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Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Review

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)

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Introduction


The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) is the successor to one of the more popular cheap phones out there: the J5 (2016).

And while it retains the form factor and some key specs — an equally-sized 5.2-inch HD display and just 16 GB of on board storage — it gets rid of the plastic build in favor of a sturdier, metal design and it adds essential features like a fingerprint scanner. With its minimal side bezel, it even looks fairly modern.

But what is the experience of using an affordable Android phone like the Galaxy J5 (2017) and is it worth getting one? Let’s find out.

In the box:

  • Phone
  • White earbuds with in-line mic
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • SIM cjection tool
  • User manual

Design

Sturdy and solid, but far from pretty.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Review
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Review
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Review
The speaker and the power button - Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Review
  

The speaker and the power button


The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) is made out of metal and feels reassuringly solid in terms of build quality. At 0.31 inches (7.9mm) of thickness it is neither too thin, nor too thick, and the curved edges and slight curve on the back make it fit comfortably in the hand. The most notable design element are the antennas on the back that extend like two halves of a curved rectangle, a look unlike that on any other phone. This is particularly noticeable on the pink and gold J5 (2017) models, where the antenna bands contrast more with the color of the phone, while on the black and blue models, the antenna lines are barely noticeable.

There is a single camera on the back, flush with the body of the phone. The other notable thing about the new J5 is that it has its speaker neither at the bottom, nor at the back, but on the right side of the phone (just like the Samsung A series from this year). This is actually not a bad place for the speaker: you're less likely to accidentally cover it with your hand.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Review

The buttons are made of metal and feel clicky and responsive. There is now a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home key on the front. It’s definitely not among the fastest ones, but it is fairly accurate.

On the bottom, you’d find the microphone, a microUSB port for charging (no USB-C here, unfortunately), and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The J5 (2017) lacks any form of special water protection or other super-powers, in case you were wondering.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)
5.76 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches
146.3 x 71.3 x 7.9 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
5.74 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
145.8 x 72.3 x 8.1 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
5.75 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches
146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm
5.96 oz (169 g)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Motorola Moto G5 Plus
5.91 x 2.91 x 0.38 inches
150.2 x 74 x 9.7 mm
5.47 oz (155 g)

Motorola Moto G5 Plus


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

A 5.2” AMOLED display with an HD resolution in 2017 is a bit sad.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Review

The Galaxy J5 (2017) features a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a 720 x 1280 pixel, HD resolution.

The display is properly laminated and features oleophobic coating, which might be a standard on pricier phones, but is not as common on affordable phones, so it’s nice that the J5 (2017) has this.

What is not so great is the resolution: it’s just low for today’s standards, even for an affordable phone. In practical terms, this means that you see some pixelization, especially noticeable when you read text.

Colors are set by default to a punchy, slightly oversaturated mode (“Adaptive display”) that most users really like. You can go into Settings > Display > Screen Mode, and choose a different one, with more toned-down, neutral colors. If you want to get slightly better accuracy out of the default Adaptive Display mode,, go into the Color Balance section and reduce the green and blue colors a couple of steps.

The J5 (2017) is also bright enough to be fairly legible even under direct sunlight which is nice. The phone also offers a blue light filter, which reduces the blue light emitted from your phone. This should help you fall asleep easier if you use your phone at night, as the blue light from the screen could mess up your sleeping cycle.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) 468
(Good)
3
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
7440
(Good)
2
9.12
(Poor)
8.04
(Poor)
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 300
(Average)
3
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6746
(Excellent)
1.98
3.35
(Good)
6.41
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 556
(Excellent)
1.8
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6725
(Excellent)
2.02
2.37
(Good)
7.25
(Average)
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 581
(Excellent)
6
(Good)
1:1274
(Excellent)
7989
(Average)
2.21
6.07
(Average)
6.79
(Average)
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posted on 18 Jul 2017, 07:28 1

1. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 208; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


A 5.2” AMOLED display with an HD resolution in 2017 is a bit sad. apple iphone se rated excellent by iphonearena has a less than 720p display...

