The Samsung Galaxy J5’s design feels familiar. It looks like most of Samsung’s low-end and mid-range Galaxy devices. That apart, design-wise there is nothing that stands out with the J5. It has the same all-plastic body with faux aluminium trim running along the edges, that looks shiny and attractive. However, it is common knowledge that this trim is notorious for losing its metallic paint over prolonged use. The phone’s dimensions of 142.1x71.8x7.9mm, along with its matte rear, make the device comfortable to hold and use single-handedly. Our review unit was black, but the phone is also available in white and gold colour options.
The front of the J5 is dominated by a 5-inch screen. Above the display one can find an earpiece, a front camera with an LED flash, and an ambient light sensor. A Samsung logo sits right beneath the earpiece. Below the display, you can find Samsung’s trademark rectangular home button. And, on either side of this button lie two capacitive keys - one for ‘back’ function and the other for multitasking.
The power button lies on the right edge, whereas the volume rocker keys lie on the left edge. Both these buttons make a distinctive sound when clicked. The tactile feedback of these buttons is pretty good as well. The bottom edge of the Galaxy J5 houses a Micro-USB slot, a 3.5mm audio port, and a microphone.
The Galaxy J5 has a removable rear panel. Underneath this panel you can find the battery compartment, two Micro-SIM card slots, and a microSD card slot that lies above one of the SIM card slots. Also present at the back are the rear camera with LED flash, and the loudspeaker.