Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
Updated: Jan 9
An Entry Into the Samsung Ecosystem
For those looking to get into the Samsung ecosystem, this phone is a low priced item exclusively for that purpose. This device is a perfect compliment to those strictly using Android or WearOS powered devices (smartwatches, tablets, etc.) and would like to have synchronization across all of their platforms such as the likes of Apple.
"For a phone that is less than $200, it amazes me how Samsung does a great job at manufacturing the screens."
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime Specs:
1080 x 1920 pixel 5.5 inch screen
Exynos 7870 Octa Chipset
16 and 32 GB internal memory (expandable memory to 256 GB)
13 MP back camera, 8 MP front camera
A perk that this device does have as a budget phone is the ability to expand the storage up to 256 GB. Since storage is expandable, there is no need to purchase the 32 GB version (as opposed to the 16 GB version). With the ability to add storage to the device and the long lasting battery, this phone provides a nice place to hold a lot of media (video, pictures, music, etc.) without the need to compromise and delete previous media that is stored on it.
For a phone that is less than $200, it amazes me how Samsung does a great job at manufacturing their screens. This not only goes for this phone, but for all of their devices. Even though the phone does not utilize an AMOLED or OLED screen, the 1280 x 720 HD TFT does give the phone a premium look.
"In addition to the device feeling cheap, there are also compromises to the camera."
From looking at the phone, the phone does look like a premium and expensive device. That is far from the truth. You can tell that this device is a budget device from the plastic body. In addition to the device feeling cheap, there are also compromises to the camera. Sporting only an 13 MP back camera and a 8 MP front camera, do not expect professional photos to come from this device.
Another minor issue I spotted was the delay in opening apps. Yes they do open after about 2-3 seconds, but with the chipsets today this could feel like forever. Again though, this device is available for purchase for under $200 so there will be compromises.
Overall if you are looking to pick up a cheap phone for less than $200 and want to be in the Samsung ecosystem, grab this device. If you are ok with not buying into the ecosystem, there are better devices available that are similar in price.