After the relatively disappointing feedback it bagged with the Galaxy S6 smartphone, courtesy the company’s inexplicable decision to do away with the microSD slot and water-resistance body, Samsung seems to have finally regained confidence amongst consumers.

At least, that’s what it appears from all the positive feedback so far from analysts and users alike. In fact, in a recent report, Consumer Reports awarded the new Samsung flagships, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge with the title of best Samsung smartphones yet, and possibly the bests amongst all their rivals at this point of time.

Galaxy S7 best smartphone

The report specifically points out to a few substantial enhancements both devices carry as compared to the previous-generation Galaxy S6.

Along with the expandable storage capacity via the microSD slot and the water-resistant rating, the report also cites the case of a superior rear camera as a “terrific” improvement. The longer battery life in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge also played a key role in their higher rating.

Worth noting, in a recent Wall Street Journal study, the Galaxy S7 lagged far behind the iPhone 6s and the iPhone SE when it comes to battery life.

Overall, there is little doubt that both these devices are indeed amongst the bests in the high-end smartphone arena today. However, it remains interesting to see how the LG G5 or HTC’s forthcoming flagship fares against these Samsung flagships.

What do you think? Do Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge really deserve the title of the best smartphones available yet? Share your thoughts using the comment box below.

  • hok

    While Consumer Reports is run by a non-profit organization in the United States with targeted readers in the United States, it has been overlooked a feature especially important for readers in the United States for years that does not apply to elsewhere. That is the capability of working on all major mobile/cellular networks in the country.

    When people in other countries have ability to switch mobile carriers/MVNOs (mobile virtual network operator) at will for best fitted mobile plan for more than a decade without getting new handset, most people in United States still lack of such ability thanks to handset manufacture like Samsung continues to make only carrier specific handset for the United States in favor of carriers instead of consumer. Where I believe Consumer Reports should be in favor of consumer in the United States, stop high rating handsets without this important capability at the first place.

    With over 80% of population in the country live in urban areas, and Wi-Fi is widely available at home that very well means any major carrier/MVNO can serve vast majority of people well enough.

    Competition has been heated up since government blocked Sprint and T-Mobile merger. Almost all carriers have dropped two years contract and subsidizing handset in favor of lower plan pricing. There are even three MVNOs offer no monthly fee (basically free) mobile phone plans, but require BYOD (bring your own device — phone) if one is not willing to pay for a compatible device.

    With phone manufacture like Samsung offers high priced phone with complete lock down, carrier specific mobile communication technology and radio bands, consumer once brought their phone effectively also mean they have to stay with same carrier or its MVNO for two years even they paid for the phone in full out right.

    Some may argue that is not the case for GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications, originally Groupe Spécial Mobile) handsets without knowing the handset simply lack of complete bands support for both GSM carriers in the United States and requires domestic as well as international unlock separately by carrier/MVNO that is in addition to regional lock from Samsung. Let alone carrier/MVNO modification for their own benefit such as removing SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) capability from native Android Phone app so carrier/MVNO can continue to include voice and text as separate items in their plans when everything eventually will be just over LTE (Long-Term Evolution), and these items have been totally free of charge from multiple third parties for years. Not to mention those modifications caused months of delay for the operating system update.

    To sum up, if the author truly meant “nothing pushes my buttons more than quirky smartphones, overpriced cell plans and underwhelming wireless service”, he opted to consider the capability of working on every major mobile/cellular network in the country as essential instead of non factor at all.

    Finally realized comment like this is censored by Consumer Reports. It unambiguously shows Consumer Reports is bigoted at best, biased at worst. If this trend continues, Consumer Reports opts to be changed to Corporate Reports to accurately reflect its culture.