Samsung Galaxy A3 - Pros and Cons

So, as you may be aware, I have got a new phone. This phone arrived on Wednesday last week and it is a Samsung Galaxy A3. In this post, I will be talking about the phone and giving a basic overview and review, mainly so that you can see if the phone is worth it.

So, I must say, I do like this phone. Yeah, I prefer Windows, but the simple fact of the matter is that the choice is limited when it comes to Windows Phones - my provider doesn't even offer Windows Phones on contract anymore. So, that is why I got this phone. I will talk you through the pros and cons of this phone, from the point of view of a Windows Phone user of 3 years. So lets get started!

The first thing I want to discuss is the main 'pro' of Android itself, not the phone. As this is something that should definitely be considered when you buy a new phone. So, what is this pro, you may ask. Well, it's the choice. With Android, you can get phones from a variety of manufacturers and each phone is unique and has its own pros and cons - essentially, you can find the right phone for you.

The second 'pro' is probably the most obvious advantage of Android and that is apps, as Android has more apps available for it than any other mobile operating system - sorry Apple fanboys! With Android, you can get an app for pretty much anything and everything. I have downloaded some apps that are free on Android. To get the same functionality on Windows, I would've had to pay (and did) - in particular, the bus times app - there is a free one from the bus operator themselves for Android, but on Windows  had to pay for a third party app - which has now been discontinued.

The third 'pro' is the most simple, in my opinion, as all it is is that people don't take the piss out of you for having a Windows Phone, because people did take the piss! And considering its a Samsung, people don't take the piss out of you for having a 'cheapo' brand of Android phone, because there are certainly plenty of cheapo Android phones.

Well, there are some cons. The main one being that my new phone is incompatible with all of my old charging cables. This is because the phone uses USB Type C for its charging and data cable. However, I guess this will be less of a problem in the future as more manufacturers switch to USB Type C for data and charging.

Another con, although this will depend on which phone you had before the Galaxy A3, is the positioning of the volume controls. On my old phone, the volume controls were positioned on the right, but on the new phone they are positioned on the left. This means that it is going to take some getting used to before I stop accidentally trying to press a button on the right that isn't actually there.

In addition to the above con, if you are switching from Windows, you will have to get used to the fact that the back button is on the right as opposed to the left - but again, this will just take some getting used to and so time and then it won't really be that much of an issue.