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Review of Samsung Galaxy A04s phone, price, technical specifications, design, screen, software, hardware, battery life and charging and other specifications of this phone.

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Galaxy A04s

Introduction and specifications

Are  you looking for a cheap Samsung experience? Galaxy A04s is equally in the category of cheap Samsung phones. But cheap doesn’t always mean something is good value, so let’s take a look at this phone.

To  our surprise, we also found out that Samsung also offers another model – the Galaxy M13 – which is almost identical with some minor differences in the camera department. The Indian version of the Galaxy M13 is essentially the same phone as the Galaxy A04s, but with an even bigger battery. The Galaxy A13 is another phone that was released earlier this year that almost completely matches the A04s specs.

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We won’t blame you if  you’re confused, but the bottom line is that the Galaxy A04s will probably offer the same user experience as the M13s. So for all intents and purposes, you can use this review as a reference point for M13 and M13 (India) as well.

Checking the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A04s at a glance

Body:  164.7×76.7×9.1mm, 195g; Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame.

Display: 6.50 inch PLS LCD, 90 Hz, 400 nits (peak), resolution 720 x 1600 pixels, aspect ratio 20:9, 270ppi.

Chipset: Exynos 850 (8nm): Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G52.

Memory: 32 GB 3 GB RAM, 32 GB 4 GB RAM, 64 GB RAM 4 GB, 128 GB RAM 4 GB; eMMC 5.1; microSDXC (dedicated).

OS/Software: Android 12, One UI Core 4.

Rear camera: Wide (primary): 50 MP, f/1.8, PDAF; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.

Front camera: 5 MP, f/2.2, (wide).

Video recording: rear camera: 1080p@30fps; Front camera: 720p@30fps.

Battery: 5000 mAh; 15 watt charging

Other specifications: fingerprint reader (installed on the side). NFC; 3.5 mm jack; Virtual proximity sensor

Either  way, the Galaxy A04s runs on a low-end Exynos 850 SoC along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card expansion slot. Obviously, we are talking about a phone with an average price of 100 euros, but we were surprised to see a display with a high refresh rate. The screen is 6.5-inch IPS 90 Hz, albeit with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

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Since  the Exynos 850 chipset relies on a low-power CPU with eight low-power Cortex-A55 cores, we expect great battery life in our tests. Your 5,000 mAh battery will last quite a while, though it will take more than an hour to fully charge.

Finally, the device runs on a lightweight version of Samsung’s One UI Core 4, which in turn is based on Android 12.

Samsung Galaxy A04s unboxing review

The  device ships in a small retail box that only contains the user manual and a pin for the SIM tray.

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Unfortunately,  Samsung did not include a charger or protective case. But you get a USB-C to USB-C cable.

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Reviewing the design and handling of the Samsung Galaxy A04s phone

The design  of this phone is quite simple and minimalistic. The Galaxy A04s has a unibody plastic design with pleasant rounded edges that are comfortable to hold. The front panel is also slightly rounded, eliminating any bumps or gaps. It’s almost like the chassis is made from one piece – we love that.

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However  , the plastic surface on the back is a fingerprint magnet and is relatively easy to scratch. We received the green color, which appears to be much darker than what we see in the official product photos. This phone is also available in black, white and copper colors.

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Another nice thing about the build is that the plastic is less slippery and the A04s glossy surface makes good contact with the skin. It’s certainly less slippery than your average glass sandwich phone. Not that Samsung has any wiggle room with materials, though. We doubt that the Galaxy A04s price target will be achievable with a glass or metal build.

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Rounding  the sides, we find the power button, which doubles as a fingerprint reader, and sits in a small recess. It’s easily within thumb’s reach, but you have to stretch your finger a bit to reach the volume rocker, which sits just above the power button. The bottom end houses the USB-C connector, the speaker grill, and the 3.5mm audio jack.

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The SIM tray  is located on the left side of the frame near the top left edge of the A40s. It has two SIM card slots and a dedicated microSD card slot.

On the front, the Galaxy A04s sports a 6.5-inch display with a teardrop notch for the front camera. The lateral margins are very thin, but the lower edge is considerably thicker. This is par for the course in this price group.

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It is interesting  to note that this device is somewhat heavy for a 6.5-inch smartphone with an all-plastic construction. Not that it’s a big deal, but 195g usually makes up for a larger device or glass build.

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Overall  , the Galaxy A04s has a good build quality and is nice and easy to work with. It doesn’t weigh above its weight, but we didn’t expect premium materials and creative design in this price range anyway.

Samsung Galaxy A04s screen review

The Samsung  Galaxy A04s is built around a 6.5-inch IPS LCD panel, which is common in this price range. LCDs are still very common and often allow for cost savings. Interestingly, Samsung is going for a 90Hz display instead of 60Hz, which may force the product planning team to settle for a resolution of 720×1600 pixels. Most, if not all, of this phone’s competitors have a higher resolution 1080p display.

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In  terms of brightness, the phone didn’t quite hit the claimed 400 nits mark, but it came very close. In our tests, the display reached 389 nits in automatic and manual mode. In automatic mode there is no increase in brightness.

The lack  of physical proximity and ambient light sensors is somewhat problematic. Virtual proximity sensors do not perform well in turning off the screen during contact due to their poor compatibility. Phones that do not have an ambient light sensor use the front camera to measure the light conditions. This means it consumes less power, takes a long time to react to changes, and is sometimes inaccurate.

After you take the phone out of your pocket, it takes a few seconds for the software to adjust the brightness, if there is a significant difference from the previous ambient light condition when you last used it. We find that we go to the brightness slider most of the time. And when you consider the somewhat low maximum brightness, the overall outdoor experience could be better.

On the other hand, color accuracy isn’t too bad with an average dE2000 of 3.8. Then again the whites and grays look completely blue and there’s no way to adjust the color temperature or change the color mode.

HRR control

Controlling the high refresh rate on the Galaxy A04s is pretty simple – idle screen means 60Hz and interaction with it means 90Hz. All the apps we tried ran at 90Hz, including video players and streaming apps. But when you leave the video for a few seconds without touching the screen, the screen goes to 60Hz.

battery life

The Galaxy  A04s uses the power-efficient Exynos 850 chipset and is powered by a large 5,000 mAh battery, so battery life is expected to be excellent. The screen on, as well as the screen off test results, are more than commendable. We also expected a similar overall endurance score to the Galaxy A13 as both phones use almost identical hardware. Either way, the overall endurance rating of 114 hours is a great score.

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Charging speed

The Galaxy  A04s doesn’t come with a charger but supports standard 15W charging, just like the Galaxy A13. Even the charging time is quite similar as the Galaxy A04s only gets 28% battery charge in the first 30 minutes while a full charge takes 2 hours and 14 minutes on the wire.

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Although  this is by no means fast, it is somewhat suitable in an elementary class context.

Speakers

The Galaxy  A04s has a single bottom-firing speaker, which is a typical audio setup for devices in this price range. In terms of loudness, the small speaker is a bit weak as our test scenario scored an “average” LUFS of -30.3.

In terms of quality, the speaker is also not very impressive. Voices and treble begin to ring higher while the bass is absent, and as a result, all tracks sound quite flat. That’s somewhat expected in this class, though, so we won’t fault the Galaxy A04s for it.

Samsung Galaxy A04s software review

The Galaxy  A04s might not run the latest version of Android, but it’s a budget phone that was released in September, so expecting Android 13 is unrealistic. And since the A04s is a budget Samsung device, the customized One UI has been downgraded to One UI 4.1 Core. This means that the core One UI features and aesthetics are here, but some advanced features have been removed.

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Samsung  uses a software-light version for the Galaxy A04s because One UI is very resource-intensive and the Exynos 850 isn’t the fastest chipset out there. Even with a limited feature set, the One UI user experience could be smoother.

The original version of One UI cuts down on a few apps and services to make the launcher easier on system resources. The list of features that didn’t make it include Samsung Pay service (GPay is available), Easy mode, Bixby assistant, Windows Link service and Good Lock app for advanced customizations. There’s also no Secure Folder, but interestingly, Knox is present on the A04s and even advertised on the official specs page for malware and threat protection.

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Android experience  with One UI 4.1 Core is very simple and familiar. The app drawer, notification shade, recent apps, lock screen, and home screen all work as usual. Even the general settings menu.

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Samsung’s Music Share  and Smart View are also unavailable. We suspect few people will miss these things in such a simple phone. Samsung Game Launcher is also missing, but Game Booster is part of One UI 4.1 Core. Samsung’s smart widgets, edge panels, and fancy object eraser aren’t available in the Gallery app either, but the new color palettes are here.

The Galaxy A04s does not support always-on display. Its default lock screen has two shortcuts – dialer and camera, but you can choose different apps. The lock screen has a Wellbeing widget – now you can track how much time you’ve spent on your phone without unlocking it.

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Unlocking  the screen with the side-mounted fingerprint scanner is a pleasant experience – the reader is always on and incredibly accurate and fast.

We often find ourselves locked out of the device because we accidentally touched the fingerprint reader with our palm too many times. So we preferred to enable the option where it waits until you first press the power button before reading the fingerprint.

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All  standard layout settings and quick panel and taskbar toggles are included. There are Bubbles notifications for messaging apps – you’ll find them in the ‘Bubble Notifications’ submenu, where you can turn them both off and opt for the old-school flashcards-only interface.

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The media screen  was previously available in One UI 2.5 before Android 11 and provided similar functionality for selecting the output device. The volume control panel has also been changed and now the four sliders are vertical instead of the horizontal sliders of past One UIs.

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One UI  always offers a lot of customization, and One UI 4.1 Core on the Galaxy A13 is no exception. You get wallpapers and services like dynamic lock screen and Samsung Global Goals. There’s also a whole range of themes and wallpapers to choose from through Samsung Themes – many of which are free too.

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As  we mentioned, there is a new color palette feature. It allows you to match the accent colors of the user interface and even the existing app icon colors to your wallpaper colors.

The Galaxy A04s has Samsung’s own Gallery, Internet Browser and Notes app. The gallery notably lacks Samsung’s fancy new Object Eraser feature. The Galaxy Store offers different apps than the Google Play Store, although many of them overlap and can be downloaded and updated through either repository.

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Overall  , One UI is one of the best and most beautiful custom Android experiences. It’s packed with useful features, even in this lighter version of One UI 4.1 Core that the Galaxy A04s runs.

