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A day with the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

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We used the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G as our daily driver and this is what happened.
A day with the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G in Awesome Black colorway

Launched in March 2021, the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G arrived in the Philippines alongside the A52 and the A72. The Galaxy A52 5G is the successor to 2020's best-selling Android phone, the Galaxy A51.

So we are excited to see how Samsung decided to top the popular predecessor that we placed our SIM inside and made it our daily driver.

But before we share our experience, let us recap. The phone features a large 6.5-inch curved AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 2400 x 1080 resolution, 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G octa-core processor, Adreno 619 GPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB of storage, 4,500mAh battery with 25W Adaptive Fast Charging thru USB-C and Android 11-based One UI 3.1.

A day with the Galaxy A52 5G

USB-C and audio jack
USB-C and audio jack

Our day begins with the alarm clock on the Galaxy A52 5G ringing at exactly 6 AM in the morning. We get out of bed and I then plug my Galaxy A52 5G into the wall charger. The Galaxy A52 5G can support up to 25W Adaptive fast charging. Included in the retail box is a 15W Adaptive Fast Charger that charges the A52 5G's 4,500mAh battery in under 90 minutes but with the 25W Adaptive Fast Charger, the A52 5G charges to 100 percent in around 65 minutes.
120Hz refresh rate
120Hz refresh rate

In that hour of charging, WE eat breakfast and finish my morning routine. We pick up the fully charged Galaxy A52 5G and catch up on the morning news and recently uploaded YouTube videos.

Pretty good 120Hz AMOLED screen on a mid-range device!

On the Galaxy A52 5G is a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 2400 x 1080 resolution, and 800 nits peak brightness. This makes consuming content from Netflix and YouTube a treat. The panel is bright while the colors just pop off the screen.
2nd best player with 13 kills
2nd best player with 13 kills

While the 120Hz refresh rate makes navigating thru the OS, opening apps and the animations look and feel faster. It also makes playing games like Call Of Duty: Mobile even better because the screen refreshes faster every second which allows the user to react faster as well.

It is good to see high refresh rate displays arrive in the more affordable Galaxy A52 5G from the flagships.
Rear camera module
Rear camera module

Before going to work, we would go out to get coffee To-go from our local coffee shop. We happen to love the interiors and their coffee so here are some of the pictures taken with the Galaxy A52 5G's 64MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide camera, 5MP macro, and 5MP depth sensor.

Versatile 64MP quad-cam configuration

The quad-rear camera allows us to capture the scene from three different perspectives. The normal view with the main camera. The environmental view with the ultra-wide and the close-up with the macro camera.
1x main camera
1x main camera
2x digital zoom camera
2x digital zoom camera
Ultra-wide camera
Ultra-wide camera
Close-up with Macro camera
Close-up with Macro camera

This includes the main camera, 2x telephoto, ultra-wide-angle, and close-up/macro.
Eye comfort shield
Eye comfort shield

At the end of the workday, our eyes started to squint more frequently, and felt tired more often. This is no surprise as Blue light fatigue is real and staring at a screen that refreshes 120 times per second is also exhausting for the eyes.

We then turn on the Eye comfort shield feature that addresses this concern perfectly. The feature limits the blue light emitted by the panel which results in a warmer or orange-tinted image on the screen that is easier on the eyes. It is perfect to use at night time and you can have it turned on manually and or turned on by schedule.

From our experience, we felt the strongest effect when we turned it on when the sun started to set or when we are using the phone in a dark environment. We noticed that our eyes were less irritated and were less sensitive to light when we had this feature turned on. Reading and consuming video content was also somewhat relaxing after the blue light was reduced. We recommend using this feature whenever possible. Every little bit helps.
PCMark Work 2.0 battery life benchmark and one long day of usage
PCMark Work 2.0 battery life benchmark and one long day of usage

At around 8PM, we end our workday, and surprisingly, the A52 5G usually has 15 to 20 percent battery life after 12 hours of use. In one day, we managed to use the A52 5G continuously for 8 hours and 22 minutes of on-screen time.

This included playing an hour of Call of Duty: Mobile. In our usual PCMark Battery benchmark, the Galaxy A52 5G's 4,500mAh battery managed to score just under 10 hours.

We were surprised at how enduring the battery life is.

Quick thoughts

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After a full day with the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, we appreciated the respectable battery life along with the fast hour-long charging time. Two things less to worry about.

Aside from that, we enjoyed navigating thru the OS and playing games at a 120Hz refresh rate. Let's not forget that the quad-rear camera allows users to take pictures from a different perspective that makes it versatile.

Lastly, we appreciate Samsung for making a feature that looks after the user's eye health. The Eye Comfort Shield has made using the Galaxy A52 5G easier to use after several hours of use. We can't emphasize enough how small but impactful this feature is.

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