Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Review: Jump Start: Multimedia Apps, Audio Quality

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The TouchWiz gallery orders photos by time, but you can switch to folder-based Album view. Sharing options include wireless printing, Android Beam and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct, but no DLNA (or other way to sdiscontinue an image to your TV).

TouchWiz Gallery

Several image editing tools are available - from basic cropping, to collage making, to a more capable editor (which supports image correction, effects and drawing).

An additional option lets you pick several photos and stitch them into an animated GIF.

Music player with advanced EQ features, Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

The Galaxy J5 (2016) features just the Google Play Music app. It gets the job done by allowing you to sync your music across devices and gives you some control over sound via an Equalizer.

Google Play Music

The player itself has a straightforward UI with most functions available as shortcuts on the Now Playing screen.

The Galaxy J7 (2016) also has an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio built in (something many Galaxy flagships do not). It can record radio broadcasts (though this may be disabled in some regions). There's no RDS though so the app won't show the name of the station.

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

Video player

The video player is the only app that works in pop-up window, a feature dating back to the Galaxy S III.

You also acquire full subtitle support with advanced features to modify their appearance.

Video player is business as usual

The app lets you play only the audio (if you just want to listen to a music video) and to play the audio via Bluetooth (if you have a BT-enabled speaker handy).

Audio output is good

The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) impressed us in the first part of our audio test. The handset showed nicely high volume and excellently clean output for a remarkable showing.

Plugging in our standard headphones caused a moderate amount of damage. The volume dropped from very high to average, and stereo crosstalk rose notably. There was some intermodulation distortion, too, although that wasn’t too bad. Overall a decent, if unspectacular showing by the mid-ranger.

Here go the results so you can do your comparisons.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)+0.09, -0.30-92.490.20.0051


Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) (headphones)+0.30, -0.08-


Meizu m3 note+0.13, -0.00-91.991.90.0021


Meizu m3 note (headphones)+0.02, -0.20-90.791.20.0028


Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus+0.02, -0.08-93.892.80.0037


Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus (headphones)+0.09, -0.03-93.592.60.070


Huawei Honor 5X+0.02, -0.08-93.490.10.0028


Huawei Honor 5X (headphones)+0.10, -0.03-92.989.80.0048


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)+0.02, -0.07-94.392.20.0065


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) (headphones)+0.42, -0.01-93.487.10.029


Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.



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