Samsung Galaxy J5
Galaxy S7 owners needn’t be too worried, though, since the J5 makes compromises in other areas, such as performance and overall build quality, in order to help keep the price as low as possible. The most important thing is that it feels well-made, and the J5 delivers on this in spades. The J5’s slim dimensions also make it very easy to hold, and its curved sides are grippy rather than slippery.
Where the J5 leaps ahead of the 3rd Gen Moto G is its 5in, 1,280 x 720 Super AMOLED display. This is the cheapest Samsung phone I’ve ever seen to come with one of its Super AMOLED panels, and it makes other budget LCD-based displays look positively insipid by comparison. The screen on the Moto G, for instance, is pretty good, but it can’t match the sheer vibrancy of the J5’s display. With its 100% sRGB colour gamut coverage, perfect black and contrast ratio, images on the J5 look absolutely stunning, and I’ve yet to see an LCD-based screen at this kind of price that can best it.
Of course, the one downside of AMOLED screens is that they’re nowhere near as bright as LCD. However, the J5’s peak brightness of 358cd/m2 is still pretty respectable, and should be more than enough for most lighting conditions. Only in bright sunshine will you need to have it on max.
The camera on the Galaxy J5 is really the phone’s only issue, though, as the rest of it is great value. Its excellent screen and amazing battery life exceed anything else in this price range, and it’s certainly got enough speed to get you through most of your daily smartphone tasks.
Despite this, it’s clear that the Motorola Moto G4 is the phone to beat in the budget smartphone space right now. But that’s not to say there are no reasons to choose the Samsung Galaxy J5. It remains a good option if you value screen quality and battery life above all else. You might prefer it if you’re switching across from another Samsung handset and don’t fancy changing to a different manufacturer. And you might prefer a smaller handset; the Samsung Galaxy J5 is more compact, more easily usable in one hand and easier to slip into a pocket. Despite the emergence of the Moto G4, then, it hangs on to its recommended award.
Android 7.1 (Nougat)
Micro SD Card slot (Up to 256GB)
13MP Primary & Secondary cameras
Talk time up to 21 Hrs
Height: 146.2 mm
Width: 71.3 mm
Depth: 8 mm
Weight: 160 g