Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 (SM-J710F)

The J line appeared in 2015 as a budget offer, it offers an alternative to the A-series, while the models themselves, despite their similar sizes and screen sizes, are becoming simpler. This is the initial series with all the shortcomings that follow from this and the absence of "little things" that may seem vital to someone, and someone, on the contrary, may turn a blind eye to them. After reviewing last year's J-series sales statistics, I expected to see modest numbers for the 5.5-inch J7, since it had rather modest characteristics compared to the Chinese, and the price was comparable. But my expectations were deceived, the model sold well in its class and took first place. Why? The answer should be sought in the fact that among phablets with a diagonal of 5.5 inches there are a huge number of Chinese, offers from other companies, but there is always one hitch. The mass buyer does not know them, and, as a result, he does not have confidence in such devices. A plus for J7 was the presence of a SuperAMOLED screen, which competitors did not have, many made their choice based on this.

In 2016, Samsung didn't philosophize and actually kept the J7 in the same form, leaving most of the stuffing, carrying out a cosmetic design update, changing the battery technology and almost doubling the operating time. At first glance, this is the same, slightly updated model, the amount of RAM has increased, the screen has remained the same. But it is the battery that distinguishes this device, its capacity has grown slightly, has grown from 3000 to 3300 mAh, but the operating time in practice is twice as long. This is the first device in the line from Samsung, which uses a new type of battery, and at the same time its integration with the Exynos processor. We are accustomed to the fact that such features are always reserved for flagships and then they already appear in budget devices, then everything happens exactly the opposite. The technology is being tested on a mass model with a relatively low cost, in order to later add it to older devices, for example, Note 7. To some extent, this is Samsung’s answer to the appearance of smartphones with 4000-5000 mAh batteries, while the answer is asymmetrical, since this the model has maximum survivability and offers a record run time. Moreover, a record not by the standards of its class, but within the entire market, without any exceptions. With this device, I had to relearn and not charge it every evening.

As I see the audience of this device, it will consist of those who are looking for a device with a large and high-quality screen, often play games or watch videos, perhaps they are looking for a replacement tablet and want a two-in-one device, and are also time-critical work. However, let's take a look at everything in order.

Design, dimensions, controls

The first thing that catches your eye is the metal frame running along the body. Last year's model was made of plastic, metal was added here. This can only be welcomed, since such a design is well known from older models and has proven to be reliable.

The collapsible case has been retained in this device, the back cover is quite easy to remove, inside you will see two slots for microSIM-cards and a slot for a memory card. You cannot install cards without removing the battery.

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Color schemes are similar to last year's J7, the case is white, black or gold, the last option we have in our review.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

Unfortunately, the model is so out of focus of both the manufacturer and journalists that it is almost impossible to find photos of body colors in good resolution, so look at the Chinese version of this phone, it gives an idea of ​​the model.

Unlike the previous device, the volume keys on the left side are separated, which is convenient. On the right is the on/off button. At the bottom there is a 3.5 mm jack, a microUSB connector, and a microphone. He is alone in the phone, which also betrays his budget origin.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

On the front panel you can see the camera flash, the smartphone is positioned as a selfie device, but this is a marketing sophistication, other characteristics of the model look much more interesting.

Dimensions - 151.7x76x7.8 mm, weight - 169 grams. For a phablet, everything is familiar here, there are no special features. The device is thin enough to carry it anywhere, it is invisible in a jeans pocket.

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Compared to Samsung Galaxy S5

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Compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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Compared to Alcatel POP 4S

The build quality is excellent, no complaints. In general, the device turned out to be good, the progress compared to the previous model is not stunning, but clearly visible.

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Display

The presence of a SuperAMOLED screen in a device of this class is a big plus. People do not expect to see such a screen here, and it comes as a surprise to them. Compared to the previous model, only screen modes have been added, but all other pluses and minuses, including resolution, have remained.

I'll start with the specifications - 5.5 inches, 1280x720 pixels, 267 ppi. The phone does not have automatic brightness control, it was completely abandoned! That is, you can set the brightness level that seems comfortable to you, and nothing more. This was done for one simple reason - to increase battery life and battery life on a single charge. The technical characteristics of the screen are such that they allow you to adjust the backlight in a wide range, the maximum brightness can reach 500 cd/m2. But with manual adjustment, it is 350 cd / m2. Feel the difference? The phone has lowered the screen backlight to increase the battery life and it worked perfectly, the J7 shows very good results.

For those who want to get a well-read picture in bright light, we have added the "Outdoor" mode, you activate it, and it works up to 15 minutes or until you turn off the screen. The brightness of the backlight in this case is at the maximum - the same 500 cd / m2, but the battery discharge rate increases dramatically.

The J7 has one of the best screens in its class, it will suit most people, especially since it has the ability to adjust the color gamut. But the lack of automatic backlighting may be considered critical by many, especially if you often spend time outdoors. This is the most serious disadvantage of this device.

