The "1-Minute" Review
- Poor camera
- Cannot handle more recent games
- Plastic frame looks cheap
Most of Samsung’s smartphones manage to get a lot of good and bad press. The outlier, however, is the Galaxy J5. This budget device received so little attention Samsung’s own PR team had no idea about it. Yet despite the budget price tag and lack of marketing, the J5 is quite a capable smartphone. While at first glance it might look like the S5, upon closer inspection the differences are much more noticeable. The plastic frame does not offer any water protection and many reviewers call the look and feel “tacky” especially after handling the metal frames of the A series. Despite this, they add it’s very well-made with no flex or creaks. The curved sides and slim dimensions also made it easy for them to grip.
The 5-inch display offers a resolution of 1280x720 for a pixel density of 294 pixels per inch. In comparison to many other smartphones on the market, it’s quite low. However, it makes up for it in other areas such as max brightness. More importantly it manages to cover the entire color spectrum, something other budget rivals don’t do. Critics have nothing but praise for the screen calling it “vibrant” and “incredible.” And since it uses Super-AMOLED technology, they had no complaints about the viewing angles or bright light legibility.
If you’re looking for a very fast phone, it’s best you look elsewhere. The J5 offers a quad-core 1.2GHz processor and only 1.5GB of RAM. As expected, experts noticed some slight hiccups when multi-tasking or playing graphics-intensive games. Still, during basic tasks it ran smoothly with some slight stutters when trying to load image heavy web pages. Battery life is where it excels. Armed with a 2,600mAh battery the J5 managed to provide reviewers with just over 17 hours of life. What’s better, you can replace the battery so you never really have to worry about your phone dying again. Unless you forget to charge the batteries of course.
Perhaps the area where the J5 really shows its budget roots is with the 13MP rear camera. While on paper it sounds like it should take some good pictures, the problem lies in the sensor. Experts found it could not manage different lighting situations often overexposing scenes that had too much light and obscuring details when there was not enough. With that said, when the conditions are just right, they did manage to take some excellent images with high detail and vibrant colors.
Despite the weak camera, experts have no qualms suggesting the J5 to people on a tight budget. IT-Pro states, “It’s an excellent choice for anyone who’s looking for quality on a budget.” Alphr adds, “It’s smooth, stylish, and performs nicely with a bright screen and incredibly battery life.”
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Samsung released the Galaxy J5 (2016) on April 1, 2016.
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Samsung backs up the Galaxy J5 (2016) with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
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