Samsung Galaxy A5(2016) VS IPhone 5S

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    I lost my iPhone 5s recently and am considering to buy a new one. Bearing in mind that I am on a budget (max £300), I found the Samsung Galaxy A5 but I'm afraid it'll be a downgrade in terms of capabilities.

    So what do you guys think, is an A5 an upgrade, downgrade or similar?

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    (Original post by Reacher65)
    Hello

    I lost my iPhone 5s recently and am considering to buy a new one. Bearing in mind that I am on a budget (max £300), I found the Samsung Galaxy A5 but I'm afraid it'll be a downgrade in terms of capabilities.

    So what do you guys think, is an A5 an upgrade, downgrade or similar?

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    It's a solid mid-tier smartphone, it should be a match for a three year old flagship when it comes to performance and it runs a recent version of Android which puts it on par with pretty much every other smartphone out there in terms of functionality.

    Is there a particular area that you're concerned it won't match up to your 5S?
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    (Original post by Gofre)
    It's a solid mid-tier smartphone, it should be a match for a three year old flagship when it comes to performance and it runs a recent version of Android which puts it on par with pretty much every other smartphone out there in terms of functionality.

    Is there a particular area that you're concerned it won't match up to your 5S?
    I fear surfing the web might be slower (especially streaming shows) and that it might not be handle the same type of games.
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    (Original post by Reacher65)
    I fear surfing the web might be slower (especially streaming shows) and that it might not be handle the same type of games.
    In modern day smartphones web browsing is going to be bottlenecked almost exclusively by the strength of the network they connect to. The 5S and A5 have very similar connectivity specs, you shouldn't notice a difference. And as I mentioned before, the 5S is over three years old at this point- mid tier phones from other brands have caught up in performance as smartphone processors are constantly improving. If you have any (free) games in mind, I own a phone with the same specs as the A5 and my brother has a 5S, so I can give you a first hand comparison of the two phones.
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    In terms of the £300 budget you actually have a few options for recent, high end smartphones

    The Nexus 5X is definitely inside that budget. A 6P might be a stretch but it's not impossible. I own a 6P and it's a great phone.

    An older phone by OnePlus is also an option, the OnePlus 2 can be snapped up for under £300 and the OnePlus 3 is not that much over the budget in some cases.

    I'm not overly familiar with Huawei's models but I imagine their recent flagships will be hovering at a similar price point.

    The recent A5 and Nexus 5X were released around similar times, have similar specs and so on. In terms of performance there won't be much difference, althouhg not having to deal with Samsung preinstalled rubbish is always nice. If you were able to buy any of the other models (the flagship devices) you'll get massively improved performance. The OnePlus 2 is (arguably) superior in pretty much every single way. Not for you if you want a smaller screen size but otherwise a great alternative.

    My personal recommendation here is the Nexus 6P since I own one and can atest to it's performance. I preferred it over the S6 and Note 5, both flagship devices from Samsung so I'd inevitably prefer it over the A5. But whether that's inside your budget or not may be a problem.
 
 
 
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