Battery

The battery is removable, which will appeal to many buyers, it is Li-Ion, the capacity is 3300 mAh. The previous J7 performed very well, averaging about 2 days of use with moderate use. Given that the processor is faster, I expected about the same time and was amazed at how the 2016 J7 performed. The first test, which shows the operating time when playing a video, I had to redo a couple of times, I could not believe the data received. The playback time of unconverted video in MX Player (hardware acceleration, maximum screen brightness) is almost 22 hours. Let me remind you that the previous model had 13 hours. The increase in operating time is almost twice, and this is with a similar battery!

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When using the phone in Moscow with one SIM card, the device worked on average Teeth Whitening in Uganda for about 3.5 days during transmission data in 1 GB, 5 hours of screen time (medium backlight level). On average, with moderate use, the device lives for about 3 days, with active use - two days, but the load is 1.5-2 times higher than for the previous model. If I called the 2015 J7 tenacious, then this model has become the champion among all devices on the market, it works for a very long time. After leaving for Vilnius for three days, I used the device moderately, took pictures, but almost did not surf the net and talked little (20 minutes a day). On the fourth day of returning to Moscow, the device showed 54% of the battery charge. It reworked the energy consumption in all modes, both in standby and in operation. This is a completely new class device. Moreover, it was difficult for me to get rid of the habit of putting the phone on charge every evening, I looked at the screen and only then realized that I didn’t need to charge the J7, it would work for another day, or even another.

There is a mode of both normal and extreme power saving, they increase the operating time by disabling certain functions.

Total battery charging time is about 2.5 hours.

Camera

The front camera has a flash, the device is positioned as a selfie device, although this is not the main feature in it. The camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels, the pictures are acceptable, but they are very different in quality from the same Samsung flagships. On the other hand, these shots are noticeably better than what the cameras of other devices give out. Traditionally, there are various face enhancers and effects.

The main camera is 13-megapixel, it has an interface like most models of 2015, which means that in addition to the automatic mode, there is also a Pro, when you can choose all the settings yourself. It is curious that the camera shoots surprisingly well for a device in this price group. I'm used to the fact that the declared 13 megapixels turn out to be not very good in budget devices, here the image processing algorithm plays a role. It's good in this camera, and under normal conditions you get sharp, good shots that are noticeably better than most models at this level. Unfortunately, video recording is only in FullHD, but this will be enough for many.

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Communications

The budget model, as a result, there are almost no additional features. Bluetooth 4.1 version, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, GPS/GLONASS. There are no complaints about the quality of the GPS. There is also NFC. The device supports LTE cat.4, there are no complaints about the work.

Chipset, memory, RAM, performance

Exynos 7870 chipset, 8 cores up to 1.6 GHz, Mali-T830 GPU. The amount of RAM is 2 GB, for China the model is available with a memory of 3 GB. The solution turned out to be quite fast, the device has no lags, quickly opens applications. Having lived with the phone for more than a month, I can say that it will satisfy most consumers, it cannot be called slow.

The amount of internal memory is 16 GB, of which 10.8 GB is available to the user. You can install memory cards up to 128 GB.

In synthetic tests, the device shows the following results:

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Impressions

This model has no complaints about the quality of communication, everything is at the level of Samsung phones, the disadvantages include the lack of a noise reduction system that improves the sound on older models, it is not here. For the budget segment, this is the norm, and it is unlikely that users of such devices will feel the difference, especially since it is a matter of how they hear you, not you.

The volume of the speaker is medium or slightly lower, the call can be missed. This is one of the shortcomings of the model, I would like it to be louder. The vibrating alert is buzzing with a small demon, it feels good.

Compared to last year's model, this device has a number of advantages and improvements, including a metal rim of the case, an almost twofold increase in operating time, a new version of Android and a number of chips associated with it, new color settings for the screen. But a lot of these devices have in common, making them similar, for example, one microphone, lack of automatic backlight control, similar cameras.

If you choose between last year and the current model, then the choice is clear in favor of the 2016 J7, it is better. Compared to the 2016 A7, the older model wins with a glass case, which most closely resembles the company's flagships.

But as soon as you remember that the price for A7 2016 is about 30,000 rubles versus 20,000 for J7 2016, everything will fall into place, these are devices of different classes. And if you're willing to sacrifice design, you'll get roughly the same features plus unprecedented uptime.

There are enough competitors in the phablet market, there is something to see and what to choose. For example, you can pay attention to the Meizu M3 Note, this device is productive, it has a good screen, although it is IPS, a fingerprint scanner, it is simply higher class, albeit on Android 5.1.1 with a proprietary shell. At a price of 17,000 rubles, it looks more interesting, but despite the 4100 mAh battery, it works less in all modes. This is one of the best devices in the class of phablets from the Chinese.

We can recall another model, Alcatel POP 4S, which we reviewed recently. This is also a phablet, but it has more modest characteristics, it also has a fingerprint, and the operating time is even less. At a price of 19,000 rubles, I would choose the Galaxy J7 2016, it looks stronger.

