As a tech savvy, I wouldn’t mind spending about Rs.50,000 or so on a good smartphone. But that’s clearly not the case for everyone. Also, if you don’t want to put a dent in your pocket for a phone and want something that simply works without much fuss, you may want to look at something much cheaper. For a price of Rs.14,590, the Samsung Galaxy J2 2018 can surprise you in many areas. The Galaxy J2 is Samsung’s popular budget phone from the J-series lineup and its revamped 2018 version is aimed at offering you most of what you need in a phone. Let’s out more about the Samsung Galaxy J2 2018 in this in-depth review. Now you might be thinking what can a phone offer me for less than Rs.15000? And while it may not be on the levels of high-end phones, it did surprise me. What things in particular? Let’s find out!
Budget phones have plastic bodies, and the Galaxy J2 is no exception. However, the J2’s frosted plastic body doesn’t feel cheap in your hands. At a glance, you would even mistake it for a metal body! The frosted PC build makes the phone light, but also somewhat slippery. It’s 8.4 mm thick, which is average for a phone of this calibre. It’s sleek and compact form factor makes for a comfortable fit in your hands as well.
Samsung’s standard design comes into play here. The home button below the screen with the lock button on the right and two volume buttons on the left. The speaker is located at the back beside the camera. The 3.5 mm headphone jack rests on top while the micro USB charging port is at the bottom.
Galaxy J2 (2018): Display
Now, let’s talk about the display. The Galaxy J2 has a 5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, i.e. 540 x 960 resolution at 220 PPI and the standard 16:9 screen-to-body ratio. Now the display is the part where budget phones compromise, but there are some other phones, mainly Chinese ones, that offer 720 p resolution for the price too.
However, I still have no complaints on its display as the Super AMOLED panel gives you vibrant colours and optimum brightness. You won’t be able to watch HD movies or videos, but it does a pretty decent job of showing you what’s available. In addition, the battery consumption is quite low, partly thanks to its display! However, the brightness takes quite a leap when you take it to the max even from just a step-down.
Galaxy J2 (2018): Camera
The Galaxy J2 sports an 8 MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, auto-focus and LED flash. And the selfie camera is a 5 MP shooter with the same aperture. The cameras are about as good as you can expect for the price.
Pictures are good enough in well lighting condition, but the shutter speed is slow. So, you have to hold for a second after you click the camera button. The focus can sometimes change the lights in the pictures, so images can appear different more times than not. But it’s good enough that you can click photos of your friend’s notes in the class!
The selfie camera is similar but includes a few effects to enhance your facial features. This is nowhere close to the beauty effects, but well…it’s there. It’s also capable of taking 1080p videos @ 30fps which turns out quite decent.
Galaxy J2 2018: Platform and OS
Now, let’s talk hardware and software on the Galaxy J2 (2018). Since Samsung aims to provide users with most of the necessary elements even on a budget phone, it comes with a 1.4 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor. As low level that may be, coupled with 2 GB RAM, it does a sound job. And combine it with Adreno 308 GPU, you should have no complaints about the hardware.
Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with Samsung’s TouchWiz (version 8.5) skin on top. As usual, TouchWiz comes with some bloatware which does hinder the user experience. Let’s just hope that the phone gets updated to Android 8 Oreo.
Galaxy J2 2018: Performance
As I said earlier, this phone will surprise you in many areas. Sure, it lacks in terms of display and cameras but handles applications pretty well. Small to medium games like Monument Valley run without a hitch, while even Asphalt runs well even after some loading time. During my usage, it ran the game without lag 90% of the time. However, if you want to play multi-player online games, like Mobile Legends, the phone cannot take much of it.
Multi-tasking is also quite good on the J2 2018, even with up to 15 tabs in the background. But of course, it can’t keep those applications running for very long. Also, the phone lags when using Messenger and Facebook apps, but not really in others. The speaker at the back is quite loud but doesn’t offer much bass. While it isn’t really muffled even while on it’s back, the sound is only sub-par quality.
Galaxy J2 (2018): Memory and Battery
The Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) comes with 16 GB of internal storage. Of course, it’s nowhere enough and so, there’s an expandable option. You can use a microSD card to increase your storage to up to 256 GB with a dedicated slot. In addition, it has the memory management feature, which lets you store your Social Media stuff on your memory card quite easily. Quite convenient, right?
As for the battery, it’s got a 2600 mAh Li-Ion battery. The battery capacity is quite large for a phone such as this. It can last quite a while in a single charge. I went up to 2 days with regular usage that included gaming sessions on a single charge. The only downside is that it takes a lot of time to charge up the device.
Galaxy J2 2018 Review: Conclusion
For me, the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) is quite a bargain. In the sense that it delivers good performance even with mediocre hardware. The body is plastic but doesn’t look and feel cheap at all. Battery life is quite long, and gaming is also good enough, except the graphics part, though. I feel the display could’ve at least been up to 720p, but it wasn’t the case. For a budget phone, it really does offer all the basic necessities that we need.
Price of Samsung Galaxy J2 2018 in Nepal
Here’s the kicker: If you don’t want to spend more than 15000 on a phone, then, this is the one you should get. For the price, it’s quite the bargain. The price of Samsung Galaxy J2 2018 in Nepal is Rs. 14,590.
So, that’s my review of the Samsung Galaxy J2 2018 Review. What do you think of the phone? Worth the money, or not? Do let us know in the comments section down below.