I wanted to know: Canhold its own against the Moto E4, which comes in at about the same price?
I reviewed the Galaxy J3, and my colleague Patrick Holland reviewed the Moto E4. Then we compared notes, performance speeds and image quality (using the same photos). Both phones share the same screen size and resolution, Android software version and storage capacity. The processors are about on par. However, the differences are clear.
In one corner, the Galaxy J3 has the far better build quality and support for a higher capacity external storage card -- that means you can store more photos, games and music files on the J3 than on the Moto E4.
But the Moto E4 wins everywhere else. Image quality is far superior, the E4 is much faster and battery life runs a little longer. It's also cheaper than the Galaxy J3 in the US, UK and Australia.
It's a shame, though. I wish the competition were closer. I really liked last year's Galaxy J3, but this year's disappointed me with hardware specs too similar to last year's model to make a huge performance difference, and actually less RAM than the 2016 version. In other words, while the Moto E4 for 2017 jumped ahead, the Galaxy J3 largely stayed in place.
Hopefully, Samsung puts more competitive effort into the Galaxy J3 for 2018. Buyers deserve a fair fight.
Samsung Galaxy J3 versus Moto E4, Moto G5 Plus, 2016 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|