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Samsung Galaxy A02s: This is what you should know before buying it

The Samsung Galaxy A02s offers only little performance and its slow WLAN is hardly convincing either.
The Samsung Galaxy A02s offers only little performance and its slow WLAN is hardly convincing either.
An affordable entry into Samsung's Galaxy? While that sounds good, the Galaxy A02s cut some corners in many places - in so many that it is hardly acceptable anymore.

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Of course, anyone wants to pay as little as possible for their smartphone, and at this point you can already find a fairly decent device for less than 200 Euros (~$239). Samsung also offers several devices for those with a restricted budget or who simply don't use many features of their smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy A02s is such a smartphone. While it brings a simple plastic case, Samsung made some effort in making it still look fairly elegant. In addition, there is a triple-camera system, but this should really be put inside quotation marks, since you can only really use two of the lenses, and the third lens serves as a support for portrait recordings.

At 5000 mAh, the battery offers a decent size, and the battery life is quite good. We were particularly surprised how accurately the Galaxy A02s was able to determine our location. So the Samsung is particularly well-suited as a navigation device.

All this sounds quite good for a manufacturer's price of just barely 165 Euros (~$197), right? But unfortunately there is a hitch, or several significant ones with this  Korean smartphone. The main problem is the WLAN, where Samsung has only built-in a WiFi 4 module that is also really, really slow. In this way, surfing the Internet will hardly be any fun.

Generally, the SoC offers a very low performance, and demanding apps such as games need forever, particularly when loading them for the first time, until you can really start using them. 

While all this might be tolerable for less than 200 Euros (~$239), at this point there are just too many good devices that cost hardly any more, making the utility of the Galaxy A02s questionable.

If you want to take a closer look at what the Samsung Galaxy A02s can do and what it can't do, we recommend our detailed review.

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 856 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
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Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 212 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Florian Schmitt, 2021-03-18 (Update: 2021-03-16)