Samsung Galaxy J7 Crown Review – A Jewel of a Device? [2020 Update]

Is the J7 Crown a jewel in Samsung’s budget range? Not really. It’s basically the J7 (2018) but sold by TracFone. In our Samsung Galaxy J7 Crown review, we’ve talked all about it and compared it to alternatives. Read ahead.

Samsung J7 Crown Specs

Device Specifications:


 Launch Date

 2018

 Weight

6.34 ounces (181 grams 

 Measurements

3.0 in x 6.03 in x 0.34 in (76.2 mm x 153.2 mm x 8.6 mm)

 Graphics Card

 ARM Mali-T830 MP1 700Mhz

 Display Screen

 5.5 in (139.7 mm) TFT LCD 720 X 1280 pixels

 Operating System

 Android 8

 Chipset

 Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870 (14nm)

 CPU

 1.6Ghz Octa-Core ARM Cortex-A53

 RAM

 2 GB

 Internal Space

 16 GB

 Front Camera

13 MP 

 Rear Camera

 13 MP

 Supported SIM types

 Nano (single)

 Network Coverage

 2G, 3G, 4G

 Battery Coverage

 3300 mAh

Features

Design

You’re not looking at a large phone. Its screen stretches 5.5 inches (139.7 mm) across. Although it isn’t big, it’s not small either.

In your hands, you’ll realize that it’s not thick. The following are its dimensions, 3.0 in x 6.03 in x 0.34 in (76.2 mm x 153.2 mm x 8.6 mm). Considering its price, you’d expect the opposite.

It is made of plastic. To be honest, the plastic on it doesn’t feel very good. You’ll easily be able to tell its price.

At least Samsung curved its sides well. It is superbly ergonomic. They made its buttons tactile and also placed them in easy-to-reach positions.

Are you looking for an eye-catching exterior? If you are, the J7 Crown is not for you. It comes with a plain black build. Recent units from the brand rock more exciting exteriors, though.

Looking across its sides, you’ll find a 3.5 mm headphone jack. You’ll also see a MicroSD slot. The two are appreciated as they’ve started to be removed from more expensive handsets these days.

We’re fans of units that are a bit heavy. They feel more premium. The Galaxy device comes in at 6.34 ounces (181 grams). As it’s not thick, it doesn’t feel like a brick.

If you’re wondering whether it comes with a fingerprint sensor or not, it does. It’s on its home button.

Display

Don’t expect anything too vibrant. The panel on its front is TFT LCD. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, you could get a Samsung handset with a Super AMOLED screen. They are superbly vibrant - the Galaxy A20 comes with it.

There’s some bezel action going on. It’ll be one of the first things you notice when you look at it. We’re told what its screen-to-body ratio is. It is 71.4%.

We aren’t told what the glass on its display is, though. But we don’t think it’s anything tough. Be careful with it.

Considering its size, it’s sharp. Its resolution is 720 x 1080 pixels.

If you’re not a fan of its vibrancy (or lack thereof), know that there are expert colour and temperature settings to play with.

J7 Crown

Battery

There is a 3300 mAh battery present. It’s small and is one of the reasons the phone isn’t thick. Was it a good compromise? We don’t think so. The Crown is only able to last around a day.

You’ll be making use of a micro USB port to charge it. We’re not fans of it. The port is archaic and is rarely seen these days. You’ll be plugging a regular 10 W charger to it. That’s why it takes over 2 hours to go from 0-100%.

Can you remove its battery? The answer is no. Otherwise, you’d be able to remove it and force-close its systems whenever they’d get stuck.

Processor

The chipset inside of it is the Exynos 7870. It can’t handle the most extensive tasks. However, it’s good for everyday use.

The processor will be powering Android 8. Sadly, you won’t be able to upgrade it to Android 10. This is a shame as Android 10 is super good-looking and customizable.

It’s great that it comes with a MicroSD slot. Because the storage it comes with isn’t very good. You’ll be able to pick it up with 16 GB ROM and 2 GB RAM. As it’s available from TracFone, there would be carrier bloatware. If you don’t know what bloatware is, it’s apps that you can’t uninstall. They’re alternative software to Google’s. They reduce the 16 gigs to 10.

