[Review] Samsung Galaxy A72’s Features, Camera & Performance
When I think back to my recent VP Verdict reviews of Samsung products, I can’t help but feel slightly annoyed at how their products continue to impress me (although it’s not like I’m trying actively dislike them).
To be honest, those are honest reactions after being an Apple ass-kisser for so long, I admit. There are still some aspects of iOS that I much prefer to Android, but overall my transition hasn’t been too bumpy.
With the Samsung Galaxy A72 in hand for this review, I was prepared to judge it a bit harsher as I now had relevant experience to back me up.
Quite simple, but still pretty
I had the Awesome Violet variant which is quite impressive to look at, but in terms of color options you really don’t get anything new on its own.
It has a plastic back that feels slightly cheap and hollow when patted down, but in the hands it gives off a simple, matte feel that I love.
Everyone holding the phone also praised how light it was and liked the camera bump design to be less obvious. I think this design is the best yet for Samsung’s camera bumps so far, as much as I liked the S-series ones this year as well.
The A72 has a decently sized screen which I actually find a bit too big for my liking (judging by how easily I can type on it with one hand), but that meant it was pleasant to use. for entertainment purposes.
Its 6.7-inch display luckily drops the curved screen for less accidental touches, and its FHD + Super AMOLED display is very dynamic. Dare I say it’s even better than the screen of my top-of-the-line S20? (Yes.)
A solid set of cameras
We’ve known for some time that Samsung has improved the camera quality of its A-series phones. I have never tested the A-series before this, so I won’t claim to have a first-hand experience seeing the differences. camera between last year’s A71 and the A72.
Overall its 4 lenses captured detail well, but if I’m critical the macro lens left more to be desired in terms of sharpness. But I also wondered, in what scenario would I need a phone camera for macro photography?
Wide, telephoto, and ultra-wide lenses worked well in my books, as I don’t have very high expectations when it comes to phone photography anyway. I guess what impressed me the most this time was the fact that the A72 is a budget phone with 30x space zoom.
With optical image stabilization (OIS), I could actually distinguish a few details in the pictures. While it’s not as ridiculous as 100x space zoom, again, I can’t think of a natural scenario in which I would use this. It allows me to see silhouettes very well, but I still don’t rely on him to help me identify details of a subject.
One thing I noticed was that the camera sometimes struggled to focus when I tried to take a photo. I haven’t experienced this with my old S20 yet, so I’m not sure what I was doing to trigger the blur.
Good performance with a minor flaw
In terms of performance, its battery life with average social media app usage doesn’t disappoint, although I haven’t had a single Samsung phone (for reviews) that underperformed in this area.
This phone has a 5,000mAh battery, so rest assured it can last for at least 2 days before needing a quick charge with a 25W fast charge (1 hour does the job).
I mentioned earlier that the screen looks nice, however, I would notice stuttering in touchscreen responsiveness every now and then. Such a first world problem, I know it. In general, this shouldn’t be a big deal, but when you use the phone a lot the “sluggishness” gets on you after a while.
My favorite game for testing phone performance these days is Genshin Impact, which is quite a heavy game to install and run. The A72 handled it better than expected on the lowest to medium settings (which the game said was overclocking the phone).
A bit of heat then built up on the back of the phone by the cameras, but if you’re a mobile gamer, that’s no surprise. This phone isn’t marketed as a gaming phone after all, so it’s forgivable.
If you passed me the A72 without telling me what it was, I wouldn’t easily suspect it’s designed to be a more budget phone.
Sure, the few hiccups here and there and mostly the plastic back can give some clues, but it’s still strong enough to be a serious contender if I was looking for a new phone.
For a starting price of RM1 899, I really can’t fault it. Oh, and I have to mention one last thing. Coming from an S20 user, can I just say thank you goodness Samsung has stepped up its in-screen fingerprint sensor game?
Once I return this device, I will have to live with the fact that the S20’s sensor will not light up under my finger for faster unlocking, and I will continue to see “Fingerprint does not match” 20 times before. that my phone does not unlock.
|Crisp, crisp screen||May be delayed in touchscreen responsiveness (sometimes stuttering)|
|Good camera performance for a budget phone|
|Bigger and better battery|
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