Samsung - Galaxy J3 4G LTE with 16GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - Black

Stay connected with this unlocked Samsung J3 smartphone. Its quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM let you switch between multiple apps quickly on the stable Android 7.0 OS, and the 16GB of storage provides plenty of space for photos and games. This 5-inch Samsung J3 smartphone has a 5-megapixel rear camera for taking colorful, clear pictures.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) SM-J327U
    • 2600 mAh Battery
    • Power adapter

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (255 out of 278)

    Features


    Quad-core 1.4GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM

    Delivers outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus, running home screens and more.

    Android 7.0 Nougat OS

    Enjoy the benefits of a fully featured operating system that is compatible with a wide range of apps.

    Compatible with GSM carriers, including AT&T and T-Mobile

    Also compatible with GSM SIM Kits, including Cricket Wireless, Tracfone, Net10, H2O, GoPhone and Simple Mobile.

    4G LTE speed

    Provides fast Web connection for downloading apps, streaming content and staying connected with social media.

    5" HD dispaly

    High-definition touch screen displays texts, e-mails, games, photos and videos with clarity.

    5.0MP rear-facing camera

    Easily record a wide variety of memories and then share them via social media, or even print them off. Also includes a front-facing 2.0MP camera for self-portraits and video.

    16GB internal memory plus microSD slot

    Provides plenty of storage space for your contacts, music, photos, apps and more. Expand storage up to 256GB by adding a microSD card (sold separately).

    Access to Google Play

    Browse and download apps, magazines, books, movies, and television programs directly to your phone.

    * SIM Card not included.

    * Phone will not work with Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile or any other CDMA network.


    Customer rating

    4.4
    92%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    3.3

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not bad for a cheapo phone but needs a lot of work

      Posted
      winmac3
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      My brother got this cheap phone for my mom, who's a newbie to smartphones. For basic tasks like calling, texting and getting online, it does the job. It's definitely not for anyone whose life is on their phone because this phone will slow you down. Camera quality, eh, it's a cheap phone so don't expect to win any awards. Screen however isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Battery life so far is pretty good. Call quality is excellent and speaker is phenomenal for such a cheap phone. Sits very nicely in your hands and it's not too heavy. Here are some annoyances I've found, even though it's barely been a week. Android Nougat on this phone is, well, it's a Samsung's take on it so it's a little confusing. I've read that Samsung's version of 7.0 was the best they've had so far and if that's the case, yikes! My LG is so much easier to use. The settings are just cluttered and sometimes it takes forever to find what you're looking for. It's definitely not intuitive and you will spend quite a bit of your time trying to figure out where everything is. The lock screen timeout is really short, like 5 seconds at most. I tried to change this in the display setting as well as the lock screen secure settings but the only thing that helps is if you turn off the power saving mode, and that only lengthens it by a tiny amount. Wifi isn't actually that bad but sometimes, it's just really slow for no reason. Google play store is a random chance when it comes to downloading apps. Sometimes it's blazing fast for a phone with only 1.5 gb of ram and a slow processor. Other times, it says downloading's pending and just sits. I thought this was maybe due to the time of the day so I tried it during different times but it's all over the place. And when I use google translator, I don't get any sounds, even though I know the speaker works. Speaker on the other hand is actually very loud, like almost to the point of scaring you if you didn't know you had this phone with you. Obviously no bass from the tiny speaker but wow, it's very loud. Music quality is great too but the google music app is really annoying. You can't just open the app and pick the music to play, you have to go through a few steps to play music. And, if you just close the program, it'll still play the music so you have to actually pause it if you don't want to hear the music. Yes, the software definitely needs work but for the average person, it'll do, as long as they're not expecting anything great. Just make sure to put it in easy mode for your parents because it can be a pain otherwise. Not sure I would recommend this if you have a hard time using smartphones in general but if you have a family member who can help you set it up, it might be okay. Just be prepared that that person will be spending a lot of time trying to figure things out if they're not a previous Samsung user like me.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Basic Unlocked GSM Phone

      Posted
      AlanHouston

      The 2017 Samsung Galaxy J3 is a good unlocked phone for people needing a very basic phone for calls, texting and emails. The camera takes okay, but not great, photos in bright sunshine. It struggles with demanding action games. Music and videos sound okay with good headphones and bluetooth speakers but deep bass is missing. Battery life is quite good. You can get 18 hours to 24 hours on a charge unless you are playing games, watching videos or using GPS navigation which will cut battery life in half. GPS navigation can lag a bit, taking 20 or 30 seconds to find your current location. It can "get lost" when you get to within a block or two of your destination. Odd. Note that this is a GSM phone for AT&T, T-Mobile, and their GSM partners, such as GoPhone, Cricket, Simple Mobile and MetroPcs. It will NOT work on Verizon or Sprint. They each have their own locked version. The 2016 cases do not fit the 2017 J3. Best Buy sells a terrific OtterBox case that fits the 2017 phone like a glove.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good backup phone

