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Consumer Reports: Galaxy S7 is the best smartphone ever

Consumer Reports: Galaxy S7 is the best smartphone ever
Whether or not you're a fan of Samsung's products, you'd have to be a pretty ardent hater to deny the company's Galaxy S7 duo their due credit. The firm's flagship line has long been atop the high-end Android space, setting the bar and leaving most of its competitors in the shade. Though it remains to be seen whether firms like HTC will be able to mount a decent response, the experts continue to sing the praises of the Galaxy S7. In the latest, Consumer Reports has declared the device as the very best smartphone of all time.

Consumer Reports has long been considered among the authority in objective and honest product reviews, delivering in-depth coverage on electrical appliances through categories ranging from features and reliability to safety. Having put the Galaxy S7 through its paces, the magazine has given Samsung credit for tending to the basics like battery life and camera performance, along with the continued implementation of niche features such as VR support.

Last time out, the Galaxy S6 wasn't held in such high regard, and Consumer Reports scored the LG G4 higher than last year's flagship. With the modular G5 having yet to arrive and plenty of other releases on the horizon, there's certainly scope for a rival to dethrone the S7. But where Consumer Reports preferred the preceding Galaxy S5 to the S6, there's no indication that the same is true of Sammy's latest and greatest. Suffice to say, should any other handset look to outdo the Galaxy S7 this year, it will need to bring its A Game.

We can certainly understand why Consumer Reports has drawn such conclusions with the Galaxy S7. In our own review we couldn't really find a fault, which goes to show that even in a market abundant with feature-rich devices, those particularly well-crafted can stand out from the crowd.

Even if the Samsung Galaxy S7 is not an acquisition you intend to make, the reverence of the device is great news all round. It means that rivals will not get complacent, and instead look to raise the bar even further if they can.

Do you agree that the Galaxy S7 is the greatest of all time, or is this a bit of a slight at the legendary Nokia 3310? Let us know in the comments.
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source: Consumer Reports via SamMobile

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posted on 23 Mar 2016, 05:22 7

1. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


coulden`t agree more!...although, I think HTC M10 will be a hit this year.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 05:25 14

2. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


htc never been a hit, only of its dual speakers.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:37 2

21. Reza.N (Posts: 77; Member since: 06 Sep 2015)


Holy s**t..never??their M7 and M8 killed both the the S4 and S5

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:46 11

27. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


The M7 yes, the M8 nope. Sales were low on the M8 than the M7.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:49 12

30. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG (Posts: 210; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


@Reza.N lmao... How?

m7 / m8? Oh yes, those...Right, their 4MP cameras absolutely killed the S4 and S5 lmao.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 07:02 3

32. bachir8k (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


lol, when and how?

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 07:27 4

39. Switch00 (Posts: 423; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Why S7 is an absolute no go for me and no way a champion: Still, in 2016, no dedicated two-step camera button and where it should be for steady photo taking, poor equalizer settings, no full remote control compatible high end earphones in the box (like Wh-701 for example), screen is too small (should be at least 5.8''). Otherwise, design is boring (same for years), to many features resent Iphone to much. It's time for the next step, stomping in one place and waiting for next Apple's innovation is kind of pathetic. I fear Note6 will, again, only be a bigger S.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 08:32 20

49. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Design same for years. This design started with the S6. It's been one year.

But the rest of your paragraph makes it perfectly clear why you'd say that.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 08:38 2

50. Switch00 (Posts: 423; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


you probably never heard of for example samsung note2. compared to s7, the design modifications are next to none. oh, I'm sorry... S7 does appear to be smaller. So I'm obviously wrong. Hahaha.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 09:21 10

55. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes,.I forgot about the Note 2 being made of metal and glass all around. And it's bezel were so small, just kite this one.

Like I said, you're an open book.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 10:52 3

62. Switch00 (Posts: 423; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Wow, what a change!!! A different material, a whole new revolutionary bezel. Im left speechless. This time I really am. All of this in just a couple of years... cant wait what future brings. Even 0.1%thinner bezel and a whopping new color - yellow? Worth a wait. Wheres that designers award commite... over here buddies!!!

