Samsung Galaxy J3 Review


The Samsung Galaxy J3 is an affordable phone, the type of phone that you can buy directly to avoid having to sign for a contract that lasts longer than some weddings. You can get it for less than £ 150, but it still includes some high end features like an OLED display. The problem is that it neglects some of the basic concepts, translating into a pretty good and pretty bad mosaic. The Motorola Moto G offers a more consistent experience at a similar price  

Key Features

  Dual SIM, dual standby (dual model only), microSIM Super AMOLED touch screen with 5.0 inch 720p resolution and 294ppi, Asahi Dragontrail glass protector Spreadtrum SC8830 (3G) or Spreadtrum SC9830 (4G LTE) or Exynos 3475 (4G LTE) or Snapdragon 410 (4G LTE) chipset by region 1.5 GB RAM, 8/16 GB built-in memory, dedicated microSD slot (up to 128 GB) 8 megapixel main camera with f / 2.2 lens, LED flash, 1080p video recording at 30 fps (only 720p on some models) 5MP front camera, f / 2.2 lens, 720p @ 30fps / 2MP video recording on selected models Lodipop Android 5.1.1 with TouchWiz LTE Cat.4 (chipset dependent), Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n; Bluetooth v4.1; NFC, GPS, GLONASS, BDS (region dependent), microUSB 2.0 port, USB host Removable battery of 2600 mAh  

Main shortcomings

    • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is not nearly the latest version around
    • 8GB version has only 3GB available to the user
    • No MHL (but USB OTG is supported)
    • No NFC (so no Android Pay)
    • No magnetometer (digital compass), gyroscope or ambient light sensor

Samsung Galaxy J3 – Design

The Samsung Galaxy J3 is what you would get if you are going to make a Samsung Galaxy S7 with about a third of the budget. Where an expensive phone can use glass or metal, you will find plastic here. The J3 is not conspicuous, and the thin plastic case looks like a journey in the memory: Samsung has used it on almost all phones, even the most expensive. None of this, however, matters when we talk about a 150-pound phone; A cheap phone that feels a bit cheap is not a disaster. However, there are some strengths in the design of the Samsung Galaxy J3. It’s thin, lightweight and the footprint is similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S7. It is a convenient and practical shape and size.   Samsung has made a few pennies extra for the central pick button to make you feel good. This is one of the few metals in the device and shares the extreme click feeling in Samsung’s high-end phones. One notable feature is the inclusion of NFC technology, though it could easily be left out of the phone without the audience noticing.   However, there is only 8 GB of space already affected by the pre-installed Office package. In a few days I had run out of supplies. I prefer to have 16GB of NFC memory in a phone of this price, and as we’ll see, questionable priorities are a theme of the Samsung Galaxy J3. Note that the phone does not have a microSD slot under the back cover. Therefore, limited memory is no reason to completely discard the J3.    

Samsung Galaxy J3 Reviews : View

Like the third generation J5 and MotoG, the J3 has a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720. However, its AMOLED display technology is almost all other smartphones except the J5 of course sells the same panel technology as the J3 , The big advantage of AMOLED screens over the most common screen style on smartphones (IPS) is that they have no backlight. Other types of monitors use a single backlight to provide illumination when the screen is on, with pixels in front of it adding or blocking color when black is required. The problem is that regardless of the quality of the screen, there is always a certain amount of light going through, which means that the black is really dark gray. AMOLED displays work very differently. Instead of a universal backlight, each pixel of an AMOLED display generates its own light, which means that when turned off, there is no way to filter the light from the back to the level of black. No wonder the black level of the J3 is perfect. In fact, I’ve measured it at 0.00 cd / m2 and that – along with the coverage of the screen’s 100% sRGB color range and the perfect contrast that the perfect black produces – really make the colors stand out. Screen with a wonderful sense of vitality and satiety.   In essence, it retains the same level of quality as one of Samsung’s high-end smartphones in a phone that costs a fraction of the price, making it miles for its LCD-based competitors. However, Samsung’s Super AMOLED displays are not quite perfect as they are often behind the LCD screen in terms of overall brightness. For example, the J3 only achieves a maximum brightness of 317.5 cd / m2, which is quite low compared to other cheap phones. For example, Sony’s £ 190 Xperia M4 Aqua can reach up to 534.3 cd / m2. However, a reading of about 300cd / m2 is more usable than outside.  