However, there are plenty of things to be unhappy about with how it performs on the Galaxy A04s. It is not a smooth experience. There is a lot of slowdown and slowdown in animations and transitions. Slow app loading times and even app switching and background performance issues due to limited phone resources. The Exynos 850 seems to be really struggling to keep up with the otherwise excellent One UI 4.1 Core.

Function

This  isn’t our first encounter with Samsung’s Exynos 850 chip – after all, it’s 2020 hardware, which is somewhat dated in smartphone terms. It’s based on the company’s 8nm LPP process, which is a slight departure from current low-cost chips at 6nm.

The CPU package is very simple as it consists of only 8 low-power Cortex-A55 cores. In turn, they’re not built for serious number crunching. All eight operate at a frequency of 2.0 GHz. The Mali-G52 leads the GPU department, which in most cases struggles to deliver meaningful performance.

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Unfortunately,  the device’s memory options start from 32.3 GB and reach up to 128.4 GB. However, we believe that 32/3GB configurations are a thing of the past, even in the budget segment. Sure, there’s a dedicated microSD card slot, but 32GB isn’t enough, especially since most competitors offer 64GB as standard.

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The Mali-G52 single-core GPU  is enough for affordable gaming on a 720p screen, so this probably won’t be a problem at all.

Poor CPU performance is probably the weakest point of the Galaxy A04s. While an octa-core CPU is standard today, most competitors offer at least two powerful cores such as the Cortex-A75. The weak CPU used here makes for uninspiring UI performance, and there’s some lag or slowness when you start filling those home screens and apps with content.

In terms of performance, the A04s isn’t up to par with the competition, with its disappointingly crippled processor. It’s a budget phone, but we expected a little more even in this class.

Samsung Galaxy A04s camera review

The Galaxy  A04s has three cameras on its back, with the main camera being a 50-megapixel Samsung Tetracell sensor, which is likely used in several other Galaxy phones, including the Galaxy A13 and M13. So it can be assumed that the sensor here is ISOCELL JN1 (S5KJN1). The said sensor is paired with f/1.8 aperture and supports PDAF.

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There is no ultra-wide camera  on it, which is in stark contrast to other similarly priced phones. However, this is not a big problem as ultra-wide camera quality is never good in this segment.

Instead, Samsung has placed two 2MP sensors next to the main one – one used for macro photography and the other a depth sensor. Needless to say, both of these cameras are difficult to use.

The selfie camera is only 5 megapixels and has an aperture of f/2.2.

Camera menu

The camera app  is what you see on most Samsung phones these days, just for a few features.

Swiping left and right toggles through all available modes, and there’s an option to reset or remove some modes from the viewfinder. Vertical swipes switch between the front and rear cameras.

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The settings icon  is located in the upper left corner of the screen and allows you to control the cameras precisely. Network lines, location data – the usual stuff can be found there. You can also turn Auto HDR on and off.

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There are fun extras to explore, like Deco Pic and its AR stickersAlso, a Pro mode is available, but only for the main camera and with a fairly limited set of controls. You can set ISO between 100 and 800, exposure compensation in a range of two stops, and white balance between 2300 and 10,000k. No manual focus or peak focus and no shutter speed control.

Also notably missing from the Galaxy A13’s camera experience are Scene Optimizer, Night Mode, and Video Stabilization.

Photos taken during the day

If  the light is bright, the Galaxy A04s performs well. Resolution is good, detail levels are impressive for the class, colors are true, and noise is absent. Galaxy A04s is above its class. Even the dynamic range is on point.

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However , you won’t get much out of the dedicated 50MP mode as the image quality isn’t very good and the photos look like they’ve been upscaled rather than capturing the sensor’s original resolution. This is probably also due to hardware limitations as the Exynos 850 chipset supports camera output up to 48MP anyway.

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Double zoom

However , you won’t get much out of the dedicated 50MP mode as the image quality isn’t very good and the photos look like they’ve been upscaled rather than capturing the sensor’s original resolution. This is probably also due to hardware limitations as the Exynos 850 chipset supports camera output up to 48MP anyway. It’s very optimistic that Samsung will include a dedicated 2x zoom key in the default photo mode. As you might expect, the quality is far from ideal. 2x zoom samples are soft, sometimes grainy, and lack fine detail.

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Macro camera

The popular 2MP macro camera makes its way to the Galaxy A04s as well, and to be honest, it’s all just a numbers game at this point. The camera hardly performs well because it has a low resolution that affects detail and, because it’s a small sensor, it only performs acceptably in favorable lighting conditions. However, even in good light, photos are dull, contrast is lacking, and the overall level of detail is very poor. Lack of autofocus is another big weakness.

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Photos taken in low light

Main camera

Given the entry-level nature of the Galaxy A04s, low-light photos are good. Photos are well exposed, but HDR processing can’t do much to prevent highlights from being clipped. Colors and contrast are just fine. On the other hand, noise is well controlled and there is amazing detail.

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Unfortunately, in harsh lighting conditions, there is no Night mode to fall back on. This is likely due to the SoC’s limited processing power and ISP capabilities. And here are some shots of our test posters captured by the Samsung Galaxy A04s. You can see how it stacks up against the competition with a direct comparison.

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selfie camera

In typical Samsung mode, there are two switches on the viewfinder – one for a full-size 5-megapixel image that uses the full field of view, and a slightly zoomed-in mode that crops from the center of the image and produces roughly 3.6-megapixel images. he does. It’s a good thing Samsung didn’t go for the scale upgrade, because upgrading to 5MP looked terrible. Although both modes are comparable in terms of clarity and detail. So it depends on whether you want more FoV or not.

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Either way, photos taken in good lighting conditions look pretty good for a budget phone. Colors are vibrant, dynamic range is decent for the most part, skin tones look natural, and as we said earlier, sharpness is good too.

Portrait mode is rough around the edges, blurring the edges of the main subject. As expected, taking pictures indoors, where the light is not so favorable, results in soft and noisy selfies.

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portrait camera

Portraits are sharp and detailed and offer good color saturation. We were even surprised by how convincing the artificial bokeh effect was – the blurred background looks good, and edge detection is very accurate. Due to the limited dynamic range, it is beneficial to choose a scene without extreme lighting differences.

drastic light differences.

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Video recording

As expected, video recording is limited to 1080p, but surprisingly, there’s no 60fps option either. You can do 720p or 1080p videos at 30fps and that’s it. Once again, the ISP is the limiting factor on the Exynos 850, as the 50MP sensor can handle 4K video recording without issue.

By the way, 1080p videos look pretty good here. Clarity is decent for Full HD resolution, colors are accurate, dynamic range is adequate, and noise is minimal. You can see it mostly in areas with a uniform texture like asphalt or green grass.

Surprisingly , the video mode with 2x zoom is quite decent. Sure, the resolution drops dramatically, but the rest of the strong aspects of the standard 1x Video mode are preserved.

Even at 1080p there’s no EIS and all your videos will look extremely shaky, so you’d better hold your hand steady.

Finally , you can compare the video output of the Samsung Galaxy A04s with other phones we’ve reviewed in our comparison tool below.

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1080p: Samsung Galaxy A04s against the Redmi Note 11 and the Poco M4 5G in our Video compare tool

Review of competitors of Samsung Galaxy A04s

An entry-level smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy A04s has simple hardware designed for simple tasks. The phone isn’t anything special, but you get decent camera performance in good lighting conditions and reliable battery life. Samsung’s mature and customizable One UI 4.1 Core is also a plus, albeit a scaled-down version of the original One UI.

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Popular phone manufacturers don’t offer many entry-level models, so in our comparative market research for this review, we found few worthy alternatives. Most of the competitors in this price group, such as the Realme C31, C3 or C25Y, are hardly recommended due to the use of weak Unisoc chipsets.

At the time of review, the Samsung Galaxy A04s costs around €150 for the 3.32GB version. If you’re going to be using your phone’s camera and messaging features frequently, we recommend going for the 64GB model as the 32GB model will run out of storage before your phone’s warranty ends.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 falls in the same price category, costing around 160 euros, and uses a much more competent Snapdragon 680 chipset with a standard 4.64GB memory configuration. It also impresses with stereo speakers, a 90Hz OLED panel with Gorilla Glass 3 on top, more versatile camera settings, and of course faster charging and longer battery life. Gorilla Glass 3 and IP53 certification against splashes and dust is a nice bonus. It’s a better smartphone, and the only reason you might want to go for the Galaxy A04s is the Samsung brand.

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If you decide to go up the price ladder a bit, you might want to consider the Realme 9i. It costs €170-180, but uses a more capable Snapdragon 680 chip, a better display with a higher resolution, faster charging and a nicer selfie camera. Stereo speakers are also on the menu and Realme’s user interface is smoother on the Snapdragon 680 SoC. It may cost a few dollars more, but you get more value for your money.

Now it’s time for domestic competitions. The Galaxy A04s, Galaxy A13 and Galaxy M13 are priced similarly and have similar hardware and features, and all four have the same sized LCD and Exynos 850 chipset. In fact, the Galaxy A13 is slightly cheaper than the A04s in Europe, while the Indian version of the M13 is cheaper while packing a larger 6,000mAh battery.

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However , there are a few key differences and they don’t favor the latest Galaxy A04s. The A13 and M13 offer ultra-wide cameras, better selfie sensors and higher resolution displays. Sure, the Galaxy A04s has a 90Hz display, but frequent lag when navigating One UI on the underpowered Exynos 850 defeats the purpose of having a smoother display. And in 2022, a 720p screen won’t sit well. Furthermore, the M13 starts with 4.64 GB, while the A04s settles for a standard 3.32 GB configuration, which is an insufficient level of storage space.

The same goes for the Indian variant of the M13 – making the A04s obsolete at launch. When you have an M13 on the shelves, there’s no reason to go for the A04.

And then there’s last year’s Galaxy A13 5G, which launched in December 2021. It runs a twice as powerful MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset, has a base configuration of 4.64 GB and costs around 170 euros. It’s basically the same device with more horsepower and support for 5G connectivity, so if you’re not looking to buy a Samsung phone, we believe the extra €20 for the Galaxy A13 5G could go a long way towards a better smartphone experience.

Summary

The Samsung Galaxy A04s is a budget device – possibly the cheapest Galaxy smartphone you can get. It has a high refresh rate screen, a good main camera and very good battery life, so it’s a solid upgrade over last year’s Galaxy A03s. Unfortunately, this is hardly enough to tip the scales in your favor.

Samsung Galaxy A04s review

The performance of the phone is inferior and the storage space provided by the base memory configuration is insufficient. This can work for people who are mainly interested in making occasional calls and messages. But for more demanding uses, we don’t recommend the A04s. With low maximum brightness and low resolution, a laggy software experience, and slow charging, there are better options on the market – some even coming from Samsung’s own camp.

