The Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace is the perfect low-price smartphone for brand enthusiasts who want a 4G/LTE network enabled phone but are unwilling to buy anything that isn’t a Samsung. At just Ksh10,000, the Galaxy J1 definitely got its eye on the low-end market.
1.3GHz Quad Core
4GB Internal Storage
5MP Rear, 2MP front camera
Rear LED Flash
Dual Sim (2G/3G/4G) Micro-SIMs
4.3-inch Super AMOLED
Overall Specs and Performance
The Galaxy J1 Ace is powered by a modest 1.3GHz dual coupled with 768MB RAM of RAM that is more than enough for regular use and simple games. I took the Ace through the paces by installing the most popular apps; WhatsApp, Telegram (an upcoming alternative to WhatsApp), Google Chrome and Clash of Clans.
Galaxy J1 Ace will hold its own as long as you don’t run too many apps at ago. The 768MB of RAM and 4GB (around 2GB available) of internal memory won’t let you install and run high end games and apps.
You will have to be content with Clash of Clans, Candy Crush and when lucky an occasionally sluggish Temple Run.
The 720p Super AMOLED Display
The Super AMOLED Display is livelier than what you will find on the Samsung Galaxy J and a couple of similarly priced phones. At a 217ppi density (480×800), the phone might not be in the HD range but it will suffice if all you intend to do is browse the web and watch a couple of videos here and there.
The Galaxy J1 Ace’s display will, however, have an edge over most of the same priced smartphones that feature TFT or plain LCD screens.
The Super AMOLED screen is definitely brighter and livelier. You will notice the difference, especially when using the Galaxy J1 Ace out in the daylight with the brightness cranked up.
At 5MP, the Galaxy J1 Ace camera roosts at the very bottom of the ladder. The camera hardware couples with the rather impressive Samsung camera software to produce photos that though not mind-blowing, are good enough for a 5MP sensor and a single LED flash. The same applies to the 2MP selfie shooter.
The Platform – Android KitKat
The Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace debuted in October last year. I really don’t understand why Samsung gave it the rather archaic Android v4.4.4.
Samsung won’t be pushing any OTA updates. You will be stuck on KitKat unless you are willing to root your phone and go for third party OS like CyanogenMod.
1GB of RAM and a 1.3GHz dual-core processor coupled with Android KitKat isn’t that impressive at this point in time. The overall performance and rather inferior cameras make it a no-go zone to the refined phone users
The Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace is a good attempt at making an affordable phone with a couple of premium features. It’s however isn’t good enough. You can get better hardware and software at the same price – if you don’t mind a Wico, Tecno, Infinix or Injoo.