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Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Review

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)

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Call Quality


Call quality on the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) is okay, without any major issues, but not as clear as on a flagship. We found it a bit more challenging than usual to understand what our callers are saying in busier environments, but if you are not out on a busy street, you should be just fine.

Battery life

Will last you a busy day, and then some.

The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) features a 3,000mAh, non-removable battery.

This, combines with the HD display that is not too taxing and the power-efficient, 14nm system chip, make the phone a battery champ.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Review

In our usage, we got around a day and a half, and if you do not use your phone that much, you can go two days off the charger, which is more than most smartphones.

We also ran our custom battery test on the J5 (2017). All phones undergoing this test are set at an equal brightness level of around 200 nits to level the playing field. The new J5 scores north of 10 hours on this test, which ranks it among the top performers as well, and confirms our real-life experience. It’s also nearly 15% better than the score of the predecessor, the J5 (2016).

We also measure how long it takes to recharge a phone’s battery from 0 to 100%. The new J5 (2017) also brings slightly faster charging thanks to its 5 volt, 1.55 amp wall charger, and recharges fully in 2 hours and 10 minutes. This puts it in the middle of the ranks in terms of charging speed.

Battery Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) 10h 3 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 8h 41 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 11h 9 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 10h 26 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) 130
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 153
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 91
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 106
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Price and alternatives


At launch, the Galaxy J5 (2017) sells for a price of around €260 in Europe, and at the time of this writing is not yet officially sold in the United States.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Review
And at that price, it is not much cheaper than mid-range phones like the Galaxy A5 (2017), which currently retails for €330. And you get a lot more with the A5 (2017): much more impressive design and a water-protected body, sharper display, faster performance, slightly better camera, double the storage and more RAM.

For around the same price as the A5, you can also get a 32GB iPhone SE, which comes with a vastly superior performance, much better camera, 4K video support, and the iOS platform with its timely updates.

Your other alternatives?


The excellent Moto G5 Plus comes to mind: sold at exactly the same price, it has a cleaner interface that runs much smoother, it has a faster and better camera, and double the storage.

There are other phones to consider in this price range as well: the Sony Xperia XA1 with its interesting design and clean interface, the Moto Z Play with its truly 2-day battery, the Huawei P10 Lite and more. It’s a crowded space.

Conclusion


Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Review

At the end of the day, the Galaxy J5 (2017) feels like an ‘okay’ affordable phone, but is not pushing any boundaries.

It has one of the best interfaces around: sleek and modern-looking, it has Samsung’s excellent apps, and it has a very solid battery life. But its camera and, most importantly, performance are underwhelming. The phone often feels stuttery and the camera lacks in detail and speed. And we know the terrible state of Android updates for phones like the J5 (2017). In such a fiercely competitive market, the J5 (2017) does too little to stand out.

Pros

  • Feature-rich modern new Samsung UI
  • Solid build quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Modern look thanks to minimal side bezel
  • Android 7.0 Nougat on board
  • Supports microSD memory expansion

Cons

  • Stuttery performance
  • HD display resolution, pixelization noticeable
  • Unimpressive, rather slow camera, even for a cheap phone
  • Only 16GB on-board storage
  • Feels overpriced
  • microUSB port rather than USB-C
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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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