Samsung Galaxy A20 and A30 Review

Welcome to the review on the Samsung Galaxy A20 and A30 review. These are the best value for money and affordable smart phones you can buy as we write this post. They are Android OS  based smartphones and while on paper or spec sheet do not seem to have the highest performing components they are surprisingly worth considering. 

We are reviewing the Galaxy A20 and the A30 together as they are essentially the same phones on the outside but they are quite different on the inside. If you were thinking of buying one of the other you need to check both out before deciding. 

In terms of construction the Galaxy A20 and A30 are are two piece designs with a plastic back and a glass touch screen. Both feel good in the hand and look good at the same time. We have no complaints given the pricing. 

In terms of hardware the Galaxy A20 has a lovely large 6.4 inch AMOLED screen as the highlight and despite the lower resolution still looks great, arguably better than the iPhone. While the CPU may not be the fastest, it works perfectly well when using whatever App you have open. The Galaxy A30 has the high resolution screen 6.4 inch AMOLED which again looks great, certainly better than any iPhone. Both also come with NFC which is even better considering the low price.

In terms of use the Galaxy A20 is not a slow phone, opening and switching between Apps in an acceptable amount of time. There are lags every so often but it is nearly noticeable may be less than half a second when it occurs – hardly anything to complain about. Likewise the Galaxy A30 works really well too but it is supposed to be technically faster but we couldn’t tell. The standout feature for both phones is that screen! AMOLED screens in such cheap phones really fools you into believing that these are much more expensive!

In conclusion the Samsung Galaxy A20 and Galaxy A30 are very good budget smartphones. They are not the fastest but they aren’t slow either, certainly better than say the equivilent  Nokia.  The FM Radio is a highly demanded feature missing from more expensive phones will help sales in some parts of the world with poor or expensive mobile data services. The AMOLED screens on both models lift the ownership experience and knowing that you didn’t pay very much for them is even better! Since there is very little competition in this price range these are arguably the best smartphone to buy in this price category. 

Specifications Samsung Galaxy A20 and A30

  • Network
    GSM 3G 4G LTE
    Dual SIM models: A20S and A30S
  • Design
    Tablet Touch screen
  • L158.4 x W74.7 x D7.8 mm
  • Weight 165-169 grams
  • Display
    A20: 6.4 inch 1,560 x 720 Super AMOLED
    A30: 6.4 inch 2,340 x 1080 Super AMOLED
  • Camera
    A20: Main 13 + 5 MP LED Flash
    Selfie camera 8 MP
    A30: Main 16 MP + 5MP LED Flash
    Selfie camera 16 MP
  • Video Camera
    1080 HD 30FPS main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi,  Bluetooth, USB C, NFC
  • CPU
    A20: Octa-core 1.6 Ghz + Mali-G71 GPU (Exynos 7885)
    A30: Octa-core 1.8 Ghz + Mali-G71 GPU (Exynos 7904)
  • Memory
    A20: 3 Gig RAM 
    Up to 32 Gig for user + Up to 512Gig microSD expansion
    A30: 4 Gig RAM
    Up to 64 Gig for user + Up to 512Gig microSD expansion
  • Features
    FM Radio and 3.5mm headphone socket
    Finger printer sensor
    4000 mAh battery
    Up to 7 days standby
  • Price (RRP) history
    Galaxy A20: Under $279 AUD March 2020 (Outright)
    Galaxy A30: Under $379 AUD March 2020 (Outright)