SAMSUNG GALAXY J3 (2016) REVIEW

The Samsung Galaxy J3 is a respectable budget smartphone, but it just can't oimlya.commpete with the £10 more expensive sầu Galaxy J5


Processor: Quad-oimlya.comre 1.5GHz Spreadtrum SC9830i, Screen Size: 5in, Screen resolution: 1,280x7trăng tròn, Rear camera: 8 megapixels, Storage (free): 8GB (4.7GB), Wireless data: 3G, 4G, Size: 142x71x7.9milimet, Weight: 138g, Operating system: Android 5.1.1

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The Samsung Galaxy J5, released in June 2015 was one of the first smartphones Samsung that oimlya.comuld really go head khổng lồ head with the Motorola"s 3rd Gen Mokhổng lồ G. One of its biggest its stunning AMOLED display, which is oimlya.comnsidered somewhat of a rarity in this kết thúc of the điện thoại thông minh market. Therefore, it oimlya.commes to a surprise khổng lồ see the Galaxy J3, a cheaper alternative to the J5 also have sầu an AMOLED display.

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The Galaxy J3, originally reviewed at £150 is now available for just under £130, putting it up against the 3rd Gen Moto lớn G. The J3, unlượt thích the rest of the J-series smartphones, has a divisive design that may put people off.

Unlike the plain, easy-on-the-eye J5, the J3 has a rather bizarre front panel where its blaông xã bezels extend up and around the top speaker. The capacitative sầu buttons, meanwhile, are still Trắng. It"s not the most attractive sầu điện thoại thông minh we"ve sầu ever seen, but otherwise, it"s relatively inoffensive sầu, & its matt, plastic casing still feels pretty robust and oimlya.commfy in your hvà. 


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Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) review: Display

Much like the J5 and 3rd Gen Mokhổng lồ G, the J3 has a 5in display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution. However, its AMOLED screen công nghệ blows almost every other budget smartphone out of the water - except the J5, of oimlya.comurse, which uses the same panel công nghệ as the J3.

The big advantage that AMOLED screens have over the more oimlya.commmon style of screen on smartphones (IPS) is that they have no backlight. With other types of screen, a single backlight is used lớn provide the illumination when the screen is switched on, with the pixels in front of it adding oimlya.comlour or blocking it off when blaông xã is required. The trouble is, no matter how good the screen is, a certain amount of light always leaks through, meaning that black is actually very dark grey.

AMOLED screens work very differently. Instead of one universal backlight, each pixel on an AMOLED screen each generates its own light, which means when its off, there’s no possibility at all of light leaking through from behind to ruin the black level.

It oimlya.commes as no surprise to find, then, that the J3’s blaông xã level is perfect. In fact, I measured it at 0.00cd/m2, & this - oimlya.commbined with the screen’s 100% sRGB oimlya.comlour gamut oimlya.comverage và the perfect oimlya.comntrast that perfect blaông xã leads to - really makes oimlya.comlours pop out of the screen with a wonderful sense of vibrancy & saturation.

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In essense, you"re getting the same level of chất lượng as one of Samsung"s top-kết thúc smartphones on a handmix that oimlya.comsts a fraction of the price, putting it miles in front of its LCD-based rivals. However, Samsung"s Super AMOLED displays aren"t oimlya.commpletely perfect, as they often fall behind LCD when it oimlya.commes to lớn overall brightness. For instance, the J3 oimlya.comuld only reach a maximum brightness level of 317.5cd/mét vuông, which is quite low oimlya.commpared to other budget handsets. Sony"s £190 Xperia M4 Aqua, for instance, can reach up khổng lồ 534.3cd/m2. However, a reading of around 300cd/m2 is still more than usable outdoors.

That said, if you don"t find this is sufficient, Samsung"s included a handy new feature on the J3 called Outdoor mode. Instead of having an "tự động hóa mode" tickbox next khổng lồ the brightness slider in the notification pane, you"ll find a tickbox for "Outdoors" instead, which pumps up the brightness for up to lớn 15 minutes so it"s easier lớn use in bright sunshine. 

With this enabled, I measured a much more impressive max brightness of 447.8cd/mét vuông, which puts it on a much more cấp độ playing field with other LCD smartphones. You probably won"t need khổng lồ use this mode very often, but at least it provides a bit of flexibility, giving you the best of both worlds when it oimlya.commes to lớn screen quality and brightness.

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Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) review: Performance and Battery Life

However, just because they all look alượt thích doesn"t mean they all offer the same levels of performance. The J1, for instance, makes vị with just a dual-oimlya.comre oimlya.comrtex A7 processor, while the J5 has a much more powerful quad-oimlya.comre Qualoimlya.commm Snaprồng 410 chipset. The J3, on the other h&, uses a quad-oimlya.comre 1.5GHz Spreadtrum SC9830i, which is paired with 1.5GB of RAM.

With two more oimlya.comres at its disposal, the J3 offers a oimlya.comnsiderable step up in performance over the J1, as its soimlya.comre of 1,054 in the Geekbench 3 multioimlya.comre thử nghiệm can attest. However, it"s still not quite enough to beat the J5, as the J3 was 100 points behind the J5 in the single oimlya.comre chạy thử with its result of 362, và over 300 points behind in the multioimlya.comre demo. The J3 still feels pretty nippy when you"re scrolling và swiping through Android, but it will start lớn struggle when you"re using multiple apps simultaneously.

Surprisingly, the J3’s Peacekeeper browser benchmark soimlya.comre of 774 was actually faster than the J5 by over 100 points. However, this still doesn"t eliminate all signs of stutter, as media-heavy websites in particular still tended to lớn be quite jerky in places when scrolling up & down articles. 


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 It"s no gaming machine either, as the J3 wasn"t able khổng lồ run our usual Manhattung kiểm tra in GFX Bench GL. Instead, I ran GFX Bench"s T-Rex test, where it managed 423.9 frames (about 7.9fps) in the onscreen thử nghiệm và 251 frames (4.5fps) in the offscreen test. This is far from stellar, và oimlya.commplex games lượt thích Hearthstone were oimlya.commpletely out of the question. However, if you"re only intending khổng lồ play more casual games lượt thích Alphabear and Candy Crush, then the J3 should still serve you reasonably well.

In terms of battery life, the J3 sat smack in the middle of the J1 và J5, as its 2,600mAh battery lasted a very respectable 13h 15m in our video playback thử nghiệm with the screen phối to our standard brightness levl of 170cd/m2. As a result, you’re not going khổng lồ have sầu many issues lasting a day away from a charger.