Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge top Consumer Reports’ ratings

by: Rob TriggsMarch 23, 2016
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We’ve found Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 smartphones a joy to use. Noting that these are some of the best phones that the company has ever produced, and it seems that the we’re not alone in that conclusion. Consumer Reports, a monthly magazine that tests, rates and reviews a huge range of consumer goods, has named the Galaxy S7 as its top rated smartphone, followed closely by the Galaxy S7 Edge. This is a notable turnaround, as the group didn’t rate the Galaxy S6 particularly highly.

Much like reports earlier in the week regarding early sales of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the reintroduction of the microSD card slot and the addition of some water resistance are again cited as major points scored in the handsets’ favour. While some might argue that these are more minor features, they certainly add up when you look at everything else the handsets have to offer.

Consumer Reports even dropped the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge down into a pressurized tank to test water resistance and found that they could both by submerged in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes without issue.

The testing also notes exceptional battery life, improvements in camera image quality and low light performance thanks to the new 12 megapixel image sensor, and the ability to record 4K video with decent optical image stabilization as notable improvements over last year’s Galaxy S6. This pretty much reflects our own thoughts, and in our own review we also noted improvements to Samsung’s TouchWiz interface that help to tackle some people’s niggling issues about Samsung’s handsets.

There’s certainly a lot to like about the Galaxy S7, but the real test is whether or not Samsung has done enough to convince customers to actually buy the phone. Do you agree with the prevailing opinions about the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge? Perhaps you already own one or are planning to pick on up, or is there something missing from Samsung’s latest flagship? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Rafael

    It is an amazing handset. I have the edge and i am so taken with its look and responsive. Looking forward to that update that tackles the issue about the screen… But i feel it is mostly related to the handle of the phone. I love my edge and i am waiting for my 200GB SD CARD.
    I have heard that there’s people who have already received the email relating the Samsung offer

    • Jonathon Melander

      What’s the issue about the screen? I haven’t experienced any with mine.

      • Rafael

        Sometimes it presses the wrong buttons or the wrong key. Often times it just drags the scrolling motion, which can be annoying at times. However, i love it and I feel that it is going to get better as it matures. I feel that the nitpicking is just to find a flaw because it is a favorite phone. Plus another source of picking and this coming from nexus 6 is the speaker. I do hope that Sammy can include dual speakers at least or better yet front facing speakers

    • Junior Rosario

      Make sure you do the Adaptable storage trick…..not difficult to accomplish at all and a very nice addition to this beast!

      • Keith Ho

        Can you send link on adaptable storage and how to enable it?

        • Junior Rosario

          www .modaco. com/news/android/heres-how-to-configure-adoptable-storage-on-your-s7-s7-edge-r1632/

          • Daggett Beaver

            Don’t use it unless you really know what you’re doing and know how to back up the adopted storage. There’s a reason why Samsung hid the option to use adoptable storage. They’re going to save gobs of money on tech support cases.

    • Wait, there will be 256GB micro SD card available and will replace the 200GB card.

  • monsterdonutkid

    Brace yourselves. Brand loyalist/Nexus fanboy/Samsung-paid-AA comments are coming

    • Degus Jacoby Pradana

      Nexus fanboy always the worst, they forgot about android slogan
      “Be together, not the same”

      • k4ever

        Exactly! I hate the Nexus/Stock Android crowds and I am becoming very vocal about my hatred. There is a reason that Nexus devices don’t sell well – they lack must have hardware features (like microSD slots) and stock Android is boring.

        I owned a Nexus 7 2013. Although I personally liked the tablet’s form factor, I did not like the fact that it could not open multiple windows at one time (like on Samsung, Sony, and LG devices) and it did not have expandable storage. I also started to dread updating stock Android on it, as most of the updates were unstable and broke stuff (Netflix, YouTube, unable to install apps, etc). I spent the day after Christmas one year on the phone with Google’s tech support in order to get Netflix fixed on the device, which ultimately required me to wipe the device clean and reinstall the firmware twice.

