Samsung’s Budget Series has got a new and latest model, called The J7 Max. The J7 classification signifies that it is one of the more luxurious and expensive prototypes in this series. Whereas, the Max name is by and large concerning the dimensions and battery size. The device J7 Max is yet again Samsung’s attempt to thwart the attack of Chinese devices, and we must agree what an attempt the company has made! The preceding efforts from the company weren’t too much of an attraction for the customers, let’s just cruise together to find if this attempt is fruitful or no. Maybe this time Samsung has managed to get the value-to-performance proportion up to the par.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Key Features:
- Display:7-inch, 1920×1080, PLS TFT LCD, 386 PPI, scratch resilient glass
- Chipset: MediaTek MT6757 Helio P20, 4x 2.39GHz Cortex-A53 + 4x 1.69GHz Cortex-A53, Mali-T880 MP2 GPU
- Memory: 4GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage
- Back Camera: 13 megapixel, f1.7, 1080p video, LED flash
- Anterior Camera: 13 megapixel, f1.9, 1080p video, LED flash
- Software: Android 7.0, Samsung Experience 8.1
- Battery: 3300mAh (sealed)
- Connectivity: Dual Nano SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11n dual band, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, headphone jack
- : Fingerprint sensor, FM radio, notification LED ring around the camera
- The Notification LED isn’t set at the right position
- Video camera provides only 1080p@30fps
- No video equilibrium
- No fast charging
The specs of J7 Max certainly fail to reach the current competition in the mobile market. Regrettably, they aren’t that exciting either. However, we agree the performance might impress us as not everything is covered in the key highlights.
Design, Build quality & Display
First thing first, as design is something everybody notices. Let’s see what Samsung has pulled-out to get customers.
The Samsung J7 Max is an immense and solid device. As soon as you lift it up you are aware of the size and heftiness. This is something which is quite noticeable. Though, the J7 Max is nothing like Xioami Mi Max or Samsung C9 Pro. We are not sure why it feels so bulkier, but yes we agree that the phone is quite strong and you feel its strength within the first grasp.
As of the front, the phone looks appealing, like any other Samsung phone out there. We must warn you that in looks it’s nothing like the Galaxy S8. You get an earpiece on the top with-in the middle. The front camera is quite at the left side. Samsung included flash on the right side of the phone. The fingerprint sensor is included with the home button at the bottom. J7 Max has the multitasking key on the left with the back key on the right. Sadly, the keys are not backlit, and that was a real disappointment.
The loudspeaker is on the right and the power button is around the sides. Thus, this gets us pretty much everything right in front of us. In regards to the two trays, you get one for holding SIM1 and one for SIM2 and micro SD, which is great, because you don’t have to choose between the either.
Precisely on the back of the J7 Max you get the micro USB and the headphone jack. As of being in 2017, we still find many devices being shipped with the micro USB opening, where did all the technology go? However, the back of the phone is not done yet, as you get a metal panel with a plastic around the sides and the top. The camera lens and LED flash are in the center, completely flat on the back side of the phone. Smart Glow LED surrounds the camera, which is quite not so good in our opinion, not sure if it would smitten you enough to purchase the phone. All-in-all, we are unclear till now why Samsung would integrate something like this at the back. In our opinion, a simple LED on the front would have done the job better, instead of having to specially turn it on for the selected feature.
Final Word On Display
Taken as a whole, the J7 Max feels strong and first-class. The black color also gives it a rock-solid lift. Alas, the size and weight might put-off a few people. The other things that failed to impress us highly are:
- The Smart Glow LED location on the back,
- The loudspeaker on the side
- Non-backlit front keys and the
- Presence of a micro USB connector in 2017
Nothing like Samsung’s Super AMOLED panels, which is very saddening, but the Galaxy J7 Max has a 5.7-inch, 1920×1080 display. It is also a PLS LCD panel, which is Samsung’s distinction of IPS and merely has insignificant changes.Fundamentally, you are pretty much fixed with whatsoever you get on view from the package. The J7 Max is shipped in a typical Samsung manner with highly oversaturated color, which maybe liked by a few people. The display also has hard time displaying certain colors due to the saturation not being fully engineered. The viewing angles are quite good and bright enough to be seen outdoors.
