Samsung Galaxy J7 Star Review: Budget, But Worth Considering

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By Olatunbosun Adesoye

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My take on Samsung Galaxy J7 Star

Summary

The Samsung Galaxy J7 looks like a phone from an older time due to its bland design. However, it impresses with features such as its replaceable battery, front camera flash, AMOLED display, and dual 4G SIMs.

Overall
3.7

Pros

  • Good 13-Megapixel camera
  • Long battery life
  • Sleek design
  • Facial recognition sensor

Cons

  • 2 GB RAM
  • No fingerprint sensor

Samsung Galaxy J7 Star: At First Glance

In addition to its long list of Galaxy J7 models, Samsung released this Galaxy J7 Star smartphone in July 2018. This smartphone is an obvious upgrade from the J7 Crown model and some other J7 models.

Looking at its specs, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star has a better CPU and internal storage. This smartphone has impressive features that make it seem a bit luxurious.

Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star’s sleek design will make you think it belongs to the high-end line of smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Star: Design, Dimension, and Weight

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Star is an attractive silver-colored smartphone. It has a sleek design that makes it stand out from many budget smartphones.

However, this smartphone doesn’t follow the slim-bezel trend. Its top and bottom bezels are chunky.

Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star itself is a big smartphone. It measures 153.2 x 76.2 x 8.6 mm and weighs 181 g.

Going by today’s smartphone build standards, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star doesn’t feel very handy like most smartphones. It doesn’t have the fancy 18:9 aspect ratio that makes modern smartphones easier to hold.

Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star’s 16:9 aspect ratio makes it look like a throwback to smartphones made in 2016/2017.

Just like most budget smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star has a plastic body build. This plastic body build looks like metal and it feels pleasant to touch.

At the front of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star, you have a 13-megapixel front camera, a headphone, and a light sensor all positioned above the smartphone’s display.

Meanwhile, below the display, you get a back button, a recent app button, and a physical home button. At the bottom of the device, there’s a headphone jack, a micro USB port for charging, and a microphone.

Additionally, on the left side of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star, you have a volume rocker and a sim tray that also houses the microSD card. Meanwhile, there’s a speaker and a power button on the right side.

Furthermore, the back covering of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star features a 13-megapixel camera and the “Samsung” inscription.

Overall, this smartphone has a solid build and a sleek design. Hence, it scores a seven in this review.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Star: Display Features

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Star features a 5.5-inch TFT display. This display has an HD resolution of 1280 x 720 at 267 dpi.

It is very obvious that this display is one of the strongest points of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star. Images on the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star are crisp and viewing angles are also great.

Generally, this TFT display makes activities carried out on the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star more interesting. Watching movies, playing games, or browsing on the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star is very pleasant.

Moreover, this display is multitouch capable. It is very sensitive and responsive to the touch.

Hence, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star scores a seven in this review for its good display quality.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Star: Camera Features

Samsung equipped the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star with a 13-megapixel front and rear camera. These cameras come with enough features you will need to take regular pictures.

Furthermore, the quality of the pictures taken with this smartphone’s rear camera is not so bad. However, pictures taken in low-light environments are not so great.

Likewise, the front camera offers good picture quality for a budget smartphone. However, it also doesn’t perform very well in low-light environments.

Overall, the cameras in Samsung Galaxy J7 Star are slightly better than those on the LG Stylo 4.

In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star’s camera perfectly fits its price tag. Hence, it scores a seven in this review.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Star: Battery Life and Talk Time

Samsung equipped the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star with a 3,300 mAh Li-Po battery. This battery is non-removable.

The battery life on this smartphone is good. In most cases, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star will last close to a day of moderate usage.

On a battery test, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star lasted up to 20 hours. Meanwhile, it can last for as long as 27 days on standby mode.

Generally, battery life varies depending on how you use the device. One downside, however, is that this smartphone doesn’t support fast charging.

Nonetheless, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star scores a seven in this review for its long battery life.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Star: Storage Options and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Star comes with 32 GB internal storage. This storage capacity is impressive for a budget smartphone.

Although the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star’s operating system uses part of the smartphone’s storage, what is left is still very sufficient.

Moreover, Samsung also supports a storage expansion with a microSD card. You can expand this smartphone’s storage to up to 400 GB.

Hence, you can easily store large number of photos, videos, games, and apps.

In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star scores an eight in this review for its excellent storage options.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Star: Security Features and Sensors

Thanks to the advancements in modern technology, smartphones are often equipped with sensors to enhance a better user experience.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Star did not disappoint in any way when it comes to sensors. It comes with a good variety of sensors.

To offer you some details, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star comes with an accelerometer that measures the tilting motion and orientation of the phone. This makes it easy for the phone to change orientation as you flip it from vertical to horizontal – and vice versa.

It also comes with a proximity sensor that detects how close the smartphone is to an external object like your ear. This dims the phone’s display when you are making a phone call to save battery.

In addition to these, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star also features an ambient light sensor and a geomagnetic sensor. The ambient light sensor detects light in the environment and automatically adjusts the phone’s brightness – saving its battery.

On the other hand, the phone’ s geomagnetic sensor works helps determine the device’s physical position – this has a lot of applications. For instance, this can be used by apps that help you “find your phone”.

Moving on to security features, Samsung equipped the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star with a facial recognition sensor. This sensor offers additional security – instead of signing into your phone with a PIN, you can sign in with your face.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star scores an eight in this review for its good array of sensors and security features.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How old is the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star?

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Star was released in July 2018.

2. Is the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star waterproof?

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Star doesn’t have any IP ratings. Hence, this smartphone will not be able to withstand water.

3. Does the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star have wireless charging?

Sadly, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star doesn’t have Qi Wireless Charging integrated. 

4. Is the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star compatible with NFC?

Yes, it is. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Star is compatible with NFC

5. Which Operating System does the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star run on?

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Star runs on Android 8.0, Oreo operating system.

Conclusion

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star is a good phone. It offers enough value for its price tag.

If you need an affordable smartphone that has good performance and cool features, you should consider the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star smartphone.

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Olatunbosun Adesoye

Adesoye Olatunbosun is a technical writer at Itechguides.com. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering. Ola is an art and philosophy enthusiast. When he is not writing, he reads, watches football, or codes apps. Ola writes reviews, buying guides, and best pick articles for Itechguides.com.

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