      Posted
      Steve
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Anyone who has used an Galaxy S or IPhone will be dissapointed. As others note the phone has weak spots in responsiveness, that it does have lags switching apps and screen touch insensitivity. Sometimes the screen gets stuck in either vertical or horizontal viewing and will not rotate back to the opposite viewing, especially with Google Maps use. The good is it works as a phone and battery life is excellent. I have streamed over WiFi Netflix but the single side speaker limits the sound capability. If you have no ear buds viewing the phone in your hand w/speaker facing down to your palm the sound can improve by using the reflection to direct the sound. Texting is frustrating given the lag when typing fast, cant keep up or just does not recognize the touch sometimes. I bought the phone as an interim until the S9 came out due to a work need; as i could not upgrade to the latest android on my 4yr old Galaxy S; which never had any of these weaknesses. Casual texting is fine but if you have family or daily work email/texting, its not a good experience for that heavier volume use. Size is good fits in my shirt pocket.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Poor Wifi Stability

      Posted
      Chilly
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      We have gone through 2 different j3 phones and both have the same issue. The connection to wifi is very unstable. Given this issue occurs on the first phone and the phone we exchanged this for I believe this is a software related issue. I have even had the samsung reps at both stores see if they can figure out the issue and could not. This occurs on all the wifi networks we attempted to connect to, not just our home wifi. Do an internet search for "Samsung Galaxy S3 Connect To Wifi But No Internet" and you will find this is a common problem right now across many samsung models. Digging deeper I think this is a Android 7.0 issue that hasn't been resolved. I would not recommend anyone get an Android 7.0 phone until they have come out with a fix. 7.1 has been pushed for some phone manfucaturers, but Samsung has not pushed it to the J3 yet. I am hoping they do soon and it will fix this issue. Finger crossed.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Randomly does not ring on incoming calls

      Posted
      Vika
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      phone does not ring randomly on incoming calls and shows no notification in Phone app about missed calls, happens a few times per week. I only know of the call when voice mail arrives. Next phone call gets through and rings with no issues. Stopped by the store to talk to Samsung rep - they never heard about it. I don't believe it as there are people complained about this issue on Galaxy phones on Samsung message board for a while. When will this be addressed? https://us.community.samsung.com/t5/forums/v3_1/forumtopicpage/board-id/GalaxyS/thread-id/14015/page/3. Factory reset, cache clearing did not resolve an issue, no apps have been downloaded, Do Not Disturb is Off. Galaxy J7 has an exact same issue. Poor software quality.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Piece of junk

      Posted
      AnnieWP

      I had a J3 2016, which worked fine. Bought the J3 2017 a few weeks ago and will return it. Samsung quality has gone downhill. Issues: -Bluetooth: doesn't work with car or wireless speaker. Even Toyota and ATT can't get it to work. -Display - is set to 1 minute, but shuts off after a few seconds -GPS: not accurate -Lag when navigating screens -Freezes sometimes -Storage: already uses 8.2 GB for apps. Doesn't leave much for my uses -Text typing: very slow to show up on screen -Keyboard: occasional freezes -Camera: very slow to respond. Sometimes won't work at all

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great phone!

      Posted
      Jessc85
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      My iPhone completely died duribg my journey out of town visit Christmas. I was need of a phone asap but refused to stick with Apple after it's let down so I decided to try a Galaxy. I didn't want to finance a phone again nor did i want to to spend too much upfront. after reading all the positive reviews for this phone I opted to give it a whirl and I'm glad I did. I love it!!! It has all a basic smartphone should and it's super easy to use. I will not be returning to Apple. My only complaint is h thiis camera it's hard to get good pictures while a 3 year old is moving lol but when she's still photos turn out great lol

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Its not global

      Posted
      Uz82
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Although this phone is unlocked for GSM networks, this is not true for the LTE service or even 3G. I learned it the hard way as all the sim cards were working for the GSM network but none of them work for the LTE or the 3G network. I was able to find one network which uses the same band as the US AT&T LTE Service and this worked fine. Otherwise the phone is really good for the price. Camera is decent and battery life is also excellent. It is snappy and has extension for microSD card which makes it a really good budget phone. I wish it had all the 3G and LTE bands to rome globally.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.3 out of 5 stars with 14 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about design, usability, price and screen. Editors are less positive about reception and sound. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 85/100 = Very good quality.
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