Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime Hands-On Review

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The Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime is a budget smartphone that features 5-inch qHD TFT touch screen and 8-megapixel rear camera. Launched last February this year, its geared for budget conscious users that love to have Samsung smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime

Design. The Galaxy J2 Prime has the Samsung signature design, with one look and you will know that its a Samsung smartphone. It sports 5-inch touch display with 540 x 960 pixels at 228 ppi, on top is the Samsung logo and 5-megapixel with LED flash. Below the display are the physical home button, flanked by back and option capacitive buttons.

Turning at the back is where the 8-megapixel rear camera with AF and LED flash and loud speaker dead center is the brand name.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime

On/Off button can be found on the right side, while the volume controls are on the left side which is good since its easy to reach whichever hands you use. Charging port can be found at the bottom and the audio jack is at the top, now if you are going to charge the J2 Prime and use it the FM radio its kind not cool since you got cables going at the top and bottom.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime

Opening the back cover will reveal the battery, microSD card slot, and SIM card slot. It uses microSIM cards, sim slot 1 is separate, while the sim slot 2 is under the microSD card slot.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime

The J2 Prime is all plastic built. except for the body frame that is made of aluminum metal, the back cover feels good on hands and it does not slip easily while holding it.

Display. The J2 Prime has a TFT Display with qHD resolution at 540 x 960 pixels, its not vibrant as other Samsung smartphone that has AMOLED display, but its sharp enough to use as a daily phone and watch YouTube videos, it even has good viewing angles.

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Watching videos on J2 Prime is good enough and surprisingly the speakers are loud even though that it is located at the back which is really not the best location.

Performance. The J2 Prime is powered by MediaTek MT6737T CPU with Mali-T720 MP2 for graphics department. It only has 1.5GB RAM (too small Samsung should make it at least 2GB RAM), 8GB storage (only 3.3GB left for user storage).

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Surprisingly the performance of the phone is quite good even with only 1.5GB RAM. Although when a lot of apps running in the background the phone seems to slow down but not to worry since you can close all running apps easily.

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In terms of storage shortage, that can be solved by adding a microSD card up to 256GB capacity. In AnTuTu benchmark the J2 Prime scored 34,1734 not bad for an entry level phone.

Battery Life. The J2 Prime comes with 2600mAh battery capacity since this phone has only 5-inch display with a low resolution, battery life last for more than 12 hours of use and even more, you use this as your backup phone that you use for only calls and text.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime Specs

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ TouchWiz UI
  • 5 Inch TFT display with 540 x 960 (qHD) resolution at 228 ppi
  • 1.3 GHz 64 Bit MT6737T quad-core processor
  • Mali T720 GPU
  • 1.5 GB RAM / 8GB Storage
  • expandable via micro SD card slot up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • 8 MP f/2.2 w/ AF and LED flash
  • 5 MP f/2.2 w/ LED flash
  • Dual SIM
  • Wifi a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Accelerometer, proximity, sound
  • 2600 mAh Battery
  • 160 g
  • Colors: Black, Gold

Camera. For photography, this phone comes with an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel fixed focus selfie camera with LED flash too.

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The cameras can shoot HD (1280×720) and VGA (640×480) video, The camera app is simple and easy to use. There is a lot option available, it even has Pro Mode or manual mode.

Verdict. The Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime is not that appealing smartphone but still has Samsung signature design. With its price tag of Php5,990, you can make this as your reliable backup phone. The TouchWiz user interface is simple and easy to use, it comes with the good list of productivity apps.

Pros:

  • Good display
  • Easy to use UI
  • Good battery life
  • support up to 256GB extra storage

Cons:

  • Old Samsung design
  • All plastic body
  • Only 1.5GB RAM
  • Low user Storage
  • Not good front camera

The price is a bit high for an entry level smartphone you can even get a better deal with Zenfone or if you want a local brand Cherry Mobile has a lot to offer in that price range.

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