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Review of Samsung Galaxy A52s phone, review of price, design, screen, software, hardware, camera, battery life and charging speed of Samsung Galaxy A52s phone.

Review of Samsung Galaxy A52s phone, price and specifications

While  we may all look longingly at the Galaxy S phones as a Samsung flagship, the truth is that the A series has always been the Korean company’s thing. And the A5x has been Samsung’s best-seller every year – not the S Ultra, not even the flagship ‘vanilla’ S or its full-size counterpart.

So, in a way, Samsung isn’t really getting more than the A5x – meaning that what most people are really getting is the Samsung experience. For many users, an A-series device is their only glimpse of what a Samsung phone is like, and that obviously has its pros and cons. The latest in the best-selling A-line is the A53, but the most interesting A5x so far is definitely the Galaxy A52s. And that’s why we decided to give it a thorough review.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

Before the Galaxy A52s, the A5x model du jour was always underwhelming, even for a mid-range smartphone, given its launch price. Obviously, a lot of people put up with it – now either because it was Samsung, or because of the usually better-than-average cameras, or because of the ease of buying anywhere, or because of software support that has improved in recent years. has been found Again and again. Most of the Chinese competitors had a similar price with a better chipset.

And that all changed with the launch of the Galaxy A52s last year. For the first time, an A5x came with a premium mid-range SoC, the Snapdragon 778G, and the Chinese rivals really had no answer, as their best alternatives used the exact same chip. It seems that this was exciting for many, given the amount of interest we’ve seen for the phone since its launch.

And then it got cheaper. And cheaper. And at its current price, it competes well not only in its space in terms of specs, but also in price. That’s practically unheard of for a mid-range Samsung, and so here we have a very attractive package that we can’t help but use as our only smartphone for a long time, and we want to find out if Samsung has chosen a path. To secure its mid-range sales against very aggressive Chinese competitors.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

2022  has been a strange year for mid-rangers, with most successors to 2021 devices not actually outperforming them in many ways. We’d bet the Galaxy A53 falls squarely in this camp, so perhaps it’s best to think of the A73 as the true successor to the Galaxy A52s, though even that doesn’t come with any upgrades on the chipset front.

So it looks like Samsung can play confusing naming games like other companies. We’re by no means happy about it, but we’re trying to show you if the Galaxy A52s is still a great mid-range buy at this point. 

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Reviewing the design and build quality of the Samsung Galaxy A52s phone

If  you’ve seen a Samsung, or any Samsung made recently, you’ll instantly recognize it as a Samsung. The Korean company has gently perfected a unique and striking design language without feeling overly aggressive and shouty. This year, even the flagship S22 Ultra has a very similar design to what you see on the Galaxy A52s, despite the price delta.

We can’t say we love or hate the design, we think it works very well and is pleasant without being overly beautiful or horrible. It’s middle of the road, but very well executed. You can tell it’s part of Samsung’s lineup, and you can also tell it’s a mid-range Samsung by looking at it or touching it.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

This  brings us to the first point of contention for many, which is the plastic build of this phone. Yes, the frame and back are plastic. No, we were never upset about it. Sure, it’s warmer to the touch than glass. But on our white version, fingerprints were almost invisible on the back, which is always appreciated. And while any phone is bound to be slippery these days, we found it to be one of the least slippery we’ve handled in a while.

The only small gripe we have with the plastic is the frame of this phone, which is very shiny, although an attempt has been made to make the frame of this phone look like metal, which most people will immediately notice that it isn’t. Sure, it could be highly polished stainless steel, but in a phone this cheap? Definitely not. At best it should be aluminum, and aluminum doesn’t look like that.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

On  the other hand, the choice of colors is – well, first of all, you have a choice between white, black, purple and “mint”, and we appreciate the latter two for being colorful but still in sharp contrast. to the framework we discussed above. It’s also easy to enjoy the color of your choice in the box, as Samsung doesn’t bother to ship any kind of case with its devices – it prefers that you buy one of the models it offers at extra cost.

This makes the Korean company stand out from the rest, but with the Galaxy A52s, it does well by offering an IP67 certification for water and dust resistance. This means that the phone is dust resistant and can be submerged in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. We wish more mid-range devices would have a similar rating, but for now, Samsung is ahead of the competition.

It’s not a small phone, even by today’s standards, but it’s not a big phone either. That said, it was pretty easy to handle, at least for this reviewer, although the usual caveat applies: if you have small hands, one-handed use might be a problem. Let’s not forget that you have less problems than the S22 Ultra. In terms of weight, it is somewhere in the middle. Not so heavy that you need a constant rest for your hand, but not so light that you feel unimportant. It is true.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

It certainly  doesn’t feel as “premium” as the metal on the sides and glass on the back, but honestly, it’s pretty decent, not only for its current price, but even its launch price. It does the job and the back doesn’t break if you drop it. win win? 

Checking the speakers and headphone jack of Samsung Galaxy A52s

The Galaxy  A52s offers a 3.5mm headphone jack. So if you want it, this phone has it. We wanted to say more about it, but really – what else is there to say? It exists and it works.

The phone has dual speakers, with a bottom speaker paired with dual headphones as the second channel. It’s a traditional Samsung setup, so there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, especially since at the top end, the Korean company offers some of the loudest speakers on the market. But it’s one of those things where you’re reminded that the Galaxy A52s isn’t a high-end phone, so corners have been cut.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

Don’t get me wrong, we’re happy to get dual speakers, but they’re not very good. They are tinny (and gradually so the higher the volume) and not really loud even at maximum volume. In a quiet room alone, you’ll have the volume slider up to 90% or higher to easily hear what’s going on in the video you’re watching or the podcast you’re listening to. Around you have to hold the phone close to your ear to understand what is being said.

The sound is also quite flat and lacks any kind of depth, apart from a small amount of bass. And that’s why we haven’t talked about listening to music yet – you really need to use headphones or a Bluetooth speaker for that. So there are dual speakers on this phone, which aren’t terrible for the price, but they’re definitely not amazing either.

Vibration motor

On  the other hand, the vibration motor is really bad. It reminds us of the devices that are usually installed in much cheaper devices, which is probably because it might be the same part. It’s a world apart from the engines some of Samsung’s rivals put in their mid-range, and it’s an area where the Galaxy A52s falls behind most similarly priced devices.

