Samsung Galaxy J5 Review: Full In-Depth Hands-On

Samsung about a month back launched its selfie-focused midrange devices Samsung Galaxy J5 and Samsung Galaxy J7 here in India. The devices bring with them the latest software experience along with a decently powered hardware. The Samsung Galaxy J5 has been priced at Rs 11,999 and J7 has been priced at Rs 14,999. Both the devices are being sold online exclusively via Flipkart. So, let’s find out if J5 delivers what is expected from a midrange device or is it Samsung’s yet another overpriced device in our Samsung Galaxy J5 Review.

Packaging

The devices comes in a vibrant orange colored cardboard box, with quick specs on rear side and marketing information the left side. Once you open the box. You have the device right on top. Further inside you get a 1 Amp wall adapter, micro USB2.0 cable, a pair of earphones (with gold plated 3.5mm pin), 2600mAh battery and lots of documents and guides.

Design and Build

Samsung Galaxy J5 looks like any other typical Samsung device with a plasticky body construction and the aluminum accent ring, which again is made out of plastic. The device weigh about 146gms and is about 7.9mm thick.

The front of the device features a 5 inch Super AMOLED screen with an HD resolution. Above the display you have the 5MP front facing camera, earpiece, sensors, Notification LED and yes a LED flash. Below the display you have the signature Samsung shortcut keys, including the physical Home button and the capacitive Menu and Back buttons. On the left resides the volume rocker while on the right you have your power button. Down below you have the 3.5mm jack, microUSB 2.0 port and the mouth piece. On the rear side lies the 13MP camera module accompanied by a LED flash and the speaker grill on either sides. Below the camera lies the Samsung branding and the 4G Duos branding. The back flap has a nice matte finish and shimmering coating which although is not rubber but still won’t attract as much fingerprints as the front would. The back flap isn’t exactly rigid or rugged enough. Removing the back flap reveals the slots for dual Sims, microSD card and the battery. So overall a pretty conventional user friendly design.

Display

The device sports a 5 inch Super AMOLED screen with an HD resolution giving it a pixel density of about 294ppi. There’s nothing exceptional about the display panel. It is bright enough, although isn’t the crispiest one. The devices renders colors pretty accurately, saturation and hue were fine as well. The viewing are good too. So overall a more than decent display.

User Interface

The device runs on the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with the in-house skin TouchWiz on top (although a trimmed version). In the RAM test we found that about 727MB of RAM out of 1.5 GB was free when no apps were running in background. The app drawer consists of the usual Google apps, some in-house apps and a few third party games and apps. Note you get 100GB of One Drive space with this phone. The call quality and reception were excellent. The User Interface is pretty smooth but it does lag whenever you have many apps running in background or if you play heavy games.

Performance

The device is powered by Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset that includes Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and Adreno 306 GPU. The device is boosted with 1.5GB of RAM and comes in with an on-board storage of 8 GB out of which about 3.5GB is available for user. The storage can be further be expanded up to 128GB.

 

Multimedia

This device comes preinstalled with Google Music app instead of its own in-house music app. Despite of the rear facing speaker, sound doesn’t get obstructed even when the device is placed on a flat surface. The sound output via the speaker isn’t the loudest but does have proper bass and decent treble. The surround sound effects along with vocals were good in our video playback test. Overall a decent sounding device although not the loudest.

Camera

The device houses a 5MP front facing camera and a 13MP rear camera, both accompanying LED flashes. The camera UI is pretty standard, similar to the ones found on previous Samsung devices. The camera is fast, but does takes some time in acquiring focus. The front camera is decent. We checked the image and video quality of this camera and the images were soft and lacked details, but the color reproduction, saturation and hue were proper. The videos were good however they were slightly on the softer side. Under low light the details dropped significantly.

Benchmarks

We did some benchmark tests on this device and the results were as following. In the AnTuTu test it scored a total of 21,505 which is rather a low score. In the Vellamo Metal and Core tests it scored 963 and 1251 which is again towards the end. In PC Mark it scores only 3919 where the highest goes up to 5885.Note the device didn’t support the 3D Mark test. In Base Mark OS2 it scores 563 which is again below average. So overall the J5 scores below average in almost all the benchmark tests.

Battery

The device draws its power from a removable 2600 mAh Li-Ion battery.

Verdict

So should you get the Samsung Galaxy J5? The good things about the device are first the support for 4G connectivity, second would be the sound output (although it isn’t the loudest), third the latest android experience and finally the front LED flash. The cons or points where it lags behind its competitors would be first the camera quality, and the internal storage. At 12k it is a decent device with a brand name which plays a vital role in after sale services. The major competitor to this device would be the Motorola Moto G, which beats this device in camera quality and ruggedness

6.5 Total Score
Good

At 12k it is a decent device with a brand name which plays a vital role in after sale services. The major competitor to this device would be the Motorola Moto G, which beats this device in camera quality and ruggedness

Packaging
6
Design and Build
5.5
Features
6.5
Performance
6.5
Camera
5.5
Battery life
7
Value for money
7
Availability
7.7
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