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:38 2

22. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


With its ugly chamfered back? Really.
It will fail like the G5.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:47 2

28. combatmedic870 (Posts: 566; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


I agree it is a great phone. I get very little lag if any. I have gotten 7 hour 20 minutes of screen on time 100-1%. The camera is great. The only fault I see is no USB c. I'm used to IPhones lightning cable. So i miss puting it in any way I'd like to.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 05:26 12

3. Konkit (Posts: 15; Member since: 23 Mar 2016)


Imagine if iPhone win this title, they'll write 2000 word essay praising it, and wont mention another phone that realeased soon will steal that title

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:01 1

14. gaming64 (Posts: 234; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


iPhone 4 managed to do that. Don't get me wrong. iPhone 4 was considered a revolutionary phone in its release.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 09:22 2

56. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The iPhone 4 was a great looking device.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 10:42

61. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


iphone 4 was a very compeling phone and well ahead of its competition... After that apple got lazy and never released a phone which is ahead of the competition...

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 14:21 1

66. imran86 (Posts: 166; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


"you'd have to be a pretty ardent hater to deny the company's Galaxy S7 duo"

The Writer could simply say that you have to be Ray S to deny the S7 Duo.

BTW, Ray S must be feeling butt-hurt by reading this article.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 05:30 4

4. supracer (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


I don't know... I bought the s7 edge and I'm kinda disappointed... The camera is perfect and great at games but it lags alot, battery life is decent and the speaker sux. Hope they will optimize the software soon

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 05:40 23

11. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2753; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Not sure what version you have, but I'm running the Exynos version and haven't seen lag at all. Every game runs smoothly so far (although I'm not really a big smartphone gamer). Battery life is more than decent. Speaker does suck, but that also has to do with waterproofing the phone. My only annoyances with it so far, are the bloatware and a little bit of touchwiz.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 05:45 12

12. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


same here, Exynos and never had a lag in games or UI.. SD820 version does seem to suffer from both lag and bad gaming performance if you read on XDA.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:30

18. Zack_2014 (Posts: 377; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


What's the SOT you getting using Data on continuously??

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:37 3

20. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2753; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Around 5 hours. I do switch off auto-sync and data at night but during the day data/auto-sync is on. I do have brightness fairly low and most of my apps and homescreen (and theme) are black/dark.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 07:46 3

42. maherk (Posts: 3491; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Something is eating up your battery.
I have the S7E Exynos as well, and I am averaging 8hrs of sot.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 08:00 1

44. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2753; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


It is getting better with every charge, also it has bluetooth connection to my watch all the time, I have google now enabled and GPS is also on all the time. And at work the mobile connection isn't good, so that impacts the battery as well. Besides the battery isn't below 40% with 5 SOT, but I rarely discharge it that far. Keep my phone charged most of the time if it's under 80%

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 08:11 4

46. maherk (Posts: 3491; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Well with 5hrs at 40%, you are almost averaging the same as me. I knew I was getting a phone with a very good battery life, but I never expected it to be this great.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 09:25 1

57. talon95 (Posts: 481; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


I agree, it has been quite good.
Yesterday was a light usage day, although like you I have GPS on, Fitbit bluetooth always connected, wifi and sync on. But no always on display or edge features, as I just don't care for them. I disabled any bloat that I didn't want although T-mobile doesn't have much at all. Anyways, after 16 hours I was at 55% but I didn't' check screen on time, probably 2.5 hours since it was a light day, I usually have about 4 hours and I'm at 35% after 16 hours.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 08:31

48. Zack_2014 (Posts: 377; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Is it a solid 5 Hours or you try hard to get it just over 5 hours.

Maybe averages 3.5-4 hours?

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 09:25

58. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2753; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


A solid 5 hours. Unless I've been trying a game or some CPU/GPU intensive app.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 07:05 3

33. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


iv never gone bellow 6h SOT and 2day stand-by on my s7 edge highes is 9h30min SOT with much video and browsing..lte on or wifi on doesen`t matter it drains the same from my part.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:42 3

23. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


I have the Exynos and it's really fast. My cousin in US has the Shtdragon version; he says. It's slow and kinda laggyy.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 09:18 1

53. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


I also have the Samsung CPU ver and it's supper fast and I just got a update in the uk and it's got even faster, also now mk10 runs at full res and loads supper fast for android anyways, but I think this may be due to an update on that game, I have no idea, but I have noted no lag at all in games even in power saving game mode, all very cool

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:43

24. Rocket (Posts: 186; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Your solution to get ride of all unneeded apps.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ospolice.packagedisablerpro

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:49

29. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


It surely freed 1gb of Ram? So why disable the features? Either you don't need them, but others do. Even the 3 or 4 gb Ram is no good for Android.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 07:21