It just sounds very cheap (probably because it is), lacks any kind of sound, and you can hear it more than you feel it – if that makes sense. Oh, and the further you move the vibration intensity slider to the right, the worse it sounds – but if you go the other way, you might not even hear it. Given that you can hardly feel it no matter where the slider is, there are basically no good options to recommend when it comes to setting the intensity.

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There are engines  that you can hear about as often as you can – Samsung used to put these in its flagships until the S22 generation. Then there are the ones that you can feel more than you hear – most people consider these to be the best, although this reviewer believes the former is better, but the point is that when you think of a great vibration motor, Come to think of it, you’ll never think of something as perfect as it is with the Galaxy A52s. Even at the phone’s current price, this is disappointing.

Biometrics

The Galaxy  A52s has an under-display fingerprint sensor that some of its competitors lack. Since all flagship phones these days have an under-display sensor, you’d think this is where the Galaxy A52s punches above its weight. And if we’re just talking about precision, it’s really good. Not quite flagship level, but very, very close.

Subjectively, we think the accuracy is at least 95%, but probably more like 97-98%. I say again, very good, especially at this price. That all changes if your fingers are wet or sweaty, where accuracy drops significantly, but the same goes for any optical sensor like this, regardless of the price of the phone it’s mounted on. has been This is just a limitation of the technology used.

So the accuracy is high, but what’s not good at all is how slow the sensor is. Even with all associated animations disabled (isn’t it funny that Samsung has a setting for that? Almost like engineers know that animations unnecessarily slow down the unlocking process). It’s an optical sensor and not an ultrasonic sensor as seen on the S line, which certainly isn’t the reason for its slowness – we’ve used optical fingerprint scanners from many other companies, in flagships as well as mid-ranges, which is quite a lot. Is. 

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

So  we don’t know what’s going on, but if you’re used to other in-display fingerprint sensors (on non-Samsung mid-range devices), you’ll constantly find yourself swiping up too soon. And the phone will passive-aggressively tell you that you did. This sensor seems to be about half a second slower than other sensors on the market. If this phone was new, we’d hope it was a software issue that could be fixed via a software update, but the Galaxy A52s has been on sale for months and has received many updates, and still It is the same.

That means you’ll probably have to learn to live with it. It’s not that hard to do, but it’s frustrating, especially if you’re looking at competing devices and this kind of slowness doesn’t make sense at this price point. Then again, some come with faster sensors that are less accurate, so maybe it’s a trade-off, like most things.

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If  you’re put off by the fingerprint unlock experience for this or any other reason, there’s also face unlock waiting to be used, and it’s the usual camera-based fare that’s less secure than fingerprint but still Could be a little faster.

Samsung Galaxy A52s screen review

The display is probably one of the best features of the Galaxy A52s, which is understandable given the AMOLED produced by its sister company Samsung Display. This helps the Galaxy A52s stand out among its similarly priced peers because it’s a quality panel. Of course, it won’t match a Samsung flagship in terms of resolution, brightness or quality, but it’s not far from it in any way, which is definitely commendable.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

The resolution  is basically average for a mid-range smartphone, and probably good enough for flagships, unless you’re the type of person who’s really looking for pixels. We never felt the need for more, and if you did, you’d unfortunately have to pay a premium for a premium device.

The Galaxy A52s display also has a 120Hz refresh rate, which is great but expected even in today’s mid-range. Only OnePlus still thinks it can get away with 90Hz panels in the mid-range, every other company has gone to 120Hz and that’s a huge plus for the user experience. The implementation around the edges is a little rough compared to what we’ve seen on Samsung flagships with 120Hz panels. On the Galaxy A52s, there’s no dynamic change in refresh rates, you can choose between 60Hz and 120Hz and you’ll always get what you choose.

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In  theory, this could hurt battery life, although in practice, as you’ll see in the proper section of this review, it’s still pretty good – we just used the phone set to 120Hz, because we don’t think there’s any have Any tips on getting a screen with a high refresh rate and not trying to use it.

There are still some apps that insist on running at 60Hz no matter what (Google Maps and Camera come to mind), but those are just the exceptions to the above rule. Overall, this display is very smooth and performs very well despite the fact that it is not LTPO and therefore cannot dynamically adjust the refresh rate.

In terms of brightness, it doesn’t reach the heights we’ve seen in flagship smartphones, which is understandable given the price. But the screen is still legible in direct sunlight, even if you occasionally have to blink a bit. Still, it’s one of the brightest panels at this price point, and that says it all.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

We  also really enjoyed the automatic brightness curve and found that we rarely had to make manual adjustments. Most of the time, the algorithm got it right, and it actually outperformed the much more expensive Galaxy Z Flip3 and Z Fold3 that we recently reviewed long-term. This might actually be the best automatic brightness adjustment algorithm on any mid-range smartphone, at least the ones we got to try. You won’t have a problem at night either, as the screen can be dimmed enough to not hurt your eyes when viewing it in dark environments.

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As  usual with Samsung phones, you can choose between two color profiles. Natural is set for the best sRGB accuracy, and while it doesn’t quite reach the color space, it’s pretty close. The default profile is Vivid, which aims to match the P3 color space, where it does a slightly worse job than normal for sRGB.

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Vivid  is a customizable profile that allows you to adjust the color temperature with a slider. You also get a custom white point setting, so if you want a very specific look for your phone’s screen, you’re sure to find a combination that suits you.

Eye comfort shield

Like  every recent smartphone, the Galaxy A52s also features a blue light filter that Samsung calls Eye Comfort Shield. It’s not as customizable as the Xiaomi, but it gets the job done with a color temperature slider and not much else. It’s also programmable and you can even select an automatic mode where the intensity of the effect changes based on the time of day. That’s the minimum we look for in such a feature and it’s covered.

One oddity is that the filter is turned off for the always-on display and lock screen, presumably because it interferes with fingerprint unlocking — since the optical sensor basically shines light on your finger to read it. That’s fine, but the problem is that once you unlock the phone, the filter usually takes a long time to turn on again – it takes between half a second and two seconds, and the further you have that color temperature slider, the more It becomes noticeable. To the right – the more intense the effect, the clearer it is when lit.

