When I'm at home, I use WiFi. When I step out of the house and I don't have WiFi, I expect 4G to kick in. This doesn't happen on this phone. Or when I'm on 4G and then I move to some place where 4G isn't available, the Internet obviously wouldn't work. But when I am back to a place, 4G data is supposed to kick in automatically. This doesn't happen either. I don't know if it's a faulty device or it's something with Samsung. But I am seriously disappointed. Have put in request for a replacement.
I got my A70 for closer to 25k which I think is a fair price to pay for this phone. Everything that follows is influenced by the price I paid for this phone, I don't reccomend paying more than 25-26k max, just be patient and wait for a good discount.
I don't use face unlock or fingerprint readers in my devices for privacy reasons, so I'm very happy with just picking up or tapping to wake and unlocking with a passcode/ phrase.
My first impression upon unboxing was that the finish of the phone felt really premium, it has a nice heft to it and all the seams were super smooth. My iPhone 8 plus is my main phone and this A70 holds its own next to it.
The new One UI is intuitive and very, very snappy. You can multitask to your heart's content. There are plenty of options to customise your user experience too.
The screen looks massive and is absolutely gorgeous, I just set every app to be full screen and force it to work in split screen mode (developer options) to get the most out of all that screen real estate. The screen also gets nuclear bright so don't anticipate any visibility issues outdoors, it also gets dark enough at the lowest brightness to use comfortably in a dark room while still being clear enough to read and navigate. The auto brightness is simply superb, never once did I feel the need to manually adjust the brightness, you can set it once and forget it.
I took all evening minutely tweaking and setting up every option and feature to suit my needs, and the thing that struck me the most was how hassle free it all was. Even though I've never owned a Samsung smartphone before (always preferred to get my android phones from Google), I never once got stuck figuring out a setting, everything was easy to find and navigate to with the super responsive gesture controls.
I'm not big on selfies or sharing pictures publicly, I only share pics with family on WhatsApp and use the front facing camera for video calling. The cameras on this phone gave me superb results for my use cases. Family members were really impressed with the quality of my WhatsApp video call (of course your results will depend on your internet speed/ signal strength).
The gorgeuos screen, the massive battery, the clean, smooth, snappy One UI, the sleek Glastic body with the drum tight seems, dual VoLTE SIMs and storage expansion options, all this for around 25k is a very good deal in my opinion. All this combined with the Samsung reliability and easy access to support (If you ever need in warranty service) makes this phone a great buy in my book! If this phone is beyond your budget, then go for the A50 instead (don't even think about the M40, its screen is utter trash), the performance difference between them is very negligible.
P.s.: Finally, I just want to address a few other issues people are having.
Heat - the faster you charger a battery the more heat is produced, and the quicker the battery deteriorates. Only use the super fast chargering when you're really hard up for time. I've turned off fast charging in the settings, and it only takes ~25 mins longer to charge up the phone.
Slow fingerprint reader - increase the screen's touch sensitivity before you set up your fingerprint, and stick with using just one finger. Also, avoid using screen protectors. They're just not compatible with this optical sensor technology.
Hope this review helps you guys make a more informed decision.
only one thing i liked in this item that is back camera front camera not like 32mp the most bad thing in this item it's battery it's draining so fastly.If there is 6Gb ram so we are obviously buying it for playing high speed game but without installing anything battery draining so fast i don't like this phone at all i promise i never ever purchase in future samsung phone
- Camera quality is low - Phone is bloated with Samsung crap-ware which can't be uninstalled - FingerPrint sensor doesn't work correctly. To unlock the phone I have to try 4-5 times, Every-Time! And even sometime I have to enter the password. - Display doesn't seem very good
RECEIVED TODAY. WHILE SYSTEM UPDATE IT NEVER TURNED ONALWAYS SHOWING SYSTEM UPDATING. ULTIMATELY IT CAN'T BE SWITCHED OFF ALSO , BECAME HEATED , THOUGH AMAZON SCHEDULED APPO FOR TECHNICAL SOLUTION ON 13TH BUT GOD KNOWS WHEN IT WILL GET SOLVED. UP SWITCH KEY IS NOT WORKING ALSO