Recently, we did an unboxing of the Tecno Boom J7, or simply call it TECNO’s music phone. We now want to take you through what we liked and what we disliked about this boom box of a phone. Here are the phone’s key specs before we dissect it for you as a buyer.
Operating System: Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
CPU- 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7
Internal storage-16GB plus an expandable MicroSD slot up to 32 GB
Camera-2MP secondary camera, 8MP primary camera.
Display Size-5 inch HD display
Appearance & Design
The TECNO BOOM J7 comes in white, black and silver and comes with two plastic protective cases. The covers are cute and fit so well on the back of the phone for protection. Back to the phone, it’s edges are well crafted and a pefect fit in the hand for use. It’s easy to type, take a photo, text and use any application with just one hand.
The home, menu and back buttons are slightly new school. Instead of the normal buttons like on some old TECNO models, this phone has three three red buttons. On the lef is the Menu button, in the middle is the huge Home button and on the right is the Back. The phone’s a Microphone next to a charging port.
On the Back spine, the phone has its huge main camera at the top followd by a flash on the side while its logo is just below the camera. On the phone’s right edge is the power button while on the left edge is volume rocker. The top edge has an earphone jack.
It’s design makes it a perfect and hadn fit especially for youth who want to flash it before their friends for its beauty and as well carry it in their pockets to rock to the music on the go.
With a 5 inch touchscreen you have a large area for your movies, games and e-books as well as email and other things. It’s not just the 5 inch display screen that we love, the screen is HD and crystal clear with 720×1080 pixels and 320 dpi (dots per inch). This guarantees clear photos, great for movies, videos and the Gorilla glass screen has no eye glare.
After fully charging the phone. We tried the phone on music, 3G and WiFi and 2020 mAh battery is a bit strong. It worked for close to 10 hours on voice and text only. That’s just making and recieving phone calls, sending texts only. On data, reading emails, Facebook, WhatsApp and basic apps it hit some 8 hours but with all this plus music we had nearly 6 hours which makes the battery a strong one especially most users wouldn’t use multiple apps like we did.
The phone’s main Camera at 8MP takes clear photos of up to 2448 x 3264 pixel in HD. The camera also has an autofocus, LED flash in case it gets dark and users can tag photo’s geographically. On videos, 1080p at 30fps is not bad. At just 2MP, the phone’s secondary camera is not as powerful can only take photos of 1600 x 1200-pixels.
TECNO BOOM J7 runs on the latest Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat. Google’s flawless to date. It has a 1.3GHz Quadcore processor which means its four times stronger than a single core processor. It has 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM. The RAM is standard in the market in that class and price and the apps works just fine even if you have two or three apps in the background. It’s processing speed is quiet fast and during this period it hasn’t hang on us. We pass it to a durablly strong phone because the phone’s hardware is study. Build for music, the phone has very strong metalic earphone and heavy internal speakers able to power music for an entire party. Plus, it’s a dual SIM phone.
This is a music phone. From its design and pacgaing one would tell it was built for music. It’s metallic earphones are sturdy, crystal clear and loud enough for gaming, music and movies without external noise interrruption. It’s internal speakers powered our small office party and we didn’t need to get a second speaker when we turned the Boom Player app on. Definitely TECNO build this phone for music lovers and with an internal storage of 16GB and the possibility to expand storage via a 32GB MicroSD slot up, could be good for music and audio phones.
At Ksh 12,999, the Tecno BOOM J7 is affordable and sturdy and recommended for the music loving youth especialy those on campus and working class who would want to get their music and video files to and from work. It’s simplistic features makes it an easy use even of you gave it to your granny though she would hate the monster-loud speakers.
The packaging and colours
The 1.3GHz Quadcore is just fine.
The 1GB RAM could have been doubled.
The 2MP front camera.
The 32GB expansion slot needs to be bigger this being a music phone.