Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Review: Major Junior League: ConclusionBy cheatmaster 07:16 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 Comments
Samsung knows its way around the mid-range just as well as it dominates the top-discontinue market. Maybe that's why we had such high hopes for the Galaxy J7 (2017) and we wanted to find fine reasons to like it.
Samsung did acquire quite a few things right- the all-metal design, the main and selfie capturing camera upgrades, the ample battery, and the modern software.
We are just not sure if those are enough to create up for the dated hardware left in charge of an even more demanding phone. We noticed the occasional hiccups in arcade games, while lag and low frame rate are common things in more complex 3D titles. Not to mention that the measly amount of storage available to the user out of the box on the 16GB version is almost insulting.
The bottom line - the Galaxy J7 (2017) is an excellent mid-range smartphone with above average specs. If the recent chip is not an issue, it didn't ruin the overall experience, after all, then the recent J7 has everything to become the recent headliner for the series.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) key test findings
- Build quality and materials are flagship-grade. The antenna strips may not be everyone's cup of tea.
- The high-quality Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display has very fine maximum brightness and infinite contrast and can put out punchy or spot-on colors depending on your preference. Sunlight legibility is great.
- Battery life is superb - the phone's endurance rating is 108h, and it posted excellent numbers in all our individual tests.
- We were excited to see the fresh recent Samsung UX on the J7 (2017). It looks and feels almost identical to the one running on the Galaxy S8.
- The Exynos 7870's processor is powerful enough to handle any daily task. The GPU on the other hand is not only dated, but also weak and responsible for a dissatisfying gaming performance. In absolute terms, it's an average midrange SoC that's not greatly suited for gaming. Oddly, the Game Launcher now lacks the option to change the game resolution, which would have improved the performance.
- Very fine audio output through both amplifier and headphones. The loudspeaker is surprisingly loud and earned itself another "Very Good" imprint in our tests.
- Image quality from the main capturing camera is good, although not spectacular in any way. Detail is plenty and noise is kept pretty low, but the dynamic range is rather poor, colors are a small toned down for our taste and there is some corner softness.
- 1080p video quality is very good, so is the audio that accompanies it.
- The 13MP selfie capturing camera is a solid performer. There are some minor focusing issues, though, just like on the Galaxy A5 (2017) and A7 (2017). The front-facing flash works well and could provide some added value to the correct user.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) is priced about 20% higher than the 2016 iteration of the Galaxy J7 back when it launched. It's not unusual for the prices to be hiked this way nowadays. And the best way to find out if the J7 (2017) is worth the extra cash is to check out the competition.
The Galaxy A5 (2017) is probably what we expected from the J7 in terms of performance. In addition to the water-proof design, it got the more powerful Exynos 7880 chip, double the storage, and higher capturing camera resolution. Today, the A5 costs between €30 and €50 extra over the J7 depending on the market, so it will be a tough call unless you absolutely want the bigger 5.5-inch screen.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
The Nokia 6 is hot on the Galaxy J7 (2017)'s heels when it comes to price and features, but it has an edge when it comes to the overall sentiment towards the brand. The Nokia 6 lacks an AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) matrix and is no selfie master either, but is arguably prettier, it offers more storage, and there are those stereo speakers, too.
The Sony Xperia XA1 has a smaller and low-res display, but it relies on a stylish design and high-discontinue capturing camera to impress at first look. Instead of AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) and selfie flash, you'll acquire a much better main camera, faster performance, and more storage, so the XA1 might be a deal worth considering. Oh, and it's cheaper.
Sony Xperia XA1
The Moto G5 Plus design is ordinary looking but it's splash resistant while its chip is snappier. The phone supports quick charging, has double the storage and features a clean version of Android Nougat, but it's inferior to the J7 in the capturing camera department.
Motorola Moto G5 Plus
The Honor 8 was expensive at launch and now, a year later, it costs almost the same as the J7 (2017). The Huawei-made phone is not only prettier, but also way more powerful. It may lack an AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) screen, but the dual-camera on its back is something that Samsung is still contemplating on even for its flagships.
Huawei Honor 8
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 may not be as fancy-looking as the Galaxy J7 (2017) but is ready to offer more horsepower for less money. If indeed performance-per-buck is what's most vital to you, the Snapdragon version of the Redmi Note 4 won't disappoint. Even better, the Note 4 offers a fine 1080p classy screen wrapped in a metal unibody, as well as a capable camera. The battery endurance is great, too. And the best part - the Redmi Note 4's price is half that of the Galaxy J7 (2017).
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (MediaTek) • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X
It all boils down to performance - gaming is subpar on the Galaxy J7 (2017). If this is an issue, the competition has plenty of better offers. But if smooth 3D performance is not on the checklist, the Galaxy J7 (2017) is probably the best-suited device in the class for everything else - video, camera, web, even design and style. That seems like a honest deal, doesn't it?
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