High-end phones may be Samsung’s specialty, but when it comes to making great entry-level and midrange devices, the company still has work to do. Case in point is the . Also known in the US as the J3 Star (at US carrier T-Mobile), Express Prime 3 (AT&T, prepaid), J3 Achieve (Sprint) and Amp Prime 3 (Cricket Wireless) and available for about $130 to $210 depending on the carrier, the Galaxy J3 doesn’t add much from . (In the UK and Australia, that price converts to about £98 to £159 and AU$175 to AU$282, respectively.)
Besides a bump in megapixels for its cameras, an (expected) Android OS update, only a 0.5GB increase in RAM and more expandable memory, everything else remains the same. That includes the same screen size and resolution, internal storage, processor and battery as last year.
It’s a wonder then, why you’d want to pay for such a phone whenis available for $199, £169 and AU$329. The G6 Play gives you a faster experience overall, a superior camera and a slightly longer-lasting battery — 15 hours and 16 minutes versus a preliminary 14 hours and 50 minutes on this year’s Galaxy J3.
And as a proverbial cherry on top, the G6 Play is also splashproof, so you don’t have to fret if you get a few droplets of water on it. The J3 claims, however, no water-resistance at all.