Just bought this phone around a couple weeks ago. And I love it all in all.
To be fair,here are the cons first. I ran into a bug with sound not being played twice but after restarting the device, the phone always fixed itself. The 13 mp camera is clear enough but of course it still is less than the performance of the flagship phones. But for the price and sufficient performance, I'm pretty happy already. The biggest con of all is the small 8gb storage. Considering that system files take up most of that storage space, it would make you continually transfer your files to the sd card. But in any case, the sd support goes up to 128 gb. In my opinion, if you are into games that need large internal storage (unlike me) go for the J7. Considering my usage (my games are only at most a few hundred mbs), I'm cool with the J5. The plastic back is somewhat of a downside for some. But I have a genuine samsung case, so it's irrelevant to me since I have to remove the back anyway.Though the feel of the whole device is slim, sturdy and compact even considering the material (this is what made me fall in love with it in the store).
Pros. THE BEST DISPLAY YOU CAN FIND ON MOST BUDGET PHONES. Maybe it's just my personal preference but the Super Amoled display at the extremely low price can overshadow most cons that I mentioned. The screen is beautiful. Even if the back is plastic, the stunning display makes the phone look premium and pretty eye-catching. The internal specs: 1.5 ghz etc. are sufficient enough that everything is snappy. I honestly don't feel much of lag. Next, battery life. It's the best. It keeps me through at least 2 days without charging and at moderate usage. And the ultra saving mode, maybe you don't even need that powerbank with you anymore.I don't know about you but this is a big factor for me and a big plus for the device. This device (so far) is durable. I already dropped it twice on tiled floors and no dents, no cracks. I also saw a knife test in youtube and was pretty impressed. Even if it's not gorilla glass (or at least now widely known to be), the glass is hardy. The vulnerable part is actually just the aluminum/metal sides. The design all in all: For some, it may be boring but for me, it more like classic and clean-looking. Personally, I prefer this to the bulky-looking or corner-y new designs from some other brands. And lastly, I love the samsung UI.
So to wrap things up. There will always be trade offs especially when buying budget phones. There may be phones with better specs internally (better camera, faster processors etc), but I found that I cared more about the stunning display on the samsung phones and their friendly UI. Anyway, other specs are suffiecient enough for moderate use. I'm not sure for heavy use since I've never been one to see.
In the end, it depends on the trade-offs you're willing to make. You already know why I chose this phone versus other brands. I would recommend to buy the J7 version though with the 16 gb internal storage if you're willing to shell out just a few more bucks. You never know when that 8 gb might run out given the continuous updates on apps and the built-in system apps.
mmi, 11 Sep 2015i heard that the camera of j5 is not good as 13mp. also camera clarity is not natural......i w... moreIt's a great phone...i own it for 3 weeks.As for the camera,it's value for money...you can compare it with iphone 6 but in low-light conditions it increases the noise in the picture.Settings also allow you to adjust iso so there is no problem....it is a great phone..i am very pleased
Bought two days before, no hangings no struck. Superb phone for this price. Good both camera quality. All together awesome phone phone hard using, even very good battery life.
l630W10andl640xl, 11 Sep 2015Gorilla Class 3but others are commenting that there are no gorilla glass, i am confused now as specs does not say anything about the gorilla glass like other handsets
Display Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.0 inches (~67.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
It's very nice Specifics in this price. Sooperb specifications. Rear Camera 13 MP & Back Camera 5MP. Its very nice phone in Samsung.
lalit, 12 Sep 2015Does asphalt 8 run smoothly in j5?yes it runs smoothly. just don't multitask while playing games
nagaraj kotilingal, 12 Sep 2015All the specs are good.....but it came without Gorilla Glass..Haha
uday, 11 Sep 2015Battery problem After 8-10% it directly switched off phone. Any one have this kind of problem I think you are using 3g ervices and lots of apps which are run in background.so plzzz turn on battery saving mode.. and optimise your handsets settings.......
kalloud, 11 Sep 2015I consider buying this phone but I'm worried about the lack of ambient light sensor thus the l... moreI'm Using Samsung Galaxy j5 & i just telling you the phone is awesome, Compact & better than any phone in tis budget.
Screen quality just like a high end smartphone
[deleted post]Frnds honer 4C have lots of specifications better than j5
Bt j5 is better than honer 4c..
Samsung always Samsung
Horner always China
Yessy, 11 Sep 2015At this price this is the best phone. Have u even used J5?I hv useing j5 till 1 month.and i just I just telling you the phone is best phone in this budget.
1. No lag
2.lolopop 5.1.1 & awesome user interface
3.4g suport & dual sim
4.awesome screen quality
All the specs are good.....but it came without Gorilla Glass..
kalloud, 11 Sep 2015I consider buying this phone but I'm worried about the lack of ambient light sensor thus the l... moreNot a good phone i think i own it but don't like it.became hot soon ,hang camera sometimes.in short bad in my opinion!!