Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) Review: Price, Specs, Pros and Cons

Review of Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) at a Glance:-

As claimed by Samsung the Galaxy J2 was the one of the highest selling smartphone in 2015, now in 2016 they released the Successor of this handset Galaxy J2 (2016). Samsung improved J2 in lots of areas from the J2 (2015 series) like display size, battery capacity etc. The new handset is configured with v6.1 (Marshmallow) OS, 5.0 inches Super AMOLED display, 8MP | 5 MP camera, 8 GB ROM, 128 GB SD support, 1.5 GB RAM and 2600 mAh battery.
The first thing everyone is going to observe is design, that is Similar to previous Galaxy series but there are lots of modification in rear side where they have fixed a Smart Glow notification ring around the Camera, which (According to Samsung) is better alternate to the LED Notification and adding cool effect in design, but I think they didn’t research well that hardly people keep there smartphone upside-down in the surface. However the large smart glow ring is customizable with RGB colours, and some people may like its large size and some not. The Samsung Logo Text is fixed in rear side on lined strip. The design is alright as according to budget but the counterpart devices (Especially Chinese handset) are providing quite premium metallic body design in same price. In this phone micro USB port at the bottom, a headphone jack at the top, volume rockers on left and power buttons on the right side.

Now we have 0.3 inches larger display as compare to previous J2, It has 5.0 inches Super AMOLED HD display with 294ppi. The display is pleasant and have clear vibrant graphics. The sunlight visibility is quite sufficient however in display department we are missing only one thing that is special protection for the display.
Samsung Galaxy J2 (16) offering 8MP primary and 5MP secondary camera, both the camera are quite mediocre, daylight photographs are good enough to upload in social media but as lightning goes down the grainy effect in pictures increases and photos become lifeless. Same is applied for the front camera, which is performing average in sufficient light.
It will be not fair to expecting a high experience from an entry level smartphone, which is loaded with 1.5 GHz Spreadtrum processor, 1.5 GB RAM and 8GB ROM, although Turbo Speed Technology (TST) feature is welcomed in phone helping in closing unnecessary apps in real time. But problem is Only 2.8 GB available memory for user, which is clearly insufficient for todays world. Meanwhile its fine for people using just couples of app.
Battery is one of the most important aspect of a smartphone, here it has 2600 mAh battery offering nearly 4 hours Screen on time (SOT), for a mediocre user it is enough for running a phone for one full day.

Specification of Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016)

Operating System
OS- Android 
OS Version- v6.1 (Marshmallow) 
CPU- Spreadtrum SC8830
Clock Speed- 1.5 GHz Cortex-A7 
Core- Quad-core 
GPU- Mali-400MP2

Screen and Display
Type- Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Size- 5.0 inches  
Display Resolution- 720 x 1280 pixels
Display Reinforced- 
Display Density- 294 ppi
Screen-Body Ratio- 68.1%

Rear- 8 MP
Front- 5 MP  
Max. Video Resolution- 1080p 
Max Video Frames- 30fps

Form and Dimension
Phone Dimension- 142.4 x 71.1 x 8 mm
Form- Bar 
Weight-  grams

Data Connection and Connectivity 
4G- LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 40(2300)
3G- HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Bluetooth- v4.0 
WiFi- 802.11 b/g/n
Headphone Jack- 3.5mm

Proximity- Yes 
Accelerometer- Yes 
Light- N/A
Fingerprint- N/A 

Memory and RAM
Internal (ROM)- 8 GB
External (SD)- 128 GB
RAM- 1.5 GB 

SIM Type- Micro-SIM
SIM Support- Dual SIM

Capacity- 2600 mAh
Stand By-  

Phone’s Available Colour- Silver, Black and Gold 

Pros of Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016)

  • Super AMOLED display is crystal clear.
  • Support OTG cable.
  • Customizable Smart Glow notification ring
  • Turbo Speed Technology (TST) for enhancing performance.
  • S Bike enabled handset.

Cons of Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016)

  • Camera is average (poor in low light)
  • No special protection for display.
  • NO LED Notification and available Smart-Glow notifier is located towards rear side.
  • No ambient light / NFC/ Fingerprint sensor.
  • Very Limited ROM (Only 2.8 GB)

Why to buy and Final words about Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016)

Samsung is trying to impress the customer indifferently under budget, they are adding features like S-Bike, Turbo Speed Technology, Smart Glow etc. All the Samsung budget phones are good only for a specific group of people; which are not a intense smartphone user for heavy task or amateur phone photographer. This is decent choice for person using smartphone for calling purpose and uses limited apps. Although it is also good as a secondary device. For same price group you can also go for Redmi Note 3, LeEco Le 2 and Huawei Honor 5C.

Minimum Price in Online Stores- Flipkart Snapdeal Amazon(USA)
₹ 9500 N/A ₹ 9750 N/A

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