Samsung is making a big song and dancing about its flagship phones like the new Galaxy S22, showing off all the fun and useful features these devices have. However, if you can’t afford any of these premium mobile phones, then you can rest assured that you won’t be able to enjoy these tools.
That’s not the case though, as many of the more affordable Samsung phones also offer many of the great features shown on the Galaxy S devices. So if you buy a Galaxy A mobile like the mid-range Samsung Galaxy A53 or even the budget Galaxy A13, you can use many of these features.
To give you an idea of some of the great Samsung Galaxy S22 features that you can use on cheaper Samsung phones, we’ll now take you through six of our favorites.
1. Single Take Mode
With the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, we saw the launch of Single Take, a mode that makes photography much easier, and it remained a big feature of subsequent Galaxy S devices.
With the mode, you record a video of your subject, move around and shoot from different angles, and then AI will pick out the best photos and edit them for you.
With it, you can take a great photo whether you know much about photography or not.
While it has been a major selling point of Samsung Galaxy S phones, it is actually available on Galaxy A phones as well. It allows you to take these super easy shots whether or not you paid for the top-of-the-line Samsung phone.
Admittedly, the AI isn’t as smart on the budget phones, so photos won’t match those on the S-series phones, but it’s still a great feature that won’t cost you much.
2. Device Maintenance
When you spend a lot of money on an expensive phone, you want it to last – but depending on how you use it, that may not always be easy to achieve.
Fortunately, Samsung phones offer a way to help with this. In the Battery section of your Settings mode, you will find the Device Maintenance menu. Here you can see how healthy your device is, with a simple score that lets you know how well the phone is optimized for longevity, and you can also try increasing that score.
The menu gives you options to optimize storage, memory, and battery, all to keep your phone running as healthily as possible.
Even if you didn’t pay top dollar for a Samsung phone, however, this mode can be useful – after all, you want your device to last a few years, whether you paid $400 or $1,400. This menu appears for all Galaxy devices, not just S-series devices, so that you can improve the operation of your phone.
3. The 120Hz screen
Samsung was one of the first companies to adopt high refresh rate displays on its smartphones, with some Galaxy S phones using 120Hz displays ahead of rivals.
High refresh screens make movements look smoother, so whether you’re scrolling through social media or playing games, you’ll get a more enjoyable viewing experience.
It’s a feature we initially only saw in top end phones – the aforementioned S20 was one of the first to use it – but now you don’t have to pay a lot for a premium device to enjoy it.
Now that the feature has been around for a while, we see more and more mid-range and budget phones embracing it. In Samsung’s case, that’s partially true, as some of its budget devices now have 120Hz screens.
This includes the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G and A73 – these have 120Hz screens but won’t cost you as much as the top-end Galaxy S alternatives. So if you like smooth moving screens, you can get one without paying much.
4. Adaptive Charging
A great example of a feature first introduced in Samsung’s top phones is Adaptive Charging – this mode protects your battery life by using AI to determine when to charge quickly and when to slow down the power. This will allow you to keep your phone plugged in for years without completely ruining the battery.
Originally this was only available on top end phones in the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note ranges, but recently it’s showing up on more affordable phones as well.
You do need to use a Samsung charger for this feature to work, which, we should point out, you don’t get with certain newer Galaxy A cell phones. You’ll have to buy one online if you don’t have one – and it’s worth it, because in the long run it can make your phone last longer.
5. Food Mode
While Single Take is the mode Samsung shows off the most, it’s not the brand’s only convenient way to take photos if you don’t want to use the standard photo mode.
Another of these is the food mode which, despite the name, doesn’t have to be used on food alone. This allows you to choose an area of focus, while the rest of the shot has some depth of blur – you can select an animal, pattern, or natural food and make it stand out in the shot. The mode also edits the snap with a healthy (or unhealthy) dose of saturation to make it pop more.
This mode is not only useful on Samsung Galaxy S phones, but also appears on A-series devices. Since the cheaper phones don’t have as powerful cameras, it might be even more convenient on these devices to make sure you get the best pictures possible.
6. Spot color
Once you’ve taken a photo, it can be fun to edit it so it’s really social media ready, and Samsung’s top phones give you the space to do just that.
The main feature here is Spot Color – when used in Samsung’s Gallery app, you can select a color and it will instantly change to black and white in the photo. It allows you to create rather artistic masterpieces when you play with it.
As you can probably tell from the headline of this article, this is another feature available on both Galaxy A and Galaxy S devices. We’ve used it before to get some pretty artistic shots, especially when used to make the background of a selfie black and white (but leave the subject, us, as colored).
Thanks to this, as well as the camera modes we’ve already looked at, a Galaxy A phone is just as good as a Galaxy S phone if you’re a prolific Insta poster.