The Galaxy J7 2015 model offers maximum features that can be compared to competitors in this price bracket. The device can be positioned as a phablet with a minimal price and a satisfactory level of features. Galaxy J7 is designed to beat the offerings of Chinese manufacturers.
Before reading the full review, you can familiarize yourself with the detailed Samsung Galaxy J7 specs or watch the video below the article.
- Release date: 2015, June
- Colors: White, Black, Gold
- Dimensions: 152.2 x 78.7 x 7.5 mm.
- Weight: 171 g.
- Screen: 5.5" inc, 720 x 1280, Super AMOLED
- Camera : Single, 13MP
- Chipset: Exynos 7580 Octa
- CPU: Octa-core (4x1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
- Memory: 16 GB, 1.5 GB RAM
- Battery: 3000, Removable Li-Ion
- Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE
- Operating system: Android 5.1 (Lollipop), upgradable to 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
- Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity
The J-series has a customary design for the brand's models. In white, the casing looks like dozens of other devices. This can be seen as a plus if you are a Samsung fan. A matte plastic is embedded in the casing. The details are glossy and look like metal. The device has rounded shapes. It lies nicely in the palm. The Galaxy J7 is also marketed in black and bronze.
The dimensions are 152.2 x 78.7 x 7.5 mm. The weight - 171 grams. For a phablet from 2015, these parameters are typical. Galaxy J7 is thin enough to carry it for a long time in your hand or in your pocket.
This Samsung model features a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The pixel density per inch is 267. Automatic brightness adjustment is absent in the phone. That is, you have to adjust it yourself according to your own preferences. Thus, the company has increased the battery life and the time of autonomous work on a single charge.
The technical characteristics of the screen are such that they allow to adjust the backlight in a wide range. The maximum brightness reaches 500 cd/m2. With manual adjustment it is equal to 350 cd/m2.
For those of you who want to have a legible picture on a bright sunny day, an "On the Street" mode has been added. Activate it. It will run for up to 15 minutes or until you turn the screen off. The backlight brightness in this case reaches the maximum. However, the battery discharge rate accelerates sharply.
The Galaxy J7 can be found on the market in two chipset variants. With the Exynos 7580, 8 Cortex A53 cores up to 1.5 GHz, Mali T720 MP2 graphics accelerator (model J700H) and with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, MSM8939, 8 cores, four of which are Cortex A53 up to 1 GHz, and the other four A53 up to 1.4 GHz, Adreno 405 graphics accelerator.
The most common version is Exynos. It does not feature better performance than the Qualcomm version. RAM is 1.5 GB - an unusual solution for most manufacturers in the budget class. However, enough for smooth and fast operation with applications. The internal storage is 16 GB, of which more than half is practically available to the user. You can use a memory card up to 128 GB to have more space.
The front camera of the Galaxy J7 has a flash. The device positions itself as a selfie device. The camera has a resolution of 5 MP, the photos are of acceptable quality, but strongly differ from those that can be taken with Samsung flagships. On the other hand, the footage is of good quality compared to the competition in this price range. Traditionally, you also get various quality enhancement features when shooting a face as well as effects.
The Galaxy J7 features a 13 MP main camera. It goes with Auto mode as well as Pro, where you can choose all the settings yourself independently. The camera shoots well. With this device, videos are only in FullHD.
The Galaxy J7's battery is removable, which will appeal to quite a few users. It has a capacity of 3000 mAh. The manufacturer has provided two power saving modes - regular and extreme. They increase the autonomous work by turning off some functions.
The build quality of the Galaxy J7 does not provoke criticism. It is at the level of Samsung phones. To the minuses can be attributed the absence of a noise cancellation system that improves sound. However, for a budget segment, this is normal.
The main advantage of the smartphone is the presence of a SuperAMOLED screen with slightly truncated options for its adjustment. Apart from this, you get a good performance platform and autonomous performance that is over-achieving.
Galaxy J7 is a device suitable as a first device. It will also be preferred by anyone looking for a quality smartphone with a range of features, but not necessarily keeping up with the latest technology on the market. It definitely won't impress with its photography capabilities, but you will have a camera at your disposal to capture an important moment. To the advantages we must attribute the ergonomics of the model - light and pleasantly thin.
Samsung Galaxy J7 video review
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Samsung Galaxy J7 and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Samsung.