Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) Price in Dubai, UAE  

Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016)

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INTRODUCTION

Samsung Galaxy J2
Samsung Galaxy J2

As the ever changing Samsung technology is now gripping the world, Samsung presents to you a new 4G Experience with the Galaxy J2. And what's more, it comes with an Ultra-data saving which makes sure you do not run of data due to apps running in the background. This amazing smartphone comes with a 4.7-inch display and with dimensions of 136.5X69X8.4 and weighing only 129g; this phone is the right size for your hand and pockets. Released this September this phone comes packed with 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM which is ideal for video streaming and a light gaming experience. And what’s more this phone comes with AMOLED screen display with a vibrant colour display which is not available on other screens like IPS. So let’s find if Samsung Galaxy J2 is worth the buy!

DESIGN AND DISPLAY

Samsung Galaxy J2 Design and Display
Samsung Galaxy J2 Design & Display

The J2 is an amazing looking device with smooth sides and round corners. The phone is a bit thick at 8.4 mm, but you will not feel it as the device is light and one-handed use will be very easy. The phone comes in white, black and gold colour. The front of the phone has the screen which is flanked by the selfie camera on the top and the home button along with two capacitive touch buttons on the bottom. The screen has a lot of bezels and makes the phone look thicker than usual. The power button is on the right. However, the volume rocker is on the left, and that takes some getting used to. The bottom has the USB charger, and the top has the audio jack. The back of the phone houses the camera, LED flash and speaker.

The screen is a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 540x960 pixels which gives it a pixel density of 234 ppi. The display is bright and offers great and vibrant colours. Blacks are very dark thanks to the AMOLED screen. However, the low pixel density means that the display isn’t crisp, and you will not get HD display, unlike other phones. Since the phone has no ambient light sensor, you will have to adjust the brightness manually.

PERFORMANCE AND CONFIGURATION

Samsung Galaxy J2 Performance
Samsung Galaxy J2 Performance

The phone provides you with an Android Lollipop, which makes it a bit slow, so our verdict is to use a previous version of KitKat or else clear out the RAM on your device. In terms of chipset, the Samsung Galaxy J2 uses a 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor which is a bit left out in competition compared to Snapdragon, which is available on Lenovo smartphones for a similar price range. But a 1.3 GHz with a 1GB RAM is a decent buy. Samsung has also added three additional themes. There is, however, no theme store unlike on the J7. The phone also has a smart manager app that lets you manage the devices battery usage, RAM, storage and security in one place. The Ultra Data Saving mode on the device reduces cellular data on all forms of apps including videos, photos, media, etc. and saves you tons of data usage. If you are someone who uses a whole lot of data, then this phone is a must have. The phone also shows you a timeline of how you use the data, which app uses it the most and the amount of data saved. The phone comes with 8GB of internal storage. You can expand it up to 256 GB through a dedicated micro SD slot.

CAMERA AND MULTIMEDIA

Samsung Galaxy J2 Camera and Smart Glow
Samsung Galaxy J2 Smart-Glow Feature

The 5 MP camera on the phone is average. It has a f/2.2 lens with autofocus and LED flash. The camera has features like geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection, all standards in the industry now. Images are decent, but the images like brightness and the colours don’t pop out. Low light images are full of noise. If you use the flash, lots of details are lost. The camera app, however, does have a manual mode and lets you adjust many of the settings to give you better pictures. The phone also doesn’t have an HDR mode. Video recording is at 720p at 30fps. The quality is poor, and many audio details are lost. The front camera is a 2 MP shooter and good for video calling.

BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY

Samsung Galaxy J2 Charging Slot
Samsung Galaxy J2 Charging-Slot

In terms of battery performance, the smartphone provides you with a 2600mAh battery. The battery will give you 15 hours of 3G talk time, 8 hours of web browsing and approximately 11 hours of video playing. This feature is fine if you are not a heavy gamer or a demanding phone user. The phone can last your maximum of one day running. So Samsung could have done better on the battery configuration as such. The phone also does not have any fast charging feature which means that you will have to plug in your phone every night at the end of the day to ensure your device is running the next day.

PROS AND CONS

It is a very disappointing phone, especially for the J series. The phone is thick, and the design has been done to death by Samsung. The build is poor, but the plastic has a matte finish making it comfortable to hold. The camera is destitute too. However, there are some good features in the phone like the Ultra data saving mode and the wide variety of connectivity options. Overall, this is perfect for people looking for a budget phone with medium specs.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Ultra Data Saving mode lets you save data, restrict background data and track your data usage.
  • Wide array of connectivity options including NFC support
WHAT CAN BE IMPROVED
  • The camera is very disappointing, and a double-digit shooter can significantly improve image quality. HDR could also be included.
  • Screen isn’t impressive, with a low pixel density
  • Performance wise, this device won’t turn any eyes either.
  • The device is thick, and efforts could be made to improve the design to give it a more premium look.