Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Android smartphone review
While the hype is all around the flagship models such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, it is easy to forget that it is not necessary to spend a months wages on a decent mobile phone.
The Galaxy J5 is a superb example of that, sporting a curved edge, Gorilla Glass protected 5.2 inch HD screen and 13 megapixel cameras front and rear, all contained in a metal casing that looks and feels every bit as high end as the S8 but for half the price.
We don’t all need endless reserves of power and memory – You get an ample 16GB on board with a very welcome memory card slot which allows you to expand right up to 256GB. Memory cards are fast and relatively cheap these days so why spend more than you need to?
Performance is provided by Samsung own 1.6GHz Exynos processor, and 2GB of RAM which would have been flagship specs not so long ago and will be more than enough power for most people.
Playing videos and searching the internet is a delight on the superb screen, and we encountered no lag whatsoever when streaming a movie and listening to it on stereo Bluetooth headphones, always a good test of real-life performance.
A fingerprint sensor takes care of security, another feature that has now filtered down from flagship models, and it works very well on all Samsung’s phones.
The metal casing and camera are the main improvements over the previous model, and the camera is now flush with the phone’s body, so the unsightly lump has now disappeared. Battery life is also vastly improved with Samsung quoting almost 19 hours “everyday use”, which is even higher than the flagship Galaxy S8.
It is more expensive than the model it replaces but this is reflected in the more premium feel, better camera and battery life and one of the best screens we have seen in the mid-range sector, and it’s a phone we can confidently recommend will suit most pockets and tastes.
Brand new and boxed with UK charger and USB cable.
Includes free O2 Pay As You Go sim card
(but feel free to use your own sim. This phone is factory unlocked and works with any UK or European network sim, contract or prepay)
FREE UK postage or upgrade to 1st Class Tracked for just £3.