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Samsung J3 Achieve (2018): a simple starter Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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The J Series is Samsung’s line of budget smartphones, promising “everything you need and nothing you don’t.” The Samsung J3 Achieve is a solid starter smartphone option for seniors, kids or people who don’t need all the bells, whistles or latest phone frills.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Achieve is just $149 in the Ting Shop. With financing from Affirm, it’s just $25/mo.

Casual smartphone user? Switch to Ting

If you’re thinking of grabbing the Samsung Galaxy J3 for yourself, a child or an older parent, consider bringing that phone to Ting Mobile. Light and moderate smartphone users are perfect for Ting’s pay for what you use pricing model.

On Ting, every month you can use your phone however you need to. At the end of the month, settle up for what you used. Every month can be different or every month can be the same. You can set caps and alerts in the Ting app and control your usage, a nice feature for keeping your child’s data under control or for reminding you of your texting budget for the month.

See how much you could save, check out Ting’s pricing today.

Samsung J3 Achieve specs

The J Series was first introduced in 2015, and Samsung made some incremental improvements to get to the J3 Achieve, which came out in 2018. As far as budget smartphones go, this one isn’t to be overlooked, especially if you’re partial to what Samsung’s putting out.

Samsung Galaxy J3 is the bare bones version of the more spec-stacked Galaxy S Series. With this phone, you’ll get a decent camera, expandable storage, Easy Mode features, a solid battery and an HD display.

Easy Mode is a Samsung Galaxy-exclusive feature and it can prove useful for less tech-savvy people who still want a smartphone experience. Easy Mode puts common phone functions front and center, simplifying everything from making a phone call to finding and launching a favorite app.

The 5-inch HD screen fits easily in hand and the 2,600 mAh battery will power through the day on a single charge. We’ll talk a bit more about the camera below, but with 16GB of built-in memory and up to 400 GB of expandable storage with a microSD card, you’ll have a ton of room for the photos you snap.

Does the Samsung J3 have a good camera?

With an 8 MP main camera with autofocus and a 5MP selfie camera, the J3 is perfect for casual smartphone users who want to capture memories. It’s not the most impressive camera set available today, but it’s enough for a smartphone beginner or a kid’s first smartphone. Shoot and share with plenty of expandable storage so you don’t have to worry about deleting photos.

Samsung J3 battery

The Samsung Galaxy J3 comes with a 2,600 mAh battery, which will get you through the day on a single charge. Again, for light uses, this battery is perfect.

Is the Samsung J3 a good phone? Our Samsung J3 review

Overall, we think Samsung J3 Achieve is a great option for those lighter smartphone users in your family. Power users will find it wanting in the battery and camera department, but for the everyday basics, and as far as smartphones in the sub-$150 range go, it’s a smart choice.

Find it in the Ting Shop for just $149. With financing from Affirm, it’s as little as $25/mo.