Samsung Galaxy Sky Review – How Great Is It? [2020 Update]

You don’t need to be a phone enthusiast to know that Samsung’s known for quality. Also known as the J3 Sky, the handset was released years ago but is still a good phone. Is it the best? Not really, but it’d make for a fabulous back-up device. Let’s get started with our Galaxy Sky review.

Samsung Galaxy Sky Specs

Device Specifications:


 Launch Date

 2016

 Weight

 4.90 ounces (139 grams)

 Measurements

 5.59 in x 2.81 in x 0.31 in (142.2 mm x 71.4 mm x 7.9 mm)

 Graphics Card

 Qualcomm Adreno 306

 Display Screen

 5.0 in (127 mm) Super AMOLED 720 X 1280 pixel

 Operating System

 Android 6

 Chipset

 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916

 CPU

 Quad-Core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53

 RAM

 1 GB

 Internal Space

 16 GB

 Front Camera

 2 MP

 Rear Camera

 5 MP

 Supported SIM types

 Nano (single)

 Network Coverage

 2G, 3G, 4G

 Battery Coverage

 2600 mAh

Features

Design

The handset was released in 2016. These days, manufacturers even make budget units tall. It has a 5-inch (127 mm) screen. If you have large hands, using it will be tough.

It’ll especially be tough as its sides were not curved well. Using it for long will leave you sore.

That being said, we’re happy with how thin it is. Its dimensions are 5.59 in x 2.81 in x 0.31 in (142.2 mm x 71.4 mm x 7.9 mm).

We love phones that are a bit hefty. Unfortunately, the Sky does not fit the bill. It weighs 4.90 ounces (139 grams). Phones that have a bit of weight are good, as they feel more premium.

You can pick it up in multiple colours. This is appreciated, as you won’t be stuck with a boring black. We’re the fondest of the gold option.

However, each variant is made from plastic. That’s why it doesn’t feel the most premium. The plastic on it is the cheap type too.

Looking across its sides, you’ll find a 3.5 mm headphone jack. There’s also a microSD port. We’re glad that it comes with it as its storage is not extensive.

Samsung did a good job with its buttons. They placed them in easy to reach positions. They’re also tactile.

Does it come with a fingerprint sensor?

The answer is no.  This isn’t a surprise considering its price.

Display

Keeping in mind that it comes with a small display, its immersivity is affected. However, you’re getting an amazing panel on its front. It’s a Super AMOLED. If you’ve read our reviews before, you’d know that it’s vibrant.

Its screen resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels. As its screen is so small, such a resolution makes it sharp. You’ll only notice blurriness if you look closely.

Don’t get too rough with it, though. The glass on its display is the regular hardened kind.

It has some serious bezel action. This is evident by its screen-to-body ratio, it’s a little less than 70%.

That being said:

Like most Samsung handsets, there are good temperature and colour settings. You’ll be able to adjust its vibrancy a bit.

In sunny settings, it’s not very good. Its screen doesn’t get bright enough to handle glare.

Galaxy Sky

Battery

We’re not fans of its battery.

It’s small – 2600 mAh to be exact. It would barely last a day.

It doesn’t perform well in the charging department either. There’s a micro USB port. It’s dated. It’s one of the reasons the Galaxy Sky takes so long to charge.

The other is its 10 W regular charger. It takes well over 2 hours to go from 0-100%.

That being said:

It comes with expert power saving modes. You’ll be able to prolong its life much longer than specified. Samsung’s known to do power-saving modes well.

We’re also glad that its battery is removable. If its systems were to ever get stuck, you would be able to force-close its insides.

Processor

Don’t expect anything flagship worthy. The processor inside of it is the Snapdragon 410. To be honest, it’s not very good, especially by today’s standards. Handling extensive tasks will not be fun. That’s why we said it’s good as a back-up phone, not a primary driver.

The chipset powers Android 6. No, you won’t be able to upgrade it to Android 10. This is disappointing as it’s so customizable.

As mentioned, we’re glad that it comes with a microSD card. The storage on it isn’t the best. You can pick the Galaxy up with 16 GB ROM. You’ll fill it up in a few weeks. It’s especially bad as the device is from TracFone. It’ll have bloatware, which would reduce the 16 GB to much less.

Its microSD slot can handle cards that’re up to 128 GB.

There’s 1 GB of RAM.  Apps force-closing would also be an issue.

Camera

There is a single shooter on its front and back. The camera on its front is 2 MP. Meanwhile, you’re getting a 5 MP sensor on its rear.

The rear set-up comes with LED flash. No, you’re not getting it on its selfie cam.

Shots aren’t very good. They’re blurry and not colour accurate. This is especially true in low-light.

Connectivity

You’ll be able to connect to 2G, 3G and 4G networks. You can share files with others through Bluetooth v4.1.

TracFone Samsung Galaxy J3 Sky 4G LTE Prepaid Smartphone, 16 GB
5.0" touchscreen display; Android 6.0 Marshmallow; 1.2 GHz quad-core processor; 5 Megapixel Camera/2 Megapixel front facing Camera

Alternatives

Now that you know everything about it, we thought about comparing it to equally priced phones. They’re from the same carrier too.

The A10e was released much later than the J3 Sky. Samsung released it in 2019, which is why it comes with better specs.

To begin with, it’s larger. We’re fans of bigger options as they feel more premium. Its screen stretches 5.83 inches (148 mm) across.

