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For great cameras, you’ve got Samsung flagships. For everything else, there’s the Galaxy A53

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Last updated: June 1st, 2022 at 23:04 UTC+02:00

You know where I’m going with this. If you follow the smartphone industry and know about Samsung’s recent mid-range offerings, you probably already realize that for some time, buying a Galaxy flagship has almost become a waste of money. Well, for most people, that is.

The reason is simple: Samsung’s mid-range phones these days offer many of the same features as its flagship devices. From high refresh rate AMOLED displays and stereo speakers for an amazing content consumption experience to mostly excellent performance for most use cases, fantastic battery life (and fast charging), and even water and dust resistance, there aren’t many reasons left to splurge hundreds of dollars more for Samsung’s top-of-the-line devices.

And, right now, I have to say the Galaxy A53 is perhaps the most attractive and balanced phone you can find in Samsung’s lineup. When we reviewed the phone upon launch, we found it to be a diamond in the rough thanks to lackluster day-to-day performance (especially compared to the Galaxy A52), but thanks to software updates, Samsung has now managed to fix that, making the A53 a jack of all trades that should satisfy most customers.

That’s unless you want the best cameras. Samsung’s mid-range phone cameras are pretty good these days, but there’s no denying the fact that the best camera experience is still exclusive to flagship Galaxy smartphones. However, unless you want optical zooming capabilities on your phone, I’d say the differences aren’t that huge at this point in time.

And hey, let’s not forget the fact that Samsung is now offering four years of OS upgrades to even mid-range phones. The Galaxy A53 comes running Android 12 out of the box and will eventually be upgraded to Android 16, which is just crazy considering even Samsung flagships just got two major OS upgrades a couple of years back.

So, if you’re looking to buy a new phone that can do it all without breaking the bank, I recommend giving serious consideration to the Galaxy A53. Yes, even in the face of upcoming competition like Google’s Pixel 6a because there are many reasons why the Galaxy A53 has them beat, as we explain the video below.

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