Why should we buy Samsung Galaxy A04s?

  • Good battery life
  • Daylight camera quality is good, selfies are decent. Video recording is also good despite the 1080p resolution.
  • One UI 4.1 Core on top of Android 12 is customizable, mature and feature-rich.
  • 3.5 mm jack, microSD, NFC.

Why should we avoid buying Samsung Galaxy A04s?

  • Lower performance , lag and slowness are frequent.
  • The screen is only 720p, while the smooth 90Hz refresh rate is pointless with UI lag.
  • The virtual proximity sensor may be inconsistent, the lack of an ambient light sensor means that the brightness setting is less than optimal.
  • Single speaker with mostly unsurpassed quality.
  • The camera does not have night mode or video stabilization.
  • No charger included

Source: GSMARENA.COM

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Motorola Edge 50 Pro review, technical specifications

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Review of Motorola Edge 50 Pro phone, price, technical specifications, design, screen, software, hardware, battery life and charging, and other specifications of this phone.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review, technical specifications

Introduction

Motorola has been sensual about experiences this year, shifting the focus from specs to lifestyle – or at least that’s the idea they’re trying to sell the Edge 50 Pro with. Colors, materials, experiences and AI are where the marketing focus is, but we try to remain pragmatic.

You can’t miss Pantone’s collaboration on the outside—like the company’s previous models, the Edge 50 Pro comes in at least one unusual color, approved by color-matching experts. In this article we are talking about lavender blue. But it’s been done before, and now there’s more Pantone – the display and camera are also Pantone accredited, both industry firsts (for whatever that’s worth).

More to our liking are the numbers, and the 6.7-inch OLED is both sharp (1220p) and snappy (144Hz), though Motorola says it lacks brightness (2000 nits). On the camera front, there are a number of specs to appreciate as well – first of all, the f/1.4 aperture on the main camera. It’s also commendable to see the triple-camera setup, along with the telephoto, and the fact that the ultra-wide camera has autofocus right off the bat.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

We’re less keen on the heart of the Edge 50 Pro, Snapdragon 7 Gen 3. You may remember that last year’s Edge 40 Pro was the Snapdragon flagship, but this year’s Pro is different – ​​meaning a 2024 lineup shakeup. There’s an Ultra at the top, like a generation ago, and that one gets the top-end chipset. The Pro, meanwhile, is relegated to a more mid-range status – we’ll see where it sits on the scale as we go along.

Charging capability is almost as flagship, though – at 125W and 18 minutes from empty to full, the specs are over-promising – albeit with some caveats. The 50W wireless charging rating is also a welcome improvement over the previous generation’s 15W, even if the 4,500mAh capacity isn’t very generous. We like the relatively compact size and pocket-friendly weight, and the IP68 rating is very welcome (also, befitting the “Pro” name).

Specifications of Motorola Edge 50 Pro at a glance:

  • Body:  161.2×72.4×8.2mm, 186g; glass front, silicon polymer (eco leather) or acetate back, aluminum frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 minutes).
  • Display:  6.7-inch P-OLED, 1B color, 144 Hz, HDR10+, 2000 nits (peak), resolution 1220 x 2712 pixels, aspect ratio 20:9, 446ppi.
  • Chipset:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 (4nm): Octa-core (1×2.63 GHz Cortex-A715 & 4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A715 & 3×1.8 GHz Cortex-A510); Adreno 720.
  • Memory:  128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS 2.2.
  • OS/Software:  Android 14, Hello UI.
  • Rear camera:  Wide (main)  : 50 MP, f/1.4, 25 mm, 1/1.55 ​​inch, 1.0 µm, multi-directional PDAF, laser autofocus, OIS;  Telephoto  : 10MP, f/2.0, 67mm, 1.0μm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom  :  13MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 16mm, 1.12μm, AF.
  • Front camera:  50 MP, f/1.9, 21 mm, 0.64 µm, AF.
  • Videography:  Rear camera  : 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 10-bit HDR10+, gyro-EIS.  Front camera  : 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps.
  • Battery:  4500mAh; 125W wired, 100% in 18 minutes (advertised), 50W wireless, 10W reverse wireless.
  • Connectivity:  5G; two SIM cards; Wi-Fi 6e; BT 5.4; NFC.
  • Other specifications:  fingerprint reader (under the display, optical); stereo speakers; Ready to support 6.

Unboxing Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Unboxing a Motorola has become somewhat of a pleasure in recent years thanks to the use of fragrance inside the box – certainly a unique sensory experience you won’t get from other brands. We’ll be quick to admit that there are few practical advantages to this, but that doesn’t mean we like it any less. This is in addition to the fact that the packaging is plastic-free and made from 80% recycled materials, which is always good.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

Inside, in addition to the phone, you’ll also get a TurboPower adapter. Its maximum output will be different depending on the region and/or phone version. Our Euro-spec 12/512GB includes a 125W charger, which is what the 12/256GB option will also get, but the 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB variants come with a 68W unit (at least to the best how we can say) will be accompanied. – worth double-checking with your dealer). A USB-C cable is also included.

Also part of the package is a sturdy back cover with a semi-transparent matte effect. The color of the accessory matches the color of the phone, and for our lavender blue review unit, it’s called Heron Blue (talk again in Pantone).

Design, build quality, handling

The sensory experience continues even after unboxing. A well-fitting back panel, along with curved front and rear edges, make the Edge 50 Pro a pleasure to hold – an impression that’s also reinforced by the phone’s very reasonable size and weight.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

In our Lavender Blue colorway, as well as the Black Beauty variant (both Pantone-approved names, of course), the back panel is made of leather-like plastic or silicone vegan leather. It’s one of the smoothest implementations we’ve come across and actually offers a very good grip while keeping fingerprints at bay. There’s a third option called Moonlight Pearl, which has a matte acetate panel – each of these has a unique texture on the back.

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Motorola Edge 50 Pro colors

The panel slopes gently towards the camera island, where the lenses stick out a bit more. For example, if you place the phone on a flat surface and start typing on it, the island is tilted to the side, causing the phone to shake. Also, the edges of the panel are slightly scratched where they meet the frame. Both are little more than minor annoyances, though, and probably only exist in the minds of reviewers.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

The frame of this car is made of aluminum and has a matte coating that matches the back panel. The physical controls are on the right side, and the power button and volume rocker are metal and click well.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

With a leather or acetate finish, the Edge 50 Pro is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance – it should survive 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes (in case of an accident, of course – we don’t encourage you to do that). Go ahead and submerge your phones in water). Meanwhile, the display side is protected by some form of Gorilla Glass, but Motorola hasn’t revealed the exact version.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

Edge 50 Pro has an optical fingerprint sensor under the display. We had no issues with its performance in terms of speed or reliability, although we would have appreciated a higher placement.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

144Hz Curved Edge OLED

The Edge 50 Pro is equipped with a 6.7-inch screen that leaves nothing to be desired – at least for this class. The OLED panel has a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz, so, as we’ve come to expect from Motorola, it’s once again a notch higher than 120Hz – though it’s not LTPO, so it won’t be quite as consistent in its refresh rate. Resolution switching is also higher than “normal” at 1220 x 2712 pixels, which makes the pixel density of 446ppi very clear.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

The display has a combination of DC dimming and PWM at a relatively high 720 Hz and has a Flicker Prevention mode for those who are particularly sensitive to this phenomenon. It’s a 10-bit panel with HDR10+ video support and a specified maximum brightness of 2000 nits.

In our brightness test, the Edge 50 Pro was good for just under 1,300 nits in adaptive mode when placed in bright light – a significant improvement over previous-generation models and one of the highest numbers in its class today. It’s not that keen on letting you manually raise the nits, only allowing up to 516 nits at the top end of the slider.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Motorola touts a lot about how the Edge 50 Pro’s display is both Pantone and Pantone SkinTone certified, meaning it’s been certified by people who specialize in color accuracy to depict colors and skin tones. It is considered accurate. We’re not entirely sure how important it is, but we think it wouldn’t hurt.

Refresh rate

The Edge 50 Pro offers multiple refresh rate modes with some adaptive behavior in all but the 60Hz mode. Auto mode goes up to 120Hz and idle goes down to 60Hz and so does 120Hz mode.

144Hz mode enables the maximum supported refresh rate, but it also switches to 60Hz when you don’t touch the screen.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

When games are set to “System Follow” settings they seem to be limited to 60Hz on auto mode. You can set a higher refresh rate for each game, or choose one of the higher global settings from the screen settings menu before playing the game – auto mode isn’t suitable for gaming.

Stream and HDR

The Edge 50 Pro isn’t Dolby Vision certified – the 40 Pro is, but this year’s lineup is segmented differently, so that’s not a downgrade. The phone is still compatible with HDR10 and HDR10+ videos, and you can get HDR streams from YouTube. The implementation is such that the display only goes into HDR mode when you switch the video to full-screen playback and does not enable it for in-app previews or picture-in-picture mode.

Netflix doesn’t allow HDR playback on the Edge 50 Pro, just like it did when we reviewed it on the 40 Neo. The Widevine L1 certification enables FullHD playback, so at least that’s possible.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro battery life

Our new Active Use Score is an estimate of how long the battery will last if the device is used with a combination of all four test activities. Using the sliders below, you can adjust the calculation based on your usage pattern.

The Edge 50 Pro is powered by a 4500 mAh battery – a reasonable capacity considering the rest of the hardware. In our active usage test, we clocked in at 10:10 hours on the web browsing script and 15:27 hours on video playback. The result of the game was a constant 7 hours, while the contact time reached 33:28 hours.

Those aren’t bad numbers, but they’re not particularly impressive either, although it’s important what you compare them to. Depending on your region and where the local market places the Edge 50 Pro, you could be looking at the Galaxy S23 or Pixel 8, and the Edge 50 Pro has a slight advantage over them. Then again, the OnePlus 12R will give you better longevity at a similar price. In other situations, however, where the Edge 50 Pro goes up against more affordable mid-range rivals, the comparison won’t do it any favors.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro
Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Charging speed

Our Motorola Edge 50 Pro arrived with a 125W TurboPower adapter, a unit that, according to the promotional materials, should be able to get you from a dead battery to 100% in 18 minutes. This was indeed the case in our testing, making it easily the best in class and the phone’s main selling point in our book.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewNote, the “charge boost” switch must be enabled to get these numbers for you, and out of the box it is disabled. Not that the required 28 minutes is a bad result, but if you’re in “faster faster” mode, make sure you find the key.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

The good news does not end there. The Edge 50 Pro also supports wireless charging, and Motorola rates it with a dedicated 50W charging dock. We don’t have test results for that, but given the Pixel 8’s rating for 18W and the Galaxy’s max out at 15W, we can’t imagine the Moto losing that race. Not to mention the rest of its potential competitors that don’t have wireless charging in the first place.

