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Samsung Galaxy J5 (2015)

Android OS v5.1 (Lollipop)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916
Adreno 306
1.5 GB / 8 GB
5 inch (720 x 1280 px)
13 MP, 4128 x 3096 px, autofocus

This phone boasts a 5 inch Super AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset, and 1.5 GB of RAM.

Explore its upsides and downsides!

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Samsung Galaxy J5 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device.

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Samsung Galaxy J5 specifications

BrandSamsung
NameGalaxy J5
ModelSM-J500
Release date2015

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight5.15 oz
Dimensions5.59 x 2.83 x 0.31 inch
Colorsblack, gold, white
SIM typeMicro SIM

The weight of the Samsung Galaxy J5 is still considered to be lightweight and portable. A micro SIM is larger than the current standard Nano SIM card but smaller than the older SIM card size.

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System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v5.1 (Lollipop)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916
CPUQuad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 306

The Samsung Galaxy J5 comes with Android OS v5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box. Android is an open-source operating system. This means the source code is free to the public. The quad-core mobile CPU can provide fast and efficient performance for mobile games. Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices use Adreno GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeSuper AMOLED
Screen size5 inch
Resolution720 x 1280 px
Multitouch supportyes

AMOLED displays are famous for their vibrant colors. They also have high contrast and are energy efficient. The 5 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The display size is the diagonal distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM1.5 GB
Internal storage8 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

1.5 GB of RAM is not typically considered to be enough for a smartphone. Having more RAM alone does not guarantee better performance. If we use our smartphones for basic tasks like calling, texting, and browsing the web, 32 GB may be sufficient for our needs. We can expand the internal storage of the Galaxy J5 (8 GB) by using a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera13 MP, 4128 x 3096 px, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera5 MP

This single camera can be enough for many smartphone users, it depends on their photography needs and preferences. The Galaxy J5 does not have optical image stabilization (OIS).

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Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.1, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
NFCno
FM radioyes, with RDS
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The Samsung Galaxy J5 supports 4G/LTE networks. This Samsung phone can connect to Wi-Fi networks at home, at work, or in public places. We can use Bluetooth to connect our Galaxy J5 smartphone to many Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS receiver. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows us to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

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Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 2600 mAh

The Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. We can simply buy a new battery from the open market and interchange it by ourselves.

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Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, hall, proximity
SpecialsDual SIM

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer provides information about the smartphone's movement in three axes. These are X (horizontal), Y (vertical), and Z (depth). Dual SIM is great for businesses. They want to give staff a device with separate numbers and bills for personal and business use.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Samsung phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • Super AMOLED display
  • microSD slot
  • Dual SIM support

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient memory
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 5G support
  • no NFC feature
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no digital compass
  • no fingerprint reader
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Updated: May 11, 2024

Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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