difference sealed the deal.

omgpleasespamme

However how easy is the battery to replace in this as doubtless it'll be … However how easy is the battery to replace in this as doubtless it'll be knackered after 12 to 18 months?



I'm confused, pretty sure you can replace batteries easily unlike Apple lol.

finbaar

Easily the best built and best looking 4.7" phone on the market.



HTC One?

I'm looking for a new phone now, but I'm find that the Moto G and X really have killed off a significant amount of the market. This is £200 more than the LTE Moto G and £100 more than the LTE Moto X, and apart from maybe a tiny performance bump, I'm not seeing what this offers for the extra.

TheVoice

There's no reason for the battery to only have a lifespan of 18 months.



The reason would be use. Reading across the internet a smartphone battery is apparently designed to last for between 300 and 500 cycles. Which for a lot of people would put it in to the 12-24 month category which is fine for the networks as that fits their contract refresh cycle perfectly. Also suits the phone manufacturers who want to shift more phones. If you're a heavy user of your phone (someone who uses it for gaming or as a navigation device) then then the additional drain means more charging cycles in a shorter period combined with the additional heat of a phone under load which means an even short lifespan for your battery.

brawlzzz

I'm confused, pretty sure you can replace batteries easily unlike Apple … I'm confused, pretty sure you can replace batteries easily unlike Apple lol.



My apologies you're entirely correct. I hadn't realised it had a removable battery.

nice-new

If the lifespan of the high end phones was 5 to 7 years it would be ok, … If the lifespan of the high end phones was 5 to 7 years it would be ok, but spending more than £300 (without contract) for a phone that gonna die in 3 years time (or less), i can't anymore.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence



Well let's see.. £300 for a phone for 3 years makes is £100 a year to run. If the cost outweigh the benefits for you I guess just don't buy a phone. Pretty sure at that price the cost benefit is acceptable to 99% of the people. £500-600 sim free a year for a phone is ludicrous I agree. Unless you have specific use/function, Which 99% do not.

omgpleasespamme

The reason would be use. Reading across the internet a smartphone … The reason would be use. Reading across the internet a smartphone battery is apparently designed to last for between 300 and 500 cycles. Which for a lot of people would put it in to the 12-24 month category which is fine for the networks as that fits their contract refresh cycle perfectly. Also suits the phone manufacturers who want to shift more phones. If you're a heavy user of your phone (someone who uses it for gaming or as a navigation device) then then the additional drain means more charging cycles in a shorter period combined with the additional heat of a phone under load which means an even short lifespan for your battery.My apologies you're entirely correct. I hadn't realised it had a removable battery.



300-500 is at a depth of discharge at 100%, most users will daily charge when their battery hits 10-25% and therefore the charge cycles till depletion of cells is more like 2000cycles, add in the fact that a few full discharges will occur and your still left with 1500 cycles. Giving your approx 5 years till the battery is totally useless. my galaxy s2 battery under extreme usage still runs after nearly 4 years. Admittedly not like new but still works at 50% it's designed capacity.

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topgeezah

For £279 I've gone for the S5 Vodafone offer, I like the alpha but £66 d … For £279 I've gone for the S5 Vodafone offer, I like the alpha but £66 difference sealed the deal.

shocked how small an alpha feels after using a note 3 lol

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Shame they put such a small battery to get stupid thin case. At any rate it is a match for the iPhone 6 although it is still a bit pricey compared to some Android flagships.

helllraiser

300-500 is at a depth of discharge at 100%, most users will daily charge … 300-500 is at a depth of discharge at 100%, most users will daily charge when their battery hits 10-25% and therefore the charge cycles till depletion of cells is more like 2000cycles, add in the fact that a few full discharges will occur and your still left with 1500 cycles. Giving your approx 5 years till the battery is totally useless. my galaxy s2 battery under extreme usage still runs after nearly 4 years. Admittedly not like new but still works at 50% it's designed capacity.