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Speaking  of the always-on display, since it’s an AMOLED panel, it’s there of course, and it’s feature-rich, unlike some mid-range rivals that don’t always really perform well. It’s also highly customizable, although it lacks some of the more advanced features found in the likes of MIUI.

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That said  , it probably works pretty well for most people, and lets you choose from a variety of analog and digital clocks, images from the gallery, stickers, Bitmoji, and more. You can choose its direction and schedule it too, and control how much it stays on – it ranges from fully on to when you tap the screen or get a new notification. Overall, this feature, which has become a must-have for many people, is very nicely done.

Show related niggles

As  we mentioned earlier, while the display itself is one of the best parts of the Galaxy A52s, it also houses one of the strangest parts, which is the selfie camera embedded in a hole in the center. We don’t mean the camera itself, but the pointless silver ring around it that absorbs light in various ways and reflects it back to you.

We thought the whole point of hole-punch selfie cameras was to make them as unobtrusive as possible, but this ring negates a lot of that benefit for no apparent reason. You can easily get used to it, of course, we just can’t understand who thought it would be a good idea to add it and why. Samsung isn’t alone in this, though – we’ve seen a lot of similar implementations from some of its rivals over the past few years, and we’ve been just as confused when dealing with them.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

Since we’re complaining, let’s also mention the existing or very poor anti-fingerprint coating on the screen. Our unit is a retail unit of the Galaxy A52s, so this is exactly the experience any buyer would get if they bought one, and the screen pops up easily in minutes using a fingerprint. If you don’t like the greasy look of fingerprints on your phone’s screen, you’ll want to always have a microfiber cloth ready, that’s for sure.

Of course, this problem becomes completely irrelevant if you use a screen protector, as it all depends on that screen protector’s anti-fingerprint coating to protect you from the aforementioned messes. And most good glasses actually have better coverage than the Galaxy A52s. That is, if there is even one – we cannot say. It’s just one of the things that detracts from the feel of using the phone, and we’re left wondering how much it costs Samsung to use the same kind of coating as its flagships.

Performance review of Samsung Galaxy A52s

The Galaxy A52s  is a special case where it’s hard to talk about performance and smoothness separately, regardless of how subjective the latter might be. If you’re interested in raw performance numbers from benchmarks, you should definitely take a look at our regular review, which has a lot of them. In long-term reviews, we avoid cold numbers and try to describe how they feel in real day-to-day use.

Putting smoothness aside for just a second, the Galaxy A52s performs perfectly for the price. However, this chipset gets its power a bit above its current price, and the Snapdragon 778G is miles ahead of the 765G and 750G of yesteryear. The numbers don’t paint an accurate picture, as the jump from those older SoCs to this one is much more significant. The 778G is practically an “almost flagship” chipset, if by “flagship” you mean something like the 870.

However, the Galaxy A52s feels slower than other devices powered by the same chipset. We’re assuming this is due to insufficient software optimization, but we can’t know for sure. It’s certainly not slow for a mid-ranger, but it’s as fast as a Snapdragon 720G/730G/732G-equipped Redmi, and that’s no good when you consider that on paper the 778G should be much more powerful than those.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

Everything  works on this phone, but a little slower than we expected. When it comes to speed, it is very similar to the Redmi Note 10 Pro and should really be head and shoulders above it. But it is not. Recently, we’ve praised Samsung for fixing its softness issues with high-end devices like the Galaxy Z Flip3 and Fold3, which are now almost imperceptibly smoother than their top Chinese rivals, but it’s clear the Korean company hasn’t. It applied the same attention to detail when it came to software optimization for the Galaxy A52s.

And that’s a real shame because with the Snapdragon 778G chipset and a lot more tweaks, it had the potential to be one of the best buys in the entire industry without too many caveats. As it is, the main caveat with this phone is the fact that it’s slower than it should be considering the hardware, and it’s anything but smooth.

There’s a lot of lag everywhere, reminding us of the (not so) glory days of TouchWiz and Samsung Experience, before One UI was called One UI. If you open it and try to navigate through it immediately, transitions are laggy, animations are laggy, app drawer is laggy. It settles after a few seconds of opening, and then the lag goes away, but it’s not the behavior we’d expect with a near-flagship chip inside. The Google Discover feed, which you can have on the left side of your home screen, is a mess, and Samsung Free, the Korean company’s alternative, is even worse.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

There’s also  a glitch in interpreting swipes, which means that sometimes, when you’re trying to scroll horizontally through your recent apps, you end up closing one because the phone interprets your swipe as vertical. Pressing the power button to show the lock screen lags about 70% of the time, and sometimes it’s even buggy in that it takes you straight to the home screen without fingerprint or face authentication. This only happened to us twice over as many weeks with the Galaxy A52s, but it seems like a security issue enough to merit attention.

The Snapdragon 778G chipset was on paper the Galaxy A52s biggest upgrade over its predecessor. However, in actual use, while there are improvements in speed and smoothness, they’re nowhere near what we’d expect based on the hardware. We have a feeling that most of the issues described here are related to the software implementation, meaning they could theoretically be fixed via an update, but the phone has been out of stock for many months now. A lot has been offered. 

Don’t get me wrong, this is probably the best performing device in the A series (probably tied with the A73), but it’s passable. Performance and affordability have always been areas where the A-series has fallen behind the competition, and while the A52s makes up some of the difference, it’s still nothing short of amazing. it could be better.

Checking battery life and charging speed of Samsung Galaxy A52s

Battery life  has been good, if not record-breaking, during our time with the Galaxy A52s. In our usage, detailed below, we never had to worry about not making it through the day on a single charge. It was a one-day smartphone for us, with some reserve at the end of the day, but not enough to even see us through the middle of the next day. While some people want a multi-day battery life from the phone, we feel a day is enough, as you can always charge overnight.

And charging at night is what you’re likely to do with the Galaxy A52s, as charging is very slow, meaning charging at midday can be a frustrating experience. So hopefully you don’t spend all day on mobile data with a weak signal only to need a lot of it. Samsung is lagging behind in the fast charging game, and by a lot. The Galaxy A52s 4,500mAh battery takes an hour and a half to fully charge, which is 50-100% longer than most of its competitors. It’s about Samsung’s 25W charger, which thankfully comes in the box this time – the Galaxy A52 was capable of 25W charging, but only came with a 15W charger.

