Just like Samsung's Galaxy S7 flagship, the Galaxy A5 has a full aluminum frame. And with the rounded edges and glass back, it's hard to distinguish them. But what we really like is that the phone sits very comfortably in your hand. It has a high-quality feel, which puts it right up there with the top phones on the market. You also have a choice of three colors: Black Sky, Gold Sand and Peach Cloud. The nice thing is that the colors are subtle, not at all flashy.
Samsung also kept the Home button with fingerprint scanner from the previous A5, and it's fast and accurate - something which can't be said for many phones in this segment. One thing that has changed is the rear camera, which no longer sticks out. This makes the smartphone look even sleeker.
But the best new feature of this new generation is the water and dust resistance. With IP68 certification, this handset can be dunked in 1.5 meter deep water for half an hour. Very handy if you have to make a call in the pouring rain, or quickly use WhatsApp under the shower.