Samsung Galaxy A42 5G review

Hey everyone! Samsung's A-series lineup has
always been about well-balanced mid-rangers. This generation is no different. The Galaxy A42
is one of the cheapest 5G phones that you can buy. This elegant device is all about performance and connectivity
at the expense of some other aspects of the mobile experience. If you're interested in a 5G phone that won't break the bank,
is this the one to get? I'm Angie for GSMArena and this is our review
of the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G.

The A42 has an unusual design. While it has rather average dimensions
for a 2020 smartphone, it has four different shaded bars at its back,
which have a unique Prism Dot look. You have three shades to choose from: white, gray, and black. At 193 grams, it's both heavier and larger than the Galaxy A41,
in part due to the huge increase in battery capacity. The plastic back panel curves to the glossy frame on the sides,
which makes it less grippy than we would like, and it's a fingerprint magnet if we've ever seen one. Overall though, it's comfortable in the hand
and you can always put a case on it for a better grip.

You'll find clicky keys on the sides and a card slot that allows for expanding
the generous 128GB you get as base storage. Turn the Galaxy A42 around and you'll find
a 6.6-inch SuperAMOLED screen with a notch at the top. The bezels are a bit thick in comparison to many phones out these days. Still, it's an affordable phone so it's not really an issue. There's a fingerprint reader under the display
and it's fast and accurate which is great.

You can always use face recognition if that's more your thing. What will be disappointing to some is the screen resolution. At 720p, it's a noticeable downgrade from previous A40 series phones. The A42 doesn't support HDR 10 either,
though it does have WideVine L1 DRM support, so you can stream FullHD videos even though the screen has a lower resolution. On the more bright side, the display got
a respectable 570nits of maximum brightness, so that is more than enough for good sunlight legibility.

We also found that the screen has very good color reproduction. This smartphone is a mid-ranger, so it's not surprising
to find a headphone jack and a single downward-facing speaker. The phone also supports FM radio, which is a little more unusual. The speaker had below-average loudness
but as far as audio quality was concerned, it offered a much richer sound than the A41,
with well-balanced mid and high tones.

One of the most impressive parts of
this phone is the battery capacity. It has a 5000mAh battery in comparison
to the 3500mAh that we saw on the A41. Thanks to the huge battery capacity,
the low-resolution display, and a power-efficient chipset, we got an amazing endurance score of 144 hours
in our battery life tests. Charging speed was less impressive, but considering
the beefiness of the battery, that doesn't come as a surprise. The 15W charger that comes with the phone can refill
27% of the battery in 30 minutes and 78% in 90 minutes. A full charge requires two hours. The phone uses the Snapdragon 750G 5G chipset with 4, 6, or 8GB of RAM. It's one of Qualcomm's newest chipsets. This is the second time that we've seen this chipset on a smartphone and it's proven to be quite capable, whether it's in gaming or day-to-day tasks. The chipset, in combination with a 720p display that doesn't need so much power, meant the Galaxy A42's gaming performance
was through the roof for a mid-ranger. The Galaxy A42 5G
sports Android 10 with One UI 2.5 on top. Unfortunately, the phone doesn't support an Always-on display, but otherwise, the software package is similar to that on other Samsung phones. There are edge panels you can access with a single
swipe to the side, gesture navigation, and a dark mode.

Interestingly, the phone doesn't come with
Samsung's browser, but it uses Chrome instead. When it comes to the cameras, the phone
has the same setup as the Galaxy A41, plus a depth sensor. What you're getting is a 48MP main snapper, an 8MP ultra-wide,
a 5MP macro cam, and the new 5MP depth sensor. The main camera outputs 12MP photos, and in daylight we saw a lot of resolved detail,
high contrast, low noise, and balanced dynamic range. We saw some minor softness on the edges
but it didn't detract from the overall experience. If you choose to dig in the menu and take a snap
using the full 48MP resolution, you'll get outstanding photos with even more detail,
better contrast, and more accurate colors. So if high detail is what you're after, it might be worth
switching to this mode for a photo or two. The 8MP ultra-wide camera was also respectable. Photos had enough detail and contrast, noise was low,
and the automatic distortion correction did a great job. Colors were duller than we'd like
and the dynamic range wasn't impressive, but those are the only complaints
we could come up with for the class.

Portraits were excellent,
in part thanks to the new depth sensor. We saw abundant detail, great contrast,
and proficient subject separation. The artificial blur looked good, too. The five megapixel macro photos were alright but we've seen better. It takes us four or five tries to get one sharp photo. You can capture tiny details, like the fine text on bills. But the quality isn't that good and it's more of a hassle than we'd like.

