Review of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

A good balance between price and quality of Samsung, with some questionable points.

Rate this article:
(2 votes)
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is possibly one of Samsung's most popular smartphones, even if it is not one of the most frequently heard. Its low price, combined with interesting features, have served to make Samsung renew its bid in the mid-range and low to compete with an ever-expanding offer in the 150 to 250-dollar segment-depending on the country, a little more too.

The Galaxy J7 Prime boasts respectable features that include a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, an eight-core 1.6 GHz processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB internally expandable storage via MicroSD, 13 MP photo camera with LED Flash, front camera  8 MP, also with LED Flash and a 3300 mAh battery-Adding a metal chassis, fingerprint reader and some unusual design details for Samsung.

Design of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

It is clear that the days of cheap plastic on smartphones are finished-except possibly ultra economic models and Samsung managed to adapt to the changes. The Galaxy J7 Prime is made of an excellent touch metal, which makes it look like a more luxurious smartphone than it is, only the upper and lower end on the back give it away, being plastic to improve reception rather of using the technically more expensive integrated lines to the chassis.

The marginally curved ends make it pleasant to the eye and the screen integrates perfectly with the chassis. Front, over the upper end we see the 8 MP camera even remarkable the Galaxy S7 as far as resolution along with the front LED for a better result with the selfies. While at the lower end we have the classic Samsung configuration with the button Seconded by two capacitive navigation buttons-which, It should be noted, aren't backlit.
The Start button also does the fingerprint reader and an interesting detail is that it aligns perfectly to the chassis unlike others as in the Galaxy S7 and we've found something annoying.


Below, the MicroUSB port is escorted by a microphone and a 3.5 mm headphone jack-in-the post era iPhone 7, it is worth mentioning.
On its right profile, you will find the power button and another of the experimental novelties that Samsung tests first on smartphones of lower range: a speaker. The location of the speaker is strategic to use the Galaxy J7 Prime for multimedia content horizontally, as it can be held without plugging the speaker accidentally.

In the left profile, the volume controls share place with two bays, one tray for SIM and one for MicroSD-and SIM 2 in the case of our test unit, a Galaxy J7 Prime Duos.
The upper profile is completely clean, confirming that there is no noise cancellation.

On the back the camera lens aligns perfectly, making the surface of the Galaxy J7  Prime perfectly smooth.  Next to it is the LED flash, and the Samsung brand completes the picture.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime screen

The Galaxy J7 Prime features with an LTPS TFT display.  Interestingly, Samsung decided not to bet on a super AMOLED screen but we assume that, if they had, their price would have been higher.
Even if the AMOLED screens are higher, the Galaxy J7 Prime screen behaves in a decent way, and maybe we can get some difficulty in wanting to use it under direct sunlight, or from different angles. Anyway, we would have preferred an IPS panel at least.

The Full HD resolution of the Galaxy J7 Prime screen makes up for the loss of the LTPS panel and when we do not have the intrinsic problems to it, the experience is good.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime Operating System

The Galaxy J7 Prime was launched on the market with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. At this point, it is still unknown whether Samsung will update it to the latest Nougat, but we would not put many chips in an update by Samsung.

The Galaxy J7 Prime has several improvements and features that Samsung usually include on Android as the ultra-saving battery mode, themes, and a variety of settings to customize the experience.
The functionality load on the interface is not free. In the Galaxy J7 Prime we notice a certain lag when moving through the different screens, or a delay when starting to use the keyboard and we believe that, unfailingly, this lag tends to worsen as more apps are installed on the phone.
Galaxy J7 Prime Performance 
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime has an Exynos 7870 processor of eight cores, which accompanied by generous 3GB of RAM is capable of executing daily tasks without problems, although the overload of TouchWiz will pass invoice with the occasional lags mentioned above.

The fingerprint reader is not the fastest we have seen by far, and sometimes fails consecutively, leaving them out of access for 30 seconds if we do not enter the pattern by hand.
Although in some versions the Galaxy J7 Prime was present the notifications LED, in our variant has been replaced by the front flash-bad news for those who find it necessary, but solvable by an app that replaces the Functionality with the front flash.

The Galaxy J7 Prime is a smartphone that fulfills well for social networks and daily use and even can run well some games, but heavy games are highly interrupted.

Galaxy J7 Prime Camera

We are quite familiar with the good quality of photos of Samsung smartphones and the Galaxy J7 Prime is no exception. The 13 MP camera features many of the software options that significantly improve photos such as Pro mode, HDR, night mode, facial beauty and more.


In low light conditions, the results are quite good, although they do not reach the quality of other upper chambers.
Perhaps where more is the Galaxy J7 Prime is with its front camera, which with its 8 MP resolution and opening F/1.9, coupled with the front LED Flash achieves the best selfies for a smartphone of this price range, being the ideal smartphone for those night parties with Friends.
The Battery of Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 
With 3300 mAh the battery of the Galaxy J7 Prime has no problem to face almost two days with normal use and comfortably a day of intense use.
 
The worst this is that Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime does not have fast charging and it will take a considerable amount of time to load it if compared with the latest technologies like Dash charge of OnePlus or even the adaptive load of Samsung that is used in smartphones of greater range.

 Findings of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime looks like it is a good option for people who are not willing to pay for big amounts of money on a smartphone. It has a good design, meets the basic tasks with height and that can even be squeezed a little bit further, thanks to its large 3 GB of RAM. Your screen may not be perfect, especially coming from a manufacturer like Samsung, which manufactures its own Super AMOLED screens, possibly the best on the market.
We can also criticize the Galaxy J7 Prime a slow and unpredictable fingerprint reader, but it is better so not to have it, as in most smartphones of its range.

Related articles All Reviews