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 (SM-J710F)

The J line appeared in 2015 as a budget offer, it offers an alternative to the A-series, while the models themselves, despite their similar sizes and screen sizes, are becoming simpler. This is the initial series with all the shortcomings that follow from this and the absence of "little things" that may seem vital to someone, and someone, on the contrary, may turn a blind eye to them. After reviewing last year's J-series sales statistics, I expected to see modest numbers for the 5.5-inch J7, since it had rather modest characteristics compared to the Chinese, and the price was comparable. But my expectations were deceived, the model sold well in its class and took first place. Why? The answer should be sought in the fact that among phablets with a diagonal of 5.5 inches there are a huge number of Chinese, offers from other companies, but there is always one hitch. The mass buyer does not know them, and, as a result, he does not have confidence in such devices. A plus for J7 was the presence of a SuperAMOLED screen, which competitors did not have, many made their choice based on this.

In 2016, Samsung didn't philosophize and actually kept the J7 in the same form, leaving most of the stuffing, carrying out a cosmetic design update, changing the battery technology and almost doubling the operating time. At first glance, this is the same, slightly updated model, the amount of RAM has increased, the screen has remained the same. But it is the battery that distinguishes this device, its capacity has grown slightly, has grown from 3000 to 3300 mAh, but the operating time in practice is twice as long. This is the first device in the line from Samsung, which uses a new type of battery, and at the same time its integration with the Exynos processor. We are accustomed to the fact that such features are always reserved for flagships and then they already appear in budget devices, then everything happens exactly the opposite. The technology is being tested on a mass model with a relatively low cost, in order to later add it to older devices, for example, Note 7. To some extent, this is Samsung’s answer to the appearance of smartphones with 4000-5000 mAh batteries, while the answer is asymmetrical, since this the model has maximum survivability and offers a record run time. Moreover, a record not by the standards of its class, but within the entire market, without any exceptions. With this device, I had to relearn and not charge it every evening.

As I see the audience of this device, it will consist of those who are looking for a device with a large and high-quality screen, often play games or watch videos, perhaps they are looking for a replacement tablet and want a two-in-one device, and are also time-critical work. However, let's take a look at everything in order.

Design, dimensions, controls

The first thing that catches your eye is the metal frame running along the body. Last year's model was made of plastic, metal was added here. This can only be welcomed, since such a design is well known from older models and has proven to be reliable.

The collapsible case has been retained in this device, the back cover is quite easy to remove, inside you will see two slots for microSIM-cards and a slot for a memory card. You cannot install cards without removing the battery.

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Color schemes are similar to last year's J7, the case is white, black or gold, the last option we have in our review.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

Unfortunately, the model is so out of focus of both the manufacturer and journalists that it is almost impossible to find photos of body colors in good resolution, so look at the Chinese version of this phone, it gives an idea of ​​the model.

Unlike the previous device, the volume keys on the left side are separated, which is convenient. On the right is the on/off button. At the bottom there is a 3.5 mm jack, a microUSB connector, and a microphone. He is alone in the phone, which also betrays his budget origin.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

On the front panel you can see the camera flash, the smartphone is positioned as a selfie device, but this is a marketing sophistication, other characteristics of the model look much more interesting.

Dimensions - 151.7x76x7.8 mm, weight - 169 grams. For a phablet, everything is familiar here, there are no special features. The device is thin enough to carry it anywhere, it is invisible in a jeans pocket.

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Compared to Samsung Galaxy S5

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Compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

Compared to Alcatel POP 4S

The build quality is excellent, no complaints. In general, the device turned out to be good, the progress compared to the previous model is not stunning, but clearly visible.

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Display

The presence of a SuperAMOLED screen in a device of this class is a big plus. People do not expect to see such a screen here, and it comes as a surprise to them. Compared to the previous model, only screen modes have been added, but all other pluses and minuses, including resolution, have remained.

I'll start with the specifications - 5.5 inches, 1280x720 pixels, 267 ppi. The phone does not have automatic brightness control, it was completely abandoned! That is, you can set the brightness level that seems comfortable to you, and nothing more. This was done for one simple reason - to increase battery life and battery life on a single charge. The technical characteristics of the screen are such that they allow you to adjust the backlight in a wide range, the maximum brightness can reach 500 cd/m2. But with manual adjustment, it is 350 cd / m2. Feel the difference? The phone has lowered the screen backlight to increase the battery life and it worked perfectly, the J7 shows very good results.

For those who want to get a well-read picture in bright light, we have added the "Outdoor" mode, you activate it, and it works up to 15 minutes or until you turn off the screen. The brightness of the backlight in this case is at the maximum - the same 500 cd / m2, but the battery discharge rate increases dramatically.

The J7 has one of the best screens in its class, it will suit most people, especially since it has the ability to adjust the color gamut. But the lack of automatic backlighting may be considered critical by many, especially if you often spend time outdoors. This is the most serious disadvantage of this device.

Battery

The battery is removable, which will appeal to many buyers, it is Li-Ion, the capacity is 3300 mAh. The previous J7 performed very well, averaging about 2 days of use with moderate use. Given that the processor is faster, I expected about the same time and was amazed at how the 2016 J7 performed. The first test, which shows the operating time when playing a video, I had to redo a couple of times, I could not believe the data received. The playback time of unconverted video in MX Player (hardware acceleration, maximum screen brightness) is almost 22 hours. Let me remind you that the previous model had 13 hours. The increase in operating time is almost twice, and this is with a similar battery!

