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Galaxy J3 Intro
Before I start telling you about the J3. I’m gonna be frank now and say this is one of the worst budget Android I have ever used, and I cannot recommend for anybody. There’s far better choices than this device for the same price or cheaper.
Overview and Specs
The Galaxy J3 2018 is Samsung’s budget entry for this year. It is one of the most expensive budget devices having only a 720p, 16:9, IPS LCD display. Running with only 2GB of ram and a paltry 16GB of storage. Luckily, the J3 has expandable storage. It runs an EXYNOS 7570 chipset along with a Mali-T720 GPU. A single 8MP rear camera, and a 5MP selfie camera. The J3 also has a headphone jack and a single side firing speaker. And to top off the super budgetness of this device, the J3 2018 has a micro USB port for charging as well as a full plastic body. Overall this is the least impressive budget device I have ever used.
Like just mentioned above the J3 2018 has a 720p 16:9 display. The 16:9 aspect ratio is the best part of the display. Personally, I believe most devices being made with a 2:1 aspect ratio is a little ridiculous when most other displays are still made in a 16:9 aspect ratio, and most media is output in 16:9. And I also don’t mind a 720p resolution, but with a $210 price tag that most stores charge for the J3 2018 I was hoping Samsung would implement a 1080p display. There are cheaper options out there with higher res displays and better performance.
Galaxy J3 2018 Performance
Since I mentioned performance I’ll talk about that now. It comes with Android 8.0 Oreo and I would be shocked if it gets Android 9.0 Pie. Samsung is not really known for regular updates. Let alone updating a budget device. But the overall performance of the J3 2018 is abysmal. It wasn’t as unusable as my experience with the Moto G6 Play, but that’s still not saying much. Surprisingly, the gaming performance wa better than I expected. I did the obligatory Asphalt 8 (9 wasn’t available to download on the J3) test, and it wasn’t unplayable. Frame rates were below 30fps, but for something casual like most mobile games that’s not a big deal.
The rear facing single 8mp camera is just not good. You get grainy, overblown, and washed out pictures with it, and don’t even bother trying to take any shots in low light. You won’t see anything! I really can’t say much more about the camera other than that. There’s not any manual options to try and fix anything. But to be honest there’s nothing that can be done to fix what that low of end hardware can do.
The Galaxy J3 2018’s Weird Audio Setup
The audio is awful. The side firing speaker is easy cover up with your hand when holding it the J3 in landscape, and the speaker is also very tinny. Audio from the headphone is fine enough. Nothing stellar and nothing bad.
The J3’s battery performance was the only thing that I would say is passable. I figured it wouldn’t last long since the battery is sub 3,000 mAh, but it would always last me the entire day. Even on my days when I would be streaming music for hours at a time over bluetooth. On top of that the battery is removable so if you can find a second battery for the J3 2018 then you can keep off the charger for two days then.
Should You Buy the Galaxy J3 2018?
Under any circumstances I’m going to say avoid the Galaxy J3 2018. There’s so many devices that do at least one thing, or even more likely everything, for the same price or less. The Huawei Honor 7X is a $200 device unlocked with more ram, a higher resolution display, more internal storage, as well as a larger battery. Even the Moto G6 Play is a better device in that it has a better camera, and it’s even cheaper at $179.99. The only two redeeming features the J3 has over the 7X is that it has a removable battery as well as a 16:9 aspect ratio display. That is if you’re like me and don’t like the 2:1 aspect ratios on most devices. But if you still want the Galaxy J3 2018 after everything I have said you can buy it from AT&T for $209.99.
We would like to thank AT&T for giving us the opportunity to review this device