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

The Galaxy A50 from 2019 might not be as fancy as the spanking new Galaxy S20 telephones or as great-looking as the Z Flip. But at $350 (£309, AU$500), the A50 is the most affordable Galaxy telephones that Samsung produced last yr, and remains one particular of two of your best choices for a reliable Android mobile phone under $400. (For more telephones under $500, check out out our roundup.) 

That other selection is the Motorola Moto G7, which originally introduced at $300 (£189, AU$349), but you can now get it for much less expensive (in the US, Motorola at the moment sells it for $200). For the previous several a long time, Motorola’s G-series has consistently ranked as our preferred funds mobile phone and the G7 carries on this legacy as an remarkable mobile phone for its rate.

All in all, we still like the Moto G7. It truly is a wonderful, cost-effective mobile phone, and it won our Editors’ Option for its low-cost rate, very good digital camera and trusted functionality. But I do think the Galaxy A50 is better, even if it can be a bit more high-priced. For that, it way too gained alone an Editors’ Option. If you have an more $fifty to spare, go for the Galaxy A50 about the Moto G7. Nevertheless it does not shoot 4K movie and I am not a huge lover of Samsung’s Just one UI, the A50’s outstanding digital camera, sleeker design and style and more time battery everyday living make it the better mobile phone.

Galaxy A50 appears to be better, but has no water defense

Nevertheless the two telephones are related in measurement and design and style, there are a several information that elevate the Galaxy A50 higher than the Moto G7. For occasion, the Moto G7 has a larger sized digital camera bump on the again. Getting a bump isn’t really a offer breaker, and a lot of telephones have it which includes the Iphone. The Galaxy A50’s digital camera is way more flushed, it appears to be flatter and sleeker. The on-display screen digital camera notch for the entrance-experiencing digital camera is also lesser, so it can be less obtrusive when you happen to be viewing the display screen. Finally, since the Galaxy A50 has an in-display screen fingerprint scanner, the unit appears to be more seamless general. The Moto G7, on the other hand, has a seen reader on the again which is emblazoned with the Motorola brand (and you can find a Motorola brand on the entrance way too, on the base bezel), which isn’t really as appealing.

In addition, the Galaxy A50 has an AMOLED display screen in comparison to the Moto G7’s Liquid crystal display display screen. Nevertheless the two telephones have about the exact resolution and pixel density, the Galaxy A50 display screen is brighter and colours are a great deal more vivid. Blacks are a great deal darker and inkier as effectively. When viewing the two telephones at different angles, the color change is more intense on the Moto G7 way too. That suggests colours clean out radically and the display screen appears to get dimmer at specified angles.

Just one edge the Moto G7 does have is that it can be a little water repellent. You are not able to thoroughly submerge it underwater, but it does have a nano-coating that protects it from light-weight water sprinkles and splashes. Samsung did not incorporate water defense to the A50.

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The digital camera bump on the A50 is less distinguished.

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Really don’t care about 4K movie? Galaxy A50’s digital camera is outstanding

Equally the Galaxy A50 and Moto G7 choose distinct and shiny pics when situations are perfect, as in configurations with a lot of even lights. And though the Galaxy A50 can document only 1080p movie (in comparison to the Moto G7’s 4K greatest), the Galaxy A50’s digital camera still pulls in advance of the Moto G7 in many means. 

Pics are sharper, so you can see finer information in factors like leaves and bricks. In lower light-weight, the A50 brightens and punches up colours, though pics taken with the G7 are muddier with a great deal hazier and washed out colours. The A50 also has a broader dynamic selection, that means scenes with different lights conditions are exposed more evenly in comparison to the Moto G7. I did detect that there ended up periods when the A50’s HDR impact looked a little way too unrealistic, but I most well-liked it about the Moto G7 however. The Galaxy A50 has a second extensive-angle digital camera way too, that means you seize more information in every single frame. This is handy when you want to seize huge landscapes and scenery way too. 

The Galaxy A50 (remaining) brightened up this scene and has a broader dynamic selection in comparison to the Moto G7 (appropriate).

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