Samsung J7 Sky Pro Review – How Much of a Pro Is It? [2020 Update]

Samsung is known for their quality. But does this mean that the J7 Sky Pro is any good? Considering its price, we think it is. However, it’s no ‘Pro’. Our Samsung J7 Sky Pro review talks all about it and more. Read ahead.

Samsung J7 Sky Pro Specs

Device Specifications:


 Launch Date

 2017

 Weight

 5.85 ounces (167 grams)

 Measurements

 3.0 in x 5.96 in x 0.34 in (76.2 mm x 151.4 mm x 8.6 mm)

 Graphics Card

 Qualcomm Adreno 308 400Mhz

 Display Screen

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

 Operating System

 Android 6

 Chipset

 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917 (28nm)

 CPU

 1.4Ghz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53

 RAM

 2 GB

 Internal Space

 16 GB

 Front Camera

 5 MP

 Rear Camera

 8 MP

 Supported SIM types

 Single (nano)

 Network Coverage

 2G, 3G, 4G

 Battery Coverage

 3300 mAh

Features

Design

For such an affordable phone, we were surprised by how thin it was. Its dimensions are 3.0 in x 5.96 in x 0.34 in (76.2 mm x 151.4 mm x 8.6 mm). It’s got some good weight to it too. If you’ve read our reviews before, you’d know we’re fans of handsets that are slightly heavy. They feel more premium. It comes in at 5.85 ounces (167 grams).

How big is it? Phones these days are all about being huge. Its screen stretches 5.5 inches (139.7 mm) across. That’s not very big, however, it’s also not small.

No surprise, it’s made from plastic. Most of Samsung’s handsets in the price-range rock the material. To be honest, the plastic on it feels cheap.

That being said, the company curved its sides well. They also made its buttons tactile and placed them in easy to reach spots.

Hopefully, you’re not expecting it to come in many colours. You can only pick it up in black.

There’s a bit of sheen to it. This causes it to collect smudges, which no one likes to hear.

Looking across its sides, you’ll find a 3.5 mm headphone jack and microSD slot. It doesn’t come with the best storage, so the slot is appreciated.

Is there a fingerprint sensor present? Yes, on its home-button.

Display

As its screen is not very big, you’re not getting an immersive viewing experience. There’s some serious bezel action going on too. We’re told what its screen-to-body ratio is – it’s 72.3%.

The panel on it is TFT LCD. Don’t expect anything too vibrant.

At least the Sky Pro has good sharpness. Its resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels. You won’t notice any blurriness unless you look closely.

What’s the glass on its display? Samsung hasn’t made this public knowledge. We don’t think it’s anything tough, though.

You’d like that they included expert colour and temperature settings. This lets you improve its vibrancy by a bit.

J7 Sky Pro

Battery

In the battery department, it doesn’t do well. It has a 3300 mAh unit. Its small battery is one of the reasons it’s not thick. Was this a fair trade-off? We don’t think so. The Sky Pro will only be able to last around a day.

To charge it, you’ll be making use of a micro USB port. If you’ve been reading our articles, you’d know that we’re not fond of it. Micro USBs are dated. The port contributes to the handset taking so long to charge. It also makes use of regular 10 W charging, which is why it goes from 0-100% in over 2 hours.

If it’s any consolation, you can remove its battery. Snapping it off, you’ll be able to force-close its systems if they were to ever get stuck.

Processor

The Snapdragon 425 is present. It’s a chipset fit for a budget phone.

The ROM available is 16 GB. You’d find it almost filling up within a month. This is especially true as the device is available from TracFone. The carrier included bloatware, reducing its storage to 10 GB.

There’s 2 GB RAM. It’s not the best, but you won’t experience apps force-closing.

As mentioned, there is a MicroSD slot. It accepts microSD cards that are 256 GB.

Out of the box, it runs Android 6. Like its micro USB port, Android 6 is ancient. Android 10 is around and is much more customizable. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to update its systems to the OS.

