Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Review: A Quality Device For The Budget-Conscious

August 06, 2022

Sharing my honest review of the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G mid-range smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G mid-range smartphone is a capable device that’s perfect for those who are looking for a good-quality handset at a price that is more reasonable than a flagship phone. Its strong points are its gorgeous screen, solid build quality, and good battery life.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Review

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Review: A Quality Device For The Budget-Conscious


    Samsung is the best Android device


    I consider Samsung the best brand when it comes to Android smartphones. Mommy Khris once owned a Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro, S4, and S6 and I’ve seen how good those devices performed. They were study devices and the software remained reliable and fluid after years of using them. In fact, those devices are still alive to this very day, having sold them to our relatives who still use them.

    What can users expect from the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G?


    Honestly, I’ve never really been big on specs because it’s real-life usage that will matter the most. It is only by using a device will you be able to gauge how pleasant it is to use for your day-to-day needs.

    Samsung Galaxy M53 5G back panel
    The back attracts a lot of fingerprints

    Having said that, when buying a device, you have to consider the tasks for which you will use it: will it be for your everyday communication and multimedia use only, will it be for gaming, or will it be for vlogging?

    That would determine if the device specs that you are considering would be able to power up your requirements. Naturally, as the device specs go higher, the price also goes up. That should be a good gadget buying guide for consumers. It’s also good to keep that in mind to manage our expectations when considering a specific device to buy.

    Anyway, the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is priced at PhP 26,990 in the Philippines. For that price, you get the following specs:

    • 6.7 inches Super AMOLED Plus, 120Hz Corning Gorilla Glass 5
    • Android 12, One UI 4.1
    • MediaTek MT6877 Dimensity 900 (6 nm) processor
    • Octa-core
    • Quad rear camera (108 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF; 8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide), 1/4", 1.12µm, 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth); and 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro))
    • Front camera (32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide))
    • Li-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable battery
    • Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
    • Face recognition

    What’s to love about the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G?


    Again, I’m all about experiencing and using a phone when judging its performance. Perhaps that’s also the reason why I try my best to invest in flagship devices (doesn’t necessarily have to be the latest) because they’re almost always predictably pleasant to use. Just the same, even if the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is a mid-range phone, it does have a lot of strong points when it comes to real-life usage.

    Samsung Galaxy M53 5G sample shot of Miguel

    Here are the top three things to love about the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G:

    1. Gorgeous screen


    We interact with our phones through its screen. Thus, it’s just fair to rate a phone based on the quality of its screen. The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G features a big 6.7” Super AMOLED Plus screen with a high 120 Hz refresh rate. AMOLED screens are known for their vivid colors that users would appreciate if they love to watch videos on their devices. As for the refresh rate, the higher it is, the smoother the scrolling experience becomes.

    Samsung Galaxy M53 5G display

    I love Samsung’s screens because the colors are rendered crisply and outstandingly. That goes the same for Samsung Galaxy M53 5G’s screen; I love looking at it and scrolling through the user interface. The front camera is also small and indeed much better to look at as compared to a notched display. If there’s one thing that would make me want to buy a Samsung phone, it’s the beautiful all-screen design.

    2. Robust body


    I love how solid the body of the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G feels. It has a plastic back but it looks like glass at first glance. In fact, it doesn’t feel like plastic at all when you hold it.

    Samsung Galaxy M53 5G sample shot of balls

    When you hold the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G, you will definitely feel that it has a well-put-together device. There’s no creaking sound when you lightly press the panels and it also looks like it could take a light beating or two without breaking.

    Best of all, the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G doesn’t look cheap. It could easily pass for a premium device based on its design.

    3. Amazing battery life


    I also like that the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G has good battery life. I always use it to play 8-hour-long lullaby music at night while connected to WiFi. Surprisingly, it manages to survive the night; from 80% battery charge, it would usually have around 15% battery charge left by around 7:00 AM.

    Again, good battery life is important since it’s inconvenient to be charging your device several times a day, which may pose a problem if a power outlet is unavailable.

    What about the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G’s camera?


    In this age of social media and digital communications, having a good camera is important. Based on my experience, I would say that the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G takes decent photos. They’re quite alright for capturing everyday moments and for posting on social media accounts.

    Samsung Galaxy M53 5G sample shot of people

    However, don’t expect its camera to be as powerful as that in the Samsung Galaxy S22. Again, for its price point, the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G’s camera works fine.

    What can be improved in the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G?


    Overall, the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is easy to recommend to my fellow consumers because of its strong merits. 

    One thing that I thought that can be improved though, and this is just a minor suggestion, is the design of the rear camera. I just thought that it wasn’t as sexy as the rear camera of, say, the phones in the A-Series. Again, it’s just a minor comment.

    Epilogue


    To round it off, the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is a competent mid-range phone that features a beautiful display, a durable body, and a long battery life. It’s the perfect device for those who are looking for a high-quality smartphone without having to pay the hefty price of a flagship phone.

    Samsung Galaxy M53 5G front camera shot
    Shot using the front camera

    The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is available in all Samsung stores and can also be ordered through its online store (discounted) or on Lazada and Shopee.

    Except for the actual photos of the device, the rest of the photos were taken using the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G. Please note that I reduced the file sizes of the photos, hence, the slight drop in picture quality. 

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