It barely comes with any bezel action. You’re getting an 81.41% screen-to-body ratio. 

You’re getting some good resolution. Its display is 720 x 1520 pixels.

But we have a problem:

The panel on its front isn’t very good. You’re met with a PLS TFT. Compared to Super AMOLEDs, they’re the opposite of vibrant.

Just like its counterpart, you’re not getting good glass on its display. It is the regular strengthened type, so be careful.

The chipset present isn’t flagship worthy. However, it’s powerful enough to make the A10e a primary driver. It rocks the Exynos 7884. As you can tell, it’s superior to the Snapdragon 410.

In the memory department, it performs well. There’s 32 GB of space and 2 GB of RAM. Yes, you’ll be able to expand its storage. We’re told what kind of microSD cards it can handle. They are the 512 GB type.

Did we mention the Android version present? The Galaxy phone runs Android 9 out of the box. Thankfully, it can be upgraded to Android 10. This is a major perk when compared to its alternative.

Battery wise, you’re met with a 3000 mAh unit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last long. It’ll be with you for a little over a day. To charge it, you’ll be making use of a microUSB port. Its 10 W regular charger takes it from 0-100% in over 2 hours.

No, you won’t be able to remove its battery.

There’s a single shooter on its rear. It is an 8 MP lens. Meanwhile, you’re getting 5 MP on its front. Only its back camera comes with LED flash.

Like the A10e, the J3 Orbit is newer than the Sky. It was released in 2018. Although newer, you’re still looking at a small phone. Its screen stretches 5 inches (127 mm) across.  Sadly, it’s much thicker than its counterpart. The following are its dimensions, 142.5 x 71.1 x 10.2 mm.

Yes, it’s made from plastic as well. It’s as ergonomic as its counterpart.

Considering its display is so small, you don’t get a very immersive viewing experience. This is especially true as there is a TFT LCD front.

Speaking of its display, look at its bezel action. We’re not told what its screen-to-body ratio is, but it doesn’t seem to be good.

We’re also not told what the glass protecting its screen is. Our bets are on the regular strengthened type.

We’re disappointed:

Its battery is not great. You’re met with a 2600 mAh unit. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the J3 Sky also comes with such mAh. To charge it, you’ll be using a micro USB port. Yes, there is a 10 W regular charger out of the box. Get a good book ready, it’ll take over 2 hours to fully charge.

The chipset present is good, though. It is the one on the A10e.

We’re happy that it comes with a microSD slot. Its internal storage is not good. It is 16 GB. When you purchase the handset, you’ll be met with way less storage. Carrier bloatware would be present. Thankfully, it doesn’t come with 1 GB RAM. Instead, you’re getting 2. It’s still not a lot, but it’s much better.

What Android version does it run? 8. Sadly, you won’t be able to upgrade it to the latest Android 10.

There are single shooters on its rear and front. Its front camera consists of a 5 MP lens. Meanwhile, you’re getting an 8 MP lens on its back. There’s LED flash only on its primary camera.


Like the other alternatives, the J7 crown is also newer. The manufacturer released it in 2018. It’s made from plastic too.

You don’t have to look closely to notice the serious bezel action. We’re actually told what its screen-to-body ratio is. It is 71.4%.

The panel on its screen is not Super AMOLED. You’re met with TFT LCD. As you’re aware, it’s not very vibrant.

The phone doesn’t come with great glass on is display either. The regular strengthened kind is present.

Is it sharp?

Its resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels. Considering it’s 5.5 inches (139.7 mm), this isn’t very good. It’s larger than its counterpart but has the same resolution – you’ll notice more pixels because of this.

Its battery is 3300 mAh. The handset will last a little over a day. You’ll be charging it with a micro USB port. To it, a 10 W regular charger will be placed. You’re more than aware how long it’ll take to charge.

The processor in it is good. It’s the Exynos 7870; it’s superior to the Snapdragon 410. However, it’s still basic. It’s not as good as the 7884 seen in the mentioned two alternatives.

The chipset powers Android 8. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to upgrade it Android 10.

Like its counterpart, it doesn’t come with the best storage. It comes with 16 GB ROM. With bloatware, the 16 gigs are reduced to 10. RAM wise, 2 GB are present.

Lastly, there is a single shooter on its rear and front. The J7 crown has the best camera so far. Its rear and front set-up consist of 13 MP lenses.

A handset quite similar to the Galaxy Crown is the Samsung J7 Sky Pro. We’ve actually done a review on it. You can check it out and see how it compares against the J3 Sky.

Final Thoughts

What did you think about our Samsung Galaxy Sky review? The handset from TracFone is super affordable. It comes with specs you’d expect from its price, expect for one – its display panel. We weren’t expecting to see Super AMOLED on it. Samsung places it on more affordable units, but not ones as affordable as the J3 Sky.

All in all, it’s a decent purchase for a back-up device. We don’t know how it’d fair as a primary driver, though. Its processor is not very good. The lack of RAM would make it hard to use too.

When compared to alternatives, it does alright. But it’s impressive that it gives the much newer Galaxy A10e a run for its money. The fact that it’s an old phone yet comes with a Super AMOLED screen while none of the alternatives did is impressive as well.

The company has released some pretty great affordable phones since then. You can check our Facebook out to learn more about them. We’ve regularly ranked them with equally superb devices.


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