Samsung has always had the idea to put a Galaxy smartphone in every hands and this device follows that philosophy.
- PLS TFT Touch Screen (Multi Touch)
- 1.5” Display
- Android 6.0.1 ( Grace UX)
- 5 Gig Ram
- 8 Gig internal memory
- Dual SIM with one convertible to MicroSD card slot
- Dedicated MicroSD Card slot
- 8 megapixel front camera, 5 mega pixel selfie camera with internal flash
- Slow motion capture (720p@ 30 fps)
- 2600 mA Battery
The J2 Prime is one of the lower end of Samsung’s J series and, as such, will have a lot of corners cut. One of these aspects is the design. The design follows a similar pattern to that of i’s older cousin the Ace series, with a similar face and back. The colour choices are more like the recent Galaxy line up, similar to the others in the J series. It follows the usual settings of a Galaxy device: Headphone jack at the top and a micro USB 2.0 port at the bottom, removable batteries with the SIM trays at the back with the memory card slot as well. The volume buttons sit on the left of the device while the power button is on the right. At the front there is the selfie camera with the flash next to it and the motion sensors to the right side on the top while the speaker, camera and flash dominate the back of the phone.
By just looking at the specs for the camera it would be easy to scoff at it, but with this phone that is not the case. The front camera has only 5 MP but it has one of the best if not the best 5MP camera I have ever seen. It doesn’t put top devices to shame but its hard to ignore that, at this price point, this camera is pretty good. There are some setbacks though, for one, the pictures lack the kind of detail that we are used to on most cameras today. Low light performance is not all that good either so when using in low light its best to get to a spot that has as much light as possible.Check Out: CyanogenMod 13 Review
The selfie camera is the main selling point of the device and rather surprisingly, it gives some of the older flagship devices a run for their money. Added a selfie flash and you have a great reason to buy this device as even most current flagships don’t have a selfie flash. Pictures from this camera tend to be bright and crisp, ideal for Facebook and WhatsApp or any other social media.
This device runs Android 6.0.1 with Samsung’s new Grace UX, similar to the Galaxy S7. There are a few notable omissions, however such as Private mode and a Theme store. The software feels more responsive than the Touchwiz UI of old and is snappier to use. It give the impression of a fast processor though that is not the case. However the processor used still remains a competent one.
As in any Galaxy device, this one comes with a fair share of bloatware and redundant apps from both Samsung and Microsoft, though the Microsoft ones can be useful if one were to be using documents to go. Overall the UX is more of a striped down version of the flagship devices of recent.
Battery life on this device is a bit underwhelming to say the last. Average usage on this device is around 2 ½ hours Screen on Time with moderate use comprising of Whatsapp, Facebook and some gaming on an HSPA+ network. With light usage you will get around an hour more of screen on time.
With the increasing quality of budget devices, this device has stood out as a reason on why to buy a low cost device rather than a budget if you are looking for a basic phone or just an entry level Android phone for a student.