Often, budget camera tech keeps pace with advances on the high-end. Not so with this year's Galaxy J3, which has the exact same camera resolution as last year's model: 5-megapixels on the back and 2-megapixels on the front.
That's pretty low, but image quality isn't tied to the megapixel count. Photos taken with the rear camera are decently detailed: indoor, outdoor and portraits. These are good enough to share online and with friends. Unfortunately, the images lack richness and oomph, and backgrounds are often washed out. Focusing took a long time and action shots came out in a blur. Selfies were a real problem, too, looking wan with uneven focus.
It's always true that you get what you pay for with budget phones, especially ones that cost $180 (that converts to £138 and AU$227). And I do find the Galaxy J3 reliable enough for casual users who are looking for a cost-cutting way to get the essentials. It's also fine for first-time phone owners, like young teens. Still, your money will go much further with the Motorola Moto E4, which costs less and gives you a smoother experience with significantly higher quality photos. Get that phone instead.
New Galaxy J3 versus Moto E4, Moto G5 Plus, 2016 Galaxy J3
||Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017)||Motorola Moto E4||Motorola Moto G5 Plus||Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)|
|Display size, resolution||5-inch; 1,280x720 pixels||5-inch; 1,280x720 pixels||5.2-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels||5-inch; 1,280x720 pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.6 x 2.8 x 0.34 in||5.7x2.8x0.37 in||5.9x2.9x0.3 in||5.6x2.8x0.3 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||141x71.1x8.6mm||144.5x72x9.3 mm||150.2x74x7.7 mm||142x71x7.9 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.2 oz; 147g||5.3 oz; 150g||5.5 oz, 155g||4.87 oz; 138 g|
|Mobile software||Android Nougat 7.0||Android Nougat 7.1||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Front-facing camera||2-megapixel||5-megapixel with flash||5-megapixel||2-megapixel|
|Processor||1.4GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 7||Quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon in North America; MediaTek globally)||2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625||1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410|
|Storage||16GB||16GB||32GB (UK & US), 64GB (US only)||16GB|
|RAM||1.5GB||2GB||2GB on 32 GB (US model), 3GB on 32GB (UK model) or 4GB on 64GB (US model)||2GB|
|Expandable storage||Up to 256GB||Up to 128GB||128GB||Up to 128GB|
|Battery||2,600mAh (removable)||2,800mAh (removable)||3,000mAh||2,600mAh (removable)|
|Fingerprint sensor||None||Beneath screen (varies by region)||Below screen||None|
|Special features||Outdoor mode||Dual-SIM (varies by region), splash-resistant (varies by region)||Dual-SIM, splash-proof||N/A|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$180||$70-$130||$229 (32GB); $299 (64GB)||$110-$180 (varies by carrier)|
|Price (GBP)||Converts to £138||£129||£249 (32GB)||£140 (8GB version)|
|Price (AUD)||Converts to AU$227||Converts to AU$172||Converts to AU$300 (32GB) and AU$390 (64GB)||AU$329|