It’s not the case that Samsung really needs to get charging together, whether it’s for flagships or mid-rangers like this. Wireless charging isn’t offered here, but it’s the same price point for this segment, so we don’t think it’s a huge omission.

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Now  back to battery life, the screenshots above are snapshots of our experience over various days with 12-16 hours off the charger, with the initial Wi-Fi connection, about an hour or so on 5G, Bluetooth always on and connected to TWS will show you. Headphones for about two hours for calls and listening to music or podcasts. The location is also always on and there is about half an hour of GPS navigation with Waze or Google Maps daily. With similar usage, these screenshots show what you can expect, but keep in mind that any variation in usage will result in different numbers.

Checking the life of Samsung Galaxy A52s phone software

The Galaxy  A52s currently runs One UI 4.1, the latest version of Samsung’s skin on top of Android 12. So even though it’s a mid-ranger, it has the same software as the Korean company’s high-end devices. This is a big advantage. But while you get all the features that One UI 4.1 has to offer, you don’t get the smooth performance of the Galaxy S or Fold or Flip.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

As  we detailed on the previous page in the performance section of this review, this is the part where you will definitely feel that it is far from a premium device. This is not a situation we are happy with, but it is what it is. At least you have a full One UI 4.1 interface to work with, and not the Core version that lower-end A models have to make do with.

Updates

During  our recent long-term reviews of Samsung devices, we’ve consistently praised the company for making big strides in the software update game, and we’ll reiterate that it’s come a long way in recent years. . From being one of the slowest updates, it’s now among the fastest, and that’s even for mid-range phones like the Galaxy A52s, not just flagships.

It was updated to Android 12 with One UI 4.0 in January, and a few months later, in March, it received the One UI 4.1 update – remember that One UI 4.1 only came with the S22 family in February. For any other Android device manufacturer (with the exception of Google itself), this turnaround time would be unprecedented.

For Samsung, it’s just par for the course these days, and that’s refreshing to see, as is the company’s promise of three years of major Android updates and four years of security patches for the A52s. This is more than the flagships of many competitors! The current version of One UI 4.1 on our Galaxy A52s review unit has a security patch level of June 1, 2022, and thus is by no means outdated (take note, Xiaomi!).

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However  , all is not rosy – the initial Android 12 update with One UI 4.0 introduced a lot of bugs. We haven’t seen too many of them in the current build – the only ones we have to deal with are listed on the previous page in the performance section. But it goes to show once again that while mid-rangers may receive updates almost as quickly as flagships, they don’t receive the same care and quality control. At least not yet – hopefully this will change in the future.

Attributes

The skin  has evolved a lot since its inception, but it still looks and feels like a regular Samsung phone, with countless options and settings for anything you can possibly imagine (and many things we We bet you’ve never thought of that). It’s clear that the ‘more is more’ design philosophy works in Korea, and if you enjoy long trips to the settings, the Galaxy A52s and its software will fully cater to you. You can easily spend hours there and go through every nook and cranny.

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The skin  has evolved a lot since its inception, but it still looks and feels like the usual Samsung fare, with countless options and settings for anything you could possibly imagine (and many things we We bet you’ve never thought of that). It’s clear that the ‘more is more’ design philosophy works in Korea, and if you enjoy long trips to the settings, the Galaxy A52s and its software will fully cater to you. You can easily spend hours there and go through every nook and cranny.

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This  has been a long-standing problem of ours with One UI, and it still remains unchanged. The same goes for other Android skins, if you long press the power button, you’ll get a power menu with options to reboot or shut down your device. Not on Samsung though – you’ll get Bixby by default. Once again this can easily be changed back to what it should have been – but it’s only easy if you know it’s possible. It doesn’t help that the settings menu calls the power button the “side key” for some reason. 

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Bixby’s continued  existence, despite its apparent inferiority to the existing Google Assistant, ties into another common theme with Samsung phones – repetitiveness. You have a lot of Samsung-made apps that feel like they were created just to copy Google’s existing apps (which in most, but not all, cases are far superior). And then the epitome of the whole thing is the fact that you have two app stores on the Galaxy A52s, because Samsung can’t afford not to have one. 

If you’ve used another Samsung in recent years, you’re no doubt used to these shenanigans, which don’t make the situation confusing for newcomers to the brand, nor do they make sense of the situation. The end user either way, but if you could ask Samsung, they’d probably say something about how it’s nice to have more options.

And this brings us to the “more is more” philosophy. Love it or hate it, it’s here to stay — and in some ways we don’t care, because it seems like the opposite of what Apple likes to do, and having such opposites in the market is a bonus. It is for variety. A choice we are all for

dark mode

One UI 4.1  comes with all the features you’ve come to expect from an Android skin in 2022. It has a dark mode that does the job well enough without overdoing the settings. You can turn it on from dusk to sunrise or with a custom time range, and that’s it. There’s no control over how dark it goes, and no forcing a dark mode on apps that don’t have one of their own. Both of these options are available in other Android skins, but not here.

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Gesture navigation is also supported on this phone, and it works well. That said, at the default gesture sensitivity settings, we found that our swipes up to go home were interpreted as scrolling most of the time, leading to a lot of frustration. A sensitivity slider to the lowest or highest position fixes this problem, although we can’t say we understand why either extreme would achieve the same effect. However, if you’re bothered by swiping up to go home being misinterpreted as vertical scrolling, play with that slider – it should fix your problems.

Launcher, wallpapers

The  launcher is fairly basic in terms of customization, and it’s strange when it comes to the app drawer, which moves horizontally, like on home screens, and not vertically, like other app drawers. Since you swipe up to reveal the app drawer, we think it makes more sense to scroll vertically, but that might just be a preference. Similarly, the fact that the drawer is, by default, seemingly random rather than alphabetically sorted.

Sure, there’s a setting you can change to get back to normal Android behavior, because of course there is. But even then, folders (yes, the app drawer has folders for a reason) don’t stick to it and are always shown first, because Samsung engineers probably think of the app drawer as a file manager on a computer. We don’t know for sure, but what else can we assume given this behavior?

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Next  , if you enjoy delayed scrolling, you can add the Google Discover or Samsung Free… feed to the left side of your home screen. Samsung Free is by far the longest part of the UI, so maybe it’s good to have the experience just for that? We didn’t find any other use for it anyway.

