Samsung Galaxy J7 Review: Samsung has realized the need of the hour and once again plunged into the mid-level section of the smartphone market in India by releasing two devices– Samsung Galaxy J5 and Samsung Galaxy J7, today we will be looking at the pricier variant of the two the Samsung Galaxy J7.
Let’s see the Samsung Galaxy J7 Review:
Samsung launched the Galaxy J7 at a price of Rs. 14,999 and made it available exclusively online on Flipkart. Seeing its mid-level competitors like Xiaomi, Motorola, YU successfully being able to keep the prices of their Smartphones checked by selling them online-exclusive, Samsung has also for the first time ditched its distributor and resellers by making the Samsung Galaxy J7 available only through the e-tailer. Doing that Samsung has been able to deliver an impressive device at a reasonable mid-level price.
Let’s have a look at some of the important specs of the Samsung Galaxy J7:
|01.||Display||5.5 inch Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen
|02.||Resolution||HD, 1280 x 720 Pixels|
|03.||Processor||1.5 GHz Exynos 7580 Octa Core Processor
|04.||RAM||1.5 GB RAM|
|05.||Storage||16 GB (expandable to 128 GB)|
|06.||Rear Camera||13 MP Primary Camera
|07.||Front Camera||5 MP Secondary Camera with Front Flash
|08.||OS||Android v5.1 (Lollipop)|
Build and Design
Samsung has recently changed the design of it premium Smartphones like the S6 and the S6 Edge but the Samsung Galaxy J7 is not included in that league. It looks like many other previous Samsung Smartphones – plastic body, metal sides and it gives an overall feel of the Grand Series, or the S3 and other Samsung phones. The shiny metal bezels do not do any good the not praiseworthy look of the J7. So it is clearly not a device that you will flaunt in the bar.
At the measurements of 152.2 x 78.7 x 7.5 mm, the Samsung Galaxy J7 is 1.2mm thicker compared to the A7 and weighs 171g, which is 30g heavier.
The 5.5-inch screen primarily covers the front of the J7, on top of which sits the front-camera and the front-facing flash. Below the screen, there is the home button. With that, the front has different sensors.
The back of the device has the plastic removable back panel that is made of polycarbonate. The quality of the material used is good and does not come off as utterly cheap.
The metallic frame houses the power button on the right edge and the volume keys on the left. Despite the large screen, the Galaxy J7 fits in the palm well and the keys are reachable. The polycarbonate back provides good grip. But overall the build and design of the Samsung Galaxy J7 is like the previous monotonous, boring Samsung phones and does not offer anything new in the design department.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 has a large, 5.5 inches, super AMOLED display and in recent years, Samsung AMOLED display have earned a good name for themselves for providing crisp and vibrant colors, very good sunlight visibility and a very nice overall experience.
Samsung has tough kept the screen resolution at 720 x 1280 pixels, with 267 ppi pixel density which will give you a feel of dimmer screen on the J7. On a practical point, the lowered screen resolution will not be inconvenience to you. The colors produced on the screen are very accurate, the viewing angles are decent, though when viewing at extreme angle I observed little bluish-green tint but practically you won’t be using your phone at that angle so that is not a nuisance.
The phone offers an outdoor mode for the screen, when using the Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoors and it significantly improves the visibility of the J7 when using it outdoors.
User Interface (UI)
The Samsung Galaxy J7 runs the Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop) over which it has its own skin ‘TouchWiz’.
The Lollipop version of the TouchWiz is a much toned down version of it and it is much lighter than what we saw in the Gingerbread version of the TouchWiz. Thankfully, Samsung has done away with much of the bloatwares and only has a few important apps pre installed.
Samsung now has a Theme Store from where you can use to themes, which are already present in the Theme Store, or you can download new themes too.
This is the best version of the TouchWiz and I for the first time did not hate it. It does have a great scope for improvement though.
The Galaxy J7 has Samsung’s own 1.5 GHz Exynos 7580 Octa Core 64-bit SoC with eight ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs. In our usage of the device, it performed really good and showed no signs of lag. The 1.5 GB of RAM was pretty decent, but a large part of the RAM was used by the TouchWiz UI. The phone did not heat up to the level of causing discomfort when playing games or multitasking.
The device does show few milliseconds of delay when opening an app during multi-tasking at times.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with a 13 Mo shooter on the back, which has a good f/1.9 aperture with single LED flash. The camera specs look the same as the A8 or the S6 but the sensors in the J7 are different as we are talking about a budget smartphone here.
The camera UI looks like any other Samsung smartphone running the Android Lolllipop and is decent. The camera offers the PRO mode too but it lacks the important features of focus and shutter speed control.
The qualities of the pictures that the J7 produces are good, not great. There are few areas where the J7 camera fails to impress, the exposure is not that great and the pics turn out to be either overexposed or low exposed. The color saturation is more than what it should have been.
The front of the phone sports a 5 MP shooter that is supported with a flash to take selfies even in low light conditions. But the qualities of the pictures clicked with the front cam were not much impressive and the pictures looked dull.
Seeing the mid-level pricing of the J7 the 13 MP camera does not disappoint.
Samsung has used a large 3000 mAh battery in the Samsung Galaxy J7, which is greater than the capacity of the battery they have used in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Note.
The battery lasted me an entire day with moderate to heavy usage. The battery life does not disappoint at all. With that, Samsung has provided two power saving modes, which improves the battery life more and the device will be alive by you side for few more hours.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 offers an internal storage of 16 GB. You also have to option of using a microSD card to expand the storage capacity upto 128 GB.
What I Liked
- Good Screen
- Great Battery Life
- Nice 13 MP rear camera
- Samsung’s own processor is very impressive
- Expandable Storage
- TouchWiz is likeable
What I Disliked
- No Gorilla Glass protection
- Just 1.5 GBm RAM
- 720p screen
- Disappointing front camera
The Samsung Galaxy J7 is a very decent mid level phone from Samsung, and it has all the primary requirements from a mid-level smartphone, great screen, fast performance, no heating issues, good battery life and decent rear camera. But as with the J7 Samsung is competing with the likes of Xiaomi and Motorola, I think that Samsung should have priced the J7 a bit lower.
But it is a nice budget package overall, it has the trust of Samsung, and you don’t have to wait for flash sales too.