In low light, the main camera produced surprisingly good photos. They have enough detail and good contrast
and colors retained much of their saturation. AutoHDR was on and it fired in most of the shots,
but some highlights still remained blown. There's a Night mode available but only for the main camera
and it takes about two to three seconds to work. Photos are slightly cropped
and shots are outputted at 8MP instead of 12MP. That said, it did an excellent job restoring
highlights, revealing more details in the shadows, cleaning up noise, and improving the contrast. So you should definitely take advantage of it .

The ultra-wide was less impressive than the main
camera in low light, but if there was enough light, it could snap some usable images. The phone can shoot up to 4K at 30fps with both the primary and ultrawide cameras. 4K footage from the main camera had accurate colors,
excellent detail, adequate dynamic range, and great contrast. 4K clips from the ultrawide were also good, though not as great. The resolved detail was less than we would have liked
due to some noise reduction and colors were a bit oversaturated. Overall, it looked good though,
with nice contrast and nice dynamic range. EIS is available for both cameras,
but you can only use it when shooting FullHD videos. In the notch on the front, there's a 20MP snapper,
but it only outputs shots in 12MP.

Pictures didn't have quite as much detail
as we would have liked but contrast, colors, and dynamic range
were great when there was enough light. In darker conditions, the detail
deteriorated dramatically. The Galaxy A42 5G is a bit of a head-scratcher. There is a lot of competition out there and a lot of phones
with better screens or more balanced overall packages. If you watch a lot of video content,
this might not be the phone for you. But if you're chasing 5G connectivity, great performance,
and great battery life (not exactly in that order), then this is one of Samsung's smartphones
that you should definitely take a look at. Thanks for watching everyone,
stay safe, and I'll see you next time..

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Asus ROG Phone vs ROG Phone 2: Better in every way