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The recent apps view  is thankfully what you’d expect from an Android skin, with a horizontally scrolling list of app icons that you can swipe through. Below these, by default, are four icons for suggested apps that the phone thinks you want to access. Their algorithm was already better in previous iterations of One UI, but we still found it decent on the Galaxy A52s. It managed to guess the app we were looking for about 75% of the time, which isn’t outstanding, but it’s not bad either. And when it does it right, it saves seconds of scrolling.

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Since  this is Android 12, the UI color scheme can be pulled from your chosen wallpaper, and you can choose from a few options – Samsung couldn’t be Samsung here and offer additional color palettes, while Google just automatically creates one at a time. When you change your wallpaper so this method requires an extra click here because you also have to choose the palette you want. Although it’s more complicated than it should be, it’s still nice to have this super quick and easy way to customize UI colors and basically have a fresh new theme every time you get a new wallpaper.

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Speaking of  which, the Galaxy Store has a wide selection of them, both free and paid, which is great because the ones they include aren’t much to write home about. There are also not many of them. There’s an option to have a different lock screen wallpaper (from multiple categories) every time you unlock the phone, which is great, but we still can’t understand why you can’t have a similar system for the home screen wallpaper. When you want to make a change, you still have to apply it manually.

Other features

One  UI has a few built-in “ecosystem” features, like Continue apps on other devices, that sync data across Samsung products but only work with a small subset of apps. Calling and texting on other devices is also available, which can be very useful if you have multiple Samsung phones. There’s also a link to Windows, which is useful if you have a Windows device and don’t want to pick up your phone while you’re working.

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A  special lab area in Settings allows you to force multi-window functionality to all apps, as many still don’t support it. You can even hide the status bar in Split Screen view (and the navigation bar if you’re using it instead of gestures) to gain some display real estate – but if you do, you’ll have to swipe down once. Swipe to see the status bar and then swipe again to get the notification panel.

Samsung Galaxy A52s camera review

The rear camera setup of the Galaxy A52s stands out compared to some of its competitors due to the presence of optical image stabilization (OIS) on its main camera. It also has a higher resolution than usual for this ultra-wide shooter at the price, so we were very curious to test these out.

The main camera produces decent images in daytime conditions, which are decent for the price, but not really outstanding in any way. There’s a fairly wide dynamic range, and a very pervasive ‘Samsung look’ throughout, with high contrast and sharpness, as well as colors that sometimes pop a bit too much.

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People seem  to love this look for sharing on social media, so we understand why, but it still feels a little too much for our eyes in some photos. While these images aren’t bad by any means for the price, we have to admit that given Samsung’s extensive experience in making phones with great cameras, we were expecting a little from the Galaxy A52s. Alas, they are still limited to higher prices.

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The ultra-wide camera  also produces good images. We appreciate the extra clarity compared to what most competitors offer in their 8MP ultra-wide cameras. Softness is visible around the edges, as you’d expect from a non-flagship ultra-wide, and the color science seems quite different compared to the original camera. It’s not really noticeable unless you look for it, but you’ll see it when you do. This snapper certainly won’t win any awards, but it’s good and reliable at its job, and probably better than any 8MP ultra-wide on any competing device.

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While  the Galaxy A52s lacks a proper telephoto camera (like almost all phones at this price point), it’s unsurprising that there’s a double-shift in the viewfinder. Messing with this uses the native camera’s clippings, and the results can sometimes be very soft. They are usable in small mode, but we probably wouldn’t recommend shooting in this mode too much, as the delta quality is quite noticeable compared to 1x shots. On the other hand, you still get a lot of detail and relatively low noise.

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At  night, the main camera produces decent photos with good detail and relatively low noise. However, in many scenes, these can become too obvious.

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Using  night mode helps restore highlights and results in even more detailed photos, but sharpening is even more aggressive than auto mode, and shadows can be crushed.

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The ultra-wide camera  struggles in low light, but much less so than the 8MP sensors typically found in smartphones at this price point. The photos it produces are noticeably softer than those from the original sensor, and also have less detail, but still look barely usable most of the time – at least if there are light sources around. Dynamic range is also better than we expected, though we didn’t win any awards.

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Using  Night Mode generally enhances shadows and restores highlights, at the expense of over-sharpening in some scenes, which can result in artifacts that may render the image unusable. Therefore, it is not very easy to recommend which mode for night photography, because both automatic and night mode have advantages and disadvantages.

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2x shots  at night have a lot more noise than 1x shots, and are also often accompanied by sharp artifacts, otherwise not too bad. Good for quick social media sharing if needed.

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Using  night mode for these usually results in a watercolor-like effect, as all the aggressive processing proves too much to do. You’ll get a (barely) usable photo though, but otherwise, if you don’t like the watercolor look, it’s best to avoid this mode when zooming.

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Selfies  can be taken in two ‘field of view’ modes, narrow and wide, with the former being the default, although you can change it if you don’t like it. You probably won’t, because it’s a little too close for comfort, and if you’re trying to fit more than one person into a shot, you can forget about it. This is where wide mode comes in handy.

The pictures are good, have a lot of detail and not a lot of noise. Skin tones aren’t always accurate, but otherwise these shots are fine during the day. At night that all changes, and even with the flash filling the screen, you’ll get dark and noisy photos unless you’re around a light source. If you find one, you’ll obviously get worse quality than the day, but you might still be able to get a few usable selfies to send your friends.

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Overall  , the Galaxy A52s’ camera system is good for its price point, with a better ultra-wide than most competitors, and a decent main sensor that adds peace of mind OIS for longer exposures in night mode. It’s not a bad flagship camera, but in terms of quality, it’s not always head and shoulders above the crowd at a similar price point.

We should also mention that during the several weeks of using the phone for this long-term review, we never encountered any issues with the camera app. Although it’s slow to change sensors and sometimes save your shots, it never crashes or freezes, so the shooting experience isn’t disrupted.

Summary

At its current asking price, the Galaxy  A52s is a great value proposition, perhaps the best value any A-series device has ever had. So if you want a mid-range Samsung and don’t want to feel like you’ve paid more, this is probably the option to go for even today with its supposed successor, the A53, available. As we mentioned earlier, depending on the chipset used, it might be better to consider the A73 as the true successor to the A52s, but that’s up to you. Either way, they’re both already more expensive than the Galaxy A52, while not offering much to justify the price difference.

