Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) review: Quality control

GSMArena team, 25 May, 2016.

User interface

The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) runs a TouchWiz-skinned Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and as a result comes with native support for an app manager, Doze mode, and Google Now on Tap among other tweaks.

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The homescreen is perfectly identical to the TouchWiz home of other Samsung phones. Even the number of columns is the same - 5 icons on a row, same as the A9 (2016).

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Homescreen Briefing App drawer App drawer settings

The Notification area is pretty busy by default. It starts with a scrollable line of quick toggles on top, then a brightness slider, then the S Finder and Quick connect buttons. You can hide them from the Edit option, which also lets you re-arrange the quick toggles.

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Notification area Modifying the notification area

The Galaxy J5(2016) user interface is fully themeable. We only got three themes pre-installed, but the Theme store has many more to download.

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Themes

Overall, the latest iteration of TouchWiz manages to remain feature-rich, while also reasonably light on resources. As a result, it runs without glitches even on the dated Snapdragon 410 chipset. Speaking of which, follow us onto the benchmark section of the review.