If you are looking for a perfect mid-range smartphone for the new year, it is very likely that you’ve come across two names: Huawei Nova 2i and Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro. Both smartphones fall under the category that offers good hardware for its asking price. Huawei Nova 2i was released back in November 2017. It changed the game for the mid-range smartphone market. Offering more for the price without losing any in quality or experience.
While Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro was just another addition to their J7 series. Yes, there are other smartphones like Redmi Note 5, Xiaomi Mi A1 and Vivo V7 that shares the price range. But Huawei Nova 2i and Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro can be considered the top dogs in this range.
In a perfect world, you could buy both phones trying to find the good or bad things about them. But it’s not very practical. If I am being honest, both smartphones go neck-on-neck. But I think Huawei Nova 2i emerges as the clear choice if you consider the longevity of the device. Here are our five Reasons why Huawei Nova 2i is a better buy than Samsung J7 Pro.
Reasons to Buy Nova 2i than J7 Pro
#1. Larger Screen
Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S8 revolutionized the way we look at display size. It offered larger screen without increasing the overall dimension of the phone. Samsung dubbed it the “Full View Display” with 18:9 ratio aspect. It was an industry standard for all late 2017 release. Ironically, Samsung did not include this screen for J7 Pro. Following the old 16:9 aspect ratio, it comes with 5.5-inch smaller Super AMOLED screen with 1080 by 1920 resolution.
Huawei Nova 2i follows this new standard. It comes with 5.9-inch large IPS LCD screen with 1080 by 2160 resolution. It offers a more immersive experience for any multimedia content. We did note that the display does not get as bright as needed under a sunlight. Other than that, the overall experience was amazing with good viewing angle and vibrant colors. Compared to J7 Pro, Huawei Nova 2i’s screen will remain fresh with newer smartphones moving toward the “Full View Display”.
#2. More Secure
Security has been one of the major concerns. Threats like spyware, trojans or brute force attacks are genuine concerns. Another one of major concern would be someone trying to access your data with overwriting the existing authentication. There are old methods like PIN, Password and Patterns and newer methods like Fingerprint Scanner and Facial Unlock. Apple’s iPhone 5s popularized the fingerprint unlock but it wasn’t enough.
Huawei Nova 2i boasts twice the security. You can access your device either through facial unlock or fingerprint scanner with 7 different extra features. Plus, it comes with inbuilt Phone Manager. It gives you one-stop access to all your security essentials. This includes a virus scanner, malware detection, junk removal, etc. I love how Huawei provides you with features you didn’t know you would need/want. Nonetheless, it will give your mind more peace with buffed security.
#3. Feature Rich Quad Camera Setup
Huawei Nova 2i is Nepal’s First Smartphone with Four Cameras! This setup specializes to provide you depth and rich color with amazing portrait mode. Its one of the most advanced camera in the market right now for its price category. Plus, you get other interesting features like Time Lapse, Slow-motion, Light Painting and much more. You also get much more advanced features like Moving Picture, Portrait Mode, and Wide Aperture Mode. Plus, it gives you the ability to save pictures in RAW format same as DLSR. I could spend hours talking about the camera because it’s mind-blowing! You can catch detailed description about the camera in our previous articles here.
Compared to Huawei Nova 2i, J7 Pro only has bare-boned features. It only has half of the features, giving you some weird settings and sometimes poor performance. The camera in J7 Pro isn’t as bad as you might think but it isn’t as good as Nova 2i either. You will not notice any difference in the quality of the rear camera, except few noticeable color saturation, dynamic range. But selfie camera is a whole different story. Huawei Nova 2i takes the cake for having one of the most innovative selfie cameras. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro does not even come close to the features and quality in comparison! Especially the industry’s first smart selfie toning flash on the Huawei Nova 2i lets you take well-toned selfies and the bokeh effect is subtler in the Nova 2i. We will compare the camera in both smartphones in much more detail in an upcoming video! So, stay tuned for that!
The frequency of updates is often a telltale sign of how the manufacturers perceive their device. It is also an important factor to see the duration the device will continue to get future updates. This is something most buyers will reason in before purchasing their new device. Companies like OnePlus use this as a strategy to lure in more buyers. For example, OnePlus 3T which was released almost three years ago still receives updates with latest being Android Oreo.
It has been publicly known about Samsung’s love for their mid-range devices. The frequency of the updates isn’t regular, late and often irrelevant. You will get this experience with Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro. However, the story with Huawei Nova 2i is different. You will get frequent updates, security features, and patches. Last month Nova 2i got “Facial Unlock” feature added in! With most recent update being the oreo update, which should roll out in various regions incrementally.
Bloatware is defined as unwanted software included on a new computer or mobile device by the manufacturer. It takes up storage space, system memory wherein turn affects the future functionality of the device. I’ll be honest, there is a certain amount of bloatware on both devices. You are going to find duplicate apps that do the same thing. For example, there are two variations of the “Calendar” app. One that comes default with the operating system and another provided by the manufacturers.
But Huawei takes home the win for having least bloatware in comparisons. The apps that come in Nova 2i is not completely useless. They add up to provide significant improvement to the overall user-interface. Built-in Pedometer is one of the great examples. It counts the number of steps you take each day. This is something you didn’t know you need but you’re glad you have it! Having less but useful bloatware makes Huawei Nova 2i comparatively a better sell.
Do you agree with us? Do you prefer Huawei Nova 2i or Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro? Which one would you say is better for the price? Tell us all about it in the comments below!