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Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Review

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)

Posted: , by Victor H.



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
View all

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.


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.


  • 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


  • 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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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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Display5.2 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (282 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera13 megapixels
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
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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