We move in very different circles it seems. The people I know regularly run their battery till dead, or charge it multiple times a day. I also don't know anyone who still uses an S2 or anything from that generation, hasn't everyone had a least 2 new phones since that generation? Perhaps if you had a newer phone you'd find it nicer to use and therefore use it more? I don't deny that digital dinosaurs (is that the right term?) exist but I do think they're in the minority.
Edited by: "omgpleasespamme" 6th Jan 2015

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omgpleasespamme

We move in very different circles it seems. The people I know regularly … We move in very different circles it seems. The people I know regularly run their battery till dead, or charge it multiple times a day. I also don't know anyone who still uses an S2 or anything from that generation, hasn't everyone had a least 2 new phones since that generation? Perhaps if you had a newer phone you'd find it nicer to use and therefore use it more? I don't deny that digital dinosaurs (is that the right term?) exist but I do think they're in the minority.



What a snotty post! The GS2 is a classic smartphone, in fact probably pound for pound the best phone ever made, still entirely usable and personally I would rather have a GS2 than a POS like a Moto G which everyone gets over excited about.

bestinthewor|d

What a snotty post! The GS2 is a classic smartphone, in fact probably … What a snotty post! The GS2 is a classic smartphone, in fact probably pound for pound the best phone ever made, still entirely usable and personally I would rather have a GS2 than a POS like a Moto G which everyone gets over excited about.



There's no denying it was a good phone and it has the great advantage of a removable battery. It might well be usable with a new one, but 50% designed capacity by my standards its knackered and would translate to only a few hours use, although maybe I would use it less than my current phone due to the low screen resolution.

I would say the two main reasons to upgrade from a phone of that generation to a current one would be 4G and a higher resolution screen. For iPhone users I know their main reason for upgrading each time is the terrible battery life of their current handset. They don't care about the higher resolution because in the past for the small screen the dpi has been fine and because their screens have been so small they don't stream tv or movies so they haven't cared about 4G speeds till now.

Anyway, this all stemmed from my mistake. I had heard that this Alpha series was Samsung attempting to compete with Apple and HTC when it came to attractive phones and that they had sacrificed the removable battery for aesthetics. I had heard wrong.

omgpleasespamme

We move in very different circles it seems. The people I know regularly … We move in very different circles it seems. The people I know regularly run their battery till dead, or charge it multiple times a day. I also don't know anyone who still uses an S2 or anything from that generation, hasn't everyone had a least 2 new phones since that generation? Perhaps if you had a newer phone you'd find it nicer to use and therefore use it more? I don't deny that digital dinosaurs (is that the right term?) exist but I do think they're in the minority.



Firstly i use a Oneplus and have been for the last 6 months, secondly if you need to charge your phone multiple times a day maybe it is you that needs a new phone ? Because current phones like my Oneplus give 6 hour screen on time, after heavy usage i still don't deplete to 100% . If you regularly run your phone til it's fully dead or charge multiple times a day your phone is not fit for your purpose and yet again it is you who should buy a new phone. We move in very different circles oh i am glad.

helllraiser

Firstly i use a Oneplus and have been for the last 6 months, secondly if … Firstly i use a Oneplus and have been for the last 6 months, secondly if you need to charge your phone multiple times a day maybe it is you that needs a new phone ? Because current phones like my Oneplus give 6 hour screen on time, after heavy usage i still don't deplete to 100% . If you regularly run your phone til it's fully dead or charge multiple times a day your phone is not fit for your purpose and yet again it is you who should buy a new phone. We move in very different circles oh i am glad.



Battery technology will catch up eventually but in the mean time nothing really is fit for purpose. 6 hours of screen time does sound impressive but I prefer a higher resolution screen, proper support for 4G, a microSD card slot and optical image stabilisation. Plus if I were just browsing or looping a movie doubtless I'd get that too. As it stands battery life isn't anything I think about simply because of the 'near instant wireless charging' as I heard it described once and in 18, 24 or 36 months it'll be no different. Oh, and I never charge my phone. It's never plugged into a wall socket and I never end up using it with a wire trailing from it getting in the way. Consequently I never have to worry about the microUSB port becoming knackered over time which is something that apparently happens to many different makes and models and is another reason I hear bandied about as a cause for upgrade.
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