The Galaxy A52s comes with Samsung’s extended software update promise of three years of major Android updates and four years of security updates, which is currently unmatched in the mid-range space outside of Google and Apple. So, if a long update window is important to you and you don’t want to spend flagship-level money, then again, this is the option to go for.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

With  all that said, the Galaxy A52s is definitely not the complete package, even for the price, and while updates are delivered on time and reliably, some have introduced bugs in the past, so not everything is up to snuff. . And while we’re on the subject of software, One UI 4.1 on the A52s looks and feels the same as One UI 4.1 on Samsung’s flagship, but it doesn’t feel the same.

Some of that is undoubtedly due to the inferior chipset, but not all of it – the same Snapdragon 778G seems faster in some competing devices. Our obvious suspicion here is that Samsung simply isn’t optimizing the A series software as much as it is now finally doing for the S line and its foldables, and that’s an area where things will definitely need to be addressed in the future. It will improve. It’s a shame that reasonably capable hardware is paired with a relatively poor software experience.

The Galaxy A52s’ battery capacity won’t break any records, but in real-world use it reliably lasted us a full day, never worrying about running out of power on a single charge. That’s good, because slow charging doesn’t exactly make midday fast charging very useful. It’s nice to see a Samsung device still come with a charger in the box, and it actually supports 25W charging, which is the maximum the phone can do – unlike the A52, which was able to It was 25 watts, but it had a 15-watt charger. inside the box Charging speed is another area where improvements have been delayed for Samsung devices (regardless of their price).

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

The  screen is perhaps the best part of this phone, and that’s great because the screen is what you look at when you use it. This is a high quality panel that is among the best (if not the best) you can find at this price. The 120Hz refresh rate is welcome, and if you’re not expecting flagship brightness levels, you’ll find that it’s good enough to be discernible even on a sunny summer day. Only just, but still.

The cameras are generally good, with the ultra-wide being surprisingly well-closed, above the phone’s price, and consistently delivering better results than the competition. The main camera isn’t bad but it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a mid-ranger, the only thing that stands out is the presence of OIS, which is still rare at this price.

Performance and smoothness are a bit lower than we expected, if you’ve ever used the Redmi Note 10 Pro or any other Redmi with a Snapdragon 720G/730G/732G, things here will be incredibly familiar – but with 5G support. Added, which is much less of a differentiator today than it used to be, and yet it’s still nice to have.

Samsung Galaxy A52s long-term review

At  its current price, we don’t think we’d call this Samsung’s mid-range smartphone the best mid-range smartphone ever, but with more attention and attention to the software experience, it could be the best mid-range smartphone of 2022.

As it is, there are competitors that feel faster and smoother, so ultimately it’s up to you whether you care about the A52s features that those competitors can’t match: extensive software support, screen quality, OIS . On the main camera, ultra-wide image quality, IP67 water and dust resistance, and even branding on the back, because some people don’t want to stray from the Apple-Samsung duopoly.

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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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Is Telegram really safe?

Telegram is not very popular in America and Canada for some reason (140 million monthly users of Facebook Messenger against only 10 million users of Telegram!), But it is extremely popular all over the world and its number of monthly users reached 800 million in 2023. This service, which was filtered in Iran a few years ago, still has a large number of users and by adding new features in each update, it increases the number of users day by day.

Telegram, with its diverse capabilities, fast performance, and special benefits such as free cloud space, is definitely considered one of the best, and for this reason, it has many fans in Iran; But when it comes to user security and privacy, everyone has a different answer. If you ask the founder of Telegram, he says that this messenger has great security, but this platform is not on the list of the most secure messengers in the world. In the following article, we have tried to find a convincing answer to this controversial question as much as possible.

Telegram is born

The date of birth of the Telegram messenger application goes back to August 23, 1392, which was first released for the iOS operating system. At that time, Telegram did not have many features, but due to its cloud infrastructure and the permanent storage of chats and content sent in the company’s cloud servers, it was still one ahead of its fierce competitors, Viber and WhatsApp.

Nikolay and Pavel Durov, founders and developers of Telegram, released the Android version of this messenger after two months. Since the Durov brothers were from Russia and owned a large part of the shares of the social network VK, there were many concerns about the security of information on this messenger and the possibility of the Russian government controlling and monitoring users.

The social network VK was also developed by the Durov brothers, but according to them, the company is now owned by the Russian government. Pavel Durov, CEO of Telegram, left Russia in 2014 due to pressure to provide user information to the government and sold all his shares in VK.

Although the business name “Telegram” is registered as a limited liability company in Dubai, there is not much information about the offices, infrastructure, and possible sponsors of this messenger. According to the claims of former employees of VK, a number of Telegram developers live in Russia and in the city of St. Petersburg, but Pavel Durov called this claim unfounded and said that in order to avoid pressure from governments and protect the security of users, the Telegram team moves from one country to another every year. places

Durov brothers - Nikolay on the right and Pavel on the leftDurov brothers; Nikolai Durov on the right and Pavel Durov on the left

According to Pavel Durov, after leaving Russia in 2014, he decided to establish the main office of the Telegram messenger in Berlin, but due to the pressure of the German government to access user information, Telegram had to leave this country and transfer the servers to another country. It became another

Since 2017, Telegram has chosen Dubai as its headquarters. In the FAQ section of Telegram, it is written 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.

Is Telegram safe and does it protect our data?

If we want to answer briefly, Telegram is safe in most cases; This means that all exchanged messages are partially encrypted, but end-to-end encryption, which makes it impossible for even the service provider to access the messages, is only available in calls and Secret Chat; While messengers such as WhatsApp and Signal support end-to-end encryption by default in normal chats

Of course, another advantage of Secret Chat in Telegram is that you can automatically delete sent messages, images, audio messages, and videos after they have been viewed by the recipient of the message.

Telegram logo inside the phone and black and blue background

These days, end-to-end encryption is the first word in the security of messengers; Because when you use end-to-end encryption or E2EE to send an email or message to someone, no hacker, neither government nor even corporate, can access the text of your message. In this type of encryption, messages are mixed in such a way that only the intended sender or receiver can decode the message, and therefore, it is considered the highest level of security.

