Is the Samsung On5 PRO for you? The Ultimate Review
By PBon Dec 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM
Purchase Date - 21/11/2016Delivered On - 24/11/2016 with Free PRIME 2 day deliveryPrice - Rs 7,990Writing this review after using the phone for a week.Why I chose Samsung?Before buying this phone, I did a lot of research online and everyone was suggesting to go with the Redmi 3S Prime which offered a much better specification at a marginally higher price. However, I had owned the MI3 before and the memory of their horrendous after sales service was still fresh in my memory. So I decided NOT to go with MI/ Xiaomi anymore and go with a Tier 1 brand instead, that is why I chose Samsung.Samsung sells the highest number of Android devices globally and has a robust after sales service network in place, something you won't be getting with MI or other Chinese brands.Now let's see if this phone is for you or not:-PROS-----------------------------1. 5 inch form factor - Easy to carry and for one-handed operation.2. 720p TFT LCD Screen - It isn't as sharp as Super AMOLED, but it's good enough to watch HD (720p) videos.3. Build Quality - The phone is built with high quality plastic and has a premium look-n-feel to it. Doesn't look or feel cheap at all.4. 2 GB RAM - This is enough to carry your day to day operation with ease. No lag or stutters with moderate usage.5. 16 GB ROM - Enough storage for installing all essential apps and files.6. Micro-SD Support - This phone has dedicated Micro-SIM slots and a Micro SD slot. You can use a Micro SD up to 128 GB.7. VoLTE Support - The phone comes with VoLTE support out of the box and it works flawlessly with Reliance JIO.8. Network Reception - The network reception is top notch. No dropped calls or muddy calls experienced so far.9. 2600 mAH battery - Easily lasts one full day with moderate to heavy usage.10. Temperature Control - Despite using the phone for extended hours, the heating was minimal. You'd be surprised at how less this phone heats if you have been using a Chinese made phone so far.11. TouchWiz UI - Even though I have not been a fan of Samsung's TouchWiz UI, I was pleasantly surprised this time. The UI is butter smooth and has no lag whatsoever. Samsung has also cut down largely on the bloatware and you will now only get the Galaxy Apps, My Galaxy, Opera Max and an USB transfer app. The phone also comes with the Smart Manager, powered by CleanMaster which will help you free the memory and kill background processes at the single touch of a button.12. Theme Support -This device comes with an inbuilt Theme Store from where you can download free and paid themes to customize your phone.13. Power / Data Saver - These are useful features which will help you extend the battery life of your device and also helps to cut down on your data usage through data compression.13. Brand Value - You will be holding a device from a Tier 1 brand and can rest assured that your after sales support will be properly taken care of. Unless you can afford to buy a new phone every few months, after sales service is an important factor to consider.CONS--------------1. Outdated CPU - The device is running on the Exynos 3475 Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor which is a 32 bit chipset. Even though it can handle most of the regular operations, you cannot expect to run high end games on this device. Coming to the gaming review soon.2. No quick-charging - The charging is slow. Without putting your phone to the Airplane mode, it will take around 2.5 hrs to fully charge the battery.3. No Fingerprint sensor - The device doesn't have a fingerprint sensor. It wasn't a deal breaker for me anyway, but just worth mentioning in this review.4. No IR Blaster - The phone doesn't have an IR blaster as well. So you will still have to continue using the respective remote controls of your appliances.5. No FULL HD Screen - The display is just 720p. However, because of this lower resolution, you get a better battery life. The screen is very good for watching videos btw.6. No LED Notification light - This was a little disappointing to me as the previous phones I had used had LED notifications on them. Samsung could have easily included an LED notification light on this device.7. Lack of Sensors - This is a BIG drawback of this device. This phone doesn't have Magnetic Sensor (Compass) and Ambient Light Sensor. This means, it won't adjust the brightness of the display automatically with ambient light and GPS navigation won't be as seamless as on a device with a magnetic sensor. The phone doesn't have Gyroscope either, which means no VR experience with it.8. No Gorilla Glass - The display doesn't have a Gorilla glass protection and doesn't have an Oleophobic coating either, which means the screen is a fingerprint magnet and you should use a good quality Tempered glass on top of it. I suggest going with the Nillkin Amazing H Anti-Explosion Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy On5 for this device.GAMING------------------Let me get this straight - If you're a gamer, this device is not for you. Period! Yes, you can play light games on it like Candy crush and Temple Run, but don't even think of playing heavy games like Nova 3, Asphalt, NFS etc. on it.CAMERA------------------The phone has an 8 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front facing camera, both f/2.2. The rear facing camera is capable of shooting videos in Full HD (1980 x 1080). No Optical/ Digital Stabilization present on this camera.The camera is good for the price range and takes decent shots in outdoor conditions and even indoors during the day. The focusing isn't the fastest and the Dynamic Range isn't great either. The pictures come out to be a little washed out and overexposed.I have attached several shots captured with this phone for review. If you're a photography enthusiast, then I'd suggest going with another model, especially one having a SONY sensor, but if you're a general user and want a decent camera, then you can surely go with this phone.Please note that this camera doesn't have in built HDR mode. There is a PRO mode available which lets you manually control the exposure, ISO and all that.SPEAKER-------------------One of the concerns I had before buying this phone was with the volume of the loudspeaker as Samsung phones are known to have a low speaker output. However, the loudspeaker is loud enough and unless you're in a too noisy environment, you shouldn't have a problem with the volume of the loudspeaker.Charger----------------------------The phone comes with a standard charger but the charging cable is a little short.Verdict------------------Within a budget of 8-9K, if you're looking for high end specifications - then this device is not for you. There are a lot of other devices which will give you better specifications at the same budget. However, if you're looking for a decent phone that can do most of the day to day operations with ease and will have no problem getting after sales support, then blindly go with this device.Hope this review helps you make an informed decision. For any further clarification, please feel free to leave a comment below.Thanks for reading.
