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Samsung Galaxy On5 Review

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Samsung Galaxy On5 Review

James Shisiah

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What We Love

  • Superb design
  • 4G LTE internet speeds.
  • A powerful quad-core processor.
  • Decent cameras.
  • Compact size for one hand operation

Overview

Samsung is known for launching smartphones with superior features. The Galaxy On5 is not an exception. While it's an entry-level gadget, it features incredible specs like decent 8MP and 5MP cameras, a bright 5-inch display, and a powerful Exynos processor. The phone was launched in October 2015 and is available with Simple Mobile no-contract service plans.

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Unboxing

The 5-inch Galaxy On5 is available for ordering from the Simple Mobile website. It comes in a nice box, a clear Samsung signature. In the box, you will find the Samsung Galaxy On5 gadget, battery, wall adapter, standard USB cable, user manuals, and an activation card.

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Design

Here is the hardware tour around the Samsung Galaxy On5. The first thing that got my attention is the rubberized back cover. It sure feels nice in hand and provides a tight grip. Removing the back cover will reveal the battery compartment as well as the slots for the SIM card and microSD. The upper part of the back cover sits the camera, speaker, and the LED flash.

Going on to the frame, we have a silver strip snaking around the edges that gives a premium look. To the bottom, we have the charging/micro USB port, microphone port, and the headphone jack. The right edge hosts the power/lock button while the left edge hosts the volume rockers. The top edge only has your noise cancellation mic.

The front panel has a 5-inch touch display. To the top, we have the earpiece, proximity sensor, and front camera lens. The bottom of the display hosts the capacitive navigation keys and the physical home button.

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Camera

For lens related matters, the Galaxy On5 boasts an 8-megapixel back camera and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies. The camera app has enhanced features to let you enjoy high-resolution image capturing with exceptional detail. Even though this is a lower-end smartphone, I found the camera to be quite impressive. It can record videos in 1080p resolution at 30fps. The LED flash is bright enough and can support capturing photos at night. The front camera will take superb selfies in good lighting with a little stuttering in poor lighting as it lacks a LED flash. Given the pricing, the cameras are quite competitive.

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Display

The Galaxy On5 has 5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen. It will give you a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels which though not the brightest out there, it performs the task well. It's incredibly bright; images and text shop up well. The phone includes an outdoor icon in the settings that you can activate while outdoors and the screen will brighten up to allow you to see without much struggle. The expansive display will also let you enjoy content such videos and play games.

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Battery

The Galaxy On5 ships with a 2800mAh Li-Ion battery. The battery is rated to offer up to 15 hours on Talk Time and up to 49 hours of music play. With my regular use, the battery was able to last me a full workday. I was also to stream for up to 6 hours on 4G LTE network. The battery is also user-removable, so you can always have a spare battery to swap with when your primary battery runs out.

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Storage

The Samsung Galaxy On5 ships with an internal storage of 8GB with only about 5GB available to the user. That may sound disappointing, but the phone boasts impressive expansion options. The dedicated microSD slot can support a memory card of up to 256GB.

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Performance

The Samsung Galaxy On5 performance is above average for a budget smartphone. Even with one or two compromises, Samsung was able to pack great resources. It ships running Android 5.1 Lollipop with a planned upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The gadget is powered by Samsung's in-house Exynos quad-core processor, clocked at 1.3GHz. This is paired with 1.5GB of RAM enough to power your daily tasks without noticeable freezing whatsoever. Multitasking capabilities are great thanks to the updated Android 5.1 Lollipop that supports such.

When it comes to graphics, the gaming department is backed by a Mali-T720 GPU. This GPU will handle about any medium graphic games without faltering. Videos also show up with bright and nice resolution. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi Direct. For navigation and location services, a fast GPS chip is available.

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Specifications

  • 4G LTE/Wi-Fi/GSM/CDMA.
  • 5.0-inch TFT capacitive display.
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop.
  • Battery: 2600mAh removable Li-Ion. Talk time up to 15 hours. Music Play up to 49 hours.
  • Camera: 8MP back with LED flash, 5MP front.
  • Internal Storage: 8GB. A dedicated microSD card slot for external memory expansion up to 256GB.
  • RAM:1.5GB.
  • Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core Exynos 3475.
  • GPU: Mali-T720.
  • Sensors: gyro, proximity, accelerometer, compass.
  • Bluetooth 4.1.
  • GPS/A-GPS.
  • FM Radio.