Speaker test

The Edge 50 Pro has a stereo speaker setup with a main unit on the bottom and another on top that doubles as a handset for voice calls. Each speaker plays only its own channel track, and the phone dynamically allocates channels depending on its orientation in space.

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Bottom speaker • Top speaker / Headphone • Dolby Atmos badge

In our speaker testing, the Edge 50 Pro scored “Very Good” for loudness, which is a notch lower than last year’s Pro and on par with the 40 and 40 Neo, though the names don’t quite mean what they once did. The 50 Pro sounded significantly better to our ears than either of the Edge 40s, offering lower-end presence and a more balanced response in the higher frequency range. It’s also superior to the OnePlus 12R or vivo V30, although the Pixel 8 and Galaxy S23 offer compelling alternatives for speaker sound quality.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Android 14, enhanced by Hello UI

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro runs Android 14 with Motorola’s in-house customizations, now called Hello UI (“Hello, Moto!”). The company promises 3 OS updates and 4 years of security patches (which we’re told are delivered quarterly).

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewThis is our first encounter with Moto running Android 14, and also our first encounter with Hello branding. We’ve said many times that Motorola’s software looks a lot like AOSP with some built-in features and tweaks, and that’s largely true.

Even so, something as simple as a font can add a lot of personality, and Motorola has done it expertly. If you’re looking for personalization, the option of AI-generated wallpaper is also on the table, because AI is everything – Motorola calls it Style sync, and the idea is to have wallpaper that matches your outfit of the day.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewCustomizations are in the usual Moto app hub, which has been reshaped for this iteration. Things are now organized more neatly, with categories that have many entries, such as gestures, putting items on the same page without having to scroll.

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Moto app

Speaking of which, the info page for each gesture now has a better visual explanation of how the gesture works. Motorola went so far as to match the animation to the actual color of the phone – or is it just lavender blue on all units as the hero color?

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More Moto app

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewSome old Motorola features can also be found in the Edge 50 Pro. Ready For functionality is now split into Ready For (for connecting to a PC or tablet) and Moto Connect (for connecting to standalone displays, either wired or wireless). The phone screen can act as a trackpad, or the entire phone can act as an air mouse. Both Ready For and Moto Connect can be launched via a quick swipe in the notification area or from their app icons in the app drawer.

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Ready for • Moto Connect

Moto Unplugged and Family Space are two features that limit access to apps and features for one of two reasons: on the one hand, to keep you calm or focused, or to limit the use of the child’s phone.

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Moto Unplugged • Moto Unplugged • Family Space

Benchmarks

The Edge 50 Pro relies on the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 for its computing, and compared to the Edge 40 Pro, that’s a +1 in the generation, but a -1 in the series. This makes the new model a mid-range model in terms of raw performance – which makes sense given that there’s an Ultra this time around, but it still doesn’t help the Pro’s case against its rivals.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewThis doesn’t necessarily mean that the 7 Gen 3 SoC is bad. While its position in Qualcomm’s lineup is a bit odd (slightly more powerful than the 7s Gen 2, nowhere near as powerful as the 7+ Gen 2), it’s still an up-to-date 4nm chip. It has an octa-core processor in 1+4+3 configuration (1×2.63GHz A715 4×2.4GHz A715 and 3×1.8GHz A510) and Adreno 720 GPU.

Memory options start at 8GB/128GB, and there are 8GB/256GB and 12GB/256GB variants, while our review unit is the top-spec 12GB/512GB. Not all storage levels will be available in all markets.

Motorola lists the storage type as UFS 2.2, but our review unit’s write speed is more in line with UFS 3.1 for some reason.

Looking at the benchmark results, the Edge 50 Pro is not always in a favorable position. The leading competitors that can be had in some markets for the money of the Edge 50 Pro are out of reach in all benchmarks.

In other markets, where Moto competes with mid-rangers, it’s a bit more subtle. For example, the Vivo V30 is almost equal, while the Edge 50 Pro has the upper hand in the GPU department over the Galaxy A55 and Realme 12 Pro+.

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Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

One area where having a mid-range chipset usually helps is stable behavior under load. In fact, the Edge 50 Pro achieved excellent results in both of our usual stress tests. We saw minimal strain in our 1-hour CPU test and no performance degradation in our 20-minute GPU run. This is more or less what we got from the vivo V30 as well.

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CPU throttling test • 3DMark Wild Life stress test

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Good triple camera

The Pro may not be the Ultra, but it still has the full camera setup. Headlining is the 50-megapixel primary camera, albeit mostly thanks to the ultra-wide f/1.4 aperture. But it’s nice to see telephoto cameras on non-flagship phones too, the 3x zoom unit is very welcome here. Also a welcome sight is the ultra-wide autofocus, another hallmark on the Edge 50 Pro’s spec sheet.

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Another important selling point, looking at the hardware alone, is the selfie camera. Not only does it use a large sensor, but it also has a wide-angle lens with autofocus. It can also record 4K videos. It’s the same selfie camera you’ll find on the Edge 50 Ultra, so if selfies are your main priority, the Pro should probably be good enough.

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In the AI ​​this, AI that department, the Edge 50 Pro promises video stabilization, advanced long exposure processing, and overall dynamic range and detail enhancement magic.

Also, for the first time, there are settings in the viewfinder that allow you to take photos and directly apply Google Photos “enhancement” processing. If you find yourself doing this often with your photos after they’re displayed in the gallery, this can save you a step. However, there is no obvious way to get the pre-enhanced photo after saving the auto-enhanced version. We prefer to take the “natural” and enhance it when needed.

  • Wide (main):  50 MP OmniVision  OV50E  (1/1.55″, 1.0μm – 2.0μm), f/1.4, 25mm, multi-directional PDAF, laser AF, OIS; 4K@30fps
  • Ultra-wide:  13MP SK Hynix  HI1336  (1/3.0, 1.12µm), f/2.2, 16mm, PDAF; 4K@30fps
  • Telephoto:  10MP Samsung  S5K3K1  (1/3.94, 1.0µm), f/2.0, 67mm, PDAF, OIS; 4K@30fps
  • Front camera:  50MP Samsung  JNS  (probably JN1 variant, 1/2.76″, 0.64µm-1.28µm), f/1.9, 21mm, PDAF; 4K@30fps

Day photo quality

Main camera

Daylight shots from the main Moto camera are steady. They have plenty of contrast (perhaps a touch too much, even) and expressive (but not overly so) color rendition, which makes for a lovely overall tonal reproduction, especially in outdoor shots. Detail is pretty good, unless you stare too long at the grass, which can look a bit artificial.

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Daylight samples, main camera (1x)

Motorola hosted a special press event in Morocco where we brought our Edge 50 Pro review for additional samples in addition to samples from our usual locations. Here is a selection of the main cameras and you will be on this page of other cameras.

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More examples in daylight, main camera (1x)

The minimum focus distance of this camera is not very long, but thanks to its excellent aperture, you can capture small objects well at short distances with blurred backgrounds.

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Daylight samples, main camera (1x)

Here are some people’s photos to show you how the phone handles skin tones. These are Pantone approved skin tones, please note.

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Examples of daylight, main camera (1x), photo mode
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Daylight samples, main camera (24mm), portrait mode

There’s also a portrait mode zoom setting that mimics the lens’ 35mm field of view.

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Examples of daylight, main camera (35mm), portrait mode

Full resolution mode can offer a slight improvement in detail, though it’s not really a significant advantage, it comes at the cost of a narrower dynamic range.

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Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 50 megapixels

A 2x button is conveniently located in the viewfinder, and we read the results well. They’re not the sharpest images, but if you limit your viewing to phone screens or screen-fit levels on a PC, you should be fine. To be fair, you might be better off shooting at 50MP and cropping the center to match the 2x field of view.

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Daylight samples, main camera (2x)

Telephoto camera (3x)

Telephoto camera results are also good. Details are appropriate and naturally presented. The dynamic range is wide and the colors are lovely if not quite the same as the original camera.

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Daylight samples, telephoto camera (3x)

The zoom camera is also perfectly adequate as a close-up photographer, although if you get too close, the phone will quickly switch to a zoomed-in view of the main camera. Either be careful to cross the focus threshold near telephoto, or resort to Pro mode, where there is no automatic camera switching.

Daylight samples, telephoto (3x), close-up - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/449s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x), close-up - f/2.0, ISO 197, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x), close-up - f/2.0, ISO 1009, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x), close-up - f/2.0, ISO 216, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Examples of daylight, telephoto (3x), close-up

We admit that Pantone-approved skin tones look good. 85mm portrait mode shots come from the telephoto camera with some digital zoom, and you can tell by the relative softness.

Daylight samples, telephoto camera (3x), photo mode - f/2.0, ISO 1200, 1/82s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto camera (3x), photo mode - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/112s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto camera (3x), photo mode - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/376s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x), portrait mode - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/2455s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Examples of daylight, telephoto camera (3x), portrait mode
Daylight samples, telephoto (85mm), portrait mode - f/2.0, ISO 1009, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (85mm), portrait mode - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/112s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (85mm), portrait mode - f/2.0, ISO 138, 1/496s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (85mm), portrait mode - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/2492s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Examples of daylight, telephoto camera (85mm), portrait mode

Ultra-wide camera

Ultra-wide also does not destroy the positive impression. In fact, it performs excellently in its field, delivering crisp results with a wide dynamic range and pleasing colors. Its autofocus capability is also much appreciated, allowing you to capture close-up objects with exaggerated perspectives or some distorted close-ups.

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Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 485, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 166, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight Samples, Ultra Wide Camera - f/2.2, ISO 200, 1/98s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro Review Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 406, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/603s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 154, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/211s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/659s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Examples of daylight, ultra-wide camera

Selfie photos

Selfies are excellent on the Edge 50 Pro. The detail is excellent, the dynamic range is nice and wide, and skin tones are pleasingly lifelike, although a touch of extra saturation wouldn’t hurt colors overall.

