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Cheap Samsung phone gives us deja vuSamsung's entry-level Android barely steps it up for 2017.
If you remember, Samsung's cheap Galaxy J3 from 2016, you're about to get some serious deja vu. The version of the phone for 2017 is almost exactly the same thing. From it's five inch screen and five megapixel. Camera, to the capacity of its removable battery. One difference is that the new J3 is up to date with Android 7.0 nougat and it captures video in 1080p definition, in addition 720p. So that's an improvement over last year. And it also has a slightly faster processor and takes a higher capacity external storage card. But, and this is where things go south, it's got less memory not more. And it's battery didn't last as long in our video dream tests. Normally a yearly upgrade might give you a better camera, a more detailed screen, and faster speeds for about the same price as the previous year's model. So it's disappointing to see the J3 tread water for 2017. That said the rear camera takes decently clear pictures, and the updated J3 hangs onto outdoor mode. Which will blast screen brightness for 15 minutes so you can read better in sunlight. If you're looking for the least expensive Android phone money can buy, last year's J3 may save you a little coin. But Motorola's newer MOTOE4 and G5 phones give you more in the camera department for about the same price or a little more.