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Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) / J120

alaTest has collected and analyzed 243 reviews of Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) / J120. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Opinions about the camera and design are generally positive. The portability and battery are also appreciated, but opinions about the screen and usability are different.

performance, battery, portability, design, camera

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) / J120 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Andreas Osthoff (notebookcheck.net)

Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) Smartphone Review

 

Expensive entry. Samsung launches a 2016 update of its entry-level device Galaxy J1, but the price was increased. Samsung is once again not very generous in terms of features. Can the smartphone justify the additional price, or should you have a look...

sturdy and compact chassis ; good SAMOLED screen ; replaceable battery ; SD reader ; long battery runtimes ; LTE & NFC

low performance in general ; sometimes sluggish handling ; no ambient light sensor ; Android buttons not illuminated ; low display resolution ; cameras were not improved ; only Android 5.1.1 ; no 5 GHz WLAN

The Samsung Galaxy J1 model year 2016 left a somewhat mixed impression in our review. Samsung improved the entry-level device at some points. This clearly includes the SAMOLED screen, which can convince in all areas except for the low resolution....

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : James Rogerson (3g.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy J1 Review

 

The Samsung Galaxy J1 is compact, super affordable and does the basics well, but the hardware and software could both be better

+ Very cheap ; + Solid design ; + Decent battery life

- Lacking power ; - Only 4GB of built in storage ; - Older Android version

The Samsung Galaxy J1’s main selling point is its price. At around £80 SIM-free, even less on pay as you and for nothing upfront on very low cost contracts it’s cheaper than a smartphone has any right to be.

Jul, 2015

Consumer review (bestbuy.com)

Easy to use.

 

Great phone, easy to use. Nice size. Easy to read.

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (bestbuy.com)

First smart phone. Enjoy most apps.

 

I like my my new phone but don't have any thing to compare it with. Learning every day.

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (bestbuy.com)

At 6 Months - still works well with no issues

 

Let' face it, prepaid phones just don't seem to be as good as the contract phones and I can truly speak from my own experience here. I bought this when I had another Motorola fail in a very short time - yet out of the Verizon warranty period. While...

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (bestbuy.com)

a+

 

works great for prepaid . hotspot good signal same as contract for a lot cheaper

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (bestbuy.com)

Solid Phone for A Basic Phone User

 

Call quality is very good, and the phone's picture taking ability is also very good.

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (bestbuy.com)

Easy phone

 

It's an easy to work and navigate through smart phone. No complaints.

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (bestbuy.com)

It's ok

 

I purchased this as a gift for my father. It was difficult for him to learn how to operate some of the features. I wouldn't get this for someone who isn't tech savvy. Also, it drops calls quite a bit- thanks Verizon. I gave it 2 stars because once you...

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (bestbuy.com)

Fast

 

So far I love the phone it browsed and takes excellent pictures

Feb, 2016

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1500 / 1850 / 1900 / 2050
Battery performance:1850 / 2050
Browsing time (3G):9
Browsing time (4G):10
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):11 / 12
Continuous audio playback time:39 / 40
Continuous video playback time:10 / 14 / 9
Removable battery:Y
Standby time (2G):12
Standby time (3G):11
Talk time (3G):10 / 12

Call Management

Call blocking:Y
Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:No / Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection: Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Geotagging: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):5
Maximum frame rate:30
Multi-shot: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@30fps / 1280×720@30fps
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:2
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Video capture resolution (max):1280 x 720
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:720i, 720p / 720p
Zoom capability:Y / Yes

Certificates

Body SAR:0.591 / 1.17
Body SAR (EU):0.591 / 1.17
Head SAR:0.705 / 0.994
Head SAR (EU):0.705 / 0.994
Head SAR category (EU):C

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / Gold / White
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:4 / 4.3 / 4.5
Display number of colors:16 million colours / 16.78 million colors / 16.78 million colours / 262144 colors
Display Resolution:480 x 800 / 800 x 400 / 800 x 480
Display Type:SAMOLED / TFT
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:0.5 / 1

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AAC+, AMR, AWB, FLAC, HAAC, IMY, M4A, Mid, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, M4A, Mid, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, XMF / AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, eAAC+ / AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, OTA, RTX, WAV, eAAC+
FM radio:N / Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WBMP / JPG
Supported video modes:720p, 1080p
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.263, H.264, M4V, MKV, MP4, MPEG4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,H.263,H.264,M4V,MKV,MP4,MPEG4,WEBM,WMV / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,M4V,MP4,WEBM,WMV / 3G2,3GP,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):N / Y / Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:1900,2100 / 800,850,900,1800,2100,2600 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 850,900,2100 / 900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+,HSUPA,UMTS / UMTS / UMTS,WCDMA / WCDMA
4G:N / Y
4G bands supported:800,850,900,1800,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, DID, DIP, HFP, HID, HOGP, MAP, OPP, Pan / A2DP, AVRCP, DID, HFP, HID, HOGP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HOGP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HOGP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HOGP, MAP, OPP, Pan, PBAP / A2DP, HFP, HID, HOGP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Near Field Communication (NFC):N / No / Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Google applications:Gmail,Google Chrome,Google Drive,Google Hangouts,Google Maps,Google Play,Google+

Packaging Content

Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode:Y / Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:5.1 / 5.1.1
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list / Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list / Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Ringtones, Themes, Wallpaper / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Menu, Themes
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

ANT+ enabled:N
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N
USB connector type:Micro-USB
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.3 / 1.5

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:5.1 / 5.1.1
Platform:Android

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC
Internal RAM:1 / 1024 / 512
Internal storage capacity:4 / 8
Maximum memory card size:128
RAM capacity:0.5 / 1
USB mass storage:Y / Yes
User memory:4.1 / 4.4

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid

Technical Details

Google applications:Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Drive, Google Hangouts, Google Maps, Google Play, Google+

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.35 / 0.362 / 0.374 / 0.425
Height:4.79 / 5.08 / 5.12 / 5.22 / 5.23 / 5.24
Weight:4.3 / 4.34 / 4.52 / 4.62
Width:2.41 / 2.66 / 2.69 / 2.71 / 2.73