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Examples of selfies

Low-light photo quality

Main camera

The main camera of the Edge 50 Pro takes very good photos in low light in the default photo mode. Exposures look balanced and natural, and you can get a fairly wide dynamic range without overexposed shadows. The colors are excellent in terms of both white balance and saturation. The detail is also good, but has a somewhat processed quality.

Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 1719, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 2725, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 4494, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 2244, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
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Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 2975, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 3200, 1/23s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 5863, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 1994, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 1744, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 1000, 1/34s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 4363, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 2844, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low light samples, main camera (1x)

The Drag 50 Pro’s night mode does try harder to preserve highlights, though not as much in terms of shadow development.

Low-light samples, main camera (1x), night mode - f/1.4, ISO 1419, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x), night mode - f/1.4, ISO 1894, 1/17s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x), night mode - f/1.4, ISO 2569, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x), night mode - f/1.4, ISO 1769, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low light samples, main camera (1x), night mode

At 2x, details are even sharper, making pixel-level checking less of a pleasant task.

Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 1669, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 2181, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 3763, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 2806, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 2088, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 2056, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/32s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 1506, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low light samples, main camera (2x)

Telephoto camera

The telephoto camera of this phone also performs admirably in the dark. Sharpness and detail are excellent, dynamic range and tonal development are excellent even in difficult high-contrast scenes, and colors are generally on point.

Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 4592, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 5488, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 5536, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 5488, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 3664, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 5408, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 4880, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 2544, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 1225, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 3840, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 2432, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 2320, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 4304, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 6240, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 2400, 1/35s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 6816, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low light samples, telephoto camera (3x)

Ultra-wide camera

Ultrawide is not half bad either. Pixel-level detail can be a little soft in the shadows, but no more so than competing efforts and better-lit scenes actually render well. Colors and dynamic range are also generally pretty good, though Night mode still retains a bit of a highlight.

Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 2816, 1/17s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 3344, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 5792, 1/10s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 3232, 1/15s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
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Low light samples, ultra-wide camera

Video recording

The Edge 50 Pro can record up to 4K30 on all its cameras – the three rear cameras and the selfie camera. All but ultrawide can do 1080p at 60fps in addition to the usual 30fps.

The default codec is h.264, but you can select h.265 by turning the switch in the settings. Stabilization is available in all modes and can be turned off if you have an alternative means of holding the photo still.

However, we’re not too keen on the Edge 50 Pro’s video quality. Its 4K clips are very high contrast, especially on the main and ultra-wide cameras. Detail is kind of soft on the ultra-wide camera, over-processed on the main camera, and probably only the telephoto gets a higher score. White balance varies between the three, with the primary camera being the most accurate and the other two cameras each off in their own way. Also, neither camera was able to maintain a consistent 30fps frame rate, instead hovering around the 27fps mark.

In low light, the main camera performs well on most metrics, capturing good detail and decent dynamic range, while maintaining color saturation. The other two are on the soft side of the spectrum.

Stabilization is mostly very good, although there were some small imperfections in our experience. Both the main and ultra-wide cameras stabilize walking shake well. The ultra-wide showed little tendency to hunt for focus when walking. All three started the pans smoothly, but we found that dropped frames in the middle of the pan ruined the harvest. Just pointing the phone in one direction produces stable footage – not quite shake-free, but good enough.

Check Competitors

As we mentioned many times during the review, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro is positioned differently in different markets. Its €700 price tag in Europe, at least at launch, puts it up against a few old (or vintage?) flagships, while what we’d call the mid-range ones sell for lower rates. In India, on the other hand, the Moto is much more competitively priced, while decent high-end phones, even last year’s models, command higher prices.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewLet’s say you have 700 euros to buy an Edge 50 Pro in Europe. The Galaxy S23 is the same size at 256GB, giving you a high-end (if last year) chipset in a really compact package. The Galaxy will have the upper hand when it comes to video, though camera performance outside of that is roughly comparable to excellent selfies. Similarly, the Galaxy DeX is a good match for Moto’s Ready For and Moto Connect functionality, and the two phones have similar battery life. Although the Moto charges significantly faster.

The Pixel 8 is another flagship device for the Edge 50 Pro. Much like the Galaxy, its advantage over the Moto is a higher-end chipset and better video quality, and if you like the Edge 50 Pro for its Pixel-like software, how about some real Pixel software? The Moto has a telephoto camera, so it gets extra points if you’re into zooming, and once again its charging speed is a significant advantage over the Pixel.

OnePlus has a tradition of not so much flagships, and the 12R is exactly that. It’s the third potential competitor with more computing power than the Moto, but it’s also the first to compete in charging speed, not to mention an advantage in longevity. Edge 50 Pro is the best camera – has telephoto, better ultra-wide, and better selfie, but it is not great for video. Additionally, the Edge has tighter seals (IP68 vs. IP64), and we like Moto’s software better.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Google Pixel 8 OnePlus 12R
Samsung Galaxy S23 • Google Pixel 8 • OnePlus 12R

OnePlus, though slightly more expensive than Moto in India, is still a decent option with all the pros and cons mentioned earlier.

You could also consider the Galaxy A55, although that phone is also slightly more expensive than the Edge 50 Pro – at least for now. Samsung wins for battery life but naturally loses for charging speed. It’s more of a tie in the performance department than any previous era, with the Moto actually having a distinct GPU advantage. Add its superior camera system to the mix and the Edge has a distinct multimedia edge.

The vivo V30 is also priced in the Moto ballpark. A key selling point for the V30 is battery life – it has a significant advantage in our testing, and it’s not too bad at charging either, even if it can’t reach the speeds of the Edge 50 Pro. While the Moto is generally better at taking pictures and doesn’t have a telephoto camera (none on the vivo), the V30 has a better ultra-wide camera that could be a bargain for your budget buyer. Although vivo is not too water resistant (IP54).

Realme 12 Pro+ is one of the models that aspires to have a strong camera in the middle of the range. With the main camera being more of a compromise between the two, the Realme manages to impress you with its excellent zoom (3x high-res periscope), though it doesn’t quite match the Moto at the ultra-wide end, and the Edge wins for selfies. to be

Samsung Galaxy A55 Vivo V30 Realme 12 Pro+
Samsung Galaxy A55 • vivo V30 • Realme 12 Pro+

Summary

The Pro isn’t the top model in the Motorola Edge series this time around, but it sits well below flagship territory. Even with the ultra-spec Ultra, the Edge 50 Pro still manages to deliver a very capable camera setup for photos – a main camera light-gathering champ combined with a solid telephoto in a segment where dedicated zoom cameras are rare. An ultra-wide that has autofocus and uses it well. And then tops it all off with some great selfies for good measure.

However, it doesn’t quite tickle our fancy for video recording, so it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s not quite the all-rounder it could be. Also somewhat annoying is the choice of chipset, which may be sufficient for many things, but still doesn’t look good next to similarly priced rivals in some markets. The 125W/68W charger situation could even be spun as a good thing, if the smaller unit really helps keep the price down for lower-spec versions of the phone, though we’d keep it as a problem, due to the extra explanation it provides. we do. I had to do it

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewThere’s a lot to like about the Edge 50 Pro, and yes, part of that is the 125W super-fast charging that’s hard to compete with, although we don’t imagine the 68W option will be too hard to live with either. The display is better than the others on most measures and it also has Pantone credentials – an industry first and a masterpiece that’s bound to attract droves of buyers (or so the marketing team thinks). The case back color also comes from that company’s catalog and is certainly good, but we’d be just as happy with a generic name color as long as it sticks and maintains water resistance – something that’s not yet available globally. , even for Edge 50 Pro money.

Motorola says it’s pretty good in terms of experience and beyond spec wars, which is a relief when the chipset isn’t winning. But the newly renamed Hello UI is a significant part of the experience with the Edge 50 Pro, a beautiful blend of the visual simplicity of stock Android and the personality and functionality that Motorola built and continues to build on top of.

All things considered, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro is worth just one recommendation – with an average star for its regional price and market context.

Why should we buy Motorola Edge 50 Pro?

  • Light and compact body, sticky back, interesting color options; IP68 dust and water resistant.
  • Great screen – bright, clear, 144Hz.
  • Class-leading charging speed (with 125W adapter), it also has wireless charging.
  • Really nice software package – looks ‘stock’, lots of useful features added.
  • In general, excellent photo quality from all cameras in all conditions.
  • First-class selfies.

Why should we avoid byuing Motorola Edge 50 Pro?

  • Low power chipset compared to the price.
  • The video quality is not quite high.
  • The included charger depends on the memory version.

Resource: GSMARENA.COM

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The Galaxy Fit 3 is a great generational improvement and benefits from many features of the Galaxy Watch, making it an attractive choice for users on a tighter budget.

Galaxy Fit 3 review

It has been four years since Samsung released the third generation Galaxy Fit smart band; In this long absence, many probably forgot that Samsung also has a smart wristband in addition to a smartwatch, and for a while, it was even rumored that the Koreans have abandoned the Galaxy Fit product line forever.

Galaxy Fit 3, which was launched at the end of February 2024, has changed its face so much that it can hardly be considered the sequel of the previous generation; From the 31% increase in screen size, which has changed the previous very elongated form factor to more reasonable dimensions, to the two-piece strap and aluminum material of the body instead of plastic, and the addition of fall detection capabilities and ambient light sensor.

If you have had a Galaxy Fit 2 and want to stay in the Samsung ecosystem at a much higher cost than Chinese smart bands, you will not regret buying the Galaxy Fit 3; But I don’t think many people are going to upgrade now. You probably either want to know which one to choose for your first smartwatch, between the Fit 3 and the Xiaomi Smart Band 8, or you want to know if you can spend more than half the price of the Galaxy Watch 6 and get all the features and functions that make this watch one of the best. Has the market smartwatch become accessible or not?

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 specifications at a glance

Display

1.6 inch AMOLED with a resolution of 256 x 402 pixels

Weight

36.8 grams (with strap) / 18.5 grams (without strap)

Dimensions

42.9 x 28.8 x 9.9 mm

body

Aluminum (in black, white and rose gold)

operating system

FreeRTOS

Sensors

Optical heart rate sensor with the ability to calculate the blood oxygen level (SpO2), accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, ambient light sensor

battery

208 mAh / about a week of daily use (declared up to 13 days)

Water resistance

5-atmosphere pressure / IP68 certificate

Speaker and microphone

does not have

connections

Bluetooth version 5.3 / does not have Wi-Fi

Before we go to the features, let me tell you about the feel of the Galaxy Fit 3. Samsung’s new smart band with an aluminum body weighing only 18.5 grams is very light, comfortable, and well-made, and although it has relatively large dimensions, it fits well on narrow wrists.

