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The Samsung Galaxy J3 is a pleasantly surprising package for a very low price.

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You can get a lot out of its lower-end specs, which include a 5-inch, 720p display and a quad-core processor.

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Luckily, it has the current version of Android (6.0) rather than last year's software.

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The 5-megapixel camera takes nice outdoor photos, but selfies on the 2-megapixel camera won't wow you with detail (that may be a good thing).

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Unlike higher-end Samsung phones, you can pop off the back cover to replace the battery.

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You'll also find a microSD card slot to supplement the 16GB of storage -- or 8GB in one Galaxy J3 variant.

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It's a pretty slim phone that fits nicely in the hand and doesn't generate as many smudges as glossier phones.

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We paired it with CNET Magazine to give you a better idea of the size.

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The Samsung Galaxy J3 is kind on your bank account, too. It sells for under $200, under £150 for UK buyers, and for around AU$330 in Australia. Read the full Galaxy J3 review here.

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