There is no end-to-end encryption in normal Telegram messages

However many users do not know that in normal messages and content sent in Telegram groups and channels, there is no end-to-end encryption and the ability to automatically clear posts, and to increase the security of messages, it is necessary to use secret chat. As a result, when you send a message normally on Telegram, the content of the message is stored and accessible on Telegram servers. Telegram’s main reason for this decision is that most of the groups and channels are public and use them to send messages to a large number of users.

On the other hand, malicious users and profit-seeking people can use the great potential of Telegram groups and channels to commit fraud and publish immoral, misleading, and violent content.

In the past years, some Telegram groups and channels caused big problems by publishing inappropriate content. Of course, like other social networks, Telegram has its own rules and policies, and in this regard, it has developed algorithms to deal with content that violates its rules; However, it seems that he was able to use these algorithms 100% effectively. Finally, users themselves must report inappropriate content.

For more protection against this type of content, you can activate options such as Restricted Mode, which automatically detects and filters inappropriate images, by referring to Telegram’s security and privacy settings from Settings > Privacy and Security.

Another feature that is recommended to disable is People Nearby, which makes it possible to communicate with users near you. This feature can become a dangerous tool in the hands of hackers to access your exact geographical location. To disable People Nearby, go to Contacts > Find People Nearby and click on the Stop Showing Me option; This will change the option to “Make Myself Visible”.

Only the Telegram application is open source; Messages are encrypted with a proprietary protocol

For even more security, you can completely cut off Telegram’s access to your location; To do this on iOS, go to Settings > Privacy and Security > Location Services > Telegram and select Never from the Allow Location Access tab. On Android phones, go to Settings > Apps > Telegram and turn off the Location option from the Permissions section.

Another important thing you should know about Telegram security is that its openness is only related to the client application, and this messenger uses a special protocol called MTProto to encrypt user messages on the server side. Security researchers believe that to increase the security of the system, the use of standard encryption protocols is preferable to proprietary protocols. The reason for this is the possibility of identifying the vulnerability of protocols and fixing them quickly.

Does Telegram collect user data?

Like other messengers, Telegram stores some user data on its servers for 12 months; Including username, username change history, details of the device on which the messenger is installed, application usage habits, and users’ IP address. Of course, none of this data is used for advertising or commercial purposes, but there is always a possibility that under the pressure of governments, Telegram will have to provide this information.

Read more: Is WhatsApp better or Telegram? Comparison of WhatsApp and Telegram

How do we increase the security of our Telegram?

To increase the security of Telegram, we recommend the following steps:

Enabling Two-Step Verification

To activate this feature, go to Settings – Privacy and Security. Note that by enabling two-step verification, the possibility of hacker interception and access to your user account is almost zero.

Limit the information you share with others

Hide your mobile number, bio text, and profile picture from others. Also, in chatting with people you don’t know, strictly avoid providing information such as your real name, location, and any other information that will lead to finding your other accounts on the Internet.

Use secret chat as much as possible

Sometimes friends and family members may be in the same group, but to ensure the maximum security of chats, use secret chat with end-to-end encryption support instead of regular chat.

Join groups and channels with caution

If you don’t know a group or channel, never join it. Remember that the channel admin and other group members can access your account and save information such as your name and profile picture. Also, avoid emotional attachment to people you don’t know.

Avoid sending money or your bank card information to strangers

Today, fraudsters may pretend to be a support specialist, bank employee, or anyone else you think is trustworthy in order to access your bank account. In order to avoid fraud in Telegram, remember that you never need to pay money or share bank account information through Telegram to do anything. After all, in many cases, by checking the user ID or the person’s number and asking the relevant organizations, it is possible to verify the fraudsters’ claim.

Avoid clicking on suspicious links

If a stranger poses as a support expert or office worker and forces you to click on anonymous links, never accept their request. Due to the fact that most phishing attacks, infecting the victim’s system with malware, stealing information, and internet sabotage are done using malicious and anonymous links, avoid clicking on these types of links.

If something is too dreamy, doubt it

We all know that the probability of winning the lottery, finding amazing discounts, or encountering rare opportunities in life is very low, and if someone makes such claims on the Telegram platform, we should doubt his claim and identity. The best way to deal with such situations is not to respond to strangers.

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Samsung Galaxy A55 vs Galaxy S23 FE

It’s an unlikely thing to compare the Samsung Galaxy A55 to the Galaxy S23 FE in an article, but Samsung’s pricing strategy made us compare the two phones. After launching this year’s popular Galaxy A55 at around €450 (now just over €400), the company has positioned it very close to its budget flagship, the Galaxy S23 FE.

Samsung Galaxy A55 vs Galaxy S23 FE

But these two phones are by no means created equal. The Galaxy S23 FE is still more expensive than the Galaxy A55 (it now retails for around €500), but it also offers a flagship-like experience, while the A55 tries to strike a good balance between hardware and cost. They have two different target audiences and very similar price tags.

  • Designing
  • screen
  • battery life
  • charge
  • Speaker test
  • Function
  • cameras
  • Summary

Before we compare, head over to our specs page and compare the Galaxy A55 vs S23 FE to see what we’re expecting in this comparison.

Size comparison

Comparison of Galaxy A55 and S23 FE

The Galaxy A55 and S23 FE are similar in size, but there are some notable differences. The S23 FE is the more compact choice, with a slightly smaller screen (0.2-inch difference) resulting in a shorter and slightly slimmer body.

The difference in absolute size may not seem like much on paper, but you can feel the difference by holding the two side by side.

The Galaxy S23 FE feels more comfortable in the hand due to its rounded side bezel. It feels better in the hand, as the Galaxy A55’s sharp edges sink into your palm. On the other hand, others will like the A55’s visual design more.

Build quality is pretty much the same – Gorilla Glass sheets on the front and back are held by aluminum side frames. Notably, the A55 leads the way with a newer Victus+ Gorilla Glass sheet on the front, while the S23 FE settles for Gorilla Glass 5. Instead, given the S23 FE’s higher IP68 ingress protection compared to it, you might have a bit more peace of mind. to IP67 A55, which means that its water resistance is slightly higher.

