The Samsung Galaxy J7 is a mid range Android smartphone for those who want the great features and convenience a modern handset can provide without the hefty price tag. With dimensions akin to a phablet, the J7 is bigger, brighter, and more powerful than its entry-level cousin: the Samsung Galaxy J3.
It has similar features, but a larger, 5.5-inch display and some significant improvements to the processor and key systems under the hood. Packaged with the latest Android software, the J7 offers a clean, simple smartphone experience without the nifty bells and whistles the flagship Galaxy S8 has.
Now, let's jump into some of the core features of the Samsung Galaxy J7.
Bigger than your average smartphone, but smaller than a tablet, the 6" tall phablet follows Samsung's standard design philosophy. The aluminum unibody chassis is grippy and feels premium, but also casts a slim profile that makes it easier to use in one hand or slip into a pocket.
We like the fact that the camera is slightly recessed into the case, which protects the glass from scratches. Transitions between materials are clearly visible, which may be a turn off for some, but are nicely done with even and small gap dimensions. At the bottom, you'll find a micro USB slot and dual SIM card tray that also fits a microSD card.
Samsung has long excelled at making some of the best smartphone screens on the market, and the Galaxy J7 is no exception. It has a bright 5.5-inch, 1,280x720-pixel Super AMOLED screen. The screen is bright, graphics look sharp, and viewing angles are great. Thanks to Outdoors mode, the J7's screen increases in brightness while outside to a comfortable level.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 is equipped with an octa-core 2.2Ghz processor. Translated from nerd speak, that means that the handset packs quite a punch for gaming. Occasional hiccups will happen, especially in more intensive 3D games, but it doesn't detract from the enjoyment. Opening apps is quick and snappy and multitasking is a breeze, with nearly zero lag on the UI.
You'll boot up with the Android Nougat OS and the regular assortment of preloaded bloatware Samsung pumps into their smartphones. Most of them are useful, however, they consume a lot of the small internal storage. You'll want to slide in a microSD card if you plan on housing a lot of games, videos, or apps onboard.
Lastly, let's touch upon the camera.
The camera has always been the Achilles heel for mid-range devices offered by Samsung. The 8MP camera's large aperture lets you take bright, clear photos, even in low-light conditions, but they aren't anything to write home about. Low light shots are just painful and filled with noise and chromatic aberrations. The front camera is no better, delivering sub par selfies with blurry detail.
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