The Fit 3 silicone strap, which you can get in three colors, black, white, and rose gold, is very soft and high-quality, and it has changed from the previous generation’s integrated mode, where the screen was placed inside, to a more standard two-piece model. Fastening the strap and connecting it to the wristband is done easily; Perhaps the only fault that can be found is that there are not enough holes on the strap to firmly fasten the body on narrow wrists.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 in white, rose gold and black models together

Having said that, if you are the type of person who wants to monitor your health status 24 hours a day, even while you sleep, the Galaxy Fit 3 is a more logical choice of watch, because apart from the lower price (albeit at the expense of fewer features), it is smaller and weighs less. Almost half of the Galaxy Watch 6; So it won’t bother you when you sleep.

In addition, Galaxy Fit 3 benefits from the highest certificate of resistance against dust penetration (IP68) and resistance up to 5-atmosphere pressure (50 meters depth) against water penetration so that you can easily use it to record information related to swimming in the pool.

Currently, it is not possible to connect Galaxy Fit 3 to iPhone

Galaxy smartwatches and wristbands are specially optimized for the Samsung ecosystem and then for Android phones, they are usually compatible with the iPhone (with some limitations of course); But currently, it is not possible to connect the Galaxy Fit 3 to the iPhone, because the Galaxy Fit application in the App Store does not support the new generation of Samsung wristbands. So, if you have an iPhone and want to use the sports and health features of other brands for a much lower price than the Apple Watch, you have to leave the Galaxy Fit 3 out of your options for now.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 on the wrist
Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 on the wrist

Like the previous two generations, Galaxy Fit 3 uses the open-source operating system FreeRTOS, which can be considered a lighter and simpler version of WearOS. Samsung has preferred using FreeRTOS for its smartwatch because cheaper and less powerful chips can handle it well and do not lag. In addition, the life of the battery increased many times; Fit 3’s battery lasted about a week in my daily use, while continuous monitoring of heart rate, stress, and sleep was active, but Always-on was disabled, and I spent 30 minutes exercising and 15 minutes checking the time and notifications. With a day or two of charging, the Galaxy Watch 6 is fantastic.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 in three models: white, rose gold and black

The FreeRTOS user interface is similar to WearOS in many ways, and even the application icons are almost the same; But unlike WearOS, it does not support Google Play and the ability to install external applications, and you have to go with the same default apps; including health application, music control, phone finder, weather, calendar, timer, alarm, stopwatch, world clock, calculator and camera shutter control. Galaxy Fit 3 has almost all smartband applications; However, the possibility of downloading favorite applications may not be pleasant for some users.

FreeRTOS operating system, smooth, simple, and fast but more limited than WearOS

The Samsung Health app for the Galaxy Fit 3 is one of the most complete and useful apps that can be found on the smartwatch. In this application, you can see various information, including the number of steps, how long you have exercised in a week, the amount of calories and water consumed, and the heart rate. By tapping on each, the corresponding app will open with more data. There is also information related to the prediction of menstruation in this section, which, unlike the Huawei Watch GT4, which works based on information such as heart rate, skin temperature, and breathing, only relies on the information entered in the calendar.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 strap connection
Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 strap connection

Leaving aside the limitation of FreeRTOS in installing applications, during the time I was testing the Galaxy Fit 3, the operating system performed very smoothly and even appeared as good as the Galaxy Watch 6. Fit 3’s user interface is also very simple and straightforward. By pressing the physical home button once, you will return to the main screen. Pressing the button twice will open the list of workouts, where you can choose another application for this command from the Advanced Feature section of the smartband settings.

There is a long delay in sending notification messages to the Galaxy Fit 3

Galaxy Fit 3 uses simple and standard gestures to access different parts of the wristband; Swiping up shows the list of applications, swiping down shows quick settings, swiping left shows the Tile (Tile) or the applications card, and swiping right shows notifications. In the tile environment, you can add up to 12 different cards. The notification text also supports Farsi language and emoji, although it takes about 28 seconds for the message notification to be displayed on the smart band.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 user interface

Unfortunately, on the Galaxy Fit 3, unlike the Galaxy Watch, there is no possibility to reply to a message, and at best, you can only send predefined replies, which are not very useful. I think it’s time for sending messages from smart watches and wristbands to become a standard, not to remain exclusive to luxury devices.

Galaxy Fit 3 does not lack in the watch face department; From the Wearable application, you can access more than a hundred watch faces with various designs and colors. If none of the watch faces catch your eye, you can use your favorite images and edit them with the application’s tools, and even change the color of the time display for better readability on any background. Samsung also lets you switch between watchfaces you’ve created by saving multiple images in the Watchfaces section and tapping on the Fit 3’s home screen.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 watch in the application

Galaxy Fit 3 has almost all the health and sports features of Galaxy Watch 6 (except ECG and irregular heart rate measurement, which is not available in Iran), but in some features, it shows different accuracy; For example, in the heart rate test, the Fit 3 was about 5% different from the Watch 6. While I was sleeping, with both devices strapped to my wrist, the Galaxy Watch 6 reported that the blood oxygen level dropped below 90%, but the Fit 3 reported everything as normal. In the stress test, Watch 6 showed a slightly lower stress level.

Tests

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

heart beat

77 beats per minute

81 beats per minute

blood oxygen level (SpO2)

98 percent

96 percent

stress test

medium

Average down

In sleep monitoring, Galaxy Fit 3 appeared very accurate and provided complete statistics; including sleep duration, different stages of sleep, sleep score, and even blood oxygen level recording during sleep. If you activate the snore detection option from the application, the phone’s microphone will record your snoring sound.

Galaxy Fit 3 sleep monitor screenshot
Galaxy Fit 3 sleep monitor screenshot
Galaxy Fit 3 sleep monitor screenshot

Galaxy Fit 3 has over a hundred workouts to cover almost any sport you want. For some sports activities, including walking, running, elliptical, and swimming, which have just been added, it has an automatic detection mode so that if you forget to start the workout, the smart band will start the corresponding workout after a few minutes. Fit 3’s pedometer was also about 10 steps different from reality and is generally accurate.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 workouts
Fit 3 is equipped with two new safety functions, fall detection, and Emergency SOS

The Galaxy Fit 3 uses two new safety features, including Fall Detection and Emergency SOS, which are present in the Apple Watch and Samsung’s WearOS-based devices. If you fall while exercising, the Fit 3 will call the emergency services or a selected person from your contact list thanks to the fall detection feature.

By activating Emergency SOS and selecting a person as an emergency contact, you can send your location to this person by pressing the button 5 times. If you have already entered your medical information, it will be displayed on the screen of the smart band.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 call rejection
Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 fall detection capability

The Galaxy Fit 3 is now equipped with an ambient light sensor to adjust the screen brightness according to the environment. Samsung hasn’t announced the Fit 3’s maximum brightness, but it seems to be around the 600 nits we’d expect from this price range.

Samsung’s new smart band uses two interesting features in the security department that may come in handy; First, you can choose a pin code for it; As long as the smart band is on your wrist, you don’t need to enter a passcode, but as soon as you remove it from your wrist, the device is locked and a PIN code is required to unlock it.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 display, white model

The second feature, which is enabled by default, prevents the display of notifications as long as the smartband is not attached to your wrist. For example, if you put the Galaxy Fit 3 on the table and leave it behind the table, another person cannot read the messages; Of course, if you notice that the notifications are not displayed even when you wear the smartband on your wrist, disable this feature from the security section, because there is probably an interference between the skin of your hand and the sensor.

Is the Galaxy Fit 3 worth buying?

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 in white, rose gold and black models together

So far, we talked about the features and capabilities that seem to put the Galaxy Fit 3 almost at the level of the Galaxy Watch 6; But the Samsung Smartband lacks some of the basic functions of the Galaxy Watch, including built-in GPS, speaker, and microphone for answering calls, sending replies to messages, installing additional applications from Google Play, Wi-Fi connectivity and LTE options, and models with different sizes to better fit the size of the watch. Different wrists. In terms of appearance, the Galaxy Watch has a more luxurious and attractive design and is more similar to a classic watch.

Considering the differences, the Galaxy Fit 3 cannot be considered a replacement for the Galaxy Watch 6. If answering calls and messages, internal GPS, installing applications and the classic appearance of the watch is not your priority, and at the same time you want the device to be attached to your wrist all the time, the battery life is satisfactory, and to spend half the price of the Galaxy Watch, the Galaxy Fit 3 at a price of about 4 4.5 million tomans is a more appropriate choice in the Iranian market; But if you don’t care about staying in the Samsung ecosystem and a bigger screen, and you just want to get a smart band for your Android phone with all the health and sports features, including swimming, the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 with a price of around 1.5 to 2 million Tomans seems like an attractive option. .

Positive points

  • Great battery life
  • Big and bright AMOLED display
  • Fall detection and Emergency SOS
  • Light, and comfortable with a soft strap and metal frame
  • Has the most important health and sports capabilities

Negative points

  • Unable to answer calls and messages
  • Unable to install the application
  • Lack of built-in GPS
  • Not compatible with iPhone

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The biography of Pavel Durov

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Some people call Pavel Durov the savior of personal privacy, and others call him the operator of the dark and dangerous Telegram empire; But who is the person behind one of the most popular messengers in the world?

The Biography of Pavel Durov

Russian Mark Zuckerberg, home of the tech world in self-imposed exile with a reclusive spirit and all-black outfits to pay homage to the movie The Matrix. These are the terms used to describe Pavel Durov, the founder of the Telegram messenger; The man who revolutionized the Russian Internet by founding the VKontakte social network, stood up against government pressure, and became an angel of user privacy and data security with his libertarian beliefs.

Pavel Durov is not a fan of interviews and is rarely talked about in the media. If you want to know more about the life of this mysterious and rebellious character, follow this article.

Table of Contents

  • The story of a rebellious entrepreneur
  • Pavel Durov; Russian Mark Zuckerberg
  • Tensions begin and Durov says goodbye to VK
  • Personal life of Pavel Durov
  • Nikolay Durov
  • Pavel Durov’s residence 
  • Pavel Durov’s nationality 
  • Pavel Durov’s fortune
  • Pavel Durov’s income from Telegram
  • Paul Durov’s moral qualities 
  • Who is the Telegram team made up of?
  • Where is Telegram based?
  • Interesting facts about Pavel Durov
  • Pavel Durov and Telegram
  • Telegram vs WhatsApp 
  • Telegram and terrorism 
  • Golden sentences from Pavel Durov

The story of a rebellious entrepreneur

Pavel Durov, the founder of the Russian social network VKontakte, was sitting alone in his apartment in St. Petersburg when a group of men in uniform and armed with guns knocked on his door. Pavel quietly approached the door and peered into the corridor. Then he went to the window and saw many of them standing outside the building. He decided not to open the door and ignored the shouts behind the door calling his name. Then his phone rang and unknown numbers called him one after another. Powell did not return any of these calls.

