High-end phones could be Samsung’s specialty, however when it involves making great entry-level and midrange devices, the business still has work to accomplish. Case in point may be the Galaxy J3. Also known in america as the J3 Star (at US carrier T-Mobile), Express Prime 3 (AT&T, prepaid), J3 Achieve (Sprint) and Amp Prime 3 (Cricket Wireless) and designed for about $130 to $210 according to the carrier, the Galaxy J3 doesn’t add much from last year’s predecessor. (In the united kingdom and Australia, that price converts to about £98 to £159 and AU$175 to AU$282, respectively.)
Besides a bump in megapixels because of its cameras, an (expected) Android OS update, only a 0.5GB upsurge in RAM and more expandable memory, the rest remains the same. Which includes the same screen size and resolution, internal storage, processor and battery as this past year.
It’s a wonder then, why you’d want to cover such a phone when Motorola’s Moto G6 Play is designed for $199, £169 and AU$329. The G6 Play offers you a faster experience overall, an excellent camera and a longer-lasting battery — 15 hours and 16 minutes versus typically 13 hours and 37 minutes upon this year’s Galaxy J3.
And as a proverbial cherry at the top, the G6 Play can be splashproof, so you need not fret if you get yourself a few droplets of water onto it. The J3 claims, however, no water-resistance at all.
Having a quad-core Samsung Exynos 7 processor, the J3 can be among the slowest phones we tested recently. (To be fair, we dinged the G6 Play for making some low benchmark results too, however the Galaxy J3 had even lower scores.) Beyond just lab numbers, the J3 took a beat longer to execute tasks like launch the camera, go back to the house screen and populate webpages on Wi-Fi.
For the camera, the Galaxy J3’s 8-megapixel shooter isn’t terrible. Pictures used ample lighting, both indoor and outdoor, are obvious enough to create out. But finer details are muddled and beaten up. White light also looks blue and candlight objects tend to be blackened out and so are hard to tell apart. Selfies were also decent, however, many details were still hazy and blurred.
Generally, the Moto G6 Play is markedly the better phone compared to the J3. (If you don’t count its lower expandable storage capacity, which is 128GB when compared to J3’s 400GB… though this shouldn’t matter.) And when you have extra dough to spare, consider the slightly pricier ($249, £219 and AU$399) Moto G6. It edges out the G6 Play with a faster processor, more storage and has two rear cameras for a portrait image eff