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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  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)

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71 Comments

1. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

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

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

21. Reza.N

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 06, 2015

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

27. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

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

30. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

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

32. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

lol, when and how?

39. Switch00

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 04, 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.

49. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

50. Switch00

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 04, 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.

55. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

62. Switch00

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 04, 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!!!

22. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

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

28. combatmedic870

Posts: 983; Member since: Sep 02, 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.

3. Konkit

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 23, 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

14. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

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

56. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The iPhone 4 was a great looking device.

61. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 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...

66. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 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.

4. supracer

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 21, 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

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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.

12. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

18. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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.

42. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

44. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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%

46. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

57. talon95

Posts: 990; Member since: Jul 31, 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.

48. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Is it a solid 5 Hours or you try hard to get it just over 5 hours. Maybe averages 3.5-4 hours?

58. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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

33. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

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