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When using the phone in Moscow with one SIM card, the device worked on average Teeth Whitening in Uganda for about 3.5 days during transmission data in 1 GB, 5 hours of screen time (medium backlight level). On average, with moderate use, the device lives for about 3 days, with active use - two days, but the load is 1.5-2 times higher than for the previous model. If I called the 2015 J7 tenacious, then this model has become the champion among all devices on the market, it works for a very long time. After leaving for Vilnius for three days, I used the device moderately, took pictures, but almost did not surf the net and talked little (20 minutes a day). On the fourth day of returning to Moscow, the device showed 54% of the battery charge. It reworked the energy consumption in all modes, both in standby and in operation. This is a completely new class device. Moreover, it was difficult for me to get rid of the habit of putting the phone on charge every evening, I looked at the screen and only then realized that I didn’t need to charge the J7, it would work for another day, or even another.

There is a mode of both normal and extreme power saving, they increase the operating time by disabling certain functions.

Total battery charging time is about 2.5 hours.

Camera

The front camera has a flash, the device is positioned as a selfie device, although this is not the main feature in it. The camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels, the pictures are acceptable, but they are very different in quality from the same Samsung flagships. On the other hand, these shots are noticeably better than what the cameras of other devices give out. Traditionally, there are various face enhancers and effects.

The main camera is 13-megapixel, it has an interface like most models of 2015, which means that in addition to the automatic mode, there is also a Pro, when you can choose all the settings yourself. It is curious that the camera shoots surprisingly well for a device in this price group. I'm used to the fact that the declared 13 megapixels turn out to be not very good in budget devices, here the image processing algorithm plays a role. It's good in this camera, and under normal conditions you get sharp, good shots that are noticeably better than most models at this level. Unfortunately, video recording is only in FullHD, but this will be enough for many.

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Communications

The budget model, as a result, there are almost no additional features. Bluetooth 4.1 version, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, GPS/GLONASS. There are no complaints about the quality of the GPS. There is also NFC. The device supports LTE cat.4, there are no complaints about the work.

Chipset, memory, RAM, performance

Exynos 7870 chipset, 8 cores up to 1.6 GHz, Mali-T830 GPU. The amount of RAM is 2 GB, for China the model is available with a memory of 3 GB. The solution turned out to be quite fast, the device has no lags, quickly opens applications. Having lived with the phone for more than a month, I can say that it will satisfy most consumers, it cannot be called slow.

The amount of internal memory is 16 GB, of which 10.8 GB is available to the user. You can install memory cards up to 128 GB.

In synthetic tests, the device shows the following results:

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Software, features

This is one of the first budget devices built on the same software as the company's flagships. Inside Android 6.0.1, but on top is a lightweight TouchWiz. In many descriptions of this smartphone, the version of Android 5.1.1 is indicated, but nowhere in the world this model was released on this version, everywhere there was originally a six.

As well as on flagships and other models, there is a Smart Manager for managing memory, viewing unnecessary files and the like, as well as clearing RAM if this idea is suddenly close to you (you should not do this, but suddenly you know exactly why do you need it?).

The device has an FM radio, it works well, you can record the broadcast in the phone's memory.

I won't repeat myself about the standard features of Android 6, you can read about them in our detailed review.

Impressions

This model has no complaints about the quality of communication, everything is at the level of Samsung phones, the disadvantages include the lack of a noise reduction system that improves the sound on older models, it is not here. For the budget segment, this is the norm, and it is unlikely that users of such devices will feel the difference, especially since it is a matter of how they hear you, not you.

The volume of the speaker is medium or slightly lower, the call can be missed. This is one of the shortcomings of the model, I would like it to be louder. The vibrating alert is buzzing with a small demon, it feels good.

Compared to last year's model, this device has a number of advantages and improvements, including a metal rim of the case, an almost twofold increase in operating time, a new version of Android and a number of chips associated with it, new color settings for the screen. But a lot of these devices have in common, making them similar, for example, one microphone, lack of automatic backlight control, similar cameras.

If you choose between last year and the current model, then the choice is clear in favor of the 2016 J7, it is better. Compared to the 2016 A7, the older model wins with a glass case, which most closely resembles the company's flagships.

But as soon as you remember that the price for A7 2016 is about 30,000 rubles versus 20,000 for J7 2016, everything will fall into place, these are devices of different classes. And if you're willing to sacrifice design, you'll get roughly the same features plus unprecedented uptime.

There are enough competitors in the phablet market, there is something to see and what to choose. For example, you can pay attention to the Meizu M3 Note, this device is productive, it has a good screen, although it is IPS, a fingerprint scanner, it is simply higher class, albeit on Android 5.1.1 with a proprietary shell. At a price of 17,000 rubles, it looks more interesting, but despite the 4100 mAh battery, it works less in all modes. This is one of the best devices in the class of phablets from the Chinese.

We can recall another model, Alcatel POP 4S, which we reviewed recently. This is also a phablet, but it has more modest characteristics, it also has a fingerprint, and the operating time is even less. At a price of 19,000 rubles, I would choose the Galaxy J7 2016, it looks stronger.

