Samsung Galaxy J7 was launched in India about a month ago in direct competition to the Moto G (3rd Gen). This is our full review after using the device for well above a month.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 is Samsung’s answer to Motorola. It has it positives and negatives and we will give you an in-depth review of the device. Starting with
Samsung Galaxy J7 has a 5.5-inch display and full plastic body. The bezels which you see on the device may appear to be metal but are not – those are plastic bezels. The metal finish gives the device a few premium looks. The build quality of the device is quiet and feels quite sturdy in the hands in spite oh the plastic body. There’s one thing in the device which is made from metal and that is the frame. Samsung Galaxy J7 has a metal frame and it’s scratch magnet. You can easily get the frame scratched if you are not careful. Also, the device feels a bit heavy in hands due to larger screen size and huge battery.
There is Samsung’s signature home button below the display that has a metal finish around it. The capacitive touch buttons are present on both the sides. These are not backlit, neither offer haptic feedback when pressed – that’s a bummer. The power button is present on the right and the volume rockers are present on the left. The primary microphone, micro USB slot, and the 3.5mm audio jack are present on the bottom. There is nothing on the top of the smartphone.
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Other than that the device is pretty good in the hardware and design section.
As mentioned earlier the Samsung Galaxy J7 has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a pixel resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of around 267 PPI. The display is bright, has good viewing angles, offers vibrant color output and the sunlight visibility is also good.
Blacks are perfectly black, thanks to the AMOLED panel. The pixel density is low, but it is good compared to LCD displays on other smartphones in the price range. Samsung doesn’t say if the smartphone has Corning Gorilla Glass or any other scratch-resistant glass for protection. The display is prone to smudges since it is a bit glossy.
Performance and Battery Life
The performance is good and there are no lags. The Samsung Galaxy J7 has 1.5GB of RAM which is enough to run several apps in the background, but the TouchWiz UI uses more RAM. Multitasking would have been better if the smartphone had 2GB of RAM. It doesn’t have any heating issues even when using 4G or during intensive gaming
Coming to battery life – it’s a complete beast. The 3000 mAh battery lasts for the whole day from average to heavy use such as 4G LTE with both the SIM cards, some image captures, couple of hours of music playback and some gaming. With minimal use, it lasts for more than a day. The power saving mode and ultra power saving mode lets you extend the battery life. The smartphone also has a removable battery, so you can swap it easily when required.
The Samsung Galaxy J7’s 13-megapixel autofocus camera with f/1.9 aperture with single LED flash is average, but not the best. It has several modes (Auto, Pro – lets you adjust white balance, ISO and exposure manually, Panorama, Continuous shot, Beauty face, Sound & shot, Sports and HDR.), Effects ( Greyscale, Sepia, Negative), and timer ( 2, 5 or 10 seconds). You can also press the home button twice to launch the camera, even when the screen is off and use the volume rockers as camera shutter.
Daylight shots are decent, but the exposure is not consistent, so most images end up dull or over exposed. Macro shots are good offering nice bokeh effect, thanks to f/1.9 aperture. Images are sharp and the color reproduction is good. HDR shots are better – but there’s always exposure issues with the camera. Low-light are also not that great. The shots have some noise as usual, but the images are not too bad. Images with flash are good since the flash offers an ample amount of light and is not overpowering.
Pictures were taken with the front facing camera a quiet decent outdoors. Although it gives a little bit of softness on your skin – nothing to be disappointed, though.
Video is good offering vibrant colors and is sharp, but the audio is not crisp since it doesn’t have a secondary microphone. Also, another bummer – it doesn’t have slow motion recording.
|Display||5.5-inch Super AMOLED Display|
|Processor||1.5GHz octa-core Exynos 7580|
|ROM||16 GB (Expandable via MicroSD card)|
5 MP front facing camera
13 MP rear facing camera
|Battery||3,000 mAh (Removable)|
|Operating System||TouchWiz on top of Android 5.1 (Lollipop)|
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Summary: Decent device which could perform better
The Samsung Galaxy J7 is a decent mid-range smartphone for the price. It has a good display, there is no issue when it comes to performance or any heating issues and the battery life is good too, but Samsung has missed out the ambient light sensor for auto brightness adjustment, which is present even in budget smartphones. Even though flashlight for the front-facing camera is a good addition, the front-facing camera is just average for a selfie-focused smartphone. Those things aside, Samsung has priced the Galaxy J7 at Rs. 14,999, which is decent compared to earlier Samsung smartphones in the price range. But the pricing needs to be more aggressive to compete with other companies. Even though it is exclusive to Flipkart, it is not sold through flash sales, so you can get it easily
|Good Display||Average performing camera|
|Epic Battery Life||Low speaker output|
|Smooth Performance||No ambient light sensor|
|Removable Battery||TouchWiz UI|