I am not sure if you have had a chance to interact with Samsung’s latest premium smartphones like the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge but if you have then you should know this: the software you find on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is exactly what you get on the Galaxy J5. That’s a good thing. For the price of the Galaxy J5, you are getting a Galaxy S6 experience. In fact, maybe even better if we are to take things on a level ground. The S6 and its dual edge sibling are just getting the latest Android 5.1.1. The J5 comes with that out of the box. Of course the J5 has inferior hardware and this is very visible on the high definition Super AMOLED display where upon closely looking, you can actually spot a pixel or two.
The Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ are Samsung’s latest premium smartphones and way beyond the reach of a budget device like the Galaxy J5 yet they fail at one thing: task management. Say you’re checking out an event invite on the Google calendar application and click on a link that opens up in Chrome browser then want togo back. With the multi-tasking button right below your screen that should be easy, right? Unfortunately it’s not. The latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz will close any active tasks as soon as they’re in the background. Thankfully, the software on the J5 despite being the very latest by virtue of running Android 5.1.1, it is not really the latest from Samsung and as a result, such hiccups don’t exist.
Thanks to better performance and software optimization, Android Lollipop on the Galaxy J5 is fantastic. In fact, it is better than the horrible experience I had on my old Galaxy Note 3 when I upgraded to Android 5.0 early in the year. For the first time in quite a long time, I have used a mid-range Samsung Galaxy device that doesn’t feel like an afterthought when you use the software it packs and then move on to your flagship Galaxy moments later. This has me wondering what to expect when I pick up the Galaxy J5.