Galaxy A51 review: Samsung beats the iPhone SE in these important ways

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The Galaxy A51’s 6.5-inch screen won’t wash out in direct sunlight.


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How good can a $400 phone really be? When the device in question is the Samsung Galaxy A51, the answer is simple: very good. As the first real representative of the Galaxy A family in the US, the A51 is a convincing effort that proves Samsung can make a good midprice phone that’s worth buying. In fact, Samsung’s budget phone (£329 in the UK and AU$599 in Australia) even bests the iPhone SE (which starts at $399, £419 and AU$749), in some specific, and significant, ways.

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Galaxy A51 review: Perfect iPhone SE rival in every way but one

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The Galaxy A51’s 6.5-inch screen won’t wash out in direct sunlight.


Juan Garzon/CNET

How good can a $400 phone really be? When the device in question is the Samsung Galaxy A51, the answer is simple: good. In fact, Samsung’s budget phone (£329 in the UK and AU$599 in Australia) more than holds its own against Apple’s iPhone SE (which starts at $399, £419 and AU$749). Screen size and clarity, phone features, camera quality and performance — it delivers in every key way but one.

Like

  • 6.5-inch screen is detailed and bright
  • Wide-angle camera option
  • Headphone jack

Don’t Like

  • Processor speed
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