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Samsung Galaxy On5 Review

Few days back, Samsung announced a new series of Galaxy phones after the J series. The company announced two new devices in the On series, the Galaxy On7 and On5. The Samsung Galaxy On5 comes with 5 inch HD display (720P) and is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core Exynos 3475 processor with 1.5GB of RAM.

The phone comes with 8GB internal storage which is expandable via micro SD card. The On5 also comes with an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. Here is the detailed review of the phone.

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Design and Build:

Samsung has been maintaining the same design for almost all of its budget and mid-range phones and same is the case with Galaxy On5. The device looks dated in terms of the design and the build quality also looks average. It has almost similar design as that of Galaxy J5. The phone comes with chrome finishing on the sides similar to the J series. The power button is located on the right side while the volume keys are on the left panel. The audio jack and micro USB charging slot are located at the bottom. The front panel houses the 5-inch display, three buttons with the physical home button.

The rear panel has faux leather like finishing which was first found on Note 3. The 8MP rear camera, flash, and speaker is located on the rear panel. The phone comes in gold and black variants. While the device is pretty good to hold for the form factor, the design and build quality is pretty average considering the competition is offering better design and build in the price point.

Display:

The phone comes with a 5 inch HD display (1280 X 720p) with a TFT LCD panel instead of the regular IPS LCD panel found on most of the phone today. The TFT panel provides a decent display for the device. While the brightness levels are sufficient, the colors are not impressive, particularly when you see the AMOLED display on Galaxy J5. Samsung has opted for the cheaper TFT panel and the display looks out-dated. There is no additional protection offered on the display. The touch response is also not as good as the Galaxy J5. Similar to J5, the On5 also misses out on ambient light sensor and it comes with an outdoor mode.

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Software:

Samsung Galaxy On5 runs on Android 5.1.1 which is the latest version of Lollipop and has the custom Touchwiz UI from Samsung. The skinned UI offers a good amount of features including a custom notification center which is customizable. The phone comes with an app drawer and Samsung has not bundled any bloatware with the phone and hence you don’t have unnecessary apps taking up space or running in the background. The UI is pretty similar to what we see on other Samsung devices.

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Unlike the J5, the On5 does not come with theme manager app. Samsung has also included few useful apps like calculator, Memo, voice recorder, radio, S Planner and Smart manager.

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The phone also comes with Smart Manager which can manage the battery storage, RAM and also make the device secure. The phone also comes with easy mode which makes the device easy for elderly people. Easy mode has a simple home screen layout which is again customizable. Overall, in the software, the phone offers decent features for the price.

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Performance:

The Samsung Galaxy On5 runs on Exynos Quad core processor with 1.5GB RAM. The overall performance of the device was fairly good on moderate usage, but if you push the device with heavy memory consuming apps or games it struggles in performance. We did experience some lags which running apps or switching between apps. The gaming performance of the device was not that great and we encountered lag and frame drops when playing graphic rich games. The heat generated while playing games was considerably low.

Related Video: Samsung Galaxy On5 Gaming Review

Multi-tasking was decent on the phone, we ran multiple apps in the background including games and there was close to 400MB of RAM available.

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The phone supports 4G LTE and has dual SIM card support. The call quality on the phone was decent and we didn’t notice any issues with calls. The speaker output was decent for a mid range phone.

The phone comes with 8GB of internal storage and out of which close to 4.5GB was available in first boot. This is one of the biggest issues with the phone. While you can expand the storage via micro SD card, but you cannot install apps directly onto the SD card. But having said that there is an option to move apps to the SD card. So if you install too many apps which are not movable to SD card, then you might have issues managing the storage.

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Camera:

While most of the OEMs are concentrating on providing great camera experience even in budget segment with 13MP camera, Samsung has opted for an 8MP sensor for the rear camera and a 5MP front-facing selfie camera. The camera interface is exactly the same as that of J series and comes with auto mode, pro mode, panorama, continuous shot and beauty shot.

You can also take photos with effects. The interface offers decent features for a budget smartphone.

