Cheap phones are have a moment. For the first time, you can pay just $ 250 for a smartphone and expect it to receive security updates for four years. You will find a smooth performance that can crush most smartphone tasks, even games, and take pleasant pictures that do not make you want to stick your eyes out. That’s my experience Samsung Galaxy A13 5G.
This Android phone may not look so great – its plastic-like build feels cheap and attracts so many fingerprints – but I’ve been using it for almost a month without a problem. If you hate spending money on a phone and do not care about having the best cameras, the A13 5G has the basics at a very low price.
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For cheap phones, you at least need a device that can run all your favorite apps and games without too much nicks or delay. The Mediatek Dimensity 700 processor inside the Galaxy A13 5G succeeds here. Apps open relatively quickly, switching between them is fast, and I have rarely seen this phone slow down. Even games like Pako forever and Dead cells worked excellently on the device.
There is a 5,000 mAh battery cell that keeps the A13 5G running for more than a full day. If you’re conservative enough, you can get two full days out of this phone, but most of the time I ended up with one and a half full days of battery life. Like most cheap phones, there is no wireless charging and do not expect it to recharge to 100 percent fast.
You only get 64 gigs of storage, which is on the low side for a phone at this price, but there is a MicroSD card slot that lets you expand that space if you need more. Other benefits include NFC, so you can make contactless payments with Google Pay (a must-have on any phone, in my opinion), an on / off button that acts as a fingerprint sensor, and a headphone jack.
Samsung’s software interface is not as simple as you would find on phones like the Moto G Stylus 2022 or OnePlus Nord N20 5G – and there are many Samsung apps – but you can uninstall many of them and there is still quite a bit of customization. Samsung has a leg up on its peers when it comes to software support: It promises two OS upgrades and four years of security updates. No other phone in this price range comes close. (A13 5G was launched on Android 11, but has already been updated to Android 12, and it will also get Android 13.)
The screen is one of the few parts of this phone that is disappointing. It is a low resolution LCD panel with a screen refresh rate of 90 Hz. Sure interacting with the screen feels pretty smooth. But if you look closely, things may seem blurry. This did not greatly affect my experience using the phone, but the poor screen brightness did. It can be difficult to read the screen when you are outdoors in direct sunlight, and it does not help that Samsung’s auto brightness function is slow to adjust. Most of the time I had to manually adjust the screen brightness.
The camera system will not win any awards either. Do not be fooled by the triple camera system. It is a 50-megapixel main camera paired with a 2-megapixel macro and 2-megapixel depth camera. The latter is only useful for enhancing images in portrait mode with a more precise blur effect, and I have rarely found a need for the macro camera (which lets you take super-close-ups of objects).