37. Rocket (Posts: 186; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


I said unneeded apps.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 08:01

45. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2753; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I rooted my phone and got rid of all the apps that I don't need. I didn't disabled them, I deleted them :)

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 09:38

59. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Is the speaker actually pretty meh? I cant gather a real conclusion from the web, some say it sounds just as loud as the S6 in a video and they do the test and it seems somewhat similiar and then others say it is worse and tinnier then previous Galaxy.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 10:00

60. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2753; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I don't play music through that speaker, but for normal use like ringtones and such, for me it's sufficient. And ring volume is always on 50% or so, which for me is loud enough.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 18:39

70. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12051; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Everything on the S7 is pretty meh. It's trying to copy the iPhone in many ways but doesn't really succeed in being an all around good device.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 10:07

77. donfem (Posts: 642; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


A shameless ipologist.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 11:51

64. Hypergy (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


He doesn't have the phone. He' s a known troll.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:00 5

13. ZeneticX (Posts: 63; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


something wrong with your phone if it "lags a lot"

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:43 1

25. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


It's the Crappy Snapdragon.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:02 3

15. aho13 (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


no lags on my s7e , the last thing to see is lag here

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:29 4

17. ameran (Posts: 258; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Supracer,
All the lags you see, are due to Wireless providers installing bloatware on your phone after they received it from the manufacturer.

I always activate my brand new phone, after I receive it from Verizon, then I do a hard reset to refresh the system. This way, I have never had any lags with any of my Samsung phones since S3.

I personally am waiting for Note 6, but I ordered the GS7 Edge for my wife and son. I reset them after activation and they have no issues ever.

Just give a try and you will see how much better your phone will run. Good luck.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 07:08

34. rishav20193 (Posts: 196; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)


hii. how do we hard reset a phone ?
i have a galaxy note 3 (exynos variant).
Also, someone told me that i must remove the sd card from the phone before hard reset and factory reset, as the reset may delete the sd card data !!
is it true ?
can u kindly answer these two questions ??

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 05:31

5. kanagadeepan (Posts: 916; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Still better one will be Samsung Galaxy S7 GPE (Google Play Edition without touchwiz and updates sent from Google), if at all it comes...

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:51

31. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG (Posts: 210; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


Even better: a non GPE version, that's supported by Cyanogenmod!

Cyanogenmod > boring Stock.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 20:58 1

72. Settings (Posts: 1501; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Cyanogenbugs > Stockbugs

posted on 24 Mar 2016, 01:10

73. chaosnightmare (Posts: 127; Member since: 20 May 2010)


Nope, stock android is plain and boring, updates on time are nice but they hardly bring any useful feature. if you are into root and flash, relying on custom roms is a better option, also you can change to novalauncher if you want but at this point I don't see a reason to not use touchwiz, this is the most perfect phone probably since the black dition nokia n95

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 05:37

9. xfire99 (Posts: 798; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


This is outrageous, iphone should win. At least what AjFans belives. ;)

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 05:40

10. fancollo (Posts: 41; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


yeah great for samsung and android..maybe. it ticks many boxes on a specs sheet of a smartphone. but i think it's a general thing. simply because it comes with a sticker "fragile" (glass etc.), for my personal taste, it's - together with an iphone - the most expensive worst phone.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:13

16. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


If they kept the blue that the S6 series and Note 5 has, I would totally go for the SG7 Edge. I personally don't care for the all black onyx color. The fingerprints also makes the onyx look bad and greasy.. Can't wait to see what the Note 6 brings us though!

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:37 1

19. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


15 days with mine and usually by now the lag would be really noticeable on my older Androids, but the S7 is trucking along with no issues at all.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:44

26. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


Make sure you clean and wipe the cache data.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 07:14 3

36. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Always had to constantly do that and close background apps on my other Androids but the S7 is handling it a lot better, so I guess working closer with Google to develop TouchWiz has paid off on the S7.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 07:11 2

35. Supersonic (Posts: 181; Member since: 15 May 2015)


Is there any doubt about S7 being the best?

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 07:25

38. max1c (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Oct 2014)


It is. And yet still imperfect.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 07:29 3

40. rishav20193 (Posts: 196; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)


I'm hoping samsung launches note edge 2 !!
with beastly specs, dual curved edges & all the software goodness of the s7 edge screen !! :)

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 07:44

41. TheOldOne (Posts: 189; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Verizon: the king of branding :(

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