The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s first phone with a metal frame, and it’s the most aesthetically pleasing smartphone that the company has produced. Unfortunately, it is priced at a premium and doesn’t have the same set of features as the Galaxy S5 (available for the same price) so it is something of a compromise. Nevertheless, the Alpha is a very capable alternative to Apple’s iPhone 6.
The Alpha has a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED screen. For a handset of its size, this gives fantastic image quality that is similar to the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, which is one-tenth of an inch smaller. The iPhone 6 is slightly better at 1,334 x 750 (326 pixels per inch), but this difference isn’t very noticeable.
There is a 12-megapixel camera on the back of the phone, with the camera’s LED flash and a heart rate monitor positioned to the camera’s left in a vertical arrangement. Underneath the back cover, you’ll find a removable 1,860mAh battery and nano-SIM slot. Additionally, the finger scanner from the Samsung Galaxy S5 has made its way into the Alpha, allowing you to use your finger or thumbprint to unlock your phone. You can also use the scanner to input registered website passwords (once you’ve entered the initial details).
Another of the special features to have made its way into the Galaxy Alpha is a heart rate monitor. Combined with the S Health app, it lets you monitor your heart over a period of time. S Health has other functions besides measuring your heart rate, however. For example, you can track your calorie intake, or start an exercise routine based on running, walking or cycling. Additionally, the app can make use of the phone’s GPS and music-playing systems, and can track your distance and calories burned.
A useful feature for business users is the Ultra Power Saving Mode. When the battery is running low, this feature allows it to run for longer so you won’t miss that important call or message. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a viable alternative to the iPhone 6 and Sony Experia Z3. These 3 handsets look to be the best business smartphones on the market at present.