The J5 is a feature packed, budget phone from Samsung coming with excellent hardware specifications.
Design and Screen
You can call the J5 a larger version of J1 with a soft plastic back that is removable. This makes it easy to access the battery, the SIM slots (two in number) and the microSD card slot. The device looks average, but the gold version is quite charming.
The screen is Super AMOLED technology, but the quality is less than those found in the flagship devices of Samsung. However, contrast levels and viewing angles are good and the display is full HD on a 5 inches display screen.
The loudspeakers face the rear and the volume is not too high, though there is good clarity. However, audio quality is good with earphones.
The J5 has an LED flash lens for its primary shooter and it is very useful in low light condition, though it is not the traditional flash, but simply lights up like a flashlight. The user interface is different and you can launch the camera app from the home button with a double tap. This is a very convenient feature for quickly launching the camera, even if you are on some other application. The Pro mode is also another attractive feature, but offers limited options, such as ISO and exposure as well as white balance. There are a few photo effects available, such as Sepia and Grayscale along with Negative.
It is rather thick and also bulky and does not offer a premium feel. In addition, you have to keep adjusting the brightness of the screen according to the lighting or time of the day, as there is no auto brightness option available. However, there is a mode for Outdoors, which increases the brightness.
The J5 makes use of the new iteration of TouchWiz UX and is optimized with a modern user interface. It comes with visual appeal, but is also easy to use and offers functionality.
The phone runs on the Android, 5.1.1 Lollipop version and is skinned with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UX. It is smooth and fast and does not come with too much bloat ware. It also supports themes. As it is dual SIM, there is a separate menu for handling the two cards and you can select different wallpaper or tones and select the SIM of your choice for calls and for mobile data.
The device comes with a RAM of 1.5 GB and is good for multi tasking and an internal memory of 8 GB. This can be enhanced with an external storage using the microSD card.
It is an excellent mid range phone with good hardware specs. In addition, the phone boasts of having the latest TouchWiz UX, seen in the S6 and the S6 Edge. On the whole, the J5 is a good performer and it seems that Samsung is finally focused on the UI even for lower end segments. The battery life is brilliant and can last a long time with the 2600 mAh battery.