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Comparison: Samsung Galaxy J5 vs Samsung Galaxy On5: Which is The Better Five?

The Korean giant Samsung is ruling the world when it comes to cellphones. Samsung phones are regarded by most people as reliable and user-friendly. Though Samsung usually targets people who can shell out a lot of money to gorge on its devices, it is not lacking behind in catering to the needs of those who seek budget-friendly phones either.

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The Samsung Galaxy J5 and Samsung Galaxy On5 are two such examples of Samsung’s budget phones. Let us find out what these two devices have in common, and how they differ from each other.

Samsung Galaxy J5 vs On5: Which one to choose?

Samsung galaxy J5 vs Galaxy On5

#1. Design

Both the devices have the classic “Galaxy” look comprising of a rectangular body with slightly curved edges. Samsung seems too scared to compromise with its familiar form, and we cannot really complain. As most phones these days come with a non-removable battery, Samsung has managed to uphold its traditional removable batteries. However, it did ditch the plastic back cover and equip the J5 with a matte finish cover that saves the phone from unwanted smudges. The Samsung Galaxy On5 on the other hand wasn’t that lucky and comes with a plastic rear that has a rubberized texture for a better grip.  Both the devices come with metal frames to add premium look to the phones. The Galaxy J5 comes in three colors, black, white and gold. The Samsung Galaxy On5 also comes in three color variants, namely – black, gold and white.

#2. Display and OS

The Samsung Galaxy J5 sports a 5-inch super AMOLED display with an HD resolution that results in a pixel density of 294ppi. The Samsung Galaxy On5 on the other hand also has an HD 5-inch display but the AMOLED part is missing. The pixel density however remains the same at 294ppi. The presence of a Super AMOLED panel in the Galaxy J5’s display definitely offers higher brightness and contrast as well as good viewing under direct sunlight compared to the TFT screen on the Galaxy On5.  The operating system of both these Samsung devices is Android Lollipop 5.1.1 and is further customized by Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Although the TouchWiz does not have much customizations, it is quite smooth. Another notable feature is the 64-bit computing that is offered by the Galaxy J7 while the J5 sticks to 32-bit.

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#3. Configuration

The Samsung Galaxy J5 as well as the On5, have been endowed with four cores under the hood and comes with 1.5GB of RAM.  However it does not give equal abilities. The J5 houses the well-known Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor coupled with Adreno 306 GPU while the On5 runs on Exynos 3 coupled with Mali-T720 MP1 GPU.  The former has the four cores sprinting at the speed of 1.2GHz while the latter sprints at 1.2GHz. The J5 turns out to be superior when it comes to handling high definition games and running almost all applications from the Playstore smoothly. The J5 however can handle light games without any issues and is not a device you could install heavy applications in. Both the devices have almost NIL or very less heating issues. Both the devices are loaded with 8GB of internal storage and can be expanded up to 128GB with the help of external cards. On the first boot, the J5 gets 652MB free RAM and about 4.2GB free space, whereas the On5 gets 4GB of space and 698MB of free RAM which is a major issue, as the devices do not allow you to download apps directly to the memory card.

#4. Camera

Coming to the camera segment, the Galaxy J5 has a 15MP rear with an LED flash while the On5 has an 8MP shooter also with an LED flash. Both the phones have 5MP front shooters, but the J5 steals the show, with an LED flash for low-light selfies. The Samsung Galaxy J5 is equipped with a wide f/1.9 aperture, which makes it absorb a good amount of light to capture bright images. It also comes with a number of modes namely, Auto, Beauty Face, Sound & Shot, Panorama, Continuous Shot, Sports and Pro mode. Considering that the On5 is priced lower than the J5, it takes fairly good pictures and also comes with several modes. Both the phones are capable of shooting FHD videos at 30fps.

#5. Battery and Connectivity

The Samsung Galaxy J5 derives its strength from a removable battery of 2,600mAh. The battery performance is nothing exceptional, but it can last for up to 6 hours of continuous moderate to heavy usage. The On5 also has a battery of 2,600mAh, but provides up  to 11 hours of usage. Connectivity-wise we can say that both the phones have a lot in common like dual SIM connectivity, Bluetooth, GPRS, 3G, 4G, USB ports, GPS, OTG support etc. The Galaxy J5 offers LTE networks on both the SIM slots.

Comparison: Samsung Galaxy J5 vs Samsung Galaxy On5

Samsung Galaxy J5 Samsung Galaxy On5
Release date 1 June 2015 1 October 2015
Dimensions (mm) 142 x 73 x 7.9 142 x 72 x 8.5
Weight (g) 149 149
Form Factor Touchscreen Touchscreen
Battery Capacity (mAh) 2600 2600
Colors Black, White, Gold Black, White
Screen Size (inch) 5 5
Resolution 720 x 1280 720 x 1280
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Pixels Per Inch NA 288
Front Camera 5 megapixel 5 megapixel
Rear Camera 13 megapixel 8 megapixel
Flash Yes Yes
Front Flash No No
Processor 1.2GHz quad-core 1.3GHz quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Exynos 3475
RAM 1.5GB 1.5GB
Internal storage 8GB 8GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128 128
Operating System Android 5.1 Android 5.1
Skin TouchWiz UI NA


Both the Samsung phones, namely the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy On5 are quite similar. But keeping in mind that the Samsung Galaxy J5 is priced higher than the On5, it has got better specs. The J5 comes with an AMOLED display, a better performance and significantly good camera quality. But the On5 does not lag behind much, with a higher battery backup and quite decent specs.

Comparison: Samsung Galaxy J5 vs Samsung Galaxy On5: Which is The Better Five?
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Kundan Srivastava

The article has been written by Kundan Srivastava, who is passionate about technology. He's working at and writes about the latest in the tech domain, right from devices to innovations. He would like to recommend Sony Xperia C5 Ultra as best Android phablet.
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