Powell knew why the officers had come to his house. A few days earlier, he had received a letter from the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), a CIA-like organization, asking him to remove pages on VKontakte that were used to organize popular protests.

But Powell not only refused to do so, but the day after receiving the letter he upgraded the website to include more posts on each page. On the same day, he posted a photo of the letter along with the image of a dog in a hoodie sticking out its tongue on Twitter and wrote that this was his official response to the request of the FSB.

After an hour of Paul’s indifference, the armed men behind the door finally left the building; But in front of Pavel was a difficult battle that ultimately led to his defeat; Of course, the failure that was the beginning of his entry into the vast and exciting world of messengers and concerns about privacy and user data. If the agents had not come to his house for inspection that day and Durov had not been so involved with the idea of ​​user data security, maybe there would be no trace of Telegram today or it would not exist in the form it is today.

Pavel Durov; Russian Mark Zuckerberg

The VKontakte platform known as VK is the most popular social network in Russia with 500 million user accounts and 90 million monthly visits (2019) and is more popular among Russian users than Facebook and Twitter. Durov launched the social network at the age of 22 and is often compared to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. Both giants of the Internet world were born in 1984, and their serious entry into the world of virtual communication started from their student days.

Banknote rockets later inspired the Telegram icon

Durov avoids the attention of the official media, prefers black and non-luxurious clothes, and steals his gaze from the camera; But when it comes to interacting with people, he is more sociable than his American counterpart. When one of VK’s senior managers received a large bonus, Durov told the other members that he was not in it for the money. Upon hearing this statement, his colleagues asked him to return the money he received if it is true. This person agreed to throw the money out the window. Durov told him that his method of throwing money out was not creative and showed him how to make 5,000 ruble bills (about $70) into paper rockets and then throw them out the window into the street. These banknote rockets later inspired the Telegram icon.

According to Vice, Durov got the idea of ​​creating a social network when a friend who studied in America showed him an early version of Facebook. Thus, VK was launched as a beta in September 2006 and had an official and legal organization in 2007. Even today, the design of this social network looks like the original version of Zuckerberg’s design.

For the first few years, VK was almost a Spotify-style library of all kinds of media, including black-market movies and music. According to Katya Romanovskaya, one of the authors of the satirical Twitter account @KermlinRussia, “almost everything on VK was illegal” in those days.

Read more: Is Telegram really safe?

Tensions begin and Durov says goodbye to VK

Vkontakte social network

When Putin announced his intention to run for re-election in late 2011, opposition groups flocked to VK and organized public protests by publishing news and material against Putin. Even the leader of the opposition party, Alexei Navalny, was the administrator of a VK page with over 100,000 followers, and when the website’s algorithm automatically blocked his page for excessive activity, Durov came to his rescue and changed the website’s algorithm.

VK had the full attention of the FSB intelligence agency. The day government agents knocked on Durov’s door, his rebellious spirit flared up. Durov refused to remove the protest pages and emphasized that VK is a 100% non-political organization and that removing these pages would cause users to migrate from VK and cause a severe financial blow to his team’s business.

The Kremlin left VK alone for a while; But in early 2013, Durov’s troubles began again. In a report, Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta released several hacked emails between Durov and the Kremlin’s “main ideologist,” Vladislav Surkov, and claimed the VKontakte founder had been working with the FSB for years.

According to the editor of RuNet Echo, many VK users did not believe such a report; But this was only the beginning of the campaign against Dwarf. In April of the same year, a car belonging to Ilya Perkopsky, the chief executive of VK, ran over a police officer. The driver ran away from the scene, But the police claimed that the person behind the wheel was Durov. In response to this accusation, Durov said that he does not know how to drive.

A few days later, police officers began searching VK’s offices in Moscow, according to the Moscow Times. The reason for this inspection was announced as “part of the investigation into the accident and fleeing the scene”. The next day, the two main investors of VK, Vyacheslav Mirilashvili and Lev Lviv, announced their intention to sell their 48% stake. Investors were looking to sell their shares because of the rift between them and Durov, according to multiple sources. According to Interfax, the value of this social network at that time was 2 billion dollars.

Durov fled to Buffalo, New York later that month and began work on his new project, Telegram. The police finally stopped pursuing the accident case.

At that time, 88% of VK shares were held by government supporters and 12% were still held by Durov. Durov announced that he did not intend to sell his shares and his activity on this platform continued until the end of 2013. On his VK page, Pavel wrote about the website’s growth compared to other social networks, including Facebook and WhatsApp, and published an infographic showing that in October 2013, VK was the top Android app in Moscow.

But in January 2014, Durov announced that he had sold his entire 12% stake to the mobile phone operator Megaphone for $300 million. In an interview with Motherboard magazine, he said: “It was clear that my 12% share did not give me much decision-making power, But it could be used to limit my freedom in critical situations.” With Durov selling his shares, VK was now 100% under the financial control of Kremlin allies.

Durov lost his financial investment; But for how long did he remain as the general manager of VK? On April 1, 2014, he finally announced his resignation from the board of directors of VK citing the excessive involvement of new shareholders in the management of the website. Of course, two days later, he claimed that his resignation was April’s lie and tried to withdraw the letter; But the shareholders did not allow him to do this. On April 22, Durov found out that he was officially fired from VK.

Durov was forced to sell his shares due to political pressure and had to say goodbye to the big company he founded forever, But this happened at the right time. He said in an interview with Motherboard:

The Russian Internet market fell dramatically after this incident. In a way, I am grateful to the shareholders and political forces that made me sell my shares. Now I am more satisfied that I can serve the audience on a wider scale than the world.

Personal life of Pavel Durov

Pavel Valerievich Durov was born on October 10, 1984, in Saint Petersburg and grew up in an educated family. Pavel is the second child in the family and has an older brother named Nikolai, who was with him in launching the social network VK and Telegram.

As a child, Pavel had to move to Italy with his family because of his father’s job and studied first grade in the city of Turin. Two years later, the whole family returned to Russia, and after four years of secondary education, Pavel went to the Dmitri Fadeev School of Mathematics and Physics at St. Petersburg State University, where he studied all subjects, including four foreign languages, in-depth.

From the age of 11, Pavel was very interested in programming with his brother. After finishing high school with excellent grades, he studied English language translation at the Faculty of Philosophy of St. Petersburg University.

Pavel Durov speaks 8 languages ​​including Farsi

According to information on Pavel’s official VK page, he speaks eight foreign languages: Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Latin and even Farsi. Of course, it is not possible to say how true this information is.

In university, Pavel was one of the best students with a high level of intelligence. He has repeatedly won linguistics, programming, and design olympiads, has received scholarships from the Government of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation, and is a three-time winner of the Potanin Innovation Award.

While a student, he launched the website durov.com, which housed a database of educational materials for humanities students. Then he came up with the idea of ​​another website (spbgu.ru) where St. Petersburg University students could communicate with each other through its forum.

On this site, each student had his personal account, which included information such as name, faculty, and list of friends and groups. Any user could also blog on this website. This is how the initial version of the VK social network was born. To promote his website, Powell organized beauty and design contests at the university and sometimes engaged in heated discussions with an anonymous account to create excitement on the website’s forum.

Durov spends most of his time on innovation, self-improvement, and entrepreneurship. Now everyone knows him as the founder of Telegram, which in a way embodies all his ideals in the field of user data security.

Nikolay Durov

We all know Telegram with Pavel Durov; While Pavel’s brother, Nikolai, also played a big role in the formation of this popular messenger.

In fact, Nikolai’s role in the development of all the projects discussed, from the durov.com website to this Telegram, is very prominent. He showed interest in natural sciences from his childhood; While Powell’s interest was in the field of humanities. Despite this difference, these two brothers had a common interest and that was programming.

Nikolai, who was a talented programmer, wrote a few lines of code for the VKontakte platform when it was still in the early stages of development, and then, as the popularity of this social network grew, he became more involved in its development and eventually took the position of technical manager and senior developer of the company. Nikolai worked on this platform until 2014 when Pavel resigned from the VK board and took the entire team out of the country with him.

In an interview with Medium, Powell said that his brother played a big role in developing his ideas. He mentions Nikolai as a genius who solved complex mathematical equations quickly in TV competitions, read a lot of books, and came first in almost all math competitions.

Pavel Durov’s residence

Durov left Russia in April 2014 and said he would never return to his homeland. Because the internet rules in this country are not clear it is impossible to do online business there.

Pavel is now a bit of a homebody, traveling around the world with his team of programmers and usually not staying in one country for more than a few months. Since leaving Russia, he has lived in Berlin, London and Singapore.

Currently, he and the Telegram development team live in Dubai. It is written in the FAQ section of Telegram that they are satisfied with life in Dubai; But as soon as the internet laws of this country change, they are ready to change their location.

Pavel Durov’s citizenship

The nature of Pavel Dorf

In the spring of 2013, Powell received the citizenship of this small country by donating $250,000 to the St. Kitts and Nevis island fund in the Caribbean and investing in it. With a passport to this country, he can travel without a visa to 132 countries of the world, including the European Union and England.

Of course, Pavel’s new citizenship was revealed only in 2014; That is when he had officially left Russia, and this showed that Pavel had been thinking about leaving his homeland for a long time. Pavel Durov’s fortune

According to Forbes magazine, Pavel Durov’s financial situation has been growing since 2016. In the ranking of the 200 richest Russians in 2016, he ranked 135th with 600 million dollars, and by 2020, he was promoted to the 30th position with a fortune equal to 3.4 billion dollars.

Pavel Durov’s income from Telegram

Telegram income

Pavel made a fortune of 500 million dollars from the sale of his 12% stake in VK and is very interested in the field of cryptocurrency. He also managed to collect about 1.7 billion dollars from investors for the development of the Telegram-based blockchain known as TON; A project that, of course, failed; But Durov does not earn any income from Telegram.

Telegram is completely free, without ads and in-app payments, and Durov pays the cost of maintaining this platform completely from his own pocket. Of course, Durov has announced in a post that if he runs out of money to run Telegram, he will probably have to turn to public donations or in-app payments; But he will never enter the world of advertising.

