Samsung Galaxy J Max
Samsung has been quite active from the last two years. During this time, it has launched some great smartphones that have attracted many customers.
The Galaxy J Max is one of the recent editions in Samsung’s arsenal. With this device, the manufacturer is trying to target budget customers who love bigger displays. As of now, it is listed on ecommerce websites with a price tag of 13,400 rupees.
Decent Build Quality
Even though this Galaxy big screen device sports a plastic body but its build quality is great. Samsung has used high quality plastic for making it. The back panel gives a rubberized feel and does not attract fingerprints. It is quite easy to hold this device in one hand, though to operate it you will need to use two hands.
A 7-inch screen sits on the front, which puts this device in the category of phablets. Thick bezels may seem a bit less attractive but they help a lot in handling. I would like to point out though the low resolution of 1280 X 800 pixels degrades the user experience. Viewing angles are good, however, the color reproduction is below average.
The most disappointing thing is this device does not come with a light sensor, thus no auto brightness mode.
On the front of performance, this Samsung device has failed to impress us. It sports a really old Spreadtrum SC8830 chipset coupled with a Cortex A7 processor (1.5 GHz). And, the 1.5 GB RAM is not enough memory for all the apps to run properly in the background. As a result, the phablet suffers from frequent lags and frame drops.
Samsung offers only an 8GB variant of the J Max, on which you get only 3.9GB of usable storage. Fortunately, its onboard storage is expandable up to 200 GB via a microSD card.
There is an 8 MP rear and a 2 MP front camera on this phablet. Image quality turns out to be average. Both front and rear shooters struggle while focusing the subject. Optics is not a strong area of the J Max (as is the case with most phablets out there).
Runs On A Dated OS
This Galaxy device runs on Android Lollipop out of the box. User Interface is lightly customized and the bloatware apps are also less in number. There is no official word on whether it will receive the Marshmallow update or not.
A worth mentioning feature of this phablet is the preloaded Child Mode. You get full parental control and can even set a PIN to stop children from accessing some features. This mode creates a really unique eco-system where a child can learn new things and have fun.
You will be able to make high quality calls on the J Max as it supports VoLTE. There are two SIM slots on it both of which operate on 4G networks.
Samsung ships a Bluetooth earphone (single ear) in the box. This move is understandable, as no one would directly put this huge phablet on his or her ear to make calls.
Comes With A Big Battery
A massive 4000-mAh battery powers the Galaxy J Max. As the display and processor do not demand much power, one can expect around two days of backup on a single charge (moderate usage).
The charger that comes along is rated at just one Amp and takes around four hours to fully charge this phablet.
- Big screen
- Good build quality
- Dual SIM with 4G and VoLTE support
- Long battery backup
- Child Mode and S Bike Mode
- Offers Indian languages
- Low resolution
- Disappointing performance
- Low onboard storage
The Galaxy J Max is not for every user. It would impress only those who like a big screen device and that supports high-speed internet as well. I would not recommend any gamer or photographer to purchase it. If calling feature is not a priority then the Xiaomi Mi Tab can be a better option to go for.
|Features||Android Lollipop, Dual SIM, 1G 2G 3G 4G|
|Display||7 Inch, 800×1200 Pixels, 216 PPI, TFT, Multi-touch|
|Performance||Spreadtrum SC8830, Quad Core, 1.5GHz, Mali-400 MP2, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB Memory|
|Camera||8MP, CMOS Sensor, 1.9F Aperture, ISO Control, HDR, HD Recording; 2MP, 2.2F Aperture|
|Battery||4000 mAh Battery, Li-ion, Up to 21 Hours|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, FM|
Lenovo K5 Note
The K5 Note has created a great hype in the market. Recently, the manufacturer had released a press statement saying that the sales of this device have crossed the 100-crore rupee mark. This is a really huge achievement for Lenovo as it is struggling in the mid-range segment since last few months.
Experts have dubbed this phone as the best platform out there for media consumption. In the below paragraphs, we will find out if the K5 Note really lives up to this claim or not.
Lenovo’s K series Note phablets are infamous for their plastic body and unpleasant design. So, this time around the brand has tried to make a difference with the K5 Note. It sports metallic back panel and an HTC-like (overall) form factor. The phone feels really great in the hand.