In the dry residue, the following picture is obtained. The J7 2016 runs head and shoulders above any competitor in any class. And this is its main advantage, which no one can block. This is a relatively budget model, therefore, getting a good screen, you also get the absence of automatic backlight adjustment, the buttons have no backlight, there is no indicator of missed events (LED). These are the little things, penny in essence, and make the device budget. Nevertheless, many will pay attention to it because of the brand, and because of the time of work, this is one of the main wishes of users. Something tells me that next year in J7 2017 they will get rid of most of these shortcomings and, possibly, add a fingerprint scanner. Then the model will turn out not just a bestseller, but an uncompromising option in its class. In the meantime, it is just very good and will obviously be in demand. All other J-series devices are much worse in terms of price / quality ratio in 2016.

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 (SM-J710F)

The J line appeared in 2015 as a budget offer, it offers an alternative to the A-series, while the models themselves, despite their similar sizes and screen sizes, are becoming simpler. This is the initial series with all the shortcomings that follow from this and the absence of "little things" that may seem vital to someone, and someone, on the contrary, may turn a blind eye to them. After reviewing last year's J-series sales statistics, I expected to see modest numbers for the 5.5-inch J7, since it had rather modest characteristics compared to the Chinese, and the price was comparable. But my expectations were deceived, the model sold well in its class and took first place. Why? The answer should be sought in the fact that among phablets with a diagonal of 5.5 inches there are a huge number of Chinese, offers from other companies, but there is always one hitch. The mass buyer does not know them, and, as a result, he does not have confidence in such devices. A plus for J7 was the presence of a SuperAMOLED screen, which competitors did not have, many made their choice based on this.

In 2016, Samsung didn't philosophize and actually kept the J7 in the same form, leaving most of the stuffing, carrying out a cosmetic design update, changing the battery technology and almost doubling the operating time. At first glance, this is the same, slightly updated model, the amount of RAM has increased, the screen has remained the same. But it is the battery that distinguishes this device, its capacity has grown slightly, has grown from 3000 to 3300 mAh, but the operating time in practice is twice as long. This is the first device in the line from Samsung, which uses a new type of battery, and at the same time its integration with the Exynos processor. We are accustomed to the fact that such features are always reserved for flagships and then they already appear in budget devices, then everything happens exactly the opposite. The technology is being tested on a mass model with a relatively low cost, in order to later add it to older devices, for example, Note 7. To some extent, this is Samsung’s answer to the appearance of smartphones with 4000-5000 mAh batteries, while the answer is asymmetrical, since this the model has maximum survivability and offers a record run time. Moreover, a record not by the standards of its class, but within the entire market, without any exceptions. With this device, I had to relearn and not charge it every evening.

Color schemes are similar to last year's J7, the case is white, black or gold, the last option we have in our review.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

Unfortunately, the model is so out of focus of both the manufacturer and journalists that it is almost impossible to find photos of body colors in good resolution, so look at the Chinese version of this phone, it gives an idea of ​​the model.

Unlike the previous device, the volume keys on the left side are separated, which is convenient. On the right is the on/off button. At the bottom there is a 3.5 mm jack, a microUSB connector, and a microphone. He is alone in the phone, which also betrays his budget origin.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

On the front panel you can see the camera flash, the smartphone is positioned as a selfie device, but this is a marketing sophistication, other characteristics of the model look much more interesting.

Dimensions - 151.7x76x7.8 mm, weight - 169 grams. For a phablet, everything is familiar here, there are no special features. The device is thin enough to carry it anywhere, it is invisible in a jeans pocket.

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Compared to Samsung Galaxy S5

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Compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

Compared to Alcatel POP 4S

The build quality is excellent, no complaints. In general, the device turned out to be good, the progress compared to the previous model is not stunning, but clearly visible.

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Display

The presence of a SuperAMOLED screen in a device of this class is a big plus. People do not expect to see such a screen here, and it comes as a surprise to them. Compared to the previous model, only screen modes have been added, but all other pluses and minuses, including resolution, have remained.

I'll start with the specifications - 5.5 inches, 1280x720 pixels, 267 ppi. The phone does not have automatic brightness control, it was completely abandoned! That is, you can set the brightness level that seems comfortable to you, and nothing more. This was done for one simple reason - to increase battery life and battery life on a single charge. The technical characteristics of the screen are such that they allow you to adjust the backlight in a wide range, the maximum brightness can reach 500 cd/m2. But with manual adjustment, it is 350 cd / m2. Feel the difference? The phone has lowered the screen backlight to increase the battery life and it worked perfectly, the J7 shows very good results.

For those who want to get a well-read picture in bright light, we have added the "Outdoor" mode, you activate it, and it works up to 15 minutes or until you turn off the screen. The brightness of the backlight in this case is at the maximum - the same 500 cd / m2, but the battery discharge rate increases dramatically.

The J7 has one of the best screens in its class, it will suit most people, especially since it has the ability to adjust the color gamut. But the lack of automatic backlighting may be considered critical by many, especially if you often spend time outdoors. This is the most serious disadvantage of this device.

Battery

The battery is removable, which will appeal to many buyers, it is Li-Ion, the capacity is 3300 mAh. The previous J7 performed very well, averaging about 2 days of use with moderate use. Given that the processor is faster, I expected about the same time and was amazed at how the 2016 J7 performed. The first test, which shows the operating time when playing a video, I had to redo a couple of times, I could not believe the data received. The playback time of unconverted video in MX Player (hardware acceleration, maximum screen brightness) is almost 22 hours. Let me remind you that the previous model had 13 hours. The increase in operating time is almost twice, and this is with a similar battery!

