Yet another J-series smartphone is announced by Samsung in the Indian smartphone market that looks similar to any budget category device. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max that doesn’t look max at all even after packing a 5.7-inch display. The smartphone features a curved form factor with a Full HD screen on front offering a pixel density of 386ppi. Although, there are no claims whether the screen is Gorilla glass or any other type of hardened glass, the screen did fairly well even in the harshest scenarios. Just like any other Samsung smartphone, the J7 Max also features a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button with a metal ring around it. Let’s look the highlights of the smartphone before moving ahead.
- 5.7 inches Full HD (1920x1080pixels) display
- 2.4 GHz Cortex-A53 Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 chipset
- 4GB of RAM
- 13-megapixel rear shooter with f/1.2 aperture
- Bluetooth v4.2
- 3300mAh battery
- USB OTG connectivity
Well, those were some significant features of the Galaxy J7 Max that look unique, while everything else feel more or less the same.
Look & Feel
I used the Galaxy J7 Max for nearly 15days to test whether the smartphone fits in our daily life or not. The smartphone has about ~72% screen to body ratio with slim bezels around it. It weighs nearly 179grams, which is slightly on the heavier side considering it to be housing only a 3300mAh battery. The metal finishing at the back and the screen on front, both has a slippery premium feel that gives it an edge compared to other products available at similar price. Although, it’s not good to expect too much of creativity out of an entry level mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy J7 Max could be handy to consumers who doesn’t prefer of opt for Chinese smartphone makers.
I mostly use the smartphone for reading, receiving mails, some social media, watching videos on Youtube and for enjoying some movies. I used the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max for the similar function. The display on the smartphone is sharp, produces accurate colors and fairly visible in direct sunlight. Movie playback is fantastic and you may not encounter any issues with the smartphone with the display, apps and speaker in daily life. There is no LED notification light at the front (although you can use the flashlight) and the rear indicator light gets the task done to some extent as there’s no sense of placing an indicator at the rear side when all the content comes on the other side of the smartphone.
The embedded fingerprint scanner under the home key is snappy and works accurate in almost every situation. The keys have a haptic feedback, however aren’t backlit. Best part is that you get the SIM card tray separate to the memory card slot.
“The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max didn’t received much scratches even when used sloppily”
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is running on the latest version of Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with Samsung’s new skin Samsung Experience version 8.1 UX on top, which is way better than the TouchWiz UX. During our testing period the smartphone never got stuck and played every application without breaking a sweat (except the high-end games). Switching between applications was swift, multitasking was fun too. Apps don’t stop functioning even when played parallel to other applications. Whatsapp, Facebook, Youtube worked fantastically along with some other utility applications.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max features two 13-megapixel shooters; one is placed at the rear, while the other is placed on the front side of the smartphone. The difference that the cameras have is in the aperture size that affects the photos to a little extent on the J7 Max. On one hand, the J7 Max houses the rear camera with f/1.7 aperture; selfie camera on the other hand has an aperture of f/1.9. The rear camera captures good details in the photographs even when you crop them. However, it misses out on good saturation level which flattens the photos to some extent. The selfie camera on the other hand captures photos with good colors along with sharp detailing. HDR and non-HDR mode look fairly the same.
Low light photography is not the best available at this price.
The Galaxy J7 Max can record videos in Full HD resolution at 30fps. Videos look decent and work best when captured in daylight conditions.
The UX is refined and works in vertical manner now. Which means no dedicated app button to see all apps, instead swipe vertically to access the app tray. You can move multiple apps at a time, add apps to the home screen and tap & hold an app icon to open a quick option menu that lets you to access features like uninstalling the apps or moving them to secure folder. There is a Game Launcher app that can be used to separate the games into a dedicated folder. One handed-mode is also available on the Galaxy J7 Max. You can use the multi-window mode to access dual applications at a time.
Other features on the Galaxy J7 Max includes – Smart alert that alerts you about messages and calls whenever you pick the device, direct call- to make a phone call just by holding the device close to your ear. Easy mute by using palm motions or facing the device’s face downwards. Panic mode to send alert by pressing the power key thrice, in which you can also attach a photograph.
The Secure Folder is a great application and can be used to save personal data. Once you put data into the application, it turns into Sand box with multiple levels of encryptions making your smartphone more protective. You can also use it to make multiple copies of applications that the user can use from various profiles.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 max comes with some useful bloatware. There are Microsoft office applications like Word, Excel and Powerpoint etc. along with Google Apps and Opera Max which saves data while browsing.
Calling on the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max was loud and there were also no issues with the sound getting affected via background noise. Messaging interface is decent and gets the job done neatly. Although, there’s no NFC packed on the smartphone, other connectivity options work well.
Yes the Samsung Galaxy J7 max houses a smaller battery compared to what its competitors are offering, but the battery life doesn’t get affected due to its capacity. The smartphone lasted nearly 1.5days when used normally, and easily lasted the whole day when used as a hardcore user. However, the only downside here is that the smartphone doesn’t have fast charging, which means you’ll have to spend more than 2 hours just to re-charge it from 0-100%.
For the die-hard fans of Samsung, the Galaxy J7 Max would be a good choice as it almost has everything that Samsung offers at this price tag and the users generally look for. However, if you compare it with the Moto G5 and the Redmi Note 4, the Galaxy J7 Max feels costly considering the specs it offers.