Samsung Galaxy A50 review: one of the best cheap phones – CNET

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The Galaxy A50 is one of nine (!) Remarkable Galaxy phones that Samsung released this year Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, as well as Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E, S10 5G and the coming Galaxy Fold due in September, At $ 350 (£ 309, AU $ 500), the A50 is the cheapest phone in the world and one of two of the best options for a solid Android phone under $ 400. (For more You can find cell phones under $ 500 in our overview.)

That other choice is the $ 300 (£ 189, AU $ 349) Motorola Moto G7, In recent years, the Motorola G-series has been consistently ranked as our preferred budget phone, and the G7 continues this legacy as an exceptional phone for its price.

All in all, we still love the Moto G7. It is a fantastic, affordable phone and has won our editorial team's choice for its affordable price, good camera and reliable performance. But I think the Galaxy A50 is better, even if it's a little more expensive. That is why it deserves a choice from the editors. If you have $ 50 left, opt for the Galaxy A50 over the Moto G7. Although it doesn't record 4K video and I'm not a big fan of Samsung's One UI, the A50's superior camera, sleeker design, and longer battery life make it a better phone.

The Galaxy A50 looks better, but has no water protection

Although both phones are similar in size and design, there are a few details that make the Galaxy A50 stand out over the Moto G7. For example, the Moto G7 has a larger bump on the back of the camera. Having a bump is not a deal breaker, and many phones have it, including the iPhone. The Galaxy A50's camera is much redder, looks flatter and slimmer. The notch of the screen camera for the front-facing camera is also smaller, so that it is less noticeable when looking at the display. Finally, the device looks more seamless overall, as the Galaxy A50 has a built-in fingerprint scanner. The Moto G7, on the other hand, has a visible reader on the back, which is decorated with the Motorola logo (and there is also a Motorola logo on the front, on the lower bezel), which is not so appealing.

In addition, the Galaxy A50 has an AMOLED display compared to the LCD screen of the Moto G7. Although both phones have approximately the same resolution and pixel density, the Galaxy A50's screen is brighter and the colors are much more vivid. Blacks are much darker and also inkier. If you look at both phones from different angles, the color shift is also stronger on the Moto G7. This means that the colors are washed out dramatically and the screen appears darker at certain angles.

An advantage of the Moto G7 is that it is slightly water-repellent. You can't completely submerge it under water, but it has a nano-coating that protects it from light water jets and splashes. Samsung has not added water protection to the A50.

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The tracking shot on the A50 is less noticeable.

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Aren't you interested in 4K videos? The camera of the Galaxy A50 is superior

Both the Galaxy A50 and the Moto G7 take clear and bright photos when the conditions are ideal, for example in environments with a lot of even lighting. While the Galaxy A50 can only record 1080p video (compared to the 4K maximum of the Moto G7), the Galaxy A50's camera is ahead of the Moto G7 in many ways.

Images are sharper so you can see finer details in things like leaves and bricks. In poor lighting conditions, the A50 brightens and prints colors, while photos taken with the G7 become more mushy with much cloudy and washed-out colors. The A50 also has a wider dynamic range, which means that scenes with different lighting situations are exposed more evenly compared to the Moto G7. I noticed that the A50's HDR effect sometimes seemed a little too unrealistic, but I still preferred it to the Moto G7. The Galaxy A50 also has a second wide-angle camera, so you can capture more content in each picture. This is useful if you want to take in wide landscapes and landscapes.

The Galaxy A50 (left) brightened this scene and has a greater dynamic range than the Moto G7 (right).

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