AnonD-678519, 22 Jun 2017Opinion after one year using the J3 2016 (FN version) as a main device.
Pros: AMOLED scree... moreAs a final thought, I know we're talking about a low end device, but around the same price you can get much more elsewhere.
The hardware isn't bad at all but nothing goes beyond the casual user experience - you won't play graphic intensive games on it (but that's OK because first you'd need to actually have storage for it which you don't unless you delete all your apps except the bare minimum), you can take quality outdoors pics assuming you have good natural lightning, otherwise it won't go beyond the average social media snap, the lack of sensors more and more common in devices of any price range won't be a drawback but will still bring some annoyances.
However, the biggest flaw of it (and literally every other low and mid range Samsung device ever) is the lack of software support. Android 5 is usable, but lacks many features (such as using an SD card as internal memory that would solve its lack of internal storage). Apps have more and more features not compatible with it and, worse of all, to this day I've received a SINGLE safety patch almost an year ago. You must be aware of the bigger concerns of Internet privacy and the rise of Android malware, without such essential patches you're highly exposed to cyber attacks
Opinion after one year using the J3 2016 (FN version) as a main device.
Pros: AMOLED screen (great image quality); performs flawlessly doing casual activities (social media, browsing the Web, watching videos), multi-tasking and working reliably without lag; doesn't overheat even under heavy usage; battery usually lasts a full day of regular usage (including gaming).
Cons: outdated OS without any hopes of update, last safety patch dates to August 2016; cheap plastic construction; back camera is terrible with low or indoors light, no matter how much you tweak the manual options; performs badly on heavy resource games; minimal available storage for apps (which leads to) too much Samsung and Co. bloatware (including 200+mb apps); no gyroscope (meaning no Pokémon Go, 360 videos or Google Caedboard) or automatic light adjustment sensors; no reliable custom ROMs to make it up to date.
Conclusion: unless you really want the AMOLED display, this device is outdated and overpriced. Not a keeper or a safe device. Ideal for casual users but not so much for those looking for something to last (if you want so , don't even look at the low/mid end line of Samsung).
Trust me this is the worst phone I ever had.. please don't buy this.. I bought this phone last month.. it was now hanging..less memory... And very soft display which can easily break..
Never trust Samsung j 3 series.. I have used many Samsung mobiles
But this one is worst..
Well this is my second phone and two weeks and it's the worst phone I've ever owned Echoes struggle sending multimedia messages and or attaching pictures to text
Worst phone I have ever got after having the phone for less than 3 weeks the LCD screen smashed, by putting it on the bed. Worst of all Samsung blamed me and would fix or replace the phone. Don't buy this phone waste of time and money.
Amazing Phone, Just Bought It Perfect For Me Good Day To Day Phone.
p.o.s..why is this pos even sold for wayyyy too much at my local store..slow and weak!
Santi, 17 Jun 2017I bought this phone 6 month ago.phone is good,but its signal strength very low. Any one sugge... moremay be your sim is old. you can swap it with another new sim using the same number
I bought this phone 6 month ago.phone is good,but its signal strength very low. Any one suggest me to how solv this problem ?
MNJ, 11 Jun 2017Overall, budgetary phone with good specifications but only one problem is that it has very sho... moreThe best most precise review! I wanted to tell about the same problem - the memory diminishes little by little every day! Thanks!
Omar, 11 Jun 2017I have the J320M/DS model and I confirm that has USB OTG. I can transfer files from USB flash ... moreThanks for your report on OTG. Given that there are a few different versions of the J3 I wonder if some have it and some don't. What's an M/DS model? Looks like M is Latin America. What does DS signify?
AnonD-663026, 06 May 2017My Galaxy J3 2016 bought thru HSN came with Marshmallow 6.01How do u check d 6.01 marshmallow stuff??
Very poor display because my Samsung j3 display damage in pocket.
Display is not solid it is a very week.
AnonD-675918, 09 Jun 2017I'm thinking of buying a Samsung J3. The specification listing here (Comms) indicates that thi... moreI have the J320M/DS model and I confirm that has USB OTG. I can transfer files from USB flash drives to phone and the opposite. You only need the OTG cable which is like an adaptor.
Overall, budgetary phone with good specifications but only one problem is that it has very short internal memory.
I'm thinking of buying a Samsung J3. The specification listing here (Comms) indicates that this phone supports USB-OTG, which, for a phone in this price range is surprising. Samsung Support tells me that it doesn't, which isn't surprising. However, manufacturers typically make it very difficult to find any information at all about OTG, so often the support answer is "no" based on they can't find anything that says "yes."
Can someone please confirm or deny this feature? You don't actually have to be using it, though if you're using it with an audio device like a USB microphone or audio interface (which is what I'd like to be able to do) that would be a plus. Another common use is to connect a USB thumb drive.
There are several apps that will check a device for the presence of USB support. I use one called "OTG?" If someone who has one of these phones would kindly run that app or your choice for an alternate one, and report the result, I'd really appreciate it. I'd try it myself, but stores won't let you install apps until you buy the phone.
And to the GSMArena editors - if it really doesn't support OTG, please correct the listing. You're one of the few resources that seems to at least know that the feature exists, and I appreciate that, and hope it's accurate.