On the back, users will find a fast fingerprint reader, which also acts as a shortcut button for many commands.
The K5 Note sports a 5.5-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels. High pixel density helps in generating sharp graphics. The bezels around the screen are very thin because of which users get an immersive experience.
Surprisingly, Lenovo has decided to not equip the phone with Corning Gorilla Glass (which has become a standard nowadays). This move will certainly push away some customers.
At the heart of the Lenovo phone sits a MediaTek MT6755 1.8 GHz processor. It has eight cores but does not handle processes that well.
The K5 Note comes in two variants i.e. one with 3 GB of RAM and the other with 4 GB of RAM. We have used the higher end model for our testing.
At first, I did not expect this device to perform but much to my surprise, it offers a great user experience. The interface remains fluid no matter how many apps are running in the background. It handles games like Real Racing 3, Nova 3 and Asphalt 8 easily. I would like to point out though sometimes, frame rates do drop and make the gameplay jittery.
Although the phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow but Lenovo has heavily customized the interface. A person who has not used any Lenovo phone earlier will need a couple of days to get used to its environment.
Onboard 32GB of storage will prove to be enough for most people. The K5 Note comes with hybrid SIM-cum-microSD card slot. So, you can only use two SIMs when microSD card is not in use. Lenovo has also promised to enable VoLTE feature via an OTA update in the near future.
The 3500-mAh battery provides almost all-day power backup on a single charge, though it does not support fast charging.
Good Cameras – Bad Post Processing
Lenovo has featured powerful image sensors on the K5 Note. The 13MP rear shooter is capable of capturing professional looking images but poor post-processing makes everything worse. Onboard autofocus system fails every single time and without any image stabilization technology, all the videos turn out to be shaky. The good thing though is Lenovo can easily fix all these problems with a software update. The front 8MP camera is quite good at taking selfies. It takes wide angle shots, which is another pro.
A Multimedia Powerhouse
If you love watching movies and videos on smartphone, then there cannot be a better option than the K5 Note. It comes preloaded with Lenovo’s TheatreMax VR technology. To use this technology, users will have to purchase a 1299-rupee AntVR headset from Lenovo itself but this purchase is really worth it. The VR technology works like a personal movie theatre. The users will feel like they themselves are in the movie.
The TheatreMax technology converts not only videos but also the whole interface of the phone into VR mode. This means one can use apps, view images, and play games in virtual reality.
Controlling the phone in VR mode is a big issue for many people. To solve this problem, Lenovo sells a dedicated remote for the AntVR headset.
Secure Zone- Parallel Spaces
Lenovo’s Secure Zone is an innovative way of separating your personal and professional life on the K5 Note. This feature creates two virtual spaces on the phone, each of which will remain disconnected from the other. As a result, customers will be able to use two WhatsApp accounts, two Google accounts, two Messenger accounts, and two Skype accounts on the same phone. This does not stop here. You will even have separate spaces for storing files.
- Superior design
- TheatreMax technology
- Generates loud and clear audio
- High resolution display
- Can do casual gaming
- Emphasis on data security
- All day power backup
- OTG support
- Camera app is not good
- Confusing interface
This phone will impress everyone except photography lovers (until Lenovo releases a patch to fix the rear camera problem). I would highly recommend you to purchase the K5 Note because it gives a fantastic multimedia experience and is also capable of running casual games.
|Features||Android Marshmallow, Dual SIM, 3G, and 4G, Fingerprint Security|
|Design||Metal Built, 8.4mm (Th), 152 Grams ( W)|
|Display||5.5 Inch, Full HD, 401 PPI, IPS LCD, Screen Protection, 72.31% Screen-to-body Ratio|
|Performance||MediaTek Processor, 64bit, Octa Core 1.8Ghz, Mali-T860 MP2, 3/4GB RAM, 32GB Memory, USB OTG|
|Camera||13MP, CMOS Sensor, 2.2F Aperture, Dual Color LED, ISO Control, Full HD Recording; 8MP, Wide Angle Selfie|
|Battery||3500 mAh Battery|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, Dual SIM, GPS, MicroUSB, Bluetooth, FM Radio, Dolby Audio|