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When it comes to smartphones, Samsung holds the top spot, beating Apple. It is known for high-end phones as well as mid-range ones, including the Galaxy J-series, from J2 to J7. This year, Galaxy J7 Prime was launched. Conversely, the phone giant also introduced the Galaxy A5 in 2015 and earlier this year, updated it to a 2016 version. Which of these two mid-run 2016 Android phones is better?


The Galaxy J7 Prime and the Galaxy A5 (2016) come with the traditional Samsung design with rounded edges so nothing much to be excited about here. Both also sport the physical Home button and the Recent and Back buttons on the sides.

The J7 has a metal back panel with adjusted sides that make it comfortable to hold while the A5 is made of metal and glass with a flat back. Although the latter is still comfortable to hold, it does not have the curved sides of the Galaxy S7.

The J7 is 8mm thick, has a 5.5-inch display and weighs at 167 grams with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass. On the other hand, Galaxy A5 boasts of a new Gorilla Glass 4 panel instead of the plastic-looking aluminum rear and a 5.2-ich full HD AMOLED display with a built-in fingerprint scanner in the Home button.


The Galaxy J7 Prime has a 3.5mm earphone jack and a mini USB port found at the base, features it shares with the Galaxy A5. Both also have different slots for the SIM card and SD cards. However, in other features, the two models have dissimilarities.

The Galaxy J7 Prime has an autofocus 13MP back camera with LED flash and an 8MP focal point front camera. It is also capable of geo-tagging, panorama, touch focus and HDR with f/1.9, 28mm. It has WiFi connectivity and Bluetooth but not NFC that the A5 has.

The Galaxy A5 also has a 13MP back camera with LED flash but a 5MP front camera with features the same as with the J7. Both have video resolution of 1080 at 30 fps and has microUSB v2.0 features with the J7 having the additional USB OTG feature.

The internal memory storage is 16 GB with 2GB RAM memory with Galaxy A5 while the J7 has 16 or 32GB internal memory with 3GB RAM. The Galaxy A5 has an expandable storage of up to 128GB while the Galaxy J7 is expandable up to 256GB. Moreover, both have accelerometer, proximity, fingerprint and NFC sensors.

As for the battery, both the Galaxy J7 Prime and the Galaxy A5 have non-removable lithium-ion batteries at 3300 mAh and 2900 mAh, respectively. This makes the former better, in terms of battery life.

The J7 is powered with a 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 while the A5 comes with a 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 chipset. Both are octa-core chips based on the Cortex-A53. When it comes to the operating system, the Galaxy J7 runs on Android 6.0 while the Galaxy A5, on Android 5.1 and will be getting the Android 7 Nougat update soon.

In general, both are great mid-range phones with differences and similarities but based on their features, the Galaxy J7 is the much better phone, in terms of battery life, camera features and speed. However, it is also more expensive.

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