It’s not a good signal whenever you’ve considered throwing your smartphone out the window. Not due to—effectively, *gestures at the whole lot*— however as a result of it’s simply so irritating to make use of. I went out to dinner not too long ago, and a colleague—who was utilizing a six-year-old iPhone SE—identified how gradual my brand-new telephone was. I used to be able to toss the factor.
The wrongdoer was Samsung’s new Galaxy A23 5G, a $300 Android telephone. You could be pondering that I’m being too harsh on an inexpensive telephone, which is honest. These price range telephones need to make sacrifices someplace. However even sub-$200 telephones carry out higher than this one. You have got different choices on this worth vary, and you need to discover them.
What’s unhappy is that the Galaxy A23 5G has a number of issues going for it. At the start, Samsung guarantees to help this telephone for 4 years for safety updates and it’ll get three OS upgrades (as much as Android 15). That’s much better than another sub-$400 Android telephone, interval. You’ll be capable to get new options, have a tool freed from bugs, and never have to fret about safety flaws for a superb size of time.
It has a 6.6-inch LCD display screen with a 120-Hz refresh price, the latter of which isn’t frequent to see at this worth. The display screen feels responsive, it’s fairly spacious (nice should you want massive telephones), and it will get shiny sufficient to see clearly on sunny days. I don’t have any qualms right here. The subsequent greatest function? The A23 5G has a 5,000-mAh battery, so it is going to final two full days on a single cost with common use. I didn’t trouble plugging it in each evening as a result of it normally hit round 50 %. It’s good not having to fret a couple of lifeless telephone!
There’s sub-6 5G help throughout all main carriers, so that you received’t be caught on 4G LTE alone, plus this smartphone has different perks which might be more and more lacking on high-end flagships. That features a headphone jack for anybody who nonetheless prefers to plug in, in addition to an NFC sensor so you can also make tap-to-pay contactless funds at retailers that help it. There’s even a microSD card slot, which you’ll wish to use as a result of the telephone solely comes with 64 gigabytes of storage.
My woes with the Galaxy A23 5G begin with its processor: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695. It’s odd as a result of the Moto G Stylus 5G 2022 I examined earlier this yr makes use of the identical chip and I didn’t have any efficiency points there. It’d come right down to the truth that the Motorola telephone has 8 gigabytes of RAM and this Samsung is caught with a paltry 4 gigs.
You received’t discover too many points whenever you’re simply utilizing a single app. I’ve been in a position to make use of this as my main gadget simply wonderful for greater than per week. I can ship emails, browse Twitter (welp), and reply to messages. It’s whenever you begin utilizing a number of apps concurrently that issues go awry. There are lengthy pauses as you watch for an app to totally open and cargo, but it surely’s the bodily act of switching apps that pissed off me probably the most.
I take advantage of the gesture navigation system on Android telephones. I instantly change to it if the gadget I am testing depends on Android’s previous three-button backside navigation system by default. I’ve by no means had an issue utilizing gestures to navigate a tool, besides on the A23 5G. For some purpose, swiping up from the underside of an app wouldn’t all the time take me to the house display screen, not to mention change to the prior app. Apps would typically get caught, and I’d need to hold swiping up from the underside—with various ranges of anger—ready for the house display screen to seem.