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 07:44

2. Spyro (Posts: 267; Member since: 29 Mar 2017)


I am perfectly fine with my 4" screen. At least my SE doesn't have a sh*tty camera and poor performance, let alone my camera can shoot in 4k.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 07:47 1

3. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 208; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


HAHA se costs $449 j5 will be around 199...

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 07:50

5. kiko007 (Posts: 5383; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


The SE is around 300 bucks lol. What country do you live in?

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 14:28 1

17. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Apple's own website in the US lists the iPhone SE for $399. In Canada it's $580 for that tiny fart of an iPhone SE. Although many places are offering BOGO deals, buy an iPhone 6s or 7 and get a free iPhone SE. But nowadays we are seeing buy an iPhone 7 and get a free iPhone 7 as well. I guess Apple has to get there market share up any way they can. Please buy our recycled icrap.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 07:52

7. Spyro (Posts: 267; Member since: 29 Mar 2017)


Better to stick with quality than trash.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 07:53 1

8. Lumbergh (Posts: 318; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


SE doesn't have "stuttery performance" lol.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 07:49

4. maherk (Posts: 4845; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


You can't deny the fact that a 720 Amoled screen is less sharper than a 720 lcd screen, especially if there is at least 0.5" in size difference.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 07:55

9. Spyro (Posts: 267; Member since: 29 Mar 2017)


Even if I were a troll, I wouldn't defend trash.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 09:13

10. Victor.H (Posts: 785; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Do you realize the difference between a PenTile display with a 5.2-inch size with HD resolution, and a full RGB display with a 4.7-inch resolution? If you did, you would know that the iPhone has a much sharper display.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 10:49 1

15. xeroxchap (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Oct 2016)


Victor. H......hmmm.... again... stop being so pissy abt your real boss *Insert Fruit Here"..and act a bit professional.... dnt leave salty comments to ppl who provide traffic to this site...U have your opinion and u clearly mentioned it in your article...comments section is for the readers....otherwise disable comments and keep on praying to Apple !

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 11:09 1

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


It's quite ironic that you're the one who sounds salty here. It's not like he didn't say anything that isn't true.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 19:29

19. xeroxchap (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Oct 2016)


yes...actually i was.... i am not getting paid by iphonearena to write an article......
Girl bye!

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 09:14

11. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


In all fairness, you're comparing a 4" screen to a 5.2" screen. The iphone screen clearly has a higher PPI. On top of that, it came out 1.5 years ago.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 07:51 1

6. Lumbergh (Posts: 318; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


"Stuttery performance"

Sounds like Samsung. They gotta get these lag issues fixed.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 09:28

12. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 316; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


The cons on this review are a joke.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 09:49

13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


They all sound like legit knocks to me. And as someone who used a J7 for a weeks after I lost my Note 5, I can vouch for the validity of them. I'll never use another Samsung that isn't a flagship. That's for sure.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 10:46

14. You_Dont_Say (Posts: 329; Member since: 26 Jan 2015)


Stuttery performance is no laughing matter.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 18:29 1

18. airoid (Posts: 75; Member since: 13 Dec 2016)


I noticed that any phone that has better battery life than iPhone then PA doesn't put iPhone in comparison chart for you to compare hahahaa

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 20:36 1

20. cheetah2k (Posts: 1746; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Why bother scoring anymore itrollarena. I mean your scoring consistency is worse than the local weather man..

posted on 19 Jul 2017, 16:24 1

21. Stappy3 (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)


How is an HD display for a pretty low priced budget phone sad?

posted on 21 Jul 2017, 11:27

22. madara82 (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Jul 2017)


what i dont like with this phone is lacks any form of special water protection or other super-powers, in case you were wondering. maybe atleast water resistant will be better.

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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display5.2 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (282 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
2 GB RAM
Size5.76 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches
(146.3 x 71.3 x 7.9 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)

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