Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) review
Better by a mile
If you have the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) and are deciding whether or not to upgrade, then the answer is a clear yes. The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) has more memory, fingerprint security, a faster processor, bigger battery and a significantly better selfie camera.
Always On Display
The screen size and resolution hasn’t changed, so once again we find a 5.2” HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display that uses Samsung’s bright Super AMOLED display technology.
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The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) does however have a really neat new feature with its Always On Display. This means that without waking up or unlocking the phone, you can see the clock, notifications, calendar and music control buttons.
Glass and metal
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) has a premium metal housing and a glass front. The new form enjoys a miniaturised camera module does not protrude out of the back. This Samsung phone has a pretty average thinness at 8mm and it weighs in at 160g.
We don’t see it too often, but the Galaxy J5 2017 has a side positioned speaker, which will deliver unmuffled audio no matter which way up the phone is placed on a surface.
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The three colour versions are gold, black and blue and this is used on the front, back and sides.
Phone Set Up
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) has a fingerprint scanner for biometric security. This has been built into the home key on the front of the phone.
The fingerprint reader can also be used to set up a Secure Folder. This private encrypted folder can be used for storing documents, files, apps, images and voice recordings. You can also enjoy Secret Mode web browsing, locked with a fingerprint, or use Samsung Pay.
Your set up will undoubtedly include transferring content over from an old smartphone or iPhone. This Samsung smartphone has a 16GB internal memory and of this 10.1GB is free to the user. If you need more memory, then the microSD card slot accepts cards with a value of up to 256GB.
For your own piece of mind you can use Samsung Cloud to backup, synchronise and restore your content in the future. Samsung gives you 15GB of space to do this.
At this point you may want to activate the Blue light filter, which reduces eye strain in the evenings. You can set your own schedule for the filter or have the phone automatically adjust the Blue Filter times, based upon the sunset and sunrise times for your location.
Android OS and Galaxy Apps
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) runs on Google’s Android 7.1 Nougat operating system and benefits from access to Samsung’s own Galaxy Apps. S Health is pre-loaded and there is a Dual Messenger feature that allow you to run two Messenger accounts, controlled from the Start Screen or the Settings menu.
Multitasking is aided by a split screen view and pop-up view, which allow you to resize the windows and easily copy images and text and paste them into the other open windows.
A Game Launcher puts all of your games in one place and gives you greater control over the gaming experience. You can open games without sound, reduce the battery consumption when gaming and record your gaming sessions. The gaming experience is pretty flawless with a 1.6GHz octa-core processor with 2GB RAM powering the action.
Camera & Video
13MP main camera
The Galaxy J5 (2017) has a 13MP camera with a f/1.7 aperture, which lets in more light for photography under poor lighting conditions. You can launch the camera in a blink of an eye by pressing the Home key twice.
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One-handed operation is permitted through a shutter button that can be moved around the screen. Shooting modes includes panorama, continuous shot, night, sports and sound & shot. There are also new camera features to enjoy, such as an onscreen button to brighten faces and make them clearer.
The main camera supports Full HD video recording (1080p) at 30 frames per second.
13MP selfie camera
One of the biggest improvements that the new Galaxy J5 (2017) gets is a 13MP selfie camera, up from 5MP on the 2016 model. The portrait camera is paired up with a selfie flash and you can activate the shutter with a simple gesture of showing your palm.
A wide selfie feature helps out when you want to take a group selfie and after the shot you can slim your face, enlarge your eyes and adjust your skin tone, for better than real life results.
The battery on the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) has a higher capacity at 3,000mAh. This allows the phone to play music for up to 83 hours or support up to 14 hours of internet browsing, 19 hours of video playback or up to 21 hours of talk time.
You can if needed switch to emergency mode and extend the standby times by limiting background actions.
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Written by: Michael Brown