The $450 Galaxy A54 may be 2023’s most savvy smartphone buy

-Samsung’s Galaxy A Series has long been a great choice for people who want Galaxy S Series style without the S Series price. The Galaxy A54 and Galaxy A34 are the latest, and Samsung isn’t being shy about giving these phones the latest flagship look.

Even better news is that the A54 continues to provide a great screen, long battery life, a decent camera, and solid everyday features you’ll love — all for a value-driven price. Could the new Galaxy A54 phone be 2023’s savviest smartphone buys? I tried it out for a short time to find out.

Getting the Awesome colors right

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I’m going to concentrate my hands-on report on the Galaxy A54, but will explain more about the Galaxy A34 later on. The Galaxy A54 has a very similar look to the Galaxy S23, with three cameras on the back, each individually set in the Gorilla Glass 5 rear panel and surrounded by a decorative metal ring. The chassis is made of metal and plastic, which means Samsung could ditch the antenna bands for a cleaner look, and the screen is covered in Gorilla Glass 5.

It’s slim and compact at 8.2mm thick, despite the large 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen, and it feels solid and expensive in your hand. The Galaxy A54 pulls off that neat trick of feeling a lot pricier than it is. The 202-gram weight sounds high, but it doesn’t feel heavy or bulky, so don’t let it put you off.

The back of the white and black Galaxy A54.
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There are four color options, and they are all awesome. Not my word, but the word of Samsung’s marketing department. So on the awesome scale, how awesome are they? Well,…