Samsung J1: A power player in the low-end market
It cannot be denied that the Galaxy J1 is among the low-end devices if we base it in today’s standards, however, it’s such a surprise to have something so affordable yet very much capable of providing features and power beyond its price tag. The Galaxy J1, despite being on the lower end of the spectrum, comes with a 1.2GHz Cortex A7 processor – a processor that’s almost equally as powerful as Apple’s iPhone 4S. Which means, for an entry-level device, it could easily run applications that were once limited to entry-level devices.
Its onboard memory is 512MB, more than enough to run basic apps at the same time, in order to help you stay productive all throughout the day.
A Camera that delivers
Who says you can’t get quality shots from a low-end phone’s camera? The Galaxy J1 will dump that myth, as its 5MP shooter could take photos with great clarity and perfect lighting. On the other hand, its 2MP selfie camera is also more than sufficient enough to capture those great selfie moments. Both the primary and front camera has face detection, and could record videos at 720p; video recording has never been this great for entry-level smartphones.
On the go all day long
The Samsung J1 is powered by a 1850mAh battery – a very hefty amount of juice for a small device. With that being said, the Galaxy j1 could work its way from sun up until sun down with a single charge, with moderate use. This entry-level device holds a battery equally as hefty as the iPhone 6, however, the advantage of Galaxy J1 over the iPhone 6 is that it’s not as power hungry, which means its overall hardware doesn’t consume as much as the iPhone 6, not even half of it.
You get more than what you paid for
It cannot be denied that the Galaxy J1 delivers more than what you’d expect from its price range, and most importantly from an entry level smartphone. If you’re on a limited budget and wants the best smartphone for as less money as possible, get ready to be blown away by the Samsung Galaxy J1.
The Samsung Galaxy J1 is the latest entry level device offering from Samsung. It has been making a headline in the low-end market with the simplistic yet efficient performance that it delivers. At a very attractive price, users could already get a taste of a trimmed down version of the flagship Galaxy devices. Given that this phone is an entry level device, it manages to give you a lot of bang for your buck. This is the reason why it has become immensely popular in the low-end market, despite the many smartphones that could easily sweep them away with their non-conventional low-end feature.
The Samsung J1 mini 8GB has now emerged as one of the best basic smartphones with an affordable price in the market. Even at a competitive price, the Samsung Galaxy J1 mini 8GB comes with amazing features such as the Quad Core Processor and also with a 1 GB RAM. The phone comes with a special hardware as well as a 4 inches screen with a TFT capacitive which will give you an unforgettable viewing experience. The smartphone with great design is affordable with great specs.
Design and handling
The Samsung J1 is an entry level smartphone that is made of a plastic matte body. This property makes it pleasant to touch and makes it less prone to fingerprints and smudges. The phone’s build is pretty robust and it doesn’t easily creak or make any unpleasant sound when pressure is placed upon the screen upon operation. Its buttons are also very sturdy and pretty solid, and it provides good feedback. Though the home button is elevated slightly, it does not really get in the way with the phone’s smooth and easy-to-the-hands front.
The Samsung Galaxy J1’s form allows for a better function. Its slim profile and rounded edge give the phone a sleek yet modern design. Not to mention the screen is very tactile while the entire body is far from getting smudgy and slippery easily. With an 8.9mm profile, the phone provides a very comfortable grip, on top of its comfortable build.
This phone has beautifully crafted body which sports thin edges making it look sexy and sleek. Rarely do we get a phone such as the Galaxy J1 that is lightweight and possess and ergonomic design; it’s a breath of fresh air, especially for a smartphone brand such as Samsung who has been greatly focused creating humungous smartphones to squeeze in an enormous number of features. The phone does not carry a premium look, however, the colour and the overall design of the phone makes it look like a beautifully crafted phone that you can easily slip into your pockets.
The Samsung Galaxy J1’s camera is surprisingly sufficient to capture your life’s precious moments vividly and in full detail. The 5MP back camera of the Galaxy J1 produces great quality photos despite lacking cutting edge camera technology from the high-end Galaxy phones. Here’s the deal.
Quality and light sensitivity
For an entry-level device, its 5MP camera is definitely not bad. In fact, it offers the best sensor in the entry-level market of smartphone. The autofocus feature is efficient and the ability of its sensor to accommodate some light into the scene to boost its brightness without looking overexposed is brilliant. You can easily point and shoot quality photos which look nothing like a photo taken from an entry-level smartphone.