There is a mode of both normal and extreme power saving, they increase the operating time by disabling certain functions.

Total battery charging time is about 2.5 hours.

Camera

The front camera has a flash, the device is positioned as a selfie device, although this is not the main feature in it. The camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels, the pictures are acceptable, but they are very different in quality from the same Samsung flagships. On the other hand, these shots are noticeably better than what the cameras of other devices give out. Traditionally, there are various face enhancers and effects.

The main camera is 13-megapixel, it has an interface like most models of 2015, which means that in addition to the automatic mode, there is also a Pro, when you can choose all the settings yourself. It is curious that the camera shoots surprisingly well for a device in this price group. I'm used to the fact that the declared 13 megapixels turn out to be not very good in budget devices, here the image processing algorithm plays a role. It's good in this camera, and under normal conditions you get sharp, good shots that are noticeably better than most models at this level. Unfortunately, video recording is only in FullHD, but this will be enough for many.

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Communications

The budget model, as a result, there are almost no additional features. Bluetooth 4.1 version, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, GPS/GLONASS. There are no complaints about the quality of the GPS. There is also NFC. The device supports LTE cat.4, there are no complaints about the work.

Chipset, memory, RAM, performance

Exynos 7870 chipset, 8 cores up to 1.6 GHz, Mali-T830 GPU. The amount of RAM is 2 GB, for China the model is available with a memory of 3 GB. The solution turned out to be quite fast, the device has no lags, quickly opens applications. Having lived with the phone for more than a month, I can say that it will satisfy most consumers, it cannot be called slow.

The amount of internal memory is 16 GB, of which 10.8 GB is available to the user. You can install memory cards up to 128 GB.

In synthetic tests, the device shows the following results:

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Software, features

This is one of the first budget devices built on the same software as the company's flagships. Inside Android 6.0.1, but on top is a lightweight TouchWiz. In many descriptions of this smartphone, the version of Android 5.1.1 is indicated, but nowhere in the world this model was released on this version, everywhere there was originally a six.

As well as on flagships and other models, there is a Smart Manager for managing memory, viewing unnecessary files and the like, as well as clearing RAM if this idea is suddenly close to you (you should not do this, but suddenly you know exactly why do you need it?).

The device has an FM radio, it works well, you can record the broadcast in the phone's memory.

I won't repeat myself about the standard features of Android 6, you can read about them in our detailed review.

Impressions

This model has no complaints about the quality of communication, everything is at the level of Samsung phones, the disadvantages include the lack of a noise reduction system that improves the sound on older models, it is not here. For the budget segment, this is the norm, and it is unlikely that users of such devices will feel the difference, especially since it is a matter of how they hear you, not you.

The volume of the speaker is medium or slightly lower, the call can be missed. This is one of the shortcomings of the model, I would like it to be louder. The vibrating alert is buzzing with a small demon, it feels good.

Compared to last year's model, this device has a number of advantages and improvements, including a metal rim of the case, an almost twofold increase in operating time, a new version of Android and a number of chips associated with it, new color settings for the screen. But a lot of these devices have in common, making them similar, for example, one microphone, lack of automatic backlight control, similar cameras.

If you choose between last year and the current model, then the choice is clear in favor of the 2016 J7, it is better. Compared to the 2016 A7, the older model wins with a glass case, which most closely resembles the company's flagships.

But as soon as you remember that the price for A7 2016 is about 30,000 rubles versus 20,000 for J7 2016, everything will fall into place, these are devices of different classes. And if you're willing to sacrifice design, you'll get roughly the same features plus unprecedented uptime.

There are enough competitors in the phablet market, there is something to see and what to choose. For example, you can pay attention to the Meizu M3 Note, this device is productive, it has a good screen, although it is IPS, a fingerprint scanner, it is simply higher class, albeit on Android 5.1.1 with a proprietary shell. At a price of 17,000 rubles, it looks more interesting, but despite the 4100 mAh battery, it works less in all modes. This is one of the best devices in the class of phablets from the Chinese.

We can recall another model, Alcatel POP 4S, which we reviewed recently. This is also a phablet, but it has more modest characteristics, it also has a fingerprint, and the operating time is even less. At a price of 19,000 rubles, I would choose the Galaxy J7 2016, it looks stronger.

In the dry residue, the following picture is obtained. The J7 2016 runs head and shoulders above any competitor in any class. And this is its main advantage, which no one can block. This is a relatively budget model, therefore, getting a good screen, you also get the absence of automatic backlight adjustment, the buttons have no backlight, there is no indicator of missed events (LED). These are the little things, penny in essence, and make the device budget. Nevertheless, many will pay attention to it because of the brand, and because of the time of work, this is one of the main wishes of users. Something tells me that next year in J7 2017 they will get rid of most of these shortcomings and, possibly, add a fingerprint scanner. Then the model will turn out not just a bestseller, but an uncompromising option in its class. In the meantime, it is just very good and will obviously be in demand. All other J-series devices are much worse in terms of price / quality ratio in 2016.