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Couldn't get better at this price
By Pradip Panditon Oct 4, 2016 12:00:00 AM
Below is my review after using the phone since September 2016.After searching nearly for 15 days, resisting the Chinese phones which offered a better configuration at lower prices, I settled for this model taking into consideration after sales and service and brand power.Looks:Gold one looks royal.Phone back although made of plastic dosent slip from hands.Light weight to carry.Battery:Battery is replaceable unlike Chinese phones , so if the battery goes bad I can replace it myself than go to the service center.With 2G it lasted for 1.5 days.With 4G it lasts for a day.Charging takes 2.5 hours.Battery cable is short.Ultra power saver mode servers is extremely useful when your battery is dying.Memory:out of internal 16 GB , 10.2 is available, OS and internal apps consume the restout of 32 GB Sandisk memory card 29.5 GB is available.Both internal and external memory work fast, no lag while watching videos or listening to audio online and offline.The video streaming on 4G is good.Screen:I put a Affix tempered glass on the screen.Screen touch works fine but could have been better .This isnt AMOLED display however I am satisfied with the TFT display and its colors.Checking phone in outdoor needs the 'outdoor' setting to increase the brightness,It could have been better.Camera:Clarity of pictures from rear camera is good with size of an image to be 3-4MB.Selfies from front camera have a wider selfie angle allowing more people to come in the selfie with fine quality.Sound:Sound during conversation is crystal clear.VoLTE works.Loudspeaker sound is okay.Sims:I am using Jio 4G on sim 2 and Vodafone on sim1.Both work seamlessly.Heating:Phone dosent heat after watching movies/videos for 2 hours both online and offline.I dont play games hence no comments on heating there.OTG,Blue tooth, hotspot ,wifi work.Apps:Phone dosent come with any basic apps like Share it,Facebook,Whatsapp.But like Chinese phones it isnt bloated with unwanted apps.Notification indicator:The phone dosent have a notification indicator.This is a blessing in disguise for me as I dont wish to be bothered with pings/indications.The keys dont have a back light.There are only 3 keys and with the frequent usage of it you do come to know which key is where.Voice recorder:Useful for me to record lectures.My learnings:Take screen shots by pressing the power button and home screen button simultaneously for 2 secondsWhen using 2G data pack ensure that in network selection 'Only 2G' is selected else mobile data hangs after some hours.Memo is useful to type short notes.Bad experiences:I returned the 1st phone.Replacement came after 15 days.My friend ordered the same after seeing mine, she is satisfied too.Update on January 5,2017: Phone fell from 5.5 foot height, battery,cover and main body separated, phone had a very small unnoticeable scratch but started again with a bang.[...]
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A GOOD PHONE FOR NORMAL DAY TO DAY USAGE /// Honest Review
By Abraham JOSEPHon Aug 8, 2016 12:00:00 AM
I bought this phone for my sister because she wanted great battery life and a phone from a well known brand.Well after hours of searching online ,going through online reviews,and checking youtube reviews the odds were against this phone.Because everyone online suggested me to buy K5 plus ,redmi Note 3 ,zenfone max and so on.But finally I ended up buying the ON 5 pro.Why? Because-It looks elegant.-It is from a well known and established brand with service centers at every corner(literally).-Comes with good enough specs ,but had to compromise on the display quality.But trust me ,its still enough.Unless you prefer the AMOLED.-Great battery life for 1 full day usage-The chipset is kind of low end.But still its enough for day to day task.Anyway you should know that the TouchWiz UI is very heavy so don't expect anything SUPER fliud UI experience.It lags a bit in opening certain apps.The switching between apps is also little laggy.-The UI is customizable in many ways.-Camera is decent.Nothing fancy here.-Audio quality is great.-Played "daddy was a thief" ,COC , Mini Militia ,temple run without any issues or lag.-No heating at all.-Build quality is quite premium with the aluminium frame and lightweight body.All in all this phone is good for people who want good battery life,great after sales support and a smartphone for day to day usage.If you are a heavy gamer or heavy app user then look somewhere else.Thanks for reading my review.I hope it helps.If you want to know anything more about this smartphone then please comment down below.RegardsAbraham Joseph
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Excellent mobile in this price range.....
By Vigneshvickyon Jan 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Great rear camera and great front camera..... no heating issues and no hanging issues...... latest version and good hd display in this price range.... good battery backups...... thanks amazon and Samsung team ??
Pocket friendly efficient phone with VOLTE as well as 850 MHZ 3G operating frequency support
By Amazon Customeron Jan 4, 2017 12:00:00 AM
I am fully satisfied with the performance of the article. I was looking for a product which ,besides having other standard feature, will support 850 MHZ 3G frequency and the set has fulfilled 100% of my expectation .