Written by Maarten

Expert review of the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

At the end of 2014, Samsung introduced the first Samsung Galaxy A3. That was special at the time because it was the first Samsung smartphone that was completely made of metal. Anno 2017 is a complete metal housing nothing special anymore. So how does the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) stand out from the rest? I investigate and test the device for a week.

In short

  • Screen: 4.7 inches HD Super AMOLED* Camera: 13 megapixels behind, 8 megapixel selfie camera
  • Storage capacity: 16 GB
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz octa core
  • Waterproof: Yes (IP68)

Out of the box

Hello Samsung Galaxy S7! Oh no, it's a Samsung Galaxy A3. I'm probably not the first and certainly not the last to mistake these two. The design of the S7 is clearly extended to the A3. Is this wrong? No, it 's a beautiful design. But it's not new. This doesn't mean that the device doesn't feel very pleasant. The front and back are made of glass, but that's hard to see. All in all, the device is beautifully finished.

Specifications at a glance

Screen Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

Screen: 4.7 inch HD Super AMOLED

Mixed feelings at the screen. Beforehand, I was not impressed by the fact that the A3 has 'only' an HD screen (720 x 1280 pixels). Once in use, this does not appear to be very problematic. Sure, it can be sharper, but it's just a good screen. And Super AMOLED. So Samsung always has built-in: if you are not using the device, the screen shows the date, time, battery percentage and your last messages. Very handy! In short, despite the not too high resolution, the screen on the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is a great screen.

Selfie camera Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

8 megapixel selfie camera

Do you like selfies, then the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) with its 8 megapixel selfie camera is highly recommended. For a selfie camera this is a very high resolution. Selfies are therefore almost as sharp and detailed as photographs taken with the rear camera. Are you worried that your bags are too visible, like me? Then you can use the 'skin color' function. Put it on position 8 and your skin looks as smooth and tight as the face of Marijke Helwegen. That it looks a bit unnatural, you just have to go on the bargain.


Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Waterproof

The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is dust and waterproof. It has an IP68 classification. This means that the device can be submerged in water up to 1.5 meters up to 30 minutes. Good news for those who drop their devices in the toilet every once in a while. Or for those who have to answer that one phone call in the rain. Dust, too, doesn't penetrate your phone. So, the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is well protected against the elements.

Sample photos


The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is a great device. It is easy to handle, it is compact, looks good and works smoothly. I myself am not a fan of how Samsung Android shows on their phones. But that is personal and you can adjust. The Always-on screen is very handy. At a glance you can see the time and your latest notifications. The water resistance is handy and the selfie camera is exceptional. The only thing that made it even better is a flash on the front.

Article by:
Maarten Phone Expert.

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