Samsung does a great song and dance about its high-end phones like the new Galaxy S22, showing off all the fun and useful features these devices have. However, if you cannot afford one of these premium mobiles, you can assume that you will not be able to enjoy these features.
However, that is not the case, as many of the more affordable Samsung phones also come with many of the great features that are showcased on Galaxy S devices. So if you buy a Galaxy A phone, like the high-end Samsung Galaxy A53 average or even the cheap Galaxy A13, you can use many of these functions.
To give you an idea of some of the great Samsung Galaxy S22 features you can use on cheaper Samsung phones, we’re going to show you six of our favorites right now.
1. Single shot mode
With the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, we saw the launch of Single Take, a mode that makes photography much easier, and remains a great feature of later Galaxy S devices.
With the mode, you shoot video of your subject, moving and shooting from different angles, and then AI will select the best still images and edit them for you.
This allows you to take amazing photography, whether you know a lot about photography or not.
Although it’s been a major selling point for Samsung Galaxy S phones, it’s actually available on Galaxy A phones as well. This allows you to take these super simple snapshots whether or not you’ve paid for the high-end Samsung phone.
It’s true that the AI isn’t as smart on budget phones, so the visuals won’t match S-series phones, but it’s still a great feature that you don’t need to pay much for.
2. Device Care
If you’re spending a lot of money on an expensive phone, you want it to last a long time, but depending on how you use it, that might 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 can find the Device Care 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 to increase that score.
The menu gives you options to optimize storage, memory, and battery, all to make sure your phone performs at its best.
Even if you haven’t paid a lot of money for a Samsung phone, this mode can be useful; After all, you’ll want your device to last a few years, whether you paid $400 or $1,400. This menu appears for all Galaxy devices, not just the S series, allowing you to improve the way your phone works.
3. 120Hz display
Samsung was one of the first companies to adopt high-refresh-rate screens in its smartphones, and some Galaxy S phones used 120Hz screens before rivals.
High-refresh-rate displays make motion appear smoother, so whether you’re scrolling through social media or gaming, you’ll get a more enjoyable viewing experience.
It’s a feature we initially saw exclusively on high-end phones – the aforementioned S20 was one of the first to use it – but now, you don’t need to pay much for a premium device to enjoy it.
Now that the feature has been around for a while, we’ve seen more and more budget and mid-range phones adopt 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 don’t cost you as much as the higher-end Galaxy S alternatives. So if you like smooth motion screens, you can get one without paying much.
4. Adaptive charging
A great example of a feature first introduced in Samsung’s high-end phones is adaptive charging: this mode protects battery longevity by using AI to determine when to fast-charge and when to reduce power. With this, you can keep your phone plugged in for a long time without completely ruining the battery.
Originally, this was only available on high-end phones in the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note ranges, but recently, it’s started appearing on more affordable phones as well.
You have to be using a Samsung charger for this feature to work, which, we should note, you won’t get with certain newer Galaxy A phones. You’ll have to buy one online if you don’t have one, and it’s worth it, because in the long run, this could make your phone last longer.
5. Food mode
While Single Take is the mode Samsung shows off most often, it’s not the brand’s only useful way of taking photos if you don’t want to use the standard photo mode.
Another one of these is the Food mode which, despite the name, does not need to be used simply on food. It lets you choose an area of focus, and the rest of the shot has some depth blur: you can select an animal, a pattern, or of course food, and make it stand out from the shot. The mode also edits the plugin with a good (or bad) 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 cheaper phones don’t have such powerful cameras, it’s arguably even more useful on these devices, to ensure Get the best possible snapshots.
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 high-end phones give you the ability to do just that.
The key feature here is Spot Color – when used in Samsung’s Gallery app, you can select a color and it will immediately switch to monochrome in the photo. This allows you to create some pretty artistic masterpieces if you play around with it.
As you can probably tell from the title of this article, this is yet another feature that is available on Galaxy A and Galaxy S devices. We have used it before to take some pretty artistic photos, especially when used to make a selfie background in black and white (but leaving the subject, us, in color).
Thanks to this, in addition to the camera modes we’ve already seen, a Galaxy A phone is just as good as a Galaxy S if you’re a prolific Insta poster.