Its microSD slot accepts cards that are up to 512 GB.

The 2 GB RAM isn’t too bad. Apps force-closing won’t be too big of a deal.

Camera

It doesn’t come with the best camera. This shouldn’t be a surprise considering its price. There’s a single shooter on its front and back. Its rear camera consists of a 13 MP lens. On its front, a 13 MP sensor is present too.

There’s an LED flash on its rear camera but not its front, sadly.

In terms of both the set-ups, none of them take vibrant or colour accurate shots. They’re especially bad in low-light.

Connectivity

You’ll be able to connect to 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. And you’ll be able to share files with others through Bluetooth v4.2.

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Alternatives

In the following section, we touched on similarly priced phones from TracFone. They’d help you decide on the Galaxy Crown better.

The A10e was released in 2019, so it comes with better specs. To begin with, there’s barely any bezel action going on. It boasts an 81.4% screen to body ratio.

It’s bigger than its counterpart. It comes with a 5.83-inch (148 mm) screen.

It’s fully made from plastic. Thankfully, the plastic on it doesn’t feel cheap. Samsung built it well – its sides are also super ergonomic.

On its front, a PLS TFT panel is present. It’s not the most vibrant, like the J7 Crown’s screen.

In the sharpness department, it does well. You’re getting a 720 x 1520-pixel resolution. You won’t be able to notice any blurriness unless you look closely.

Like its alternative, we aren’t told what the glass on its display is. Don’t get too rough with it, though. it doesn’t seem like anything tough.

The battery inside of it is small. It’s 3000 mAh; it’ll only last around a day. There’s a USB-C port on it. To it, you’ll be plugging its 10 W regular charger. It goes from 0-100% in well over 2 hours. Sadly, you won’t be able to remove its battery.

The processor present is the Exynos 7884. It’s superior to the 7880 on the J7 Crown but it’s still quite basic.

Its chipset will power Android 9 out of the box. You’ll be able to upgrade it to Android 10.

There’s a microSD slot. However, the storage it comes with is good. You’re getting 32 GB of space and 2 GB RAM. It can handle microSD slots that's 512 GB.

In the camera department:

There is a single shooter on its front and back. Its back camera is an 8 MP lens. Meanwhile, its front camera is a 5 MP lens.


We just had to compare the Crown to a device in the same series. They’re both the same price and also sold by TracFone. It’s a win-win situation.

It is the same size as it. You’re looking at a 5.5-inch (139.7 mm) handset. It’s also made from plastic. But unlike its brother, you’re able to snap its back and remove its battery.

The Sky Pro has less bezel action going on – by a bit, though. Its screen-to-body ratio is 72.3%.

While discussing its display, know the panel on it isn’t very good. You’re getting TFT LCD. We would’ve loved if a vibrant AMOLED was in place, but the phone’s too affordable for that.

Its screen resolution is better than its counterpart’s, there are 720 x 1280 pixels.

We mentioned how you’ll be able to remove its battery. Let’s talk about it more – it is 3300 mAh. You won’t be making use of a USB-C port. Unfortunately, a dated micro USB one is present. To it, you’ll be plugging a regular 10 W charger. That’s why it takes over 2 hours to go from 0-100%.

The processor present is the Snapdragon 425. Compared to the Exynos one on the Crown, it doesn’t do as well.

The phone comes with the same storage. You can pick it up with 16 GB ROM and 2 GB RAM. Yes, you’ll be able to expand its memory.

There’s a single shooter on its front and back. Its rear camera consists of an 8 MP lens. On its front, a 5 MP shooter is present.

We’ve done a full review of the handset on our site. Check our Samsung J7 Sky Pro review out if you’d like to learn more.

Final Thoughts

What do you think about our TracFone Samsung Galaxy J7 Crown run-through? For its price, we think it does well. It gives the newer A10e a run for its money, which makes it a good option to purchase in our opinion.

Samsung’s known for quality, so you won’t be disappointed.

But if you’d like to view more phones from them, you can check our Pinterest out. We regularly update it with content. We’ve compared and contrasted several Samsung phones on it.


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