Samsung Galaxy j1 2016




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Short Description: 

Budget phone that really works.

Physical Description: 

Box contents: phone, battery, wall adapter, data cable, quick start guide,
Dimensions 132.6 x 69.3 x 8.9 mm (5.22 x 2.73 x 0.35 in)

Weight 131 g (4.62 oz)
SIM Single SIM,
Display Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 4.5 inches (~62.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels (~207 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Platform OS Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Chipset Spreadtrum SC9830 CPU Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU Mali-400
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal 8 GB,
Camera Primary 5 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, LED flash Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection
Video 720p@30fps Secondary 2 MP, f/2.2
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Ymono Reer speaker,
3.5mm jack Yes
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE
Radio FM radio compatible, RDS,
recording USB microUSB v2.0 Features
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM Browser HTML Java No - MP4/H.264 player - MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player - Photo/video editor - Document viewer
Battery Removable Li-Ion 2050 mAh battery
Talk time Up to 12 h (3G) Music play Up to 39 h

Accessibility Features: 

All of android's stock accessibility features are here, but none of the samsung extras found in many of the high end phones. No samsung screen reader. No brailleback out of the box. No samsung voices.


Talkback launched during set up but did not offer to set up any other accessibility features. See below for full review.


This could be a great starter phone

The basics are so good on this phone, that when you buy it as a starter for some one, they are liable to reach a point where they want it to do more than call and manage personal information.

Out of the box, this handset had Marshmellow, even though the tech spec says lollypop. The stock accessibility features are here, but none of the extras found in higher end devises. Out of the box, the accessibility shortcut talkback, but didn't offer me a chance to set up any other accessibility features. Then, when I made it through the setup, the system turned off the shortcut setting. You've been warned.

Other than accessibility, the sm-j120w has replacement parts for everything. Text input is touch and double tap, rather than touch and lift. I haven't figured out how to change this short of installing google keyboard. Touchwiz is different from google now, and I'm finding it very limitted. The phone app is stripped down and actually, I find that refreshing and easy to teach to the user of the phone.

The home button has been a huge help. I have tripple click set to toggle talkback, one press set to answer calls and the stock power button to end calls. I wanted to set either a double click or a hold to open voice search. I was able to set voice search as a lock screen icon, but the gesture of double tap and slide up to start voice search is taking a while to master for my new user.

I've switched to acqua for email on this phone. The samsung option is very slow and clunky though apparently fully accessible.

I doubt this would be a good option for magnification users because of the low screen resolution. It also needed a lot of configuration to make it really comfortable to use with talkback.

The reer camera should be just enough for knfb reader, and the SD card support ensures that nearby explorer will fit, but the 8 gig internal storage makes me shy away from any attempt to take these high end programs for the blind on a spin.

Finally, I will say that the mono speaker and internal mic are both fantastic quality for the price. As a basic device for some one who wants a phone, this works great.

There are no end of cheep options out there from blu, ZTE, and 1Plus among others, but when you need a budget accessible handset for some one with basic needs and a shallow learning curve, 20 or 30 dollars extra for a j1 is money well spent.