As we’ve already mentioned, the Samsung J1 is an entry-level phone so by default this means that it will be a little lightweight in certain areas. Let’s get these out of the way first.
For a start, there’s no 4G capability with the J1 – it’s 2G and 3G only (of course, you can still use the internet and any apps you like). Secondly, internal memory is relatively meagre at 4GB (although you can expand it by adding a memory card), and thirdly its ‘dual core’ processor with 512MB of RAM lags a little behind the more standard ‘quad core’ phones you tend to find nowadays.
What this basically means is that you’re unlikely to find yourself playing the latest 3D games on the Samsung J1 - but we’d bet our bottom dollar you probably don’t want to.
This is because the J1 is designed for people who aren’t really after all the smart stuff – they’re looking for other things, and we think Samsung has pitched this little phone just right.
Firstly, the J1 looks and feels nice. It’s sleek, slim and pocket-sized – a relief if you’re put off by some of today’s huge mobiles.
The second thing of particular note is the quality of the screen. Samsung have long been investing in display technology – unsurprising when you consider their track record in High Definition TVs and in tablets. This is evident with the J5. It has a 5 inch, super-AMOLED display which means it’s vivid, bright and colourful. Great for viewing those awesome selfies you took.
It also has a very decent camera set-up for the price, with a 5 megapixel ‘front-facing’ camera (i.e. a traditional camera), and a 2 megapixel ‘selfie’ camera. Even if you’re not into taking selfie shots yourself, we’re sure the younger members of your family will love this feature.
Perhaps most importantly, the Samsung J1 is really easy to set up and use, especially if you’re already comfortable with Samsung’s mobile software. Because it isn’t stuffed full of state-of-the-art functionality, working out how to make a call, text, take a picture and check the weather on the internet is a piece of cake. There’s a battery-saver feature too.
Our view: Clever Samsung has done it again – an easy to use, straightforward phone at a great price - for people who like to keep things simple.