Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro Review: Telephony, Loudspeaker, Text Input, Other Apps

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Telephony and loudspeaker

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is available as a dual-SIM device only. We 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.

You acquire the familiar Samsung UX Phonebook app with a dialer, which can be summoned from any tab by tapping on the green button in the bottom correct corner.

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 Pro 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

Sony Xperia E5 62.0 67.5 69.4 Below Average

Meizu Pro 6 Plus 60.6 69.5 70.3 Below Average

Oppo F3 63.1 68.7 70.4 Average

Oppo R11 66.4 71.5 65.0 Average

Xiaomi Redmi 4 64.8 70.1 72.0 Average

Samsung Galaxy C7 67.3 67.8 72.8 Average

Sony Xperia L1 (ClearAudio) 68.5 72.2 72.8 Good

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 66.6 66.1 81.5 Good

Meizu M5 63.7 69.1 82.5 Good

Nokia 6 (Global version) 63.1 70.9 82.5 Good

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 67.3 70.3 81.5 Very Good

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro 68.0 69.9 82.3 Very Good

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) 67.8 71.2 83.1 Very Good

Xiaomi Mi A1 74.0 73.9 90.4 Excellent

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus 88.9 77.8 84.6 Excellent

Text input

The Galaxy J7 Pro 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).

Samsung keyboard

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.

Keyboard settings

Additional typing tools include swipe input, My Hot Keys (predefined phrases that can be typed by long-pressing a number key) and voice dictation.

Other apps

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.

Samsung's Internet browser

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.

Samsung Health

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.

My Files

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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