The Galaxy J5 is available in 8 GB and 16 GB storage options. Sadly, the 16 GB version is not available in the Kenyan market, at least as far as we know. Users will have to make do with the 8 GB internal storage indicated on the packaging which shrinks to a further 4 GB when you power up the device for the first time and haven’t even installed Angry Birds 2. For the first time in 3 years, I was forced to seek the services of applications like AppMgr III so as to transfer a few apps to the external storage and have some breathing space.
The Galaxy J5 allows for memory expansion up to 128 GB using microSD cards but you can only go so far with that. There are applications that can’t be moved to external memory without compromising on performance. Also, as has always been the case, widgets won’t work when their mother app is moved from internal storage.
For most people, it may not be an issue but for me, it is the Galaxy J5’s biggest quirk. And it’s annoying. Since the J5 is a fantastic device, where do you turn to in light of this? If money is not an issue, top up the extra Ksh 6,000 and get the Galaxy J7 with twice the storage capacity and all goodness of the J5 made even better. It’s a tough call to make, I know, but it doesn’t take away my general impression of the Galaxy J5: it is a good phone and you can’t go wrong with it. Thankfully, photos are stored on the microSD card by default (you can always change in the settings) so if you buy the phone and slot in your memory card, you may never realize how much little storage you actually have until you start downloading every other application on the Play Store or receive far r too many Whatsapp videos.
To redeem itself, Samsung has partnered with Microsoft to give every buyer of the Galaxy J5 some free cloud storage. 100 GB to be exact. Turn auto-upload on when you’re connected to Wi-Fi or using LTE with sufficient bundles and you may never need to even pop in a microSD card as photos get automatically backed up in the cloud and you can delete local images as you please without risking losing precious memories.