User Edge & Performance
The most hand picked phones in the domain are those which are extremely high-tech and include options worth a buy. Usually we don’t recommend our viewers to go for an option which is not up to the grade. But there are also others who maybe a bit tight on budget, and would want to go for petite options in cellular phones.
With software you get Samsung Experience 8.1 on top with Android 7.0 Nougat. The Galaxy J7 Max runs Android 7.0 instead of the latest Android 7.1.1. We thought Samsung would want to catch-up with the new variation for J7 Max at least, but looks like it still needs to work a lot to stay with the pace of the market. Whereas, Samsung Experience 8.1 is the latest version, which thankfully got included.
The Version 8.1 does transport with it quite a few new features, including a restructured launcher that now allows you swipe up to see the app drawer or inactivate it completely to have all your icons on the home screen intact. The launcher is still called TouchWiz Home sadly, we were expecting something more hi-tech we guess. The launcher is nothing like the Moto Launcher or the Pixel Launcher, what a bummer! We think Samsung is still in the dream-mode, and is highly overlooking technology lapses. It wasn’t that difficult to implement new features or adding them, but Samsung clearly didn’t bother to attract customers through a fresh way.
Samsung App Store
If you want to add Samsung Music Player or the Video Player, you can simple visit Samsung app store and click download. Finally, there is very slight about the Samsung Experience that is attractive in the new Samsung J7 Max, and regrettably, Samsung could have easily done better than this.
You also see the new UI with an entirely reshaped Settings app with just the basic main screen. A lot of options are grouped together and you practically have to dig around to find any in particular. Samsung wasn’t looking to offer something user-friendly! However, the new UI does include some default themes and better icon designs then its preceding version, which may be considered as a nice way-out! You get other apps along with Samsung’s own sets of new apps too, like:
- Microsoft apps
A 3300mAh internal battery is included in the Galaxy J7 Max. The battery life is pretty decent, with approximately 22 hours of standby time and 5 to 6 hours of on-screen usage.Disappointingly, there is no fast-charging backing here, and the phone takes two and a half hours to charge altogether.
An unremarkable chipset and Samsung’s general neglect for optimizing its software, the performance on the J7 Max is far from dazzling. Scrolling through applications is rough and in general unfriendly, despite this they do open and close reasonably quick and swift. The phone does feel quite slow on the usage, and to be honest this is something that tells us it won’t last with heavy-duty working. You do get an octal-core processor and 4GB memory, which are nothing because of the lethargic routine of the phone.
You do get 2D games to play on Android, but graphic games are a no-no, on the other hand simple games can do well.
An unremarkable performance from the multimedia also dampened our spirits. The audio is simply okay with a poorly positioned single loudspeaker. The sound isn’t too smooth with the loudness of the speaker. As we already told you about oversaturated colors, the video-watching experience is also not too cool.
Fingerprint sensor has been considerably improved by Samsung, and is quite acute and fast. But, the arbitrary 3 print doesn’t allow you to store your commonly used fingerprints to unlock the phone easily.
The camera feature is in fact quite considerate from Samsung. A 13 megapixel f/1.7 rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording is on the show by Samsung. Due to the Samsung Experience 8.1 update, the camera application has been reformatted. Shutter button will let you to slide up or down to zoom without adjusting your grip because of the new UI. You get a Pro mode that allows you fine-tune your ISO and white balance manually.Below the settings, you can alter the resolution, characteristic ratio and other elementary effects. The night and day mode can be easily used and you can brighten-up your picture as per your needs. The dynamic range not being proportioned is the only drawback.The 1080p video appears all right. You can’t really do much about the reduced dynamic choice here and the absence of any kind of image steadiness is obvious.The HDR mode works categorically better, and it does bring the particulars back in both the high points as well as the shades, but the subsequent pictures often look irregular.
We agree that it’s an unsatisfactory display from Samsung. We did like the Galaxy J7 Max in touch and looks, but overall experience was rather substandard. We also liked the camera and the battery life, but the sluggish performance did dampen our expectations. Samsung was trying to beat the Chinese devices, but in reality it again failed miserably. With Samsung, its only good customer services, but in general a failed hi-tech gadget is what we get. However, if you are looking for something above this ratio, you might need to choose another brand as the Galaxy J7 Max doesn’t give you the brand feeling.