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Samsung are obviously heavy hitters in the mobile industry, with their flagship phones frequently topping best seller lists. Sadly, those flagships tend to run well over £600 these days, which is far from affordable. Enter the Samsung J range, a budget line from the manufacturer that aims to provide decent specs at wallet friendly prices. And the Samsung J5 could just be the best balance between affordability and performance out there.
Why should you want to get your hands on one? Well, there’s that big screen with great picture quality, there are those very decent performance specs, and some nice little cameras too. If you’re looking for a good phone that isn’t going to break the bank, then you’re going to want to check out the Samsung J5.
The J5 looks like a Samsung. It’s got the rounded corners and slim profile along with the screen bezelling that you’d expect on any Samsung phone, so it already looks the part. The removable back cover is plastic that feels solid and secure in the hand, though you’re not seeing the aluminium build that you get on top end Samsung models (which is how the J5 remains so affordable).
Inside of that casing you’re getting some surprisingly decent specs considering the J5’s price point. There’s decent amounts of quad core processing power and more than enough RAM, you’re getting a Samsung signature Super AMOLED display, and some nice cameras thrown into the mix too. But maybe the most surprising thing about the J5 is just how affordable it is, you’ll spend less than £200 on a device that acts like a high end performance model.
We’ve been looking for a decent and affordable mid range phone for a while, and many other models come close. But the Samsung J5 just ticks all the boxes, providing a great balance between price and features without any big compromises.
So just how good is performance here? Under the hood the Samsung J5 sports a nifty little 1.2 GHz quad core processor, a Snapdragon 410 chipset and 1.5 GB of RAM. That’s a fair amount of power for a device that’s costing less than a third of the price of a flagship phone, and you’ll find the J5 to be responsive, speedy and great at multitasking as well.
This is a Samsung, so of course it’s an Android device, and you’ll be running the newest Android 5.1 Lollipop version right out of the box. For you that means added security and stability, and also a slew of new features, such as separate business and personal profiles, along with all the customisation options you’d expect to see from the operating system.
Is this top of the line performance? No, not quite. However for the price it’s fantastic performance, and none but the most power hungry of users are going to see any difference in speed or responsiveness in the J5 when compared to, say, the Galaxy S6.
When it comes to screen size, the J5 is no slouch, it’s got the full five inch display that you’d expect to see on any higher end device. That means tons of room for comfortable typing, video watching or even web browsing. And the J5 does still slide easily into your pocket as well, unlike larger phablet options like the Galaxy S6+, for example.
Resolution numbers don’t look great off the bat. You’re getting 720 x 1280 pixels, which works out to be around 294 PPI. However, don’t forget that this is a Samsung Super AMOLED screen, so those resolution numbers aren’t telling the whole story. Colour reproduction is excellent here, and definition is sharper and clearer than you might expect.
Whatever you’re doing on the J5, that display is a big selling point. It’s unusual to see such a high quality screen on a mid range phone, and you’ll find that videos, games and pictures look fantastic. We’ve come to expect great displays from Samsung, and the J5 is no exception.
Given that the J5 already has great performance and a great screen, you might be thinking that you need to compromise when it comes to cameras, and yet… you don’t. The J5 sports some very nice cameras on board. Up at the front you’re seeing a 5 MP cam (the same as you’re getting on the flagship Galaxy S6 model), which isn’t bad for something used only for video calling and selfies.
At the rear there’s a solid 13 MP camera, which again is more than competitive even in top end mobiles. Oh, and you’re getting the same f1.9 aperture seen on the S6, so the J5 takes some great low light shots. On top of that there’s LED flash at both front and rear, along with auto focus, geo tagging, touch focus and all the other bells and whistles you’d expect to see.
No these aren’t the best cameras on shelves, but they are extremely good, particularly for this price point. You won’t be disappointed with the snaps you take with the J5.
There isn’t a bucket load of extra features on the Samsung J5, the focus has obviously been on creating a device with great performance rather than lots of added extras, which isn’t a bad thing at all. There are maybe two things worth mentioning though.
Firstly, the J5 is an optional Dual SIM phone, which allows you to run two SIM cards simultaneously on stand by. This is handy if you have different work and personal numbers, for example, or if you’re a frequent traveller that prefers to use a local SIM card to save cash on roaming fees.
Secondly, battery life is quite notable here too. The J5 has a removable 2600 mAh battery, which gives you a fair amount of juice. The lower screen resolution and only quad core processing power (as opposed to octo core) coupled with that big battery means that you can easily get a full day’s use out of the J5 before needing to plug in.
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Dimensions||145.8 x 72.3 x 8.1 mm (5.74 x 2.85 x 0.32 in)|
|Weight||159 g (5.61 oz)|
|SIM||Single SIM (Micro-SIM) or Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.2 inches (~70.7% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 pixels (~282 ppi pixel density)|
|Multitouch||Yes, up to 5 fingers|
|OS||Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||16 GB, 2 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||13 MP, f/1.9, 28mm, autofocus, LED flash, check quality|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection|
|Video||1080p@30fps, check quality|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP, f/1.9, LED flash|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS (market dependant)|
|NFC||Yes (market dependant)|
|Radio||FM radio, RDS, recording|
|USB||microUSB v2.0, USB On-The-Go|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|- ANT+ support|
|- MP4/WMV/H.264 player|
|- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player|
|- Photo/video editor|
|- Document viewer|
|Battery||Removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery|
|Colors||White, Black, Gold, Rose Gold|
With so many mid range phones on shelves it can be tough to decide which one to go for. But if you’re looking for looks, performance and affordability without making big compromises, then the Samsung J5 has to be pick of the litter.
Connectivity wise you’re seeing all the usual suspects: WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G too. The J5 comes in two variants with either 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage. However there is a dedicated SD card slot that supports up to 128 GB of additional memory, so space really shouldn’t be an issue here.
Any complaints? Not really. Seriously, it’s tough to find fault with a phone that ticks all the boxes and is affordable too. A slightly thinner profile would be nice, so would an aluminium build rather than plastic, but aluminium is expensive and the J5 is affordable. On the whole, this is the best buy for the price, and the Samsung J5 is one of the best mid price range mobiles we’ve seen.
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.