*Disclaimer* The Samsung Galaxy J3 2018 edition came courtesy of AT&T. We were not paid to look at the device and all opinions are that of the writers *Disclaimer*
Overview and Device Specs
The Samsung Galaxy J3 2018 is Samsung’s budget device for this year. It’s a very run of mill, all plastic, budget device with a 5 inch, 720p, 16:9 (really wish there some mid range or flagships this aspect ratio still), notchless, IPS display. The J3 is running an Exynos 7570 with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It has a micro USB port rather than USB C along with a headphone jack on the bottom. The most confusing part of the device has to be the single side firing speaker. It’s a different place for a speaker than most devices, but not necessarily a bad thing. There’s a single 8mp camera on the back and a single 5mp camera on the front, and a 2,600 mAh battery.
Unboxing Experience and Initial Opinions
The unboxing experience is about as bare bones as you can get. If buying the J3 from AT&T, you get the black and blue standard Samsung packaging. The device is the first thing you see on top and the charging cable as well as the power brick are underneath. The most interesting, and exciting thing in my opinion, is that it has a removable battery. I really miss the days of flagships with removable batteries. Another fun thing is that the J3 has a physical home button and capacitive back and multitasking keys on the device. The most disappointing part of the unboxing experience had to be the plastic design. I expected it to be plastic, but after just looking at the Honor 7x and it’s attractive all metal build It probably has me a little spoiled.
Final Thoughts So Far
The J3 2018 seems like it should be an okay device for the price. It has lower res display then I would want, but it has a 16:9 display. And personally, I am a bigger fan of that aspect ratio over the “trendy” 2:1 (18:9) aspect ratio. The side firing speaker is awkward, but if it has good enough sound quality it should be usable at least. The biggest concern I have with this device is storage. Yes, it has expandable storage through micro SD cards, but 16GB it still not acceptable. I’ll let 32GB slide at the price of $209.99 through AT&T (which you can find here), but not 16GB.
We’d like to thank AT&T for sending us the Galaxy J3 2018 for review