Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Review: Major Junior League: Telephony, Loudspeaker, Text Input, Messaging, Other AppsBy cheatmaster 07:12 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 Comments
Telephony and loudspeaker
The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) is available in either a single-SIM or a dual-SIM version. We have the latter, and are more than excited to note once more that it has a dedicated microSD expansion slot accompanying the two SIM slots. No hybrid compromises here.
The recent Samsung UX design has soaked through to the core features of the J7 as well. There are some notable differences, though, from the likes of the S8 and S8+ we recently reviewed. Some are surely dictated by hardware limitations, but then there are things like the omission of the recent Places tab in the Phone app. Shame really, the local directory it provided was kind of neat.
Still, you acquire the familiar dialer, which can be summoned from any tab by tapping on the green button in the bottom correct corner. And Contacts in the adjacent tab.
Dialer • Contacts • Settings
The Do Not Disturb mode can be put on an automated schedule. When it's on, only priority notifications can acquire through and you decide what counts as "priority" - it can be anything from calls by select contacts to reminders from key apps.
Do note disturb settings
The Galaxy J7 (2017) has a single speaker at its disposal. It is positioned on the correct frame above the power button, which, while a small unorthodox, should protect it from accidental muffling in most situations. It is also quite loud and scored a "Very Good" imprint in our test.
Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Oppo R11 66.4 71.5 65.0 Average
Sony Xperia XA1 61.7 69.7 71.8 Average
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) 64.5 71.0 68.9 Average
Samsung Galaxy C7 67.3 67.8 72.8 Average
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 64.2 67.2 76.9 Good
Moto Z Play 62.9 70.3 77.0 Good
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 66.4 66.2 78.0 Good
Huawei Honor 6X 68.4 67.0 79.1 Good
Honor 8 67.1 66.2 82.6 Good
Nokia 6 (Chinese version) 63.0 70.2 85.2 Good
Huawei P10 Lite 68.5 72.5 80.1 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) 67.8 71.2 83.1 Very Good
ZTE Axon 7 66.4 72.2 84.1 Very Good
The Galaxy J7 (2017) uses the Samsung Keyboard, which long-time Samsung users swear by. It's quite feature-packed, with a dedicated numbers row, a row above that for word suggestions and additional characters on each key (accessible via long-press).
If that seems too tall, you can scale the keyboard down (or up, if you want bigger keys). We don't like that the Space bar is quite short, though.
Additional typing tools include swipe input, My Hot Keys (predefined phrases that can be typed by long-pressing a number key) and voice dictation.
Samsung continues to bundle the Microsoft app package that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive and Skype.
Microsoft app package
The Samsung-customized web browser makes utilize of the Samsung Pass service and features Web sign in - a password manager secured by your fingerprint. This makes logins as simple as unlocking the phone, and people can't peek over your shoulder to see your password.
With the Samsung browser, your fingerprint is your password
Samsung Health is Samsung's health and exercise tracker, which can record walking/running/cycling, and you can manually input water and coffee inhold and so on.
The My Files app is the default file browser. It features Google Drive and Samsung Cloud integration. You can ZIP folders to create them easier to share as a single file, and you can do batch actions.
All the other basics are covered as well and all executed in a consistent visual style. Clock, Calendar and Calculator are about as straight-forward and approachable as possible. Samsung Notes (formerly S Note) is a bit more feature-rich, but still pretty simple to use.
Clock • Calendar • Calculator • Samsung Notes
If you do find something essential missing, Samsung still maintains its own aptly named "Galaxy Essentials" app store. It is a fine place to find remarkable tools (like Kids Mode), but for general app shopping, you would probably be better off with Google Play.
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