Samsung Galaxy J7 is a Trustworthy Workhorse but Gets Lost in the Crowd
The J7 is a lighter version of the A7 from Galaxy and comes with semi premium features, being a mid range phone.
The screen has a superb AMOLED technology. In addition, the processor is an octa core, 64 bit and the secondary camera comes with its LED flash, with the primary camera having a Pro mode and an aperture of f/1.9.
Dimensions and Display
It has dimensions of 152.2 x 78.7 x 7.5 mm and weighs 171 grams. It is bulky and comes with a complete plastic exterior. The design is ordinary and mid range type. It gives a good grip with the matte plastic and fingerprints don’t show up much. The panel on the back can be removed, so users can access the memory card slot and the battery. It is a dual SIM phone and both cards are microSIM ones.
The screen display is excellent at 5.5 inches with a resolution of 720 pixels. The ppi is 267 and there are options for AMOLED photo/video modes as well as Basic, all of which offer accurate results.
It offers 4G LTE connectivity and both the SIM cards are micro SIM type. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.1, Wi Fi b/g/n, but NFC depends on the region. SlimPort TV and MHL are missing.
The battery is quite powerful at 3000 mAh and combined with the Cortex A53 processor, it is able to handle the performance effectively, as the screen does not have a high resolution.
UI with TouchWiz
Android Lollipop runs the J7, 5.1.1 version skinned with the latest version of TouchWiz. However, some premium features are missing. There is no fingerprint reader; so the users have to use the swipe, PIN or a password for unlocking. It also lacks a Private mode. There are some preloaded themes for TouchWiz, but you can also get new varieties and change themes for wallpaper, icons and so on. Due to the Microsoft partnership, users can access OneDrive and get 100 GB as a free gift, along with Skype and OneNote pre installed.
Snapdragon 615 chip or the new gen, Exynos chip powers the mid range phone. Both the versions come with a RAM of 1.5 GB. The eight cores clock at a speed of 1.5 GHz and make the performance of the J7 quite impressive.
The Pro mode on the J7 is impressive, with sliders for the ISO, white balance as well as exposure compensation, but there is nothing for shutter speed or for focus. Other goodies include the Continuous shot and Panorama along with Sound and Shot, HDR, color effects, metering and the like. The primary camera comes with a resolution of 13 MP and the front camera is 5 MP with 1080 pixels resolution. Image quality is good in both the cameras.
There is no fingerprint scanner and no NFC or Samsung Pay feature.
On the whole, the J7 is a very trustworthy and solid phone, but somehow gets lost in the sea of mid range phones. The dual SIM is optional, as you can use the second slot as a microSD card one for expanding memory. The chipset is capable and the camera setup is good. The software is slightly limited compared to premium Galaxy offerings, but the positive aspects are KNOX and also the power saving modes.