My name is Geoff and as my username implies, I am a geek through and through. Love technology, unabashed Star Wars nerd since the agent of 4 and love playing video games. I just recently joined the Boost Product Ambassador team and I'm super excited to share my geekiness with the world. I just received the Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge from Boost and after having used it for a several days now, I wanted to give some of my impressions of this phone.
First off, let's talk about what I discovered while unboxing.
The J3 Emerge doesn’t come with a lot of extra's; you get a battery charger, mini UBS charging cord and a starter guide. For those looking for a set of headphones, you wont find any, but to be honest, I was kind glad to not have another pair that would just end up sitting in a drawer. Kudos to Samsung for going minimalist which in turn keeps the cost down for the consumer. The phone is $59.99 for a limit time right now.
Let's talk about the phones display: the J3 Emerge has a 720p HD TFT display. So what does that all mean? Well, you'll be getting a nice, vibrant screen and you won't be disappointed when viewing your pictures or watching videos.
Samsung sometimes has a reputation for making phones that have a "plastic" feel, but I was surprised to find the opposite here. The phone has an aluminum frame and a nice, decent weight to it. Not too heavy, but not so light that you can't feel it. While the battery cover on the back of the phone is made out of plastic, Samsung has coated in a sort of non slip material which I really like. The phone feels comfortable in the hand and I never felt like it was going to slip out of my grip while holding it.
You probably listen to music and other audio on your phone a lot. This was one area that I wasn't sure about, but after having spent several days with it now, Samsung has really impressed me with the J3. The sound is deep and rich, whether you're listening with your headphones or the external speaker. While there is only one speaker on the phone, I really like Samsung's decision to place it on the side of the phone instead of the trend of putting it on the back as the audio is less muffled this way.
The phone has a 2600 mAh battery and I've found that I can get through most of my day before needing to charge it. And just like some of Samsung's other phones, the J3 Emerge comes with features to help improve battery life as well so its nice to see that these features are becoming standard.
Although, J3 only comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow it has the newest version of Samsung's user interface, Touch Wiz Grace UX. I really like the direction Samsung is going with this: the app icons have received a nice update and overall it has a nice, clean look to it.
For several years I've been a little spoiled with high end devices, but I found myself saying I could easily live with this phone. For those that have are a little leery because this phone isn't a Galaxy S series phone, don't be. I found the J3 Emerge to be a pleasant surprise. In the coming days, I'll be posting some in depth blogs on the various features of the device, so stay tuned.
Do you have the J3 Emerge? If so, let me know what you think of it. Questions about capabilities or specs? I'd love to hear them.