The Galaxy J5 (2016) is equipped with a 5.2" Super AMOLED display. The 1280x720 pixel resolution is slowly but surely dying, but is still favored by manufacturers in the lower part of the price spectrum. Even with it, the pixel density is an adequate 282ppi.
As with most of its Super AMOLED devices, Samsung has included a number of display modes. In Basic mode, colors are most accurate, whereas AMOLED cinema, they're least accurate. The nice middle ground between accurate whites and grays and punchy colors is AMOLED photo.
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Being a Super AMOLED, the Galaxy J5 (2016)'s screen offers punchy and vibrant colors with great contrast. The display is decently bright at 338 nits. Tick the Outdoor mode checkbox, and brightness is cranked up to 476 nits.
The standard DeltaE 2000 deviation is used to describe the accuracy of the screen's color rendition. We test the screen with a set of over 100 different color and grayscale patterns to determine the accuracy of the color reproduction.
Even when a phone's screen color reproduction is off, you would still have a hard time noticing a color cast without a reference as the human eye is quite quick to adjust and normalize colors.
Also, the display colors are a matter of personal taste and perception so consider this test data only if you are concerned about presenting color-critical content on the mobile screen.
Any deviation above DeltaE 2000 of 10 is considered a highly visible error in color reproduction on the display. A DeltaE 2000 deviation between 4 and 10 is considered okay or acceptable color performance. A DeltaE 2000 deviation below 4 is considered good, but professional color calibration requires a deviation between 1 and 2.
As far as sunlight legibility is concerned the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) does very well and ends up in the top part of our chart.
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) is offered in single-SIM and dual-SIM variants, so you can get some flexibility in terms of carriers and plans.
Naturally, you get Wi-Fi, but it only operates on the 2.4GHz band, and there's no Wi-Fi ac support. There's GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth v.4.0, and an FM radio receiver. NFC is also on board with a dedicated options menu in the Settings.
Wired options include a microUSB port and a 3.5mm jack. The microUSB port can be used to attach an external accessory as it supports USB On-The-Go.
Popping the rear cover of the Galaxy J5 (2016) reveals a 3,100mAh Li-Ion battery, that's user replaceable. It's whole 500mAh larger than the previous generation, so we expected it to perform much better, given the identical chipsets.
And indeed we see its benefits in some key components in our battery life test. The Galaxy J5 (2016) managed an endurance rating of 66 hours. Despite its excellent call time score, there's a lot to be desired from the video playback performance, as it draws way too much battery life.
We do measure standby battery drain, and even though it's not included explicitly in the scorecard, it has its influence on the overall rating. The stand-by time was excellent, but still couldn't fully make up for the poor video score.
The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.