Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 Review - An Enough Improvement?
|Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 review|
For the review part 1: Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 Unboxing And First Impressions - A Better Samsung Midranger?
|The nice 5.2 inch AMOLED screen|
|10 points of multitouch! :)|
The speaker-out is just fine, but it is just weaker than expected.
Audio output thru headphones is on par with most midrange phones!
|Great battery benchmark results|
This device features one of the better battery performance out there.
Charging time is average though. It can go for 50% in 1 hour, 70% in 1 hour and 25 minds, and 100% 2 hours and 20 mins.
|The 13 MP shooter at the back|
|The camera interface of J5 2016|
The picture quality from its main camera is acceptable!
It's also decent for macros (minimum of 3 inches), comes with decent autofocus speed, and less than a second shutter speed. As expected from a Samsung device, the image saving speed is nice too.
Rear Camera Samples
|Random daylight shot|
|Macro test (a little over exposed)|
|Night skyscraper shot|
|Lowlight with yellow evening light|
|Selfie camera options|
Remember to use the flash in lowlight for better pictures.
Selfie Camera Samples
|Selfie test in daylight|
|Can fit more people with its wide angle lens|
Featuring Anjie of Teknogadyet and Irwin of Swirlingovercoffee
|Without flash and with flash at night|
Samsung's 2016 edition of the J5 smartphone is still equipped with the same 64 Bit Snapdragon quad core chip paired with Adreno 306 GPU which is sadly disappointing for a 2016 sub-12K Pesos phone. Something like the MT6753 or Snapdragon 615 or even 415 would have made this a speedier phone. Fortunately, Samsung increased its RAM to 2 GB for better multitasking experience and doubled the internal storage to store more files.
This phone isn't the speediest around for the price, but it can get most of the light and casual task done most of the time.Based on actual usage, the phone is snappy enough if you are a light and casual users who only uses the phone for social media, light games, playing videos, and listening to music. However, you'll definitely feel hiccups on heavier task and playing graphic intensive 3D games on high settings.
|Samsung's colorful Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with TouchWiz UI made for the Philippines|
In terms of software used, this handset is using a modern Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS w/ TouchWiz UI with "made for the Philippines" feature. It carries locally designed wallpapers and themes.
It is vibrantly colorful which is engaging for the eyes of the young. This heavily skinned OS is also snappy, familiar to use, and feature packed just like the rest of the modern TouchWiz UI as well. However, it may look a little bit too cartoonish for some (preference game). In addition, there are still some bloats that could not be useful for most.
One of the highlights of the "Made for the Philippines" approach of this phone is its improvements in signals. Dubbed as the Signal Max it uses a dual antenna design consist of enhanced diversity antenna and antenna designed on grip pattern same with the Galaxy S7.
The result, you'll get better GSM, 3G, and 4G LTE signals better than some midrange phones. That is crucial if you are the type of person who needs to stay connected all the time.
The question is, is that enough to put Samsung on top of the price range? The answer is yes if you need a device with premium looks, decent performance, long battery life, and strong signal reception.
However, it'll be a no if you're the type of person who plays heavy games, does a lot of heavy task on your phone, multitask a lot, and needs modern security features.