The previous Samsung Galaxy J1 was a very decent entry-level device. For little more than 100 Euros (~$109), you got a compact smartphone with good core features. The current Samsung J1 Price other hand is much more expensive at an RRP of 159 Euros (~$174), but it only offers a bit more memory and a slightly bigger display at a first look. However, Samsung now also equips the smallest device from the J-series with a Super AMOLED screen. The screen size is 4.5-inches, so the Galaxy J1 is still one of the more compact devices. Samsung also doubled the memory equipment, because this time we get 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage.
Samsung J1 Price
The current price of the Galaxy J1 is around 130-140 Euros (~$142 – ~$153), so the entry-level device has a lot of rivals. This includes, for example, the LG K7, Honor 4X and the Microsoft Lumia 650. Another interesting comparison is with other Samsung devices, because you can already get the old Galaxy J5 for this price, which offers more features. Or should you get a slightly more expensive and modern smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy J3 or Honor 5C?
Samsung J1 review
Because of the bigger screen, the new Galaxy J1 is also a bit bigger. It is, however, still one of the most compact smartphones in this comparison at 13.2 x 6.9 cm. The design differs from the predecessor. Samsung now uses a similar design this year; the Galaxy J1 and Galaxy J3, for example, look almost identical except for the dimensions. We get a very simple plastic chassis with a silver-colored frame and a removable rear cover. The corners and edges are slightly rounded to improve the handling. The test model feels good in the hand and can still be operated comfortably with one hand. Fingerprints are not a big problem for the plastic surface. In addition to our black test model, the Galaxy J1 is also available in the colors gold and white this year.
In terms of stability, the device benefits from its compact dimensions. There is not much to criticize here, because we could not notice any problems except for some creaking when we try to twist it. The rear cover can be removed and grants access to the replaceable battery, the microSD slot as well as the Micro-SIM slot. The latter, however, can only be accessed after you remove the battery.
Samsung equips the Galaxy J1 with a quad-core SoC, 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage, so the 2016 model is superior to the predecessor (512 MB/4 GB), but it is still not very generous. After the initial setup, you can use about 4.3 GB, but only 3.4 GB was available after all preloaded apps were updated. It is therefore recommended to use a microSD-card to expand the storage. You can use cards with a capacity of up to 128 GB and compatible apps can also be transferred to the card, but they cannot be directly installed there.
The Micro-USB 2.0 port unfortunately does not support USB-OTG or MHL, but Samsung does at least implement NFC. Connections with other devices can also be established via Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi Direct. You once again get an FM radio, which works in combination with a headset. The quality of the provided headset is still not very good and you should primarily use it to make calls.
The camera equipment was not changed compared to the predecessor. Samsung still uses a 2 MP sensor at the front, and the results are blurry even under good lighting conditions. The camera is definitely not suited for good selfies. You should not use the front camera for videos, because the resolution is limited to VGA (640×480 pixels).
At the rear is once again a 5 MP camera (f/2.2), which is supported by an LED flash and an autofocus. We can basically repeat the results from the old review: The camera is sufficient for snapshots in good lighting conditions, but you will notice the comparatively low resolution when you zoom in and the colors look a bit pale in comparison as well. This is also the case for low-light situations (Scene 3), but you can still see all the details. Compared to our other comparison devices, however, the picture is not as sharp. Videos can be recorded in the HD resolution at 30 frames per second. The sensor can also handle fast movements and the overall quality is okay.
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. Samsung also tweaked the performance and the features, because this time we get a quad-core SoC, LTE, and even NFC.
The Galaxy J1 is still an entry-level device, which is, among others, also confirmed by the camera equipment. Samsung still uses the modules from the predecessor, probably to keep the distance to the Galaxy J3. This brings us to the biggest problem of the Galaxy J1, the price. The RRP of 159 Euros (~$174) is too high in our opinion. The current street price is about 130-140 Euros (~$142-~$153), but the bigger Galaxy J3 with a bigger screen, higher resolution, more features, and better cameras is only a couple of Euros more expensive.