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Galaxy A25 5G Review


Galaxy A25 5G Review: Samsung announced the Galaxy A25 5G in January just days before their first Unpacked event of the year. The phone was among the company’s latest mid-range A series and was launched alongside the Galaxy A15, Galaxy A05, and Galaxy A05s. 

I am always a fan of the Galaxy A series from Samsung having used some of them for a while. If you remember the A24, A34 and A54 from last year, all of them were pretty interesting devices. Good devices yes, but when you look at them and the new A series including the A25 which is what we will be talking about in this article, their pricing has always been higher compared to the competition. 

In Kenya, Samsung is selling it for Ksh50,000 for the 8GB/256GB variant while the 6GB/128GB option will cost you around Ksh 43,000. 

In my books, I feel it’s overpriced considering you’re also not getting a charger in the box. Maybe Samsung should consider adding a charger in the box for their budget devices but anyway let’s do a quick review of the Galaxy A25 5G.

Let’s take a quick look at the Galaxy A25 5G.

The design and display stand out

Galaxy A25 5G Review

One thing that stands out and which I like about Galaxy A25 is the design. This design is almost very similar to what you get from all the other previous A series phones – Very minimal from the back to give you that classic Samsung look we have all come to like. I also love the unique pattern on the back and the wedged layout on the right side of the phone gives you a very nice grip.

For the colours, Samsung sent us this light blue colour option but you can also buy it in black, yellow, and silver. Also, despite the frames being made of plastic, the phone doesn’t feel cheap.

The volume button doubles up as the fingerprint sensor and Samsung has also included a headphone jack.

Overall the Galaxy A25 5G is a good-looking phone.

Galaxy A25 5G Review
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When it comes to the display Samsung has given us a 6.5-inch Full-HD plus Super AMOLED panel with support for 120HZ refresh rate, up to 1000 nits with automatic brightness enabled. What this means is the phone is perfectly usable outdoors and even under direct sunlight. 

Clarity and detail are excellent and the display also offers vibrant, punchy colours, good for content consumption and playing your favourite games. The 120Hz refresh adds a good touch to this display and makes scrolling, switching through apps and transitions very responsive. 

Samsung could however have done better with the chin below the screen. It’s quite big and I also find the notch up front of the core display very distracting.

Performance, UI and battery life 

Samsung is using the Xenos 1280 chipset on the Galaxy A25 which is already a 2-year-old chipset. The first time I used the chip on the Galaxy A33 5G, I had reservations because it was not that powerful and since I was a heavy user, I experienced some sluggishness in the UI. Samsung has however rolled out updates to make it more powerful and I didn’t experience any problems when using the Galaxy A25 5G. 

But again, I feel Samsung should have considered using last year’s Xenos 1380 which is more stable and faster. Samsung is also promising us four years of OS updates and 5 years of security patches. 

The software experience on the Galaxy A25 5G is also pretty solid. One UI is very easy to use with very little bloatware and for the one week I used the Galaxy A25, I did not notice or face any bugs.

If you are not a heavy user, the performance on this phone should be good.  The 120Hz refresh rate is quite stable and multitasking between two to three light apps is smooth as well. 

The battery life and charging are also very good. The phone provided me with a consistent one-day backup. It’s a 5000Mah battery with support for 25W charging.

Cameras

Galaxy A25 5G cameras

The camera segment is also one area where the Samsung Galaxy A25 5G really shines. Samsung has added a triple camera set-up at the back (main) 50 mp with OIS, (depth) 8 mp,  macro 2mp. The selfie camera on the other hand is 13 mp. 

Daytime shots are quite vibrant, good-looking, detailed and with good highlights. Indoors, it’s also fair but in low light, you can make use of on-night mode to get fairly better results.  The Galaxy A25 5g can also take good-look portrait shots as well.

For videos, you can click up to 4k 30 fps videos from the back and 1080p 30 fps from the front.

So should you buy the Galaxy A25 5G? 

The mid-range market is quite competitive in Kenya right now and for you to sell you really need to stand out. The Galaxy A25 5G stands out as I mentioned at the beginning of this article with the only problem being pricing. 

Of course with the same price, you can better value from a phone like the Galaxy A34 from last year or even some Redmi Note 13 devices from Xiaomi. Okay, the Galaxy A25 5G can also be an option but at the end of the day, it all comes down to preference. 

Galaxy A25 5G Specs

  A25 5G
Display 6.5″ FHD+ , Super AMOLED 120Hz
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~396 ppi density)
Camera Rear (Main) 50 MP OIS
(Depth) 8 MP
Macro 2MP
Front 13 MP
Processor Exynos 1280
OS Android 14, One UI 6
CPU Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU Mali-G68
Memory & Storage Memory: 6|8GB
Storage: 128|256 GB
Battery 5,000 mAh 
25W Fast Charging
Colours Blue Black, Light Blue, Blue, Yellow, Silver

 

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech and African startups. Founder and Editor of TechTrends Media. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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