Paul Durov’s moral qualities

Pavel is a supporter of the school of libertarianism in the political and economic fields. This view of his is clearly evident in his unwillingness to cooperate with government organizations. He believes that no person or structure has the right to violate private property or personal information of people.

Powell supports the standardization of the educational system; Because he believes that modern schools in the West are a relic of the industrial era and educate people with stereotyped and closed views. He predicts that education in the future will be interactive and decentralized.

Powell supports high taxes on industries that are active in the extraction of raw materials and the abolition of taxes in the field of information and customs. He also believes that taxpayers should choose what projects their taxes will be spent on.

Durov also believes that the cancellation of registration, passports, entry visas, and military service is necessary, and he considers these to be the cornerstones of the feudal system. In his opinion, movement restrictions cause brains to escape.

Pavel is not interested in doing interviews and prefers to be in contact with the audience directly through his posts on the Telegram channel and website.

When Pavel was 33 years old, he stated in a post that he had not consumed sugar, meat, or fast food for a long time, did not drink energy drinks, tea, and coffee, turned away from nicotine and alcohol and does not watch TV.

Who is the Telegram team made up of?

Telegram is run by Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolai. Pavel supports Telegram from the economic and ideological aspects and Nikolai from the technological aspect. To build Telegram, Nikolai created a unique custom data protocol called MTProto, which is open-source, secure, and optimized for use in multiple data centers. Details of the other people involved in the project are unknown, although Powell mentioned in a 2016 interview that his team consisted of 15 people.

Where is Telegram based?

Most of the Telegram developers were born in St. Petersburg, and after the tension with the Russian government, they left the country with Pavel and his brother and settled in Berlin, London, and Singapore for a while.

Telegram team members are currently in Dubai and are ready to change their place of residence again if the internet regulations of this country change.

Interesting facts about Pavel Durov

Powell dresses distinctively. In the photos, he always wears black clothes, and this is a kind of homage to his character Neo in the movie Matrix; For this reason, he is sometimes called Neo-Russian. In a book about Durov, Nikolai Kononov wrote that “he sees himself as the engineer of his own world”, and this description is somewhat consistent with the world of The Matrix.

Pavel learned to code while in school and used this skill to change the welcome screen image of the school computers to annoy a teacher he didn’t like. Pavel has a close relationship with his brother, who is also a skilled coder.

Pavel launched the VKontakte social network at the age of 22. The VKontakte office was located on the fifth and sixth floors of the iconic Singer House building in St. Petersburg.

In 2011, when Russian authorities asked Durov to remove some anti-government posts from VK, Durov responded by posting a photo of a dog wearing a hoodie and sticking out its tongue.

In 2012, Pavel and some VK employees made paper rockets worth more than a thousand dollars and threw them out the window. The value of each rocket was about 70 dollars. This movement later inspired the Telegram icon.

According to reports, Durov spends $1 million of his own money every month to run Telegram. To date, this platform has not generated a single dollar for Durov.

The number of monthly active Telegram users reached 100 million in 2016. Durov celebrated this success by throwing a big party in Barcelona.

Durov planned to raise 2 billion dollars from investors to run his company with the initial offering of a coin called “Gram” on the Telegram Open Network blockchain, But this project was stopped by the decision of the American court.

The popularity of Telegram is increasing every year. In 2021, the number of active Telegram users reached 500 million people per month. Telegram is most popular in Iran, Russia, Malaysia, Ukraine, India, Italy, Spain and Saudi Arabia.

Pavel Durov and Telegram

Founded in 2013, Telegram uses a secure end-to-end encryption method that makes it nearly impossible to decrypt messages. This feature, along with being free without a single ad or in-app purchases, has made Telegram take a significant share of the market from Facebook Messenger and other competitors; But this platform with 500 million active users per month is far behind WhatsApp with 2 billion users and Facebook Messenger with 1.3 billion users; But Durov says that the growth of Telegram is fast and most new users enter the world of Telegram through the suggestion of other users.

Our growth depends only on our users who recommend their friends to download and use Telegram. Every day, 350 thousand new users register in Telegram, without any effort on our part.

Durf attaches great importance to the principle of simplicity in the design of Telegram. In an interview with Wired in 2016, he said:

15 billion messages are sent daily through Telegram. Telegram’s main engineering team consists of 15 people, and obviously with this number, we had to automate many tasks and hand them over to scripts and artificial intelligence.

Telegram does not generate a single dollar of revenue for Durov, it has no permanent office and consists of a very small team. Before settling in Dubai, the Telegram team moved every two to four months. Dorf has announced that his team is ready to leave Dubai for a new destination if needed.

The company is so confident in the security of its proprietary protocol, called MTProto, developed by Nikolai, that it is offering a $200,000 reward to anyone who can hack it. It’s not an uncommon move to offer rewards to users who find bugs in products, But bounties of this magnitude are usually only reserved for critical bugs in widely used programs such as Windows.

According to Durov, no one has succeeded in hacking MTProto so far; But a Russian man who managed to find a serious problem in Telegram in 2014 was rewarded with $100,000.

Telegram is open source and allows any developer to create their own Telegram even for desktop computers. Today, most new messaging services, including WhatsApp, create applications for use in all situations and do not allow disparate developers to access their code. Of course, they can’t be blamed, because it’s difficult to maintain a centralized language and a single security model across several different applications. Meanwhile, monetizing a platform requires more planning than monetizing a simple paid app.

However, the VKontakte platform has gained a lot of success by allowing developers to build their own alternatives from it. More importantly, Telegram operates as a non-profit organization and does not intend to charge users for its services or sell their information to third parties or governments.

The company wrote on its FAQ page:

Telegram is not built for monetization and never accepts advertising or external investment. We are not looking to create a “user base”, but we are looking to create messaging for people.

In a post on Telegram, Durov announced that in 2021, to manage the costs of a platform with 500 million users, he will add a monetization section to Telegram. This section includes new paid features, paid stickers, and a platform called Ad Platform for commercial channel owners to generate income.

Telegram vs WhatsApp

The main difference between Telegram and WhatsApp is its highly encrypted structure, open API for access by developers and other users, and its strictly anti-commercial manifesto. In a world where Facebook simply buys its competitors (including WhatsApp for a whopping $22 billion), Durov’s refusal to sell Telegram is truly admirable; And of course, we should not forget its many, completely free and artistic stickers.

Users are becoming more aware of the importance of their privacy and looking for ways to protect their data. For this reason, Telegram has not sold a single byte of data from its users to any third party since its launch, which has significantly increased the popularity of this platform.

However strict privacy policies and strong data encryption are not enough to attract users who have depended on WhatsApp for years. In order to be able to compete with giants like WhatsApp and Facebook in the suffocating market of messengers, Telegram needs to be better in every way: faster message transmission speed, more beautiful design, more features, and attractive features in every update. It is only in this way that it is possible to provide better privacy and security than WhatsApp to users who may not be sufficiently concerned about security.

Telegram and terrorism

Telegram Pavel Dorf

Telegram’s strict policy on privacy and its non-cooperation with the authorities of countries to provide users’ information have made some people consider this platform dangerous and a place for terrorists and criminals to operate without supervision. In fact, in a new report published in June 2021, the German magazine Spiegel described Telegram as a dark empire, the most dangerous messenger, and the “equivalent of the dark web in the pocket” of users.

Critics of Telegram describe it as the dark web in users’ pockets

In 2016, Telegram blocked 78 public channels promoting ISIS ideology. Durov told Wired that the company is building tools to deal with malicious channels more effectively.

Is this enough? Probably not, as we are a small team and trying to hire more people to review reports and requests. We are gradually building a tool to automate this process. All this takes time, but we try to consider it one of our priorities. 

In response to criticism of Telegram’s 100% protection of user data, Durov said in one of his interviews during the Mobile World Congress:

The political solutions proposed against cryptography are not supposed to be effective against terrorism. If you block a site like Telegram, terrorists won’t even notice.

Golden sentences from Pavel Durov

Paul Dorf's sentences

– Don’t give up until you have a really exciting idea. If you’re on the fence about a decision, go get some sleep and see how you feel about it when you wake up.

– In order to accomplish something, you must have enthusiasm, curiosity, and the ability to facilitate the process. The meaning of making it easier is to remove all the additions and focus completely on the essence of the matter.

– Success means being excited about what you are doing and focusing on it.

– If your mind is busy with several projects and you can’t concentrate well, go read books unrelated to business and technology. Give your mind a break and let it think about different topics in comfort for a while.

– People value social status too much. What difference does it make if you live in London or the countryside? As long as you have internet, there is no difference between the two. Life in the village is healthier and cheaper, But people prefer to live in expensive cities and pay a lot of money for rent. The only reason they are in that city is to have a job so they can pay rent and buy expensive appliances. This is a vicious circle.

– If you want your life to be simpler, you need to get rid of other people’s voices in your head. We are too influenced by people around us; Our relatives and friends and what they think about what constitutes success or what is good or bad. We must completely get rid of these influences. We should be able to be indifferent to what others think or say about our work. After this step, we should focus only on what we need.

Where there is no competition, there is no progress

– Spend more time in solitude and silence and be happy about it. People get addicted to being in groups. For example, in America, when two people sit together in silence, they feel awkward. Sometimes you need to have a space that is not influenced by anyone.

– The most important personality traits for a founder are love and passion for building, curiosity, self-discipline, passion, and persistence.

– What people don’t know about Renaissance men is that these people didn’t pursue several different professions at the same time. Maybe some of them were like this, But most of them would choose one area and concentrate on building it completely and then move on to the next project. We humans can do many things, but not simultaneously.

– When something happens that I can’t change, I prefer to think about the good sides of it because every event, even the most tragic ones, has good and bad sides. You just have to see them and focus on them. It’s useless to be upset about something you can’t change. You have to adapt to the situation and think about what can be done with what you have.

– Learn foreign languages ​​to deepen your understanding of the world and to open unprecedented opportunities for learning progress, and career growth.

– The value of money is overrated, because making and creating is more attractive than consuming, and the inner state is incomparably more important than the outer world.

– Where there is no competition, there is no progress.

– The value of communication and conversation has been greatly exaggerated. An hour alone is more useful than a week of talking.

Emphasizing secure communication and libertarian ideas, Pavel Durov is a person with independent thinking who has covered these ideas comprehensively in the development of the Telegram project. What do you think about this character and his moral qualities? Is the Dwarf Telegram a dark and dangerous empire or a glimmer of light in the insecure world of the Internet?

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