Samsung Inexpensive Smartphone- Galaxy J5 Review
Galaxy J5 is inexpensive smartphone of Samsung. The J5 is a typical budget smartphone with its compact dimensions and low-end specifications.
The Galaxy J5 seems to check all the key boxes and is reasonably well-equipped for a Samsung device in this price range. We’ll have to see how that translates to real-world usage.
Samsung stepped up its industrial design game at the top end of its device portfolio but the low and mid-range devices are yet to follow suit, with the Galaxy J5 looking fairly similar to the other Samsung phones since 2013. The design wasn’t particularly striking back then when it was introduced with the S III and is decidedly long in the tooth now. This is not a phone you are going to buy for its looks, that’s for sure.
The Galaxy J5 has a 5.0-inch 1280×720 pixel Super AMOLED display, which is surprisingly good for a phone in this price range. The colors are quite natural for an AMOLED unit and almost make it look like an LCD. The J5 does not have the color profile picker from more expensive Samsung phones so you are stuck with the one display color setting, but in this case that’s not really a problem.
The display has good viewing angles and sunlight legibility. The colors also don’t shift with brightness level, which is a problem with some of the AMOLED displays.
The Galaxy J5 offers impressive battery life from its 2,600mAh battery. Even with two SIM cards you can expect to get around 5-6 hours of on-screen time with upwards of 20 hours of total battery life.
The Galaxy J5 runs on Android 5.1.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. The UI looks similar to the one on newer Galaxy devices post the S6. You get some of the functionality of the more expensive Galaxy devices, including double tap Home button to launch the camera app system-wide, but there is no S Voice or multi window mode.The Galaxy J5 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, with quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 1.2GHz and Adreno 306 GPU. The phone also has 1.5GB RAM and 8GB storage, with support for microSD and USB OTG devices.
In synthetic benchmarks, the performance of the Galaxy J5 is on par with other devices running the Snapdragon 410 chipset. Only the new Moto G pulls slightly ahead due to its 1.4GHz clock speed, which gives it a slight advantage.