When I started off as a reviewer, I still remember how passionately I coveted tablets, particularly the Nexus 7. When I finally got one, the novelty didn’t wear off for several weeks. Fast forward four years and I can’t help being surprised that the tablet form factor has lost its splendour, and I have so little to do with the Samsung J Max lying on my table. We decided to take it for a spin and see if it can still make a case for itself. Let’s share our experience with Samsung’s new tab while answering a few questions.
Samsung Galaxy J Max Specifications And Features:
|Model||Samsung Galaxy J Max|
|Display||7-inch, WXGA 1280 X 800|
|Processor||1.5GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC8830, Mali 440 GPU|
|Internal Storage||8GB, 256GB MicroSD card supported|
|Software||Android 5.1 Lollipop|
|Primary Camera||8MP AF, F/1.9 lens|
|Secondary Camera||2MP, F/2.2 lens|
|Others||Dual SIM, 4G LTE with VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio|
- Looks good, feels solid
- Decent battery life
- Average display quality
- Average camera performance
- Only 8GB storage
Question: How is the Samsung J Max design and build?
Answer: The Galaxy J Max is a solidly built tab with a functional design. It’s made of plastic and flaunts a textured matte finish back cover that lends it a firm grip. At 289 grams, the tablet is neither bulky nor light (and surprisingly it does fit in your pants pocket).
The center of attraction is the 7-inch display, below which you will spot a physical home button flanked by the Back and Recent Apps capacitive keys. You can use the Home button to unlock the tab, and thus won’t have to stretch your fingers all the way to the top where the Power Key is mounted.
The camera module juts out a bit but has resisted all scratches thus far. The back door doesn’t open, and thus the dual SIM Tray and MicroSD card slot are both housed on the left edge.
Question: Are the capacitive navigation buttons on J Max backlit?
Answer: No, they are not.
Question: How is the display of Samsung J Max?
Answer: Now, the display is perhaps the most crucial part of a tablet. You might not need oodles of horsepower or a perfect camera, but the whole point is to have a roomy, yet portable display that can fit in more than your Smartphone.
The J Max display, however, isn’t anything to write home about. It’s not a bad screen, and perhaps if you aren’t particularly finicky about display specifics, or are a first time user, you might very well live with it. But to our trained eyes, the scant resolution and washed out colors are unpalatable. The minimum display brightness could have also been lower, for better night time reading.
Question: How is the outdoor visibility on Samsung Galaxy J Max? Does it offer automatic brightness control?
Answer: With the ‘Outdoor Mode’ checked, the display is visible outdoors. Again, this shouldn’t rank high on your priority list unless you plan on using it as your primary phone.
Like other budget J series smartphones, there is no option for automatic brightness here.
Question: What about Gorilla Glass on Samsung Galaxy J Max?
Answer: There is no Gorilla Glass protection on the display, but Samsung seems to be using some scratch resistant coating nonetheless.
Performance and Storage
Question: How much internal storage space is free on Galaxy J Max?
Answer: Out of 8GB, a little more than 4GB is available for users.
Question: Does J Max support microSD card? Can Apps be moved to SD card on Galaxy J Max?
Answer: Yes, there is a dedicated MicroSD card slot. You can also move some apps to SD card storage.
Question: Does Samsung Galaxy J Max support USB OTG?
Answer: Yes, USB OTG is supported.
Question: How is the day-to-day or general performance? How is gaming performance of Galaxy J Max?
Answer: The Galaxy J Max is meant for basic usage, and for consuming multimedia content. The Spreadtrum SoC housed within is good enough to cater to requirements as mentioned above. This isn’t a very powerful chip, though. The moment you start pushing it, cracks begin to show up.
For instance, if you have multiple apps running in the background or if your internal storage is almost full, performance lag becomes very noticeable. This isn’ta device cut out for gaming.
Question: What are benchmark scores of Samsung Galaxy J Max?
Answer: We ran some popular benchmarks.
|Geekbench 4 (single-core, Multi-core)||460, 1171|
|Vellamo (Browser, Metal, Multi-core)||1808, 808, 1121|
Question: Does J Max has heating issues?
Answer: No, it does not.
Question: How much RAM is free on first boot in J Max?
Answer: At the time of first boot, approx. 900MB RAM is free.
Question: Does J Max support Google cardboard and other VR Apps?
Answer: No, it does not.
Question: How is the Samsung Galaxy J Max camera quality?
Answer: You can capture great images when the lighting is right, but with low light, the rear camera struggles a lot. The Image quality isn’t the worst that we have seen by far, but is certainly below what other smartphones in the same budget offer. The same goes for the selfie camera.
This is a camera which you won’t be using very often, and for a tablet, that isn’t a deal breaker. For use as a phone, it is.
Samsung J Max Camera Samples
Question: How well does the HDR Mode work on the Samsung Galaxy J Max?
Answer: No, HDR Mode isn’t present.
Question: Can the Galaxy J Max shoot Full HD videos?
Answer: No. You can shoot maximum up to HD resolution videos. Quality of video recording is average
Question: Does J Max has a pro mode in the camera app?
Answer: No, it does not.
Question: How is the software on the J Max?
Answer: The Samsung Galaxy J Max software is still based on Android Lollipop. Now, a 2 generation old Android version certainly isn’t captivating. But at the same time, the software doesn’t interfere with the use of Galaxy J Max as a tablet. For the experience the J Max attempts to deliver, the software feels adequate.
Question: Does the J Max support Gestures?
Answer: Not really. Only ‘Smart Alert’ is listed under Motions and Gestures. When the feature is turned on, your handset vibrates to notify you of missed calls and messages whenever you pick it up. Useful if your notification shade is cluttered with notifications.
Question: How well does the Multi-windows work?
Answer: Samsung’s Multi-windows remains the best way to multitask. More so on the bigger display. You can easily split screen from the recent apps screen and open more than one app simultaneously. Not all apps support Multi-windows though. Also, the tab slows down a bit when you open two apps at once.
Question: What kind of SIM cards does Samsung Galaxy J Max support?
Answer: The handset accepts two Micro SIM cards. 4G VoLTE is supported.
Question: How is the call quality on Samsung Galaxy J Max?
Answer: Call quality is very good. Samsung has also bundled a Bluetooth headset in the box, so you need not put the tablet directly to your ears.
Question: How is the Battery backup on J Max?
Answer: The battery backup is excellent.
Question: Does J Max support fast charging?
Answer: No, it does not.
Question: Is the battery removable on J Max?
Answer: No, it’s not.
Question: What are the sensors present in J Max?
Answer: J Max includes only acceleration and screen orientation sensor.
Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Galaxy J Max?
Answer: Loudspeaker isn’t very strong. It’s mounted next to camera module on the rear, which is again far from ideal.
Question: How is the audio quality via headphones?
Answer: Audio quality via headphones is about average too. The Bluetooth earpiece that comes bundled in the box has noise cancellation. You can use it only for making and attending calls.
Should you buy Samsung Galaxy J Max?
The Samsung Galaxy J Max is meant to be used as a tablet, even though Samsung is trying hard to palm it off as a smartphone. If you are out there looking for a Smartphone first experience, there are numerous better options available.
As for tablet – Yes, we can fit in about twice as much on the screen when using the Kindle App or Google Play Books, and that helps. And yes, the bigger display is better for streaming videos too. But, there are several compromises made which restrict Galaxy J Max as a tablet for undemanding, basic users.
To sum it up – if you are looking for a real big display smartphone, J Max isn’t for you. If a big display ranks number one on your priority list and you are looking for a ‘tier-1 branded’ tablet option you can consider J Max as an option.