Samsung Galaxy A55 vs Galaxy S23 FE (Exynos)

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Comparison of Galaxy A55 and S23 FE

Apart from the screen size, the Galaxy A55 and S23 FE have identical displays. If you’re looking for a slightly larger panel, the 6.6-inch OLED A55 will probably suit you, while the 6.4-inch OLED S23 FE will appeal to users looking for a more compact solution.

Both screens support HDR10+. They tick at 120Hz, the resolution is 1080p+, and we measured maximum brightness in manual and auto mode. The latter is equally bright with both – around  1000 nits.

Read more: Poco X6 Pro vs Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus

Battery Life

The difference in battery life between the two devices is night and day, and the smaller cell inside the Galaxy S23 FE is partly to blame.

The A55 has a standard 5,000 mAh unit, while the S23 FE settles for a 4,500 mAh battery. But the difference in endurance is so great that we can’t blame total capacity alone.

Note that we’re comparing the A55 to the Exynos version of the Galaxy S23 FE because the A55 isn’t available in the US yet, where you’ll usually find the Snapdragon S23 FE, which objectively has better battery life in all tests.

The Galaxy A55 beats the Exynos S23 FE in battery endurance tests. The average active use rating is 13:27 hours versus the S23 FE’s 8:28 hour active use rating.

Comparison of Galaxy A55 and S23 FE

Despite the larger screen, the A55 scored better in all four tests. The video playback time was twice as long. The Exynos 1480 is much more battery-friendly than the flagship Exynos 2200.

Charging Speed

The charging speed is not suitable for any of these two phones. Samsung has rated the charging capability of the A55 and S23 FE at 25 watts compared to the Power Delivery standard. Neither comes with a charger in the retail box either.

As expected, the difference in charge time is negligible despite the S23 FE’s smaller cell. The two seem equally slow at 15 and 30 minutes, but the A55 beats the S23 FE by a few minutes at the end of the charge cycle. However, the difference will remain negligible in the real world.

Comparison of Galaxy A55 and S23 FE

It is important to note the S23 FE’s wireless charging capabilities, which the A55 lacks. The former also supports 15W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, which can be useful for your wearable accessories that support wireless charging.

Speaker Test

The two phones share a similar hybrid stereo speaker setup, meaning one of the speakers doubles as a phone. But the tuning seems to be very different as well as the volume.

The Galaxy S23 FE is undoubtedly louder, reaching a loudness score of  -23.7 LUFS, with the A55   trailing at -25.7 LUFS, but still rated as ‘Very Good’.

Comparison of Galaxy A55 and S23 FE
However, upon closer inspection, the Galaxy A55 might be a better choice when it comes to sound quality. The Galaxy S23 FE’s bass is a bit deeper, but it’s barely noticeable. The A55 sounds cleaner overall, with more pronounced vocals and less distortion at high volume levels.

Function

To no one’s surprise, the Galaxy S23 FE outperforms the Galaxy A55 by a large margin. After all, the Exynos 2200 in the S23 FE is a flagship chipset, and the Exynos 1480 is a mid-range chip, even though it was recently released.

Comparison of Galaxy A55 and S23 FE

The memory configuration is the same, with both devices offering 8GB/128GB by default, capping the internal storage capacity at 256GB. The S23 FE only gives you up to 8GB of RAM, while the A55 can expand up to 12 GB. The second one also has a microSD card slot.

Benchmark Performance

We already know that the S23 FE (Exynos 2200) is more powerful, but by how much? Well, in pure CPU benchmarks, the Exynos 2200 outperforms the Exynos 1480 by around 18%, and the gap widens in single-core tasks – up to 41%.

Samsung Galaxy A55 vs Galaxy S23 FE

 

In mixed workloads, such as the AnTuTu 10 test, the difference is hard to ignore. The Exynos 2200 is about 56% faster than the Exynos 1480, and the Xclipse 920 GPU is probably the main reason for that.

An even bigger gap can be seen in GPU-based tests like 3DMark Wild Life, where the Galaxy A55’s Xclipse 530 GPU is more than twice as slow as the S23 FE’s Xclipse 920.

Camera Comparison

Interestingly, these two devices have very similar camera systems. They offer 50MP primary cameras using a 1/1.56-inch sensor size, f/1.8 aperture, and 1.0μm pixels. Both are also optically stabilized. The only difference is in the vendors.

The ultra-wide cameras are pretty much the same too – 12MP with f/2.2 aperture and a 123-degree field of view. Although the S23 FE has a slightly larger sensor behind the optics.

The Galaxy S23 FE is a more versatile solution as it has an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x zoom. That alone might sway buyers who are on the fence about the better photography solution of the two.

Image Quality

In terms of actual image quality, these two devices take very similar photos with their primary cameras. We can hardly find any meaningful difference between the two. However, the S23 FE’s ultra-wide resolution produces slightly better images – they’re cleaner and have a wider dynamic range.

The 3x telephoto camera beats the A55’s 2x zoom crop any day of the week. This is a very clear cut.

Galaxy A55: 0.6x Galaxy A55: 1x Galaxy A55: 2x
Galaxy A55: 0.6x • 1x • 2x
Galaxy S23 FE: 0.6x Galaxy S23 FE: 1x Galaxy S23 FE: 3x
Galaxy S23 FE: 0.6x • 1x • 3x

The S23 FE excels at night with better image processing and quality. It may be because the ISP chipset is more capable. Overall, images are cleaner and offer a wider dynamic range.

Summary

Looking at the specs sheet, the Galaxy S23 FE is more affordable despite the higher price tag. Under the hood, it has superior hardware and is also a more capable photographer. And if you’re looking for a more compact and convenient solution, the Galaxy S23 FE will certainly fit your palm better.

A deeper look reveals that the Galaxy A55 can get you a good chunk of the same distance for a slightly lower price. The A55 surprises with far superior battery life, identical display quality and specs, comparable performance of the main camera in various scenarios, and possibly a better stereo speaker setup.

So, unless raw camera performance and versatility aren’t your top priority, the Galaxy A55 is the more sensible choice of the two.

Samsung Galaxy A55

Advantages of Samsung Galaxy A55:

  • lower price.
  • Longer battery life
  • More beautiful speakers
  • Bigger screen

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE

Advantages of Samsung Galaxy S23 FE:

  • More powerful camera setup.
  • Much better performance
  • Slightly louder speakers
  • More compact and convenient design.

Source: ٖGSMARENA.COM

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