Camera

Budget phones don’t have good cameras. The J7 Sky Pro is no different. There is a single shooter on its rear. It is an 8 MP lens. On its front, a single shooter is present as well. It is a 5 MP lens. Its rear set-up includes LED flash, but you don’t get it on its front. Both cameras don’t take colour accurate or vibrant shots.

Connectivity

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

TracFone Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro 4G LTE Prepaid Smartphone
5.5" HD screen; 1.4 GHz quad-core processor; Android 6.0 Marshmallow; 4G LTE; Wi-Fi capable; Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology; MP3 Player

Alternatives

Now that you know everything about it, we thought about comparing it to similarly priced phones from TracFone.

Compared to the Sky Pro, the A10e is newer. Samsung released it in 2019. You’d expect superior specs because of this.

It comes with a larger display. Its screen is 5.83 inches (148 mm). It’s not too big or small. On its front, you’re getting a PLS TFT panel, which is not the most vibrant. But considering its price, its presence is not a surprise.

You’re barely getting any bezel action. Its screen-to-body ratio is 81.4%. It’s a stark contrast to the Sky Pro’s major bezel action.

Don’t get too rough with its display, though. It’s probably regular strengthened glass. The manufacturer didn’t tell us if it was Gorilla glass or not.

There’s ample sharpness. Its resolution is 720 x 1560-pixels. You’ll only notice blurriness if you look closely.

Its battery is small. It is 3000 mAh. That’s why its dimensions are thin – you’re looking at a unit that stretches 5.80 x 2.74 x 0.33 in (147.3 mm x 69.6 mm x 8.4 mm) across. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro dimensions, they’re slimmer.

The 3000 mAh battery means it’ll last around a day. You’ll be charging it with a regular 10 W charger. Expect it go from 0-100% in well over 2 hours. Yes, you’ll be plugging its charger into a micro USB port.

The processor inside is the Exynos 7884. Compared to the Snapdragon 425, it beats it.

The Exynos 7884 powers Android 9. We’re happy to say that it received the Android 10 update.

The device also comes with better storage. There’s 32 GB of space and 2 GB of RAM. If you’re wondering whether you can expand its memory or not, the answer is yes.

You’d appreciate that it accepts microSD cards of up to 512 GB.

Camera-wise:

You’re met with a single shooter on its rear and front. The camera on its front is a 5 MP lens. Meanwhile, you’re getting an 8 MP shooter on its rear.


From all the phones around, the J7 crown is probably one of the closest related to the Sky Pro. We’ve discussed another closely related handset on our site – the Samsung J7 Refine.

They’re both made of plastic. You’re looking at two handsets that are 5.5 inches (139.7 mm).

The panel on its display is TFT LCD. They’re not the most vibrant, but they’re alright for its price. You’re getting some serious bezel action. There’s more bezel compared to its counterpart. Its screen-to-body ratio is 71.4%. Its screen is sharp, however, and its resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels.

Don’t be too rough with its display. It’s made from regular strengthened glass.

In the processor department, you’re getting an Exynos chipset. It is the Exynos 7880. It outperforms the Snapdragon 425. The processor powers Android 8. If you’re wondering, you won’t be able to upgrade it to Android 10.

There’s 16 GB ROM. Just like its brother, there is only 10 GB after you count bloatware. Thankfully, there is a MicroSD slot. It accepts cards of up to 512 GB.

The RAM available is 2 GB. It’s not too bad – the force closing of apps won’t be a very real issue.

How’s its battery? There’s a 3300 mAh unit. To charge it, you’ll be making use of 10 W regular charging. Yes, there is a micro USB port present.

There are single shooters on its front and back. Compared to the Sky Pro, they have more megapixels. The lens on its front is 13 MP while the one on its rear is also 13 MP.

Final Thoughts

The Samsung device performs exactly as you’d imagine for a phone of its price. It’s the definition of average, but it won’t let you down. If you want to purchase it, don’t hesitate.

It also gives the newer Galaxy A10e a run for its money.

We’ve talked about many Samsung phones on our Facebook page, so check them out.


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