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Samsung Galaxy A71 Review

This is a review of the international Samsung Galaxy A71 with Snapdragon 730 chip and 4G only (no 5G). In the US, you may buy the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G which has the faster Snapdragon 765 chip, as well as 5G support for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

The Galaxy A71 offers most of what's great about flagship Samsung phones for a lower price. Unless top-of-the-line features and specs are absolutely needed, this is arguably the perfect Android smartphone for most people, as it should check the necessary boxes for all but the most hardcore Android users. It offers solid performance, long battery life, plenty of camera options and even a headphone jack, while possible downsides for some may be its plastic back, mediocre single speaker and its tall screen aspect ratio.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G from Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile

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Design & Display

Featuring smooth edges all around, a tall Gorilla Glass-covered display, and a glossy plastic back, the Galaxy A71 looks and feels premium. Its frame may look like metal but it's plastic also, much like the back, but don't let that discourage you from choosing this smartphone. The plastic on it feels smooth, yet non-slippery, but it does flex a bit when pressed hard on.

The Galaxy A71 sports a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080. The display is sharp and beautiful, with pitch blacks and rich, yet not oversaturated colors. The unusual aspect ratio means users will have to pinch-to-zoom in order to fill the screen when watching YouTube or, say, Netflix, which means parts of the top and bottom frame of the videos will be cut out. However, the tall screen makes for a great reading experience, and more information is visible at a glance when scrolling through social media feeds.

A small, centered punch hole inside the display holds the phone's selfie camera. It's tiny enough to not get much in the way of enjoying your content on this phone. Even when watching videos, most users may completely forget about it. Similarly, the small chin below the display is easy to overlook.

The Galaxy A71 supports always-on display, which doesn't seem to impact the battery life too much, and is a welcome feature. Always-on display means valuable information such as time, calendar and even notifications are always visible on the screen, even when the phone is locked.

In addition, hidden under the screen is the phone's fingerprint sensor, which works reliably every time, even if it's not the fastest, taking nearly a second between placing your finger on it and the phone unlocking.

Unfortunately, the A71 lacks any dust or water resistance, and also doesn't support wireless charging, unlike Samsung's flagship options. The phone features three "Prism Crush" color options - silver, black and blue. In addition, it weighs a comfortable 179 grams, making it not too heavy and not too light.

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