Probably the best part about budget Samsung phones is that the build quality never disappoints. Even though you are buying it at an affordable price, the Samsung budget phones are for the ages. When compared to budget smartphones from other brands, Samsung holds its ground in terms of design and performance.
Today, let’s take a look at our Galaxy J3 Orbit review as we dive into the tech specs which could potentially make it one of the best budget phones in Samsung’s lineup in 2018.
142.7mm x 70mm x 8.9mm (5.6” x 2.7” x 0.3”)
Android 8.0 (Oreo)
1280 x 720
1.35GHz ARM cortex A73, 8-core
The overall design of the Galaxy device is amazing for a budget smartphone, with a cut-glass coat. It does not look like a budget phone at all. However, the structure is quite outdated as the rear cover has more of a matte finish and Samsung has used a physical home button.
As the Galaxy J3’s release was announced in 2018, Samsung had not begun outfitting its budget phones with curved displays. The Galaxy J3 has sizeable bezels, unlike the newer more advanced Samsung J7 Star.
Given that the Galaxy J3 only weighs 144grams(5.07oz), it fits perfectly into your hand and has a comfortable feel to it, making it easier to carry around and fit into your pocket.
Simply put, it is basic, yet elegant!
One thing we would like to see is a slightly bigger display as several other mobiles in this price range come with screen sizes of 5.5-inch and above. However, having said that, Samsung has done us a favor by installing a Full HD display that offers high clarity images and video.
When comparing other phones in this price range around the time when it was released, it’s fair to say that the J3 Orbit may have the best display amongst its competitors. The full HD 1280 x 720 display allows its users to experience high-quality images at a larger viewing angle as well, giving it an upper hand over its competition.
The Galaxy J3 Orbit is also one of the first few phones in Samsung’s lineup which offers multi-window, allowing you to open multiple apps on the screen. It also has adaptive brightness which makes it more interesting as you can take it anywhere and not worry about the screen being too dark to read.
Equipped with an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing (selfie) camera, you cannot expect more from a budget phone in this price range. Nevertheless, Samsung is renowned for its excellent camera quality in its low-cost line-up as well.
These features allow you to take crisp images during daylight and under high-intensity lights. The pictures taken during the night, or with insufficient lighting won’t turn out as well as you would have hoped for. However, they are not all bad and are clear enough for the price you are paying.
There is an option to take videos with 1080p resolution, which brings some seriously good footage fit to watch on a big screen. The Galaxy J3 Orbit, being a budget phone does not come with image stabilization. So some of the footage can turn out to be shaky especially if the camera has been moved around during filming.
However, the Galaxy J3 Orbit is one of the few phones which offer autofocus on both cameras and allows users to record video in 1080p from both the main camera and the selfie camera.
Equipped with 16GB of internal memory and 2GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM), you get what you pay for with the Orbit J3. Even though you are left with only around 7GB of free space (system takes up 9GB), users can expand the memory up to 400GB with an external microSD card.
If you take a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy J3 Orbits specs, you would realize that it runs on an ARM Cortex A73 1.3GHz, 8-core processor. The device has been paired with a devoted GPU, which allows for richer context when gaming or even during everyday use.
On the other hand, the Galaxy J3 Orbit may tend to lag at times due to its insufficient RAM. Then again, this is a budget smartphone made for everyday use, so maybe pushing it to the limit with heavy gaming and multitasking may lead to some lag or stutter.
Samsung has also brought the latest version at the time (2018), Android 8.0 (Oreo), which provides a seamless experience. Coupled with the Full HD display, you are guaranteed to enjoy every bit of this OS to its fullest extent.
The device also supports the 3 main network bands (2G, 3G & 4G LTE), making for smoother and clearer phone conversations. This is more noticeable if you are switching from an outdated model.
Bluetooth and Wireless connections are readily available to be connected straight out of the box. It also supports the Smartwatch feature which is not seen quite often on budget smartphones.
With many people hoping for a bigger battery in the J3 Orbit, the 2600mAh removable battery is almost perfect for the job. With average daily use, the battery can last up to 13 hours.
This mobile phone provides its users with almost 19 hours of talktime and up to 21d standby time.
Now that we have gotten this out of the way, let’s answer that burning question you have.
Should you buy this device?
If you are looking for a small smartphone at an affordable price that can handle ordinary day-to-day tasks well, then the Galaxy J3 Orbit is perfect for you.
Yes, there are better phones with more improved specs, faster processors, and bigger batteries. But if you cannot afford to spend a lot, the Galaxy J3 will do the job.