Samsung A02s review: So, you are looking for a cheap way to get into the Samsung ecosystem. Well, you can now rest easy since Samsung have now released a reasonably priced smartphone with some nice features.
The Samsung A02s is a nice phone released by Samsung that offers a nice performance all at an affordable price.
Coming in at $160 or 17,000 Kenyan shillings, you get a phone with a great design and some really nice features like a 5000 mAh battery that can easily last you for more than 72 hours
What comes in the box?
The Samsung A02s comes with the following components in its packaging:
- A 15-watt fast charger.
- A USB type A to USB-C cable.
- A pair of earphones.
It’s great that Samsung were kind enough to include a charger with this phone which saves you the hustle of having to buy a new charger all together.
The value you get at this price is quite decent. The phone comes with a midrange processor which makes it fast and responsive which well get to in just a moment.
164.2 x 75.9 x 9.1 mm
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Single stereo speaker, 3mm audio jack.
The Samsung A02s has a plastic frame all-round the phone. This gives it increased durability and the matte finish at the back prevents any fingerprints or smudges from being picked up by the phone.
The phone also has a great look and feel when held in the hand and the weight is okay—nothing too impressive—but still tolerable. The phone has no official IP rating but on testing was found to be water resistant though unknown to what extent.
The phone also comes with a 3mm audio jack which is nice to see since most companies—including Samsung—have chosen to get rid of headphone jacks altogether from their flagships and most of their midrange phones.
So, if you buy the Samsung A02s, you’ll be getting an extra feature that Samsung s21 and iPhone 12 Pro max owners can only wish for. Sadly, the phone doesn’t have any biometric support for fingerprints but comes with a face unlock option.
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Screen to body ratio
The Samsung A02s comes with a 6.5-inch display with an IPS PLS panel. I would have wished for an AMOLED panel for better image quality but the panel present on the phone does a decent job.
The screen has a 20:9 aspect ratio and a 60Hz refresh rate which is okay but makes the phone feel a little bit sluggish when scrolling though menus, browsing the web and especially when gaming.
Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
1GB, 2GB, 3GB, 4GB
16GB, 32GB, 64GB (Expandable)
Android 11, One UI 3.1
The Samsung A02s comes with a snapdragon 450 which is a 14-nanometer chipset and an Adreno 506 GPU which combined deliver decent performance especially at this price point.
The phone comes with either 1GB, 2GB, 3GB or 4GB of RAM and either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal memory which can be easily expanded by using an SD card. For better performance and easer multi-tasking, we recommend going with the 4GB Ram version.
On the software side, the Samsung A02s comes with android 10 pre-installed but can be upgraded to android 11. The phone also comes with Samsung’s good looking One UI 3.1 OS on top of the android OS.
The major problem with Samsung phones is that they come with a lot of bloatware and duplicate apps. This is really unnecessary but it’s nice to know that most of them can either be deleted or disabled for a better user experience when suing the phone.
Samsung also promises continuous security updates and one Major OS update to Android 12 which google will be releasing soon.
13MP, (wide), AF
Now let’s talk about camera quality. Honestly speaking though it records at 1080p 30fps and takes some nice photos, the Samsung A02s leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the general feel and quality of its camera.
The portrait mode shots are okay but in general, the camera isn’t that great and if you are looking for something with better camera quality at this price range, check out our Tecno Camon 17 review.
72 Hrs (Light use)
Now here’s where the Samsung A02s really shines. The 5000 mAh battery provides enough power for a whole day of heavy use and can last all the way for about 72 Hrs on light use.
On a stress test we found the phone could last even longer that 100Hrs! This is quite impressive as you won’t have to worry about your phone dying on you when your outside.
The 15-watt fast charger included in the box will have you up and running from 10% to 100% in about 1Hr 30mins.
So, is it worth getting a Samsung A02s? Honestly speaking this is an okay phone if you are on a tight budget and is perfect for those who need a simple smartphone with support for the latest features and impressive battery life.
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But it is tricky recommending this phone since there are way better options for the price and if you save up a little bit more, you be able to grab some high-quality midrange phones which will provide you with an excellent experience when using the phone and better camera quality for photo and video capture.
All in all, if you don’t mind a sub-par camera and a 60Hz screen, then this is a nice phone that we easily recommend as it comes with basically all you need for a smartphone in 2021 along with some extra features that are surprisingly absent in most of the latest flagships.