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 (SM-J710F)

The J line appeared in 2015 as a budget offer, it offers an alternative to the A-series, while the models themselves, despite their similar sizes and screen sizes, are becoming simpler. This is the initial series with all the shortcomings that follow from this and the absence of "little things" that may seem vital to someone, and someone, on the contrary, may turn a blind eye to them. After reviewing last year's J-series sales statistics, I expected to see modest numbers for the 5.5-inch J7, since it had rather modest characteristics compared to the Chinese, and the price was comparable. But my expectations were deceived, the model sold well in its class and took first place. Why? The answer should be sought in the fact that among phablets with a diagonal of 5.5 inches there are a huge number of Chinese, offers from other companies, but there is always one hitch. The mass buyer does not know them, and, as a result, he does not have confidence in such devices. A plus for J7 was the presence of a SuperAMOLED screen, which competitors did not have, many made their choice based on this.

As I see the audience of this device, it will consist of those who are looking for a device with a large and high-quality screen, often play games or watch videos, perhaps they are looking for a replacement tablet and want a two-in-one device, and are also time-critical work. However, let's take a look at everything in order.

Design, dimensions, controls

The first thing that catches your eye is the metal frame running along the body. Last year's model was made of plastic, metal was added here. This can only be welcomed, since such a design is well known from older models and has proven to be reliable.

The collapsible case has been retained in this device, the back cover is quite easy to remove, inside you will see two slots for microSIM-cards and a slot for a memory card. You cannot install cards without removing the battery.

Color schemes are similar to last year's J7, the case is white, black or gold, the last option we have in our review.

Unfortunately, the model is so out of focus of both the manufacturer and journalists that it is almost impossible to find photos of body colors in good resolution, so look at the Chinese version of this phone, it gives an idea of ​​the model.

Unlike the previous device, the volume keys on the left side are separated, which is convenient. On the right is the on/off button. At the bottom there is a 3.5 mm jack, a microUSB connector, and a microphone. He is alone in the phone, which also betrays his budget origin.

On the front panel you can see the camera flash, the smartphone is positioned as a selfie device, but this is a marketing sophistication, other characteristics of the model look much more interesting.

Dimensions - 151.7x76x7.8 mm, weight - 169 grams. For a phablet, everything is familiar here, there are no special features. The device is thin enough to carry it anywhere, it is invisible in a jeans pocket.

Compared to Samsung Galaxy S5

Compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Compared to Alcatel POP 4S

The build quality is excellent, no complaints. In general, the device turned out to be good, the progress compared to the previous model is not stunning, but clearly visible.

Display

The presence of a SuperAMOLED screen in a device of this class is a big plus. People do not expect to see such a screen here, and it comes as a surprise to them. Compared to the previous model, only screen modes have been added, but all other pluses and minuses, including resolution, have remained.

I'll start with the specifications - 5.5 inches, 1280x720 pixels, 267 ppi. The phone does not have automatic brightness control, it was completely abandoned! That is, you can set the brightness level that seems comfortable to you, and nothing more. This was done for one simple reason - to increase battery life and battery life on a single charge. The technical characteristics of the screen are such that they allow you to adjust the backlight in a wide range, the maximum brightness can reach 500 cd/m2. But with manual adjustment, it is 350 cd / m2. Feel the difference? The phone has lowered the screen backlight to increase the battery life and it worked perfectly, the J7 shows very good results.

For those who want to get a well-read picture in bright light, we have added the "Outdoor" mode, you activate it, and it works up to 15 minutes or until you turn off the screen. The brightness of the backlight in this case is at the maximum - the same 500 cd / m2, but the battery discharge rate increases dramatically.

The J7 has one of the best screens in its class, it will suit most people, especially since it has the ability to adjust the color gamut. But the lack of automatic backlighting may be considered critical by many, especially if you often spend time outdoors. This is the most serious disadvantage of this device.

Battery

The battery is removable, which will appeal to many buyers, it is Li-Ion, the capacity is 3300 mAh. The previous J7 performed very well, averaging about 2 days of use with moderate use. Given that the processor is faster, I expected about the same time and was amazed at how the 2016 J7 performed. The first test, which shows the operating time when playing a video, I had to redo a couple of times, I could not believe the data received. The playback time of unconverted video in MX Player (hardware acceleration, maximum screen brightness) is almost 22 hours. Let me remind you that the previous model had 13 hours. The increase in operating time is almost twice, and this is with a similar battery!

When using the phone in Moscow with one SIM card, the device worked on average Teeth Whitening in Uganda for about 3.5 days with 1 GB data transfer, 5 hours of screen operation (medium backlight level). On average, with moderate use, the device lives for about 3 days, with active use - two days, but the load is 1.5-2 times higher than for the previous model. If I called the 2015 J7 tenacious, then this model has become the champion among all devices on the market, it works for a very long time. After leaving for Vilnius for three days, I used the device moderately, took pictures, but almost did not surf the net and talked little (20 minutes a day). On the fourth day of returning to Moscow, the device showed 54% of the battery charge. It reworked the energy consumption in all modes, both in standby and in operation. This is a completely new class device. Moreover, it was difficult for me to get rid of the habit of putting the phone on charge every evening, I looked at the screen and only then realized that I didn’t need to charge the J7, it would work for another day, or even another.

