Wednesday, February 19

Review: Samsung Galaxy J1 4 GB


The Samsung Galaxy J Series can be described as “reliable and functional this is evident in the J1. Let’s face it, today, we all need a phone, but many of us can’t afford the astronomical prices. Well, the J1 will change that because of its affordability and so you’ll be able to now be contactable wherever you are!

This phone makes a statement – bright, vibrant colours will catch your eye every time you look at the screen. The usability is just as impressive: the buttons are responsive, but very sturdy – this is complimented by the elevated home key.

Galaxy J1

If you’re worried that the 4GB of built-in memory won’t be enough, don’t despair; just slip in a microSD card – this will let you store all your favourite apps, music, photos without any issues.

However, as this is an entry-level phone, hardware specs and overall performance isn’t great, but even having said this, we need to give it credit.  It performs all the basic tasks well. There is absolutely no doubt that if you’re looking for an affordable, reliable and functional smartphone, the J1 is perfect for you.

Key Specs

  • 4.3” touchscreen
  • 480 X 800 resolution
  • Android OS v4.4.4 (KitKat)
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • 4GB built-in storage
  • microSD dedicated card slot (expandable up to 256 GB)
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Bluetooth® v4.0, A2DP
  • 10 hours of talk time (3G)

Pros: The matte finish makes it less susceptible to fingerprints and smudges; Dual-SIM option; many messaging apps; very good camera;

Cons: it’s made entirely out of plastic; the display isn’t very sharp; low amount of RAM; poor overall performance; out-of-date OS

The verdict: Score: 6/10

Samsung Galaxy J1 4GB available from R1,898


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