The new Galaxy A series - the mid-range family of Samsung phones, sitting right between the expensive and flashy Galaxy S and Galaxy Note on one hand, and the super cheap Galaxy J series on the other - brings phones that have the style and build quality of a flagship, but also come with a few important compromises.
We have just reviewed the Galaxy A5 (2017), a 5.2-inch phone with a stylish curved glass back, a metal frame, Samsung's newest Grace user interface, and even water-resistance, but we have found that it comes with one critical flaw: it records terrible video.
The lack of video stabilization is a bigger flaw than you might think
It not only lacks a 4K video recording option, something that most devices in its price range and even cheaper have, but more troublesome: it has an apparent complete lack of any form of video stabilization.
This might not sound like a big deal, but once you look at your videos, you will see the devastating effect that every little movement has on your video recordings: they look terribly jittery, to the point that walking and filming results in a headache-inducing footage.
This along with some other quirks are what makes the A5 (2017) a mid-range phone: it looks good, but it lacks some fairly important features. For the full impressions, battery life tests and camera tests of the phone, feel free to check out our detailed Galaxy A5 (2017) review here.