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Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) / J120

alaTest has collected and analyzed 430 reviews of Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) / J120. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the battery and portability are generally positive. The performance and price are also appreciated. There are some negative reviews about the reliability.

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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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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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

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

Consumer review by: Oz (productreview.com.au)

Great Little Phone and Cheap!

 

This phone does everything I need in a small package Had to buy a 3G (or 4G) phone when the brains at Telstra switched off the 2G GSM network This one is great for simple talk and text, and still good for other internet requirements as well Sure the...

Jul, 2017

Consumer review by: Serabravo (productreview.com.au)

Best value! !!!!!!

 

Finally found it. The perfect simple to use, CHEAP, huge value for money phone! Don't waste your bucks on fancy, overpriced iPhoneso! Or buy cheap rubbish that won't even last 3 months! Buy this phone! I wish I had, years ago! Possible to get on sale...

Jul, 2017

Consumer review by: Jacky U (productreview.com.au)

Great budget smartphone !

 

The Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini is an extremely affordable smart phone. The camera is decent and it's able to run most apps, including Facebook and Snapchat, Twitter etc. Call quality is great, however the ringer volume could be a little bit louder. The...

Jul, 2017

Consumer review by: Jack (productreview.com.au)

Value for money

 

I've had this phone for several months now Telstra Blue Tick Means good reception relatively fast operation (4G network) for the lower end of the market this phone would be great starter for someone new to smart phone tech - should be able to pick one...

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: Brackenboy (productreview.com.au)

Disappointing mobile phone

 

Purchased this phone to replace a windows phone as I needed to download an android app not available on windows. The ringer is very quiet even on the loudest ringtone with the highest setting which, being hard of hearing I need to be able to hear....

May, 2017

Consumer review by: Susiii (productreview.com.au)

Most unreliable mobile phone I ever owned

 

I bought this phone after my S3 had problems with turning on and off. I liked the size of the J1since it is easy to put in pockets. After about 2 months the bluetooth played up and I could not use it in the car any longer. Whenever I switched bluetooth...

Mar, 2017

Consumer review by: Larry (productreview.com.au)

my new smartphone

 

I bought this after my previous Microsoft phone battery died and none any where in Australia but online via China.The phone is good to use but only drawback I found was NO instruction manual apart from list included.How to open phone,how to install...

Mar, 2017

Consumer review by: Elson (samsung.ca)

It has outdated features

 

" The only good thing of this phone is the new Android M, although it won't update to Android N. It's locked on purpose. "

Jun, 2016

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1500 / 1850 / 1900 / 2050
Browsing time (3G):6 / 7 / 9
Browsing time (4G):10 / 8
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):11 / 12 / 8 / 9
Continuous audio playback time:29 / 38 / 39 / 40
Continuous video playback time:10 / 14 / 6 / 7 / 9
Standby time (2G):12
Standby time (3G):11
Talk time (3G):10 / 12 / 13 / 8

Call management

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:N / Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:No / Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera aperture number:2.4
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3 / 2
Front camera type:Single camera
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):5
Maximum frame rate:30
Multi-shot:Y / Yes
Rear camera aperture number:2.2
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:Y / 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 (EU):0.591 / 1.06 / 1.17
Head SAR (EU):0.705 / 0.98 / 0.994
Head SAR category (EU):C

Design

Colour of product:Black / Blue / Gold / White
Curved Design: No
Form factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:10.2 / 10.9 / 11.4
Display number of colours:16 million colours / 16.78 million colours / 262144 colours
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
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

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

Memory

Internal RAM:0.5 / 0.75 / 1

Messaging

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

Multimedia

Audio formats supported: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 / 3GA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, 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: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WBMP / JPG
Supported video modes:720p, 1080p
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, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB

Navigation

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

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):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 / 850,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 850,900,2100 / 900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+, HSUPA, UMTS / UMTS / UMTS, WCDMA / UMTS,WCDMA / WCDMA
4G:N / No / Y / Yes
4G bands supported:700,850,1800,1900,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,2100,2600 / 800,900,2600
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles: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, HFP, HID, HOGP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Near Field Communication (NFC):N / No / Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM / NanoSIM
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

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:Y / Yes

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 (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Notes, To-do list / Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Personalization: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

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N / No
USB connector type:MICRO-USB
USB port:Y / Yes
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

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC
Internal RAM:0.75 / 1 / 1024 / 512 / 768
Internal storage capacity:4 / 8
Maximum memory card size:128
RAM capacity:0.5 / 0.75 / 1
USB mass storage:Y / Yes
User memory:3.9 / 4.4

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid

Technical Details

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

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.8 / 12.2 / 8.9 / 9.2 / 9.5
Height :1.08 / 12.9 / 121.6 / 13.3 / 130.1 / 132.6 / 132.9
Weight:122 / 123 / 126 / 128 / 131 / 132
Width:6.31 / 6.82 / 6.88 / 6.93 / 61.1 / 63.1 / 67.6 / 69.3