The Samsung Galaxy J3 is now available for purchase on Amazon, but there are only a few units left.
The Galaxy J3 on offer now is the unlocked, GSM variant of the smartphone. That means it will work with AT&T and T-Mobile. It will not work with CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon. AT&T will sell the device itself, but not until May 6.
Regardless, the device was in fact released for CDMA carriers first and now it's finally available for use on providers using GSM signals. For $189.99 it is also a bit cheaper than the CDMA version available from Sprint. Plus, there's free shipping to boot.
Coming in both dual SIM and single SIM configurations, the Galaxy J3 comes in three different colors too: black (dual SIM), white (dual SIM), and gold (single SIM). At the time of writing, there are only 13 units left of the black Galaxy J3, 15 units left of the gold model and just three units for the white version. It's not known whether more units will be made available for sale should the initial stock sell out.
As the device's retail price indicates, the Galaxy J3 surely is not of flagship quality. Nonetheless, for its $189.99 price, the midrange J3 does feature great value.
Equipped with a bright and crisp-enough 720p 5-inch Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy J3 is also powered by a second-tier quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor. On the rear of the device is an 8 MP camera, while a 5 MP camera is on the front. The smartphone ships with 16 GB of storage, which can thankfully be upgraded to a larger amount using expandable storage.
What's going against the phone is the paltry amount of RAM at just 1.5 GB and an okay battery size of 2,600 mAh.
Running one too many apps and keeping all of them in the background will definitely slow the device down. Having to remember to multi-task sparingly on the Galaxy J3 is something owners of the device will have to keep in mind.
In addition, we wouldn't expect the Galaxy J3 to last all day on just a single charge either. It would be wise to keep a charger handy and an outlet nearby. Finally, with no news in the pipeline about a Marshmallow update for this unit coming soon, it looks like the J3 might be stuck on Android 5.1 Lollipop.