The 5 megapixel selfie camera on the front of the galaxy is now a fairly common J3 feature in Android phones, regardless of price. It has beauty and sound modes and shots adds grayscale, sepia and negative effects in real time. You can also use the screen as an improvised flash to illuminate shots in low light. On the back there is an 8Mp camera with aperture 2.2. It’s nothing spectacular, and it does not replace a real digital camera, but it’s helpful to have it around you. You get the same filters in real time, but some other modes of the camera, HDR, continuous shooting, panorama and Pro. There is also a physical LED flash on the back and can record J3 720p HD video. Below are some test photos showing St Pancras Renaissance Hotel with Auto and HDR settings. It is very difficult to distinguish between the two capricious Londoners this afternoon, although the edges in the HDR plane are softer where the camera was moved back and forth between each photo. The camera of the J3 could certainly be a bit faster to capture a picture, but at £ 150 it’s hard to complain. And although there are soft edges and it’s difficult to distinguish fine details like individual stones, the colors are not bad and we’ve certainly seen worse. See also: Best phone camera 2016


The Samsung Galaxy J3 could be a 2016 model, but it works with the previous version of Android Lollipop 5.1.1 without software updates being available. It’s not that bad, with only 4.6% of all Android phones using Marshmallow, but it’s still a little disappointing to find a new phone with little more than Marshmallow in April 2016. As usual, Samsung overlays its TouchWiz UI, but without all the features of high-end Galaxy smartphones. For example, there are no multiple windows or pop-ups or smart gestures that you can use to pull the palm of your hand to take a screenshot or hold the phone to your ear to make a phone call. , If you keep your eyes on the screen, the screen time will not stop while watching a video. For additional software, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive come preinstalled in addition to 100 GB OneDrive memory. Frustrating given the small amount of internal memory, these can not be eliminated. See also: Best Android Phones 2016.   You’ll also see Themes Store and Easy Mode on Galaxy smartphones that are above the range. The first offer customization options for your wallpaper, application icons and fonts, and the latest user interface. Simplified user who places the most frequently used settings, applications and contacts on the home screen.   As mentioned earlier, only 4.4 GB is available to the user of the factory. You should therefore consider the cost of a microSD card, unless you do not intend to download applications. or use the camera.     Samsung Galaxy J3 – Battery The Samsung Galaxy J3 has a replaceable battery of 2600 mAh, which is acceptable considering the specifications of the phone. However, I had mixed experience in endurance. In most direct battery tests I tried, it works very well. Half an hour of Minecraft empties 9% of the battery, suggesting it will play for about five and a half hours. Wi-Fi video transmission reduces the battery by 12% in one hour, which is different. a pretty normal result.   In general, however, I’ve found that the Samsung Galaxy J3 consumes energy much faster than competitors like the third-generation Moto G or the Oppo F1. Most of the time I needed an emergency mine before going to bed.


There are many reasons for that. First of all, since the J3 does not include automatic brightness adjustment, the screen will usually be brighter than necessary and as a result the battery will be depleted. While a slightly too clear screen looks good, a little light is likely to get boring The Spreadtrum SoC system may also fail because it may be less efficient to juggle connections than the solutions offered by the major chip makers. It could be a mixture of both, though the J3 has no problem with overheating. AC works well.

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) key test results

Good construction and finish, the phone is made for eternity. It can all be plastic, but you can see the part; Live screen with excellent contrast and eye-catching colors. 720p resolution with a diagonal of 5 “should not be a problem in this price range; The phone can be found with a number of different SoCs that are hard to follow. Spreadtrum SC8830 lacks 4G; The battery comes with a 69-hour rating, but the budget of the chipset is not efficient enough from a power point of view given the size and screen resolution. Video playback has a high cost. A basic experience of the Android interface, enhanced with a touch of TouchWiz extras. The user interface works surprisingly smoothly; Only 3 GB of available storage space is available to the user, which means that downloading many Play Store apps will be very tedious, even if you buy a microSD card. Fortunately, it has its own dedicated location instead of sharing it with the second SIM card; Disappointing performance standards for 2016. The game is not the highlight of this phone; The speaker is on the quiet side, scoring below average for our volume test; 8 megapixel camera produces beautiful photos, but with poor dynamics and an apparent lack of detail, aggravated by the reduction of aggressive noise; The videos are good, considering the resolution of 720p. Good enough to see it on the device or share it on social networks. No image stabilization means only blurry images. Google Translate for Business:Translator ToolkitWebsite Translator

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