Talking about the camera performance, the On5 camera is a surprise performer and has good quality overall in the daylight shots which we took. The colors have come pretty good and so is the sharpness and overall detailing of the photos. Even when you zoom in there isn’t too much loss of clarity. Overall, the daylight photos are decent and the camera performs well. The phone has an issue with focusing and even though there is touch to focus, you might end up with out of focus images when you hit the capture button. Coming to the indoor shots (or low light), it struggles to keep the same clarity and photos have noise and not really comparable to the competition which offers much low light abilities. The phone can record videos in 1080P and the quality is again average.

Battery Life:

Samsung Galaxy On5 features a 2600mAh battery and this is good capacity for a 5 inch device in the mid-range segment. The phone does give good battery life in normal usage which includes calls, browsing, email, casual gaming and social networking apps. We tested the battery on multiple instances and found that if you are an average user, you can easily get a day or more with the battery on this device.

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Verdict:

Priced at Rs 8,999, is the Galaxy On5 value for money? It is tough to recommend the Galaxy On5 at 9k pricing when the competition offers much better devices in the form of Yureka Plus, ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser, Lenovo K3 Note and also the Coolpad Note 3. Samsung has downgraded various aspects on the On5 including the TFT display, lack of sensors, lower MP camera and also poor build and design. If you are looking for a Samsung phone below Rs 10,000, then the Galaxy On5 is worth buying, else you should be looking at better options.

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Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. He can be contacted at nirmal@nirmaltv.com. You can find Nirmal on , and .

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. buddy

    November 18, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I have bought Asus Zenfone Laser and Samsung Galaxy ON5. At first Zenfone is a very good device.The amount of bloatware in that phone is not good. It will make your phone slow after days of usage. I have uninstalled some and disabled others. Still it is hanging often. On ther other hand, On5 is a very good device. I like it. Even though the inbuilt memory is low and there is no ambient light sensor.Camera performance is much better in On5 than Zenfone Laser

  2. Shrinidhi Hande

    November 19, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    I think Samsung has reached a century with number of Galaxy models- time to retire it and launch something new

  3. Nicole

    November 19, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Nirmal,
    Thanks for sharing these valuable details.

    For more information, you can have a look at these top 10 mobile phones 2015 reviews which give a good comparison.

  4. Priya Gupta

    November 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Going by your review, I did rather go with Asus Zenfone 2 laser. The phone did sound tempting at your first but now I am going to skip it. It has become so confusing to choose a smartphone now as there are many phones bombarding the market just every week.

  5. Vikas

    December 6, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Very good review.Will help me to decide which mobile to buy.

  6. Arnav

    December 18, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Nice review. I am pretty sure it helps people in deciding which one to for.
    Thanks

  7. Socio

    January 8, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    A review worth reading! How about Samsung Galaxy On7? Galaxy On5 doesn’t suits my requirements… can you share the post if already published?

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  9. Pathan

    October 16, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Nice !! Can you please provide me the link for Samsung Galaxy S7 review? If you’ve written it.

  10. Kanishka

    February 22, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I love the brand and Samsung is my favorite smartphone brand which i always choose. i have owned Samsung galaxy on7 which is much better than any other same range smartphone.

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    March 29, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    great post

  12. router tech support

    August 19, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    agreed with you. all features are good but as usual, it also has instant heating problems while charging.

  13. Lenovo Support

    August 19, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Hey, this is very nice and informative article and please keep posting amazing article like this

  14. alex

    October 11, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I had buy this phone from my near shop and mom is saying that it is not looking so cool then i return this.

  15. Jhon Simth

    December 6, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Samsung brand is good but when I use my smartphone the hanging problem is not solved by Company.

  16. photoshoot in delhi

    December 6, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I adore the brand and Samsung is my most loved cell phone mark which I generally pick. I have possessed Samsung cosmic system on7 which is greatly improved than some other same range cell phone.

  17. Lenovo Support Number

    January 20, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    hello this Samsung handset i was using last year it was great phone i love this phone..

  18. rohit

    March 7, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Very good review, Samsung mobiles are definitely value for money.

  19. here

    April 2, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks a lot for the the article

  20. Jitender

    June 30, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Really Sir it’s Really Good Review Samsung smartphone

    Thanks For Sharing This

    Anyway ager read this review I decided I will read daily your post

    Because you are great reviewers in smartphone catagory

  21. Sophia Pattrick

    July 2, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks a lot for aspiring us with a great article . I found the article to be very interesting and knowledge gaining.

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