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Samsung J7: Review

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The Samsung J7 offers good gaming performance, a front LED flash, above average cameras and a manageable battery life. However, the design is uninspiring and the back cover doesn’t help its case and it comes with 2GB RAM, a lowly 720p display and has no fingerprint sensor.

Samsung released the Samsung J7 as a refresh of its J series and it offers a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen which offers good pictures but the display could be better. There is an overly saturated and competitive market with phones like this from its competitors and we wished Samsung could have offered more.

 

Specifications

 

Display   : 5.5-inch 720p HD sAMOLED display

OS   : Samsung’s TouchWiz UI running atop Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

CPU   : 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 processor

RAM   : 2GB

GPU   : Mali T830

Storage   : 16GB internal storage, microSD support

Cameras   : 13MP f/1.9 rear camera (LED flash), 5MP f/1.9 front camera (LED flash)

Connectivity   : Wi-Fi, 3G/4G/2G, GPS, Bluetooth, microUSB 2.0, NFC

Battery   : 3,300mAh

Dimensions   : 151×7.6×7.8 mm

Weight   : 170 grams

Samsung has always been known to offer mediocre build quality cases save for the S6 series and above which ushered in a wave of gorgeous metal and glass designs. While the phones from the S6 and above are way ahead of the iPhone, the mid range Samsung devices like the J7 cannot be taken seriously in terms of design.

 

It’s volume keys and power button are on the small side and they are hard and clicky. It comes with a single external speaker which you will quickly notice when you play your favorite music that it’s not enough. One feature you will find missing is the fingerprint sensor which is no longer a luxury feature but an essential one for smartphones.

In terms of performance, the J7 does a good job of handling tasks and other processes well without any problem, however, there are some lags and stutters creep in as you use it which can be frustrating as they last way longer than they should. The combination of the Exynos 5 CPU and the Mali T830 are actually quite good and they deliver excellent results. The last ray of hope with the Samsung J7 has to be the camera.

 

According to Reviews Radar, the camera which is about 13MP at the rear is above average as it produces vibrant images with vivid colors every time its called to action. The camera has a LED flash and a 5MP front camera as well with an aperture of f/1.9.

The camera works well for outdoor shoots but it gets into troubled waters when used in a low light situation as the images tend to lack detailing and have a certain amount of noticeable noise. The front selfie camera is suitable for social media images and has a LED flash as a plus especially for selfie junkies. Another knock for the Samsung J7 has to be its inability to shoot 4K videos.

 

The battery is a 3,300mAh battery unit which offers decent results. If used moderately, the phone can last you for a whole day without breaking a sweat. However, intensive use means the battery won’t last long. Thankfully, the device supports QuickCharging – so you’ll probably accumulate 40% charge in less than an hour. While the battery life is not so spectacular, it’s still one of the highs of this device.

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Jervie David Montejar
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