Asus ROG Phone vs ROG Phone 2: Better in every way

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hey everyone this is Dom from tech
advisor here at in for 2019 in Berlin and I'm here with the new asus ROG or
Rog phone to know we see this was announced a month ago so you already
know a bit about it but here at IFA Asus has just announced the pricing and
release info for Europe so that seemed to me like the perfect excuse to stack
it against the first rog phone and see how the two compare and whether you
should be looking at an upgrade if you're an existing rog phone user or if
you don't own either but you're tempted which wants you to go for let's take a
look at the two phones side by side you'll straightaway see that while at first glance they're pretty similar there's actually a big difference
the rog phone 2 which is on the right is a lot taller and a little bit thinner
not a lot but there's a tiny fractional thinness but it feels thinner because
that extra height that's basically because they've gone to a nineteen point
five by nine display ratio in line with most of our flagship rather than the
kind of stockier boxier thing you'll see on the the first rog phone that's not
the only change to the display it's also showed up from ninety Hertz in the first
rock phone up to 120 Hertz in the second one still AMOLED still one millisecond
response time and still HDR – it's now got hdr 10 bit support so like you're already
looking up this is basically one of the best panels you can get on any phone
right now the original rog phone had a great panel
already but 120hz with one millisecond response and HDR I mean this is the only
phone you can buy right now that has a panel like that and it's hard to show on
video but that extra response where it just means everything is super smooth
and fluid whether the jump from 90 to 120 really makes a massive difference I
don't know that's probably gonna be harder to tell where that jump up to 90
is certainly a big deal and that makes both phones very very tempting
rest of the design kind of similar we've got the the fan ad on on both right now
so that blocks a bit of the back of the phone you can see there there's a very
similar aesthetic to the two similar to your camera setup though the specs are
different fingerprint sensor you'll see is gone so it's there on the original
Rog phone not on the rog phone 2 because it's now in
the display otherwise it's got this same sort of
angular cut out but you'll just see it's a little less pronounced on the new
opponent and like even on it like just unlock that lock that area even on the
fan you can see it's changing but there's more space here
it's a quiet of fan but still just as powerful they've both got the RGB
lighting here built on the fan the fan comes in the box by the way you don't
pay extra for that and if you don't have the fan on the the RGB panel on the back
of the phone itself lights up obviously the RGB is all customizable all that
kind of stuff that's pretty much the same between both inside it's also all
change so the original Rog phone Snapdragon 855
very fast to it when it came out the rog phone 2 hasn't just had the
upgrade to the 855 it's gone to the 855 plus an extra optimized
version the 855 so you're getting more than the year's benefits on top of
the eight five five has got another seven percent CPU performance 15 percent
GPU performance plus optimizations for a few specific games between this kind of
perform even faster in those supported titles like asphalt 9 so you're gonna
see like really phenomenal performance that's not even counting the other specs
so Ram – 8 gig in the original rog obviously they've gone up 12 gig total
overkill storage the original rog phone went up to 512 gigabytes previously Asus
announced that the rog phone 2 was also a 512 gigabyte phone we just found out
there's an Ultimate Edition that goes up to one terabyte of storage so you could
be 855 plus processor like the first phone in the world to have that 12
gigabyte RAM you're not gonna find a phone with more RAM than that terabyte
storage you're not gonna point phone with more
storage than that then battery original rock phone four thousand milliamp hours
rogue front to six thousand milliamp hours again outside of going into the
phones made by brands like energizer that are really focused on that kind of
thing you just will not find more battery than that in one phone so this
is like really phenomenal top spec for what you're getting in terms of those
sort of the gaming specific stuff there's been a few tweaks to as I've
already mentioned the fans been changed a bit you can also see this an extra bit
of RGB here on the updated fan there's also a whole range of other accessories
you've got to buy them separately but there's things like be the twin view
which gives you a second screen a bit like the LG V50 but more you know
optimized for gaming purposes that second screen is also 120hz and
comes with its own 5 thousand milliamp hour battery giving you a grand total 11
thousand milliamp hours between the two my favorite is probably the kunai
gamepad or kunai I think it's kunai which basically looks like a kind of set
of switch joycon controllers so you can use it as a remote controller or you
can sort of strap them to the side of the rog phone to turning it into a
basically a little mini switch and you know it doesn't feel quite as flawless
as a switch then there's a little bit of life delay and using it I found though
that may have just been the demo unit here but man like it's great having that
access to really solid physical controls if you just want to use the actual phone
itself both phones have the air triggers which are the little pressure sensitive
sections on here so that when you're holding the phone landscape they
basically serve as shoulder buttons if you want to use it to press down one
thing you'll find on the new rogue phone is there's some extra sensitivity
settings plus there's a new option to sort of slide along rather than just
squeeze in so you get a little bit more control over them we'll also see if we
go into the game center which has a nice you fancy animation we get a few more
options we have specific game profiles we can set there's only one set on this
device as you can see but we get more options here things like setting CPU
performance or refresh rate per game if we go into the console this is pretty
similar to what you've seen before again there's a few more archery options fan
speed RGB lighting options that's basically the same between the two but
there is one final software thing which is a little bit different which is that
if you buy the original road phone you are tied in to this kind of gamer-y
system interface which I actually quite liked I get a lot of flack on the
channel sometimes they're sort of making fun of like things that have too much
for gamer aesthetic I think it kind of works here and I quite like the look at
it but if you don't if you buy the rog phone 2 you can switch that off and
just switch to the Asus ZenUI which is what they use in their zenfone range
it's pretty close to stock Android I can't show you it right now but yeah
it's so much more sort of it's less flashy
it's more casual it might feel more suitable in a professional environment
and then you can switch back to the sort of rog UI when you really want a game
when you're in your free time and speaking of the zenfone final thing I
did talk about cameras briefly they've had a big upgrade so what we've got in
here now is actually the same camera setup you'll find in the zenfone 6 asus's
non-gaming flagship for the year so there's a forty eight megapixel main
lens and then a wide-angle to support it with Sony's flagship flagship sensor in
there powering it all you've got support for 4k video at 60fps a dedicated night
mode all that kind of stuff plus then the selfie camera is that a big boost to
24 megapixels so that will be a lot better for selfies but also given the
gaming thing if you want to stream as stream pushing yourself while you're
gaming also couldn't in the corner it's in a nice bar it's out of the way of
your landscape and it will get a nice angle of you for this at the top so yeah
I mean I'm normally the kind of person who when we're looking at like
year-on-year updates of phones I tend to be a skeptic about operating I tend to
say look stick on the old phone if you've got it or if you're looking to
find you one go with the old one it's going to be cheaper but I'm not she kind
of torn here because they have the same RRP 899 euros so that should mean
799 pounds $899 so that hasn't quite been confirmed just yet if you
want to get the terabyte version of the rog phone 2 that will jump up to 1199 euros so 300 euro difference again I assume the same in dollars and pounds that's a
big jump probably not worth it for most but if you're happy with the regular 512
model like it's the same price the other one will probably took down a bit just
because it's the older one there are so many updates across the board in the rog phone 2 everything like core specs camera design display accessories RGB
lights air triggers everything is better than it was before
and so it's really hard not to look at the first rog phone as proof of concept
and the rog phone 2 as the real deal alright yeah we're here
at IFA 2019 we're gonna be shooting more videos out here so like them
subscribe stay tuned check out and I cannot wait to get one of these in
and shoot an unboxing with it and hopefully do a full review

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