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There is a mode of both normal and extreme power saving, they increase the operating time by disabling certain functions.

Total battery charging time is about 2.5 hours.

Camera

The front camera has a flash, the device is positioned as a selfie device, although this is not the main feature in it. The camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels, the pictures are acceptable, but they are very different in quality from the same Samsung flagships. On the other hand, these shots are noticeably better than what the cameras of other devices give out. Traditionally, there are various face enhancers and effects.

The main camera is 13-megapixel, it has an interface like most models of 2015, which means that in addition to the automatic mode, there is also a Pro, when you can choose all the settings yourself. It is curious that the camera shoots surprisingly well for a device in this price group. I'm used to the fact that the declared 13 megapixels turn out to be not very good in budget devices, here the image processing algorithm plays a role. It's good in this camera, and under normal conditions you get sharp, good shots that are noticeably better than most models at this level. Unfortunately, video recording is only in FullHD, but this will be enough for many.

Communications

The budget model, as a result, there are almost no additional features. Bluetooth 4.1 version, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, GPS/GLONASS. There are no complaints about the quality of the GPS. There is also NFC. The device supports LTE cat.4, there are no complaints about the work.

Chipset, memory, RAM, performance

Exynos 7870 chipset, 8 cores up to 1.6 GHz, Mali-T830 GPU. The amount of RAM is 2 GB, for China the model is available with a memory of 3 GB. The solution turned out to be quite fast, the device has no lags, quickly opens applications. Having lived with the phone for more than a month, I can say that it will satisfy most consumers, it cannot be called slow.

The amount of internal memory is 16 GB, of which 10.8 GB is available to the user. You can install memory cards up to 128 GB.

In synthetic tests, the device shows the following results:

Software, features

This is one of the first budget devices built on the same software as the company's flagships. Inside Android 6.0.1, but on top is a lightweight TouchWiz. In many descriptions of this smartphone, the version of Android 5.1.1 is indicated, but nowhere in the world this model was released on this version, everywhere there was originally a six.

As well as on flagships and other models, there is a Smart Manager for managing memory, viewing unnecessary files and the like, as well as clearing RAM if this idea is suddenly close to you (you should not do this, but suddenly you know exactly why do you need it?).

The device has an FM radio, it works well, you can record the broadcast in the phone's memory.

I won't repeat myself about the standard features of Android 6, you can read about them in our detailed review.

Impressions

This model has no complaints about the quality of communication, everything is at the level of Samsung phones, the disadvantages include the lack of a noise reduction system that improves the sound on older models, it is not here. For the budget segment, this is the norm, and it is unlikely that users of such devices will feel the difference, especially since it is a matter of how they hear you, not you.

The volume of the speaker is medium or slightly lower, the call can be missed. This is one of the shortcomings of the model, I would like it to be louder. The vibrating alert buzzes like a small demon, it feels good.

Compared to last year's model, this device has a number of advantages and improvements, including a metal rim of the case, an almost twofold increase in operating time, a new version of Android and a number of chips associated with it, new color settings for the screen. But a lot of these devices have in common, making them similar, for example, one microphone, lack of automatic backlight control, similar cameras.

If you choose between last year and the current model, then the choice is clear in favor of the 2016 J7, it is better. Compared to the 2016 A7, the older model wins with a glass case, which most closely resembles the company's flagships.

But as soon as you remember that the price for A7 2016 is about 30,000 rubles versus 20,000 for J7 2016, everything will fall into place, these are devices of different classes. And if you're willing to sacrifice design, you'll get roughly the same features plus unprecedented uptime.

There are enough competitors in the phablet market, there is something to see and what to choose. For example, you can pay attention to the Meizu M3 Note, this device is productive, it has a good screen, although it is IPS, a fingerprint scanner, it is simply higher class, albeit on Android 5.1.1 with a proprietary shell. At a price of 17,000 rubles, it looks more interesting, but despite the 4100 mAh battery, it works less in all modes. This is one of the best devices in the class of phablets from the Chinese.

We can recall another model, Alcatel POP 4S, which we reviewed recently. This is also a phablet, but it has more modest characteristics, it also has a fingerprint, and the operating time is even less. At a price of 19,000 rubles, I would choose the Galaxy J7 2016, it looks stronger.

In the dry residue, the following picture is obtained. The J7 2016 runs head and shoulders above any competitor in any class. And this is its main advantage, which no one can block. This is a relatively budget model, therefore, getting a good screen, you also get the absence of automatic backlight adjustment, the buttons have no backlight, there is no indicator of missed events (LED). These are the little things, penny in essence, and make the device budget. Nevertheless, many will pay attention to it because of the brand, and because of the time of work, this is one of the main wishes of users. Something tells me that next year in J7 2017 they will get rid of most of these shortcomings and, possibly, add a fingerprint scanner. Then the model will turn out not just a bestseller, but an uncompromising option in its class. In the meantime, it is just very good and will obviously be in demand. All other J-series devices are much worse in terms of price / quality ratio in 2016.