If you are looking for a budget phone with a good camera, advanced security features, fast processor, and the latest operating system, then you should definitely check out the Samsung J7 Star from T- Mobile.
The Samsung J7 Star (SM-J737T) is one of the few budget phones that came with a Facial Recognition feature. The phone retails at $250 on T-Mobile, and if you don’t buy it outright, you can also get it for $10 per month for 24 months with $10 down payment.
You will pay the remaining device balance if you cancel before the contract ends.
Do note that it comes locked with T- Mobile, so if you want it unlocked (for use with another carrier), you can definitely use UnlockBase’s service for Device Unlock App Permanent Unlock.
On the outside the phone looks nothing spectacular; it is available only on color blue just as the Samsung J3 Star is only available on color pink. We are assuming this phone was meant for the masculine market because it has a bigger battery than the J3 Star, which is more likely for gaming purposes.
Let’s first discover its overall features to help you decide whether the Samsung J7 Star could be your next phone.
Samsung J7 Star vs Other Budget Phones
Below is a table that compares the key features of Samsung J7 Star to that of other budget phones that are also available through the T-Mobile network.
|Features||Samsung J7 Star||Moto E5 Plus||LG Stylo 4|
|Display Size||5.5 in||6.0 in||6.2 in|
|Screen Technology||TFT||IPS LCD||TFT|
|Screen Features||Scratch- resistant||Scratch- resistant|
|Front Camera||13MP||8MP with Flash||5MP with Autofocus HDR mode|
|Video Recorder||1080p HD, 30fps||1080p HD, 30fps||1080p HD, 30fps|
|Build (body) Material||Plastic||Metal|
|Security Features||Facial Recognition||Fingerprint||Facial recognition, Fingerprint touch|
|Colors||Blue||Black, Gold, Gray, Blue||Black|
|System Processor||Octa-core, 1600 MHz||Octa-core, 1400 MHz||Octa-core, 1800 MHz|
|Storage expansion||up to 400 GB||up to 128GB||up to 2000GB(2TB)|
|OS||Android (8.0 Oreo)||Android (8.0 Oreo)||Android (8.1 Oreo)|
|Battery Capacity||3300 mAh||5000mAh||3300 mAh|
Samsung Galaxy J7 Star Design And Build Quality
The J7 Star is a minimalistic looking phone; it could be because of the price or it could be just because they’re trying to keep it consistent with the J3 Star. It has more of a “2016-ish” design compared to the LG Stylo 4, which adopted a more 2018-like design.
The latter also has a bigger screen size, 6.2 in compared to 5.5 in on the Samsung Galaxy J7 star. The LG Stylo 4 also has a better 1080p resolution compared to the 720p resolution on the J7 star. This means that the visual experience with the Stylo 4 is going to be better than that of the J7 Star.
On the front, there is a 13MP camera, which makes it a winner in that department. Selfies with the J7 Star are definitely better than the Stylo 4.
There’s also a 13MP camera at the back with a f/1.7 aperture (a low f-stop means wider aperture and more light comes in). With a better aperture, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star will have better low light photos compared to the Moto E5 Plus and Stylo 4.
It has a scratch-resistant screen and a handy Home button below the screen
How To Set Up Face Recognition On Samsung Galaxy J7 Star
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Star, unfortunately, doesn’t have any Fingerprint reader, so the only way to secure your phone is to setup a password/pin/pattern or to setup the Face Recognition feature.
But no worries, it’s fairly easy. Just like most Samsung phones, here’s how to get it done.
- Go to Settings.
- Tap on Lock Screen and Security.
- Tap Face Recognition.
- Tap Continue.
- Set Up A Secure Screen Lock (Pattern, Pin, Password).
- Tap Continue.
- Re-enter Your Screen Lock Security Key.
- Tap Confirm.
- Read Disclaimer. Hit OK.
- Tap Continue.
- Follow Screen Prompts To Setup Face Recognition.
- Tap Continue.
- Tap Turn On (Face Unlock).
- Tap Done.
Congratulations! You’ve setup your Face Recognition security successfully! If you ever have problems opening up your phone using the Face Recognition feature, you can always use your screen lock security key (password, pin, or pattern) to unlock your phone.
How To Unlock Samsung J7 Star For Any GSM Network
As mentioned in the earlier part of this article, the Samsung J7 Star from T-Mobile can only be unlocked using the Device Unlock App. This helpful app will be the only way to get your phone Temporarily or Permanently unlocked for use with any GSM network, and it will be granted as long as you qualify with T-Mobile’s unlock policies.
If you otherwise don’t, you can always use our services to get your phone permanently unlocked! To do it now, simply go to our T-Mobile Device Unlock App service page! Should you have any questions we’re always here, 24/7 to help you out!