The Galaxy J1 is the first device in the Galaxy J lineup, and is slightly higher in price than the Samsung Z1 and also comes with slightly better – yet decidedly low-end – hardware.
Galaxy J1 Design and Display:
The screen size is a generous 4.3 inches. The Galaxy J1 is a very typical Samsung phone, almost exactly the same size as the Galaxy Ace 4, but with a squarer shape. It’s plastic of course, but solid enough and of average thickness and weight. It’s available in a choice of White or Blue.
The sides and back of Galaxy J1 are made of soft touch plastic, making the phone feel pretty good in the hand. It’s not at all slippery, and overall, the J1 feels very well made. Being an LCD unit, the colors aren’t at all vibrant, and the display feels a tad drab in terms of colors and contrast.
Galaxy J1 Processor:
It’s quite rare to find a phone with a dual-core processor. Coupled with a tiny 512MB of RAM, this is one of the least powerful smartphones available and is likely to struggle with more demanding apps.
The built-in memory of just 4GB is very small too, and only 2GB of this is available to the user. A micro SD card slot is available for storing photos, music and so on, but the minimal onboard memory is liable to cause problems for users. The J1 runs Android KitKat 4.4.4, with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface.
Galaxy J1 Camera:
The phone has a 5 MP camera on the rear and a 2 MP camera on the front. Both are basic cameras. There is flash so you can shoot in dark environments.
Galaxy J1 Battery:
Samsung Galaxy J1 has an 1850 mAh battery. It sounds on a small side but then this is a small low power phone. Battery life is actually pretty good lasting up to 10 hrs. of talk time or 40 hrs. of music playback.
Galaxy J1 Pros and Cons:
Cheap in price.
Decent battery life
Lack of Power
Only 4 GB inbuilt in storage
Android version is older
Samsung Galaxy J1 has respectable build quality for a smartphone this cheap and the display was also a pleasant surprise, putting the low resolution aside. However, those are the J1’s only positive qualities. The Moto E 2nd Gen is available for a little less and is superior in practically every way. It’s quicker, runs a newer version of Android, has better battery life, higher resolution display, more storage, the list goes on. It’s still the budget handset to beat.