On the other hand, if you love taking selfies, its front camera will surely please you. It takes sharp and will lit 2MP photos. For an entry-level phone, its front camera is pretty impressive when it comes with other features which you can't really expect from a phone in this price range: face detection, auto-focus, hand gesture (palm selfie), smile detection, and touch focus. These features that make taking a selfie a lot easier are rarely seen in entry-level devices, not until the debut of the Galaxy J1. The camera of the Galaxy J1 alone is already a huge win for its users. It's definitely a great value for your money.
The battery will be the least of your worries with the Galaxy J1. First of all, its processing unit won't a lot of power because: 1.) the phone is clocked at a lower speed. 2.) The Dual Core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 doesn't really demand too much processing power in order to work at its best. 3.) The phone's screen is efficient in using energy. And lastly 4.) Ultra Power Savings will save the day. This feature manages your phone's background functions by force closing those apps that are not used. Apparently, it saves the battery a huge fraction of power consumption and stretches the phone's battery all throughout the day.
We really can’t expect for the Galaxy J1 to have a high-quality display, it’s already a given for smartphones within its price range. However, the phone’s good viewing angles deserve to be praised, as well as its brightness and vibrant colour palette. It’s something that we can’t really expect from this phone’s position in the smartphone market, but the J1 gave it to us anyway.
The 4.3-inch screen is packed with a 480x800 resolution, squeezing in 217 pixels per inch pixel density. The resolution of the screen isn't really top-notch, but it's not underwhelming either. Though, compared to an iPhone 5 which boasts a 0.3inch smaller screen but packs a retina display (640x1136 resolution and 326 ppi pixel density), it's worth noting that this phone is barely a fraction of an iPhone 5's price tag. Despite that, the screen doesn't look washed out and the pixels aren't obvious to the naked eye. This colour-rich display helped in keeping those pixels in check and avoid them from showing up unintentionally. Overall, the resolution is actually excellent for a phone that's sold at an entry-level price such as the Galaxy J1.
Gaming and Multimedia Display
Multimedia entertainment and games come out in a good quality that you'd expect. As discussed above, for an entry-level device, the Galaxy J1's screen very decent in performance. The images and graphics for the (light) games are as good as they could get. Apparently, we won't know if it applies to the heavier games because obviously, this phone doesn't have the capability to run them. For the basic games, their display and resolution are as good as you could get, and that is already without any hiccups in running them.
This phone's performance when it comes to running apps and for your day to day browsing needs, it could only take too much. With only a 1.2GHz Dual-core processor and a 512Mb RAM, the Galaxy J1 phone fails greatly when multitasking. As much as you want to use its full potential, it's just hard to multitask on this phone without freezing or slowing down.
The Samsung J1 is equipped with a 1.2GHz Dual Core Cortex A4 processor. The processor speed conforms to the standards for an entry-level device today. However, it falls short when it comes to its RAM which is 512MB only. Apparently, multitasking isn’t phone’s best trait, you’ll really have a hard time running multiple apps at the same time. For basic apps like calculator, calendar, text messaging, and the likes, multitasking wouldn’t be a problem. However, for moderately demanding apps to the heavy ones, running it side by side with another will really pose a problem. Well, if we think about it, an entry-level device is only made to provide efficient basic phone functions. The ability to run various apps should only be considered as an extra when considering the performance of a smartphone like this one.
The core of this phone is to deliver the basics efficiently. And, with a stunning screen and beautiful camera as a bonus feature, you can easily forgive its inability to do some moderate to heavy multitasking. After all, it’s not meant for such thing.
The Galaxy J1 supports 3G connectivity and does not have LTE. It’s basically a good performer when it comes to this feature. Its GPS is also pretty accurate even when paired with the mobile data. Aside from that, it offers all the basic connectivity features such as Bluetooth, WiFi, and could run 3rd party file transfer apps such as ShareIt.
The Samsung J1 is as good as you could get for an entry-level smartphone. It only falls short in the multitasking department, but it greatly redeems itself in the following aspects: phone display, camera, and battery. There are many entry-level phones in the market today that could come close to this phone’s offering, most of which can provide a better multitasking capability but may fall short when it comes to providing a polished smartphone experience. However, Galaxy J1 is a bang for the buck, you basically get what you pay for with a little extra. If you’re after a sleek phone with a seamless performance for basic smartphone function, this phone can do the job for you.