I prefer the S9 over the J3 as far as the layout goes, the J3 also took quite a long time to boot up with 32 gb internal and 32 gb external. You are right about the J3 being expensive I just hAppened to be looking at amazon this weekend and jetmall had the S9 32 gb model on sale for 204.99 so I picked up the las one that they had in stock. You may want to check them out to see if they have any more back in yet.
Unfortunately I live in Belgium, and Amazon.com doesn't deliver there. My choices are ebay, amazon de, uk or fr + some other shops. The cheapest J3 I could find was a 16gb at 180 € at amazon.de but it is not available before two months. The 32gb J3 is around 255 € and the 32gb S9 is at 225€.
Those are really expensive, I might wait for a sales somewhere but I really doubt that it will happen :(