    • retrospooty

      Easy to say, but I dont think “Samsung fanboys” exist. How boring is that? I have been a long time Anti Samsung user. I hated the bloatware, the slowness, the cheap rickety plastic builds, but I have to say Samsung has really turned that around with the S7. The S6 finally had good build quality, but lousy battery life. This year they put a decent battery in it and put back water resistance and SD, and those 3 things puts it over the top.

      • Degus Jacoby Pradana

        “Be together, not the same”

    • Android S

      And ur an Apple paid AA….. smh

      • monsterdonutkid

        That’s a really, really intelligent observation that only a modern genius can come up with. Great job, genius stranger! *throws confetti*

        • Android S

          Thank you

  • priderr

    G5 ftw

    • Android S

      Lol, u wot

    • I agree. If I decide to replace my Note 4 (which I love, so that may not happen), it’ll be with the G5. Sound quality for music playback is a big deal to me. I keep reading that the S7 is a step backwards in this regard. The G5 with the dac/amp module is very attractive to me.

  • dannybuoy

    Never owned a Samsung before. Never wanted to. Used to look down on people with Sammy phones and feel sorry for them making a bad life choice. Not anymore. My Z5C crapped out on me and got an S7. No looking back. It’s exceptional. I’m converted. I’m alive!! :-)

    • retrospooty

      Agreed, I have an S7 edge and am loving it. To be fair, Samsung phones have always been missing things, and the S7 is by far the most complete package ever released by any manufacturer. My only complaint is there is still some bloatware that I cannot disable until root is available.

      • neo905

        The only thing Samsung is missing at this point is timely OS/security updates.

        • Luka Bulatović

          Exactly

        • Daggett Beaver

          Yeah, I know. That’s why Samsung phones are all filled to the brim with malware and spyware. Like my Note 4 and S3 — oh, wait, there are no viruses, malware, or spyware on those. Funny that.

          • neo905

            It’s not just security patches. My carrier just delayed Marshmallow again this week for the S6 and stopped giving projected timelines. At this point it will be stuck on Lollipop when N comes out. For a device that costs $1,000 around here that is unacceptable.

          • Daggett Beaver

            I guess we have different ideas about what is unacceptable. I’m perfectly happy to with 5.1.1 on my Note 4. It’s working great in every respect. I don’t get my panties in a wad just because I don’t have the latest version of Android on a phone. It ain’t broke, and I don’t feel obsessed with fixing it.

          • neo905

            Whatever dude. LOL. Panties in a wad smack. Ummmm ok.

          • KeyserSoze

            Dipsht neo905 only wants Marshmallow because it has a newer version number, not because it has a feature that he absolutely can’t live without in his daily use. Dumb asses like him always whines about superficial things because they’re only concerned about bragging rights.

          • Eric

            Really? The S6 has terrible battery life, and android M just so happens to significantly improve battery life, among other things. Software is the most significant feature of a smartphone. It’s perfectly reasonable for people to take update times into consideration when looking at phones, especially with the improvements Google gas been implementing lately.

            Updates and performance issues related to touchwiz are the two things holding me back from an S7. I feel if I buy one I’ll regret it in 6 months when the Q3 phones come out.

          • jim

            I have M and don’t really notice the difference

          • KeyserSoze

            Yup. I have M on my MotoG 2nd Gen upgraded from 5.1 and I don’t see any difference in battery life like people claim. Google Now On Tap is no big deal, nothing I can’t live without. There’s no earth-shattering killer feature in M, should have called it Lollipop 5.2 and N should be demoted to M.

          • JazzyUK

            I’ve had Note 1, 3 and 5 and never had any malware or spyware. I know several people who’ve never had these issues – including my wife, brothers and sisters. Those who get these things are to blame themselves for the sites they visit or illicit apps they download. If you look for junk, you get junk – blame yourself and not the OS. Same principle applies to Windows OS.

          • J.C.

            Nonsense. Utter nonsense. Educate yourself and learn what malware/viruses actually are.

          • James Mancino

            Wow… You couldn’t be any more wrong… No viruses, malware or spyware… AND virtually all the bloatware can (and has been on mine) DISABLED.

        • Slaughter

          Didn’t samsung start pushing monthly security updates on all its recent phone? I’ve got updates every month on my S6e and S7e since. Samsung finally nailed it with security. Maybe the next step is a real improvement on OS upate.

          • neo905

            The last update on the S6 on my carrier was December so no.

          • Slaughter

            Year, carrier fault in that case. You can’t buy you phone unlock or flashing an unlocked rom?

          • neo905

            It doesn’t matter to me whose fault it is anymore.

      • I got an S7 edge (Pre Ordered) but it developed a dead pixel (Samsung refers to it as “Dots on display problem”) though I used it for a couple of days, I must say it’s an exotic piece of tech. I loved it. I waiting for getting a replacement in a couple of days.

      • RunningGreat

        You can disable them by going to Application Manager, click the app and click disable. Don’t ever root a Galaxy. Takes all the good feeling away.

        • retrospooty

          No, you can’t. You can disable some of them that way but a lot of them are still grayed out because they are set up as system apps. They cannot be disabled unless you root. And I totally disagree about rooting, Samsung phones don’t even begin to shine until you disable every single Samsung app and every single carrier app… after that they are amazingly fast.

          • RunningGreat

            What app are you talking about

          • retrospooty

            Have you ever even had a Samsung phone? It’s not “an app” its a bunch of apps and a TON of built in services. This is just a quick glance at my S7, and the S7 is much cleaner than Samsung models of the past… You cant disable the built in email app (disable is grayed out) same for setup wizard, gear VR service, messages, quickconnect,weather,people edge, My Verizon mobile, Samsung push service, catch favorites (whatever that even is) default photo app, Samsung account, theme store. All of that running all at once, and that is AFTER I disabled everything that is disable-able (that list is 3x longer). The bloat is insane. other than that, a great phone.
            Even a lowly old Galaxy S3 with a dual core Snapdragon runs fast when rooted and all that crap taken out.

          • RunningGreat

            Hahaha, trolls always trying to sound sensational. Hey, guess what. Don’t use those apps. Or if you want, you can use Sony. Seriously, how about Sony? Sony take 12GB, can be seen on Xperia X. Or go LG. LG G4 6.0 uses about 10.8GB! Gtfoh and bow dow to the best. Or you can go iphone. You certainly don’t deserve a Galaxy phone.

          • retrospooty

            Troll? Are you daft? Read above, I love my GS7E, the only thing I dislike is the excessive bloat. This is not something I made up, Samsung is well known for it. I DON’T use those apps, they all suck, but they are all running 24/7 anyhow. That is the problem… which I will fix myself when it gets root. Now flake off. You don’t seem to be capable of following this thread, just defending a company like a tool.

          • RunningGreat

            “They running 24/7” rofl. Hahahaha, Ever heard of App Optimization on your Samsung phone? If certain apps aren’t used for a day or two, TouchWiz optimizes it and does not allow it to run in the background. Again, trolls that don’t know JACK SHIET about phones talk too much. 9-5 Google just said that Touchwiz is just as good if not better than stock android. I disagree, it’s BETTER :) Like I said, you don’t deserve a Galaxy. Go use htc or something.

          • retrospooty

            LOL. You are hilarious. Absolutely clueless, but hilarious. TouchWiz is better than stock Android… you have to be the only person on Earth that thinks that. You are so stuck in defense mode you are missing 95% of what I said. I love my phone, just not thrilled with the one minor thing and you are railing against me for not wanting the lousy bloatware ROFL. What a doofus, get a grip and a clue man.

          • RunningGreat

            Typical troll. Don’t start an argument you can’t defend. Good bye :)

          • retrospooty

            He says after starting a ridiculous argument… Yes, I am the anti Samsung Troll who bought and loves his S7 Edge, but has only one minor complaint about bloatware… Like a very specialized highly detailed troll. /whatever.

      • Slaughter

        Love mine too, but the lack of ir blaster worried me a lot, since I was using it a lot.

    • Sa Scha

      haha you cracked me up. glad you like it thou

    • RunningGreat

      Nah, I think Samsung’s always had the best if not one of the best phones of their time.

    • tedster11

      Likewise, had HTC and more recently LG which to be fair done me well, but HTC have gone way off the ball and the G5 just didn’t float my boat. Got the edge and have to say it’s a bloody good piece of kit.

  • Anustart

    Had the iPhone 6s Plus and bought the s7 edge on launch day due to all of the bonus items from Costco. Returning it today because it lags a lot more than I’m willing to accept, some games and apps that I use daily STILL aren’t optimized and therefore super slow and choppy on the newest android flagship, and it hurts my hand when I grip it. I don’t want the s7 because I like 5.5 inch and above phones. I have big hands so for now the iPhone 6s Plus works for me.

    I bought the nexus 6p as well and while I prefer holding the 6p in my hand the camera is awful. Personally I don’t care about selfies but I want/need a great camera on the back. I’m waiting for the note 6 or the next nexus before I try android again. Considering the lg G5 since I loved my G3 but small battery size isn’t looking well and iOS is silky smooth. Also, I’m getting turned off from android due to how hard it is to root unless you have a nexus of international model of a phone. If I’m going to be bogged down to a system it’ll be iOS because it works and is smooth with zero lag since I bought it in September. Anyway that’s my 2 cents as a long time android user that just moved to iOS.

    • Jonathon Melander

      I have the s7 edge, and have found that it is extremely comfortable to hold compared to my friend’s 6s plus. Especially since the 6s plus is wider because of the bezels, and doesn’t have a curved back. Everyone I have asked says the same thing too. You must have weird hands to not love that curved back. XD. I do agree about the occasional minor lag. I have only ever experienced it when first opening a graphically intensive game however.

    • Phillip

      So you purchased a $800 phone just to get a $100 vr and memory card. Without doing your homework the phone was in best buy two weeks before they release it you had plenty of time to try it out
      Hold it play games on it ..no I think your just a Ifan checking in just to profess your love for IOS nice try though . I like how you Ifans first say how you purchased the gs7 but it wasn’t to your liking. Just so you can sneak into the conversation.

    • Degus Jacoby Pradana

      Nice troll isheep, but your troll didnt work in here, try next time idiot

    • lbwc

      A S7 Edge is harder to hold than an iPhone 6S Plus??!…you mean the iPhone 6S Plus with all that bezel? No way. I have held both and there is no way I can grip a 6S Plus comfortably.

  • Aleksandar Sarkanjac

    Wouldn’t hurt if they kept the IR blaster on the S7… other than that, it’s awesome!
    Probably gonna upgrade from my S6 edge sometime in the future, but not immediately… it’s not worth the price (yet) :)

    • Slaughter

      Yeah kinda regret my ir blaster too..

  • Darthsanzo

    Ive been a Note guy since Note 1, unfortunately my Note 3 busted its screen waist height drop which is almost impossible… It was the same time s7 launched… Got s7 and just love it… Was waiting for Note 6 though… Nevertheless I couldn’t be happier with S7… 😊

  • Phillip

    Let me jump in here before the nexus fan boys are iPhone sheep muck up the place . My gs7 has been a beast since day one and not a hint of lagging. I still have a note 5 put I haven’t picked it up in a while . Just shows how much I like the 7 edge. Love the features FYI most if not all the features can be disabled it you don’t use them . So not sure why some are complaining about that . If you want a featureless phone get a nexus I say

    • VAVA Mk2

      I love Nexus but will admit this phone looks awesome. If they could get timely updates and a way to remove bloat without root, I would consider getting one.

      • lbwc

        After seeing what improvements Android N is packing…other than the improved doze mode…there isn’t anything that Touchwiz isn’t already doing to make me urn for Android N. Obviously Samsung was first to do the split screen multitasking, but if you notice how you swipe down once on Android N and get a single row of quick settings with an long touch any of those settings and go straight to the full settings page…guess what Touchwiz is already doing? Knowing that it’s actually Google that’s playing catch up with OEMs makes me less anxious that I won’t be receiving the latest version of Android for a while.

        Nexus fans can say what they want, but Touchwiz being cleaner and already pretty feature packed is a pretty decent experience…and I am also Samsung convert.

        • You obviously never owned a Nexus 5 or 6/6P.

          • lbwc

            I have owned a Nexus…two Nexuses in fact. I have owned a Nexus 7 and a Nexus 5. But that’s besides the point I was trying to make. Yes, I can appreciate the stock Android experience and yes I can appreciate that Nexus devices will always get the updates first. That said…we already have a good idea what the key features of Android N will be. Outside of the enhanced doze…there is little else in N that I don’t already have in the latest version of Touchwiz with Marshmallow…so really I’m not that peeved that I won’t get N on the same day the Nexus devices get it.

            I’m not trying to start a flame war between Nexus and Galaxy fanboys.

          • Major Sceptic

            I own a 6p , it’s a good device, but i still use my note 4 most of the time as I am now , while the 6p does the job, i hate the ergonomics of it , and I’m not really a fan of pure android, i do like the extra features of the galaxy, hardware and software, to my way of thinking the 6p is border line flagship material.
            But it does have some redeeming features.

      • Degus Jacoby Pradana

        “Be together, not the same”
        -Android

  • M.bell

    Looks like some haters (asses) are burning here.

  • Haseeb Munir

    For me, all metal body is more attractive, they should be considering for S8 or Note 6, or if they want to continue with the glass construction then go for some kind of finish that is available in Sony Xperia Z5, add in front firing stereo speakers too. Only reason I might be buying Nexus 6P over S7 or Note 5/ Note 6 are the 2 things I mentioned above.

    • Daggett Beaver

      All metal body means no wireless charging, no fast wireless charging, no MST pay. If you want to lose features like that for a metal body, get a Nexus 6P with its paper thin metal back and cheap plastic dovetail joints holding it together.

      • I own a 6P, and I just got an S7 Edge for my company.

        6P still my daily driver, not even comparable to the S7E when it comes to ease of doing my daily tasks. Hardware is what makes S7E special, nothing else. I owned a S6 Edge before the 6P, and the S7 seems just like a more polished S6 Edge. The camera is very cool, but it’s not what I spend most of my time on when I’m using my phone.

        For instance, if I unlock my 6P with my index finger, it goes to GNL. If I unlock it with my middle finger, it goes to Inbox.
        I don’t use silly weather apps, cause I have one embedded into quick settings above the drawer (ROM feature).

        I also unlock my phone like 200 times a day and this is where 6P absolutely destroys everything else, I can just scan my finger without pressing any buttons. On the S7 I first have to press, then scan. And on 50% of my phones power button is the one that always dies first.

        SW features that 6P’s development offers is out of this world. And I’d still say that for power users, Nexus 6P is the top-choice and it ain’t even doubtful.

        • SnakeSplitskin

          what is 6P development? And what software features are you talking about? The 6P uses vanilla Android which is the very definition of “no special features”

          • Impheatus

            He is talking about custom ROMs, created by developers in forums like xda-developers

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Oh yes, custom roms. I do believe those are also available for other OEM hardware. And how is a 6P the top-choice for power users? As a matter of fact, what is a power user? Do power users only use Nexus phones?

          • Impheatus

            I agree. I was just pointing out what he was talkin about.

      • Sa Scha

        you cant ever please everyone, there is always someone that prefers some thing over others like you said loosing wireles charging and or nfc because of the metal body. i had the 6P and i didnt like the metal body especially in the winter with cold hand so slippery,

      • Haseeb Munir

        Ok Sir. It was my opinion, but u got offended it seems. 6P also has the stereo front firing speakers which is an advantage over S7 not so very good speaker placement plus the vanilla android experience. Who knows the technology may allow Wireless charging, MST pay in the near future. Anyways these features were not my priority.

    • Degus Jacoby Pradana

      Remeber android slogan?
      “Be together, not the same”
      – Android

  • czerikcum

    Only issue for me with the S7 is the audio quality. How will it stack up to the likes of G5 and the HTC 10? And, for those of you who owns a S7, how is the audio quality output in the headphone jack?

    • Slaughter

      I’m on Exynos version ( so wolfson DAC ?), audio quality on my headphone is amazing. I’ve eard a few report about bad quality audio on the SD820 variant, I guess you run that one?

      • czerikcum

        No, if I purchase S7 I’ll get the Exynos variant. But still waiting for the new HTC and LG to be released. But thanks for your reply! :)

        • Slaughter

          Yes, if audio quality is top important for you, you better wait for a full audio comparison between all 2016 flagship.
          Anyway, S7 edge is still