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Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission Review

James Shisiah

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What We Love

  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 4G LTE
  • 5-inch HD display
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • A powerful quad-core processor
  • 16GB internal storage capacity
  • Expandable memory up to 256GB

Overview

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission is a feature-packed smartphone for the lower end market. Its slim body boasts a sharp 5-inch display which fits perfectly in one hand. It has ample internal storage capacity of 16GB and 1.5GB of RAM. There are many variations of the Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission depending on the network supported, but all specifications, design, and performance remain the same. In this review, we focus on the Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission that works with Verizon Prepaid Wireless no contract plans.

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Unboxing

The Prepaid Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission is available for ordering from the Verizon Wireless website. The packaging includes the Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission, a preinstalled SIM Card, battery, standard USB cable, wall adapter, a pair of headsets, service guide, and a quick setup guide.

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Design

The outlook appearance of the Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission is a typical Samsung design with nothing out of the ordinary. It's a 5-inch device with slightly rounded corners and a plastic matte finish on the back panel. The silver finish on the frame gives the device a premium look.

On the front panel, we have the 5-inch display. On the top, you will find the front camera, earpiece, and proximity sensor. To the bottom are the physical navigation keys; the recent apps key to the left, the home key at the center and the back key to the right.

The frame of the device has a metallic look as seen in the high-end Samsung flagships, although it's not made of metal. The button arrangement is such that the volume rockers are on the left edge and the power/lock key falls on the right edge. The top edge has the noise cancellation mic. The bottom edge is home to the headset jack, microUSB/charging port, and your microphone.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission features a speaker on the right side of the device, just above the power button. This is an excellent adjustment in design because the speaker is not blocked when you place the phone on a flat surface. The back panel is home to the rear camera as well as the LED flash. You will also notice the Verizon branding. The back panel is removable to gain access to the battery compartment and the slots for the SIM and microSD card. That pretty much sums up our tour around the Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission.

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Camera

The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission includes a 5-megapixel back camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. This being an entry level gadget, the cameras do not pack high-end specs in terms of hardware, but the software features are pretty amazing.

The camera app design is simple to master; buttons are well placed so you can easily use with one hand. Though short on pixels, the front-facing camera comes in handy on selfies and self-portraits.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission supports the quick launch shortcut in which you just double tap the home button to launch the camera - that's whether the device is in sleep mode or you are deep inside an app.

The camera supports a range of modes. By default, it comes with the Auto Mode activated which lets the camera evaluate the surroundings and determine the ideal settings. The Pro Mode allows you to make adjustments to ISO sensitivity, white balance, color tone and exposure value. Panorama allows you to create a linear image of pictures, either horizontal or vertical. Sports mode is also a nice feature that allows you to capture clear pictures of fast moving objects. You may also capture selfie shots with the front camera by using your palm gesture.

While this is an entry-level gadget, the video capture is pretty nice. It can capture videos with a quality of 720p at 30fps. When compared with other gadgets in this price range, the quality of images and videos turned out to be amazing.

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Display

Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission comes with a 5-inch high definition IPS LCD capacitive display. With Super AMOLED technology, 720 x 1280 pixels resolution, and 294ppi (pixel density) - this is among the best screens you can get on an entry-level gadget.  I can say Samsung totally impressed the lower end market with this gorgeous display.

Viewing angles are great. Even with the steepest tilting, you are still able to see items on the screen. It's one thing I like about Samsung displays. 

The colorful high definition display lets you view pictures and videos in rich details. For outdoor activities, it has an 'Outdoors' mode on the notification panel that increases the screen brightness while outdoors to enhance screen clarity.

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Battery

The battery on the Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission is a 2600mAh Li-Ion removable battery with a talk time of up to 23 hours and standby time of up to 14 days. With only 5-inch of display and a processor that's optimized for power consumption, there's not much sucking up the battery life. This means you get a full day of use from the Samsung Galaxy J3. With the screen on, the phone lasted close to 7 hours which I think is incredible for a budget smartphone.

The amazing battery life on this gadget is a great value for the price. Samsung packs power management features on the Galaxy J3 Mission. They include the Power Saving mode that lowers performance and puts to sleep background and  network processes hence adding your phone more life. The Ultra Power Saving mode turns your phone into a black and white gadget giving it even more hours of life. This feature can keep the phone on for more than a day with just 10% of juice left. The downside is you may not enjoy all the phone's features like playing games in high resolution. Since it is removable, the battery can also be swapped easily if you have a spare battery.

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Storage

The internal storage capacity on the Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission is 16GB. The Operating System and some pre-installed apps take about 5.5GB, so you are left with almost 11GB for your use. Additionally, the phone has a microSD card slot for memory expansion of up to 256GB. The slot will take microSDXC memory cards from renown companies like San Disk and Samsung.

While you may choose to have a memory card installed, I found the on-board storage to be sufficient for most of my necessary apps and files. It's one of the major selling points on this budget smartphone because more storage is always appreciated. 

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Performance

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission performance is incredible thanks to hardware resources it packs This being an entry level gadget, one would expect average performance, but that is not the case. The phone comes running the recent Android 7.0 Nougat. This means enhanced performance and better user interface features. Of course, Samsung's TouchWiz UI runs on top of the Android OS, so you also enjoy unique UI features from Samsung. For instance, the notification panel and icons are different from the ones in the stock Android.

The powerhouse of the Samsung Galaxy J3 Mission is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4GHz quad-core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM. With such resources combined with Android Nougat, multitasking and the overall user experience is just as you would love to get on a smartphone.

The phone is fully  responsive as I experienced no freezes when navigating through applications and the operating system. App launch speeds are great. Animations show up nicely thanks to the ample run time memory and the quad-core processor. 

The phone is also 4G LTE enabled. This means fast load speeds whether you are browsing through pages or streaming content on the internet. For other connectivity purposes, the phone supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. It's also GPS-enabled for location-based services like Google Maps navigation.

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Specifications

  • Wi-Fi/4G LTE/CDMA.
  • 5-inch high definition display.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat.
  • Camera: 5MP back with LED flash. 2MP front.
  • Internal Memory: 16GB. Expandable memory with an external microSD card of up to 256GB.
  • RAM: 1.5GGB.
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4GHz Quad-core.
  • Battery: 2600mAh Li-Ion removable battery. Talk time up to 28 hours.
  • Sensors: Proximity, Gyro, Accelerometer.
  • Bluetooth 4.2.
  • GPS/A-GPS supported.
  • Hearing Aid Compatible. 

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