Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) Review: Standing Tall: Gallery, Media Players, FM Radio, Audio Quality

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The TouchWiz gallery orders photos by time, but you can switch to folder-based Album view. Sharing options include wireless printing, Android Beam and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct, but no DLNA (or other way to sdiscontinue an image to your TV).

Timeline view • Album view

Several image editing tools are available - from basic cropping, to collage making, to a more capable editor (which supports image correction, effects and drawing).

Editing an image

An additional option lets you pick several photos and stitch them into an animated GIF.

Music player with advanced EQ features, Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

The Galaxy A5 (2016) gets the full-blown Samsung music player. This includes the SoundAlive tool, which has an intuitive interface to tuning the equalizer (a manual 7-band equalizer is available for more knowledgeable users).

The Samsung music player with advanced functionality

Adapt Sound is even simpler. It tunes the EQ to your hearing and your particular pair of headphones by playing multiple frequencies and asking how well you hear them. Smart Volume automatically adjusts the volume of tracks from multiple sources.

The player itself has a straightforward UI with most functions available as shortcuts on the Now Playing screen. You can browse files by folders, which is remarkable if your library doesn't have well-organized ID3 tags.

The Galaxy A5 also has an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio built in (something many Galaxy flagships do not). It can record radio broadcasts (though this may be disabled in some regions). There's no RDS though, so the app won't show the name of the station.

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with broadcast recording, but no RDS

Video player

The video player is the only app that works in pop-up window, a feature dating back to the Galaxy S III.

You also acquire full subtitle support with advanced features to modify their appearance.

The app lets you play only the audio (if you just want to listen to a music video) and to play the audio via Bluetooth (if you have a BT-enabled speaker handy).

Browsing videos • Watching a video • Adjusting the subtitles

There's an "Editor" option too though that may be overstating it - it just lets you trim the video.

Again, there's no DLNA or another wireless method of sending the video to a bigger screen. No wired ways to do it either.

Audio output starts off strong, loses some brilliance with headphones

The Samsung Galaxy A5(2016) showed perfect clarity in the first part of our audio quality test. When attached to an active external amplifier, the smartphone produced remarkable scores top to bottom and things were pretty remarkable in terms of loudness too, for a remarkable performance.

Plugging in our standard headphones did cautilize some damage - volume dropped to only average, stereo crosstalk rose to a similar rating and some distortion crept in. It’s still a very fine performance, but no longer up there with the best.

Here go the results so you can do your comparisons.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)+0.02, -0.07-94.392.20.0065


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) (headphones)+0.42, -0.01-93.487.10.029


Huawei G8+0.02, -0.08-93.490.10.0028


Huawei G8 (headphones)+0.10, -0.03-92.989.80.0048


LG G4+0.04, -0.07-93.493.30.0021


LG G4 (headphones)+0.93, -0.13-91.491.90.013


Samsung Galaxy S6+0.01, -0.04-95.692.80.0024


Samsung Galaxy S6 (headphones)+0.02, -0.05-92.691.90.0025


HTC One M9+0.02, -0.06-94.893.00.0049


HTC One M9 (headphones attached)+0.03, -0.05-93.792.70.0082


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.



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