If it is one thing Samsung knows how to do and do well, it is to flood the market with phones. This tactic has worked and well at that, as its because of this strategy it has placed them at the top of the smartphone Mt Rushmore these past years. Though it has been a good tactic for sales, quality outside of Samsung’s top lines (S-series, Note-Series) has always remained on shaky grounds. These devices outside of the top lines sell merely because of the brand identity rather than its performance or value for money.
This has allowed Samsung to be able to be redundant with a lot of their product lines and consumers not taking enough time to actually analyze what they are being sold. Here in Trinidad & Tobago, where Samsung has been King, customers rarely stop to ask themselves if the product they are buying is a redundant one, if it suits their needs, or if they are being overcharged for what they are getting.
I find outside of the S8’s and the Note series, the J series is the most popular line of phones from Samsung, mainly because it is an affordable product from a reputable brand. Usually, I am okay with this, usually. But in 2017, where they budget space has never had so many great offerings for a more affordable price or better bang for the buck for the same prices as some of these J series phones, I decided to shed some light on this. Here are my 4 reasons why you should not pick up a Samsung J 7 whatever.
1. Similarities And Differences:
Have the retailers who have decided to stock every single model of J7 even taken a look at the specifications of the devices? There are very minor differences, not enough to say as a business, let’s stalk every single model. To the customer, you would need to do some digging to see what the differences are and why there are price differences between them all, I mean they’re not different by much but still different. All of the J7’s except for the Max variant are powered by the mediocre Exynos 7870 CPU, the Max being powered by the MTK Helio P20 CPU.
Next, up the variances comes in the screen technology, either being fitted with a PLS TFT screen or the company’s Super AMOLED tech. Next would be the memory versions, all ranging between 16gb storage to 32gb storage with 2-3gb Ram, with 4gb of ram on the Max. The version of Android you get will vary between Nougat 7.0 to 7.1. The battery pack included will either be the 3300 or 3600mah except on the Nxt version which is a 3000mah pack. Lastly, the rear cameras are 13mp shooters with either a 5mp/8mp/13mp front facing the camera. To really nitpick, some will come with either the 1.7 aperture or 1.9 on the rear camera.
The point is there is not much of a difference between all of these devices and absolutely no need to make some many versions of the J7. Remember, the also have the J1, J2, J3, and J5, so you see why Samsung is the king of redundancy.
2. Price Range:
Now this is where things get a bit confusing. All those devices listed average between $1600-$2800ttd depending on where you purchase the device from. Considering all the devices are fitted with the same CPU, performance is pretty much going to be the same amongst all except for the minor differences so one the pricing can be very misleading.
You may see the Samsung J7 Pro and think it is that much better than say the cheaper J7 Neo. The performance will essentially be the same due to them having the same CPU. You have to see if paying the extra money is worth the other minor details.
3. Snapdragon 625 vs The Exynos 7870:
Now, I am not about to geek out and break down all the technical differences between the 2 cpus, but this is an important fact because all the J7’s packing the Exynos 7870 is right in the same price bracket of devices sporting a Snapdragon 625 CPU. The Snapdragon (SD) 625 is 25% faster than Samsungs Exynos 7870 CPU, and also uses a MUCH better GPU in the Adreno 506 than what Samsung uses in the Mali 830 mp series.
The Adreno packs a lot more power and is a night & day difference when using any graphics intensive app, game, video. The devices using the Snapdragon 625 cpus at the pricepoint offer much better performance, picture quality and gaming experience than the devices being powered with the Exynos 7870 and Mali 830. Everyone wants a better performing device, especially if it is around the same price point.
4. Better Alternatives:
So what are some great alternatives for a smartphone than picking up a Samsung J7 whatever. Well For starters, anything sporting the Snapdragon 625. But to name a few to check out. Here we go:
– Motorola G5 Plus
– Asus Zenfone 3 zoom
– Lenovo P2
– Xiaomi Mi A1/5X
– Xiaomi Mi Max 2
– Oppo R9S
– Huawei Nova/Nova Plus
– Samsung C97
Those are just a few devices you can go take a look at. So yes Samsung is a reputable brand, and every single smartphone store in T&T is pushing the J series, especially the J7 series, just do not get fooled when taking a look at the many options of the J7. As always, if you guys have any questions, do not be afraid to shoot us a message and we will answer your question as best as we can.