The J5 has seen a major overhaul making it a serious contender in the entry level phone market
Samsung have certainly been upping their game when it comes to entry level phones and the J5 is a big step up. The first thing you notice about the phone is that it takes its design cue from the former flagship the S5. Curved edges, a pill shaped home button, a metal trim and a solid plastic back which still feels good to hold and has the added benefit of being easily removed to access the battery and memory card slot.
The J5's screen is excellent and certainly exceeded expectations. While most of the budget phones on the market use LCD screens, the J5 has raised the bar by fitting a 5in Super AMOLED display. With a 1280x720 resolution and pixel density of 294 pixels per inch, it’s way ahead of any other entry phone. It makes the screen sharp and crisp which is great when texting or viewing content.
It has a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and 1.5GB of RAM which are fast enough to keep up with other similarly priced budget phones, meaning it’s not rapid but adequate.
The 2,600mAh battery may be behind its rivals who tend to come in around 3,000mAh, but the lower resolution screen and power efficient processor helped it match the Samsung Galaxy S7. It lasted for 13 hours on a single charge with heavy usage, which is pretty impressive.
Camera wise it fairs well. With a 13 megapixel camera, the LED flash at the rear is quite powerful and results in well-lit images in complete darkness. Meanwhile the front 5MP shooter is also accompanied by an LED flash, which gives the Galaxy J5 an edge over its rivals.
Lastly, the internal 8GB storage feels a bit limited. However, it takes a microSD card up to 128GB. We found that even with this size of card the overall performance wasn’t too sluggish.
So what do we think of the phone overall?
Samsung Galaxy J5 is a great entry level phone, thanks to its superlative screen and long lasting battery. It's an excellent choice for anyone who's looking for quality on a budget.