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Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) - Plain Elegance

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) - Plain Elegance
Cutting edge features are great and all, however very few people want to spend such a large amount of money on a single gadget. Don’t worry though because Samsung has a solution for you in the shape of Galaxy J3 (2016). The most recent entry to Samsung’s budget roster, J3 (2016) is infused with premium DNA and other nifty features like AMOLED screen. Let’s take a closer look!

Galaxy J3 (2016)


Metal and glass combos slowly became the standard for making high-end smartphones, however budget and mid-range phones have to stick to polycarbonate for the time being. There is nothing wrong with using plastics, after all they have been around for quite some time and most companies perfected their design using them. Quality polycarbonate comes close to aluminium in terms of structural rigidity if manufactured correctly. We’ve seen unbelievably tough and affordable smartphones combining Gorilla Glass, nylon edges, and sturdy polycarbonate. On the surface, Galaxy J3 (2016) looks like a premium smartphone as it shares the same design style as the S7. Small details such as the silver outer edge and a very satisfying centre button trick you into thinking that this phone cost way more. Every visual element on Galaxy J3 (2016) is executed flawlessly, including the removable back cover that doesn’t feel flimsy for even a second. Dimensions come in at 142.3 x 71 x 7.9 mm and it weighs 138 grams.

Galaxy J3 (2016)


Budget screens have vastly improved over the past couple of years and Samsung takes that progress one step further by including a Super AMOLED screen on J3 (2016). What are the advantages of OLED screens over conventional LCDs usually found in this price bracket? Thanks to some clever technology and the way individual pixels are lit up, OLED screens are able to deliver sensational contrast alongside deepest black levels. Conventional LCDs are plagued by backlight bleeding issues which become very apparent in dark rooms while OLED screens are able to turn off pixels completely and deliver zero backlight. A resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels isn’t record-breaking, but it still delivers ample sharpness with 294ppi on a 5-inch screen.

Galaxy J3 (2016)


Keeping the cogs turning is Spreadtrum SC8830 chipset alongside Mali-400 GPU and 1.5GB of RAM. Performance is equivalent to other budget phones on the market, doing a fine job on tasks such as browsing the web, checking social networks, and even occasional gaming. Users often forget that as we move forward content gets more complex, always staying one step ahead of budget devices. Budget smartphones nowadays can annihilate games that are 2-3 years old, but today’s games feature more detail requiring more processing power. Nevertheless, Galaxy J3 (2016) does a great job handling multimedia and occasional gaming. Plus everything looks wonderful on that AMOLED screen.
 

Galaxy J3 (2016)


Photography is entrusted to an 8-megapixel main sensor and a 5-megapixel front sensor, both doing a solid job of capturing your memories in adequate detail. Like all budget cameras, this one has the tendency to struggle in tricky conditions, leaving out the finer detail or overexposing certain elements. On the plus side there are plenty of features such as HDR, Panorama, Pro mode, Continuous shot, and many real-time filters. Those features more than make up for what the camera lacks in terms of hardware, producing perfect photos for any social network.

In spite of its budget roots, Galaxy J3 (2016) soars to the skies thanks to standout design and an AMOLED screen. There is so much to love on this simple budget phone, we find it hard not to recommend it to anyone looking for a simple yet brilliant smartphone!
 

 


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