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Samsung Galaxy J7: No signs of slowing down

Published:Monday | February 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM

For a company that dominated CES 2016 and got numerous awards; Samsung has the momentum and doesn't seem to be slowing down. Last week we had the pleasure of getting our grubby little hands on the Samsung Galaxy J7 which is considered the best mid-range phone you can buy at the moment.


Samsung Galaxy J7


The Samsung Galaxy J7 (J7) is not the usual high-end specification that the company usually offers, but more of a modest offering to a budget constraint consumer. The specification sheet is still above what most other companies would put in their mid-range phone though.


Specification List


ï Dual SIM

ï Display 5.5 inches Super AMOLED 720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density)

ï Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)

ï CPU: Octa-core 1.5 GHz

ï MicroSD card slot, up to 128 GB

ï Internal storage 16 GB, and 1.5 GB RAM

ï Primary Camera: 13 MP, f/1.9, 28mm with LED flash

ï Secondary Camera: 5 MP, f/2.2, 23mm, with LED flash

ï FM radio with RDS, and recording


As you can see the J7 is well equipped for a mid-tier phone and can even make some high end phones jealous as well.


Display and Built Quality


The J7 feels sturdy in the hands and has a premium feel. The front display is covered with Gorilla Glass that helps with reducing scratches or cracks that might happen through daily use. The loudspeaker is located at the back of the phone and capable of pumping out some decent audio for its size. The phone also has a removable battery and a SD card slot. These two things may look simple on paper, but removable batteries and SD card slots are essential if you plan to maximize your storage and extend battery life the cost-effective way.

The one thing that stood out for us was the vibrant and sharp display. The J7 doesn't have a QHD display like the Samsung Galaxy S6, but we couldn't tell the difference between them by just looking. The display is sharp and produces vibrant colors that will compete with any other phone.


Features and Camera Quality


When last have you seen a FM radio on a Smartphone? This is none existent in most Galaxy S phones, but the J7 has a fully functioning one preinstalled. The J7 comes with all the bells and whistle you would find on a new Smartphone from Samsung. It comes with even the theme application preinstalled to help you fancy up your new phone. The 13 megapixel rear camera takes superb pictures in the days and acceptable photos in low lighting, but the front camera is kind of iffy when it comes to quality though. Most photos taken by the front camera looks average, but there are some odd moments when the photo would come out not so great or amazing. This conundrum is still a mystery to us. The J7 also offers a LED flash for the front camera which is a first for any phone we have reviewed here. Now it's possible to take selfies in the dark!


Battery Life


The battery life for the J7 is the best we have seen in a while. Unlike other phones that struggle to make it past two days of average use; the J7 lasted a solid three and a half days before it needed to be charged. The phone seems to use almost zero battery power while in the idle, screen-off state.


Final Thoughts


Samsung seems serious about controlling all shares in the android market, and the Samsung Galaxy J7 with its mid-price point is a strong contender for the budget consumer that wants more for less. The product mentioned in this article was provided by the Samsung Experience Store in Tropical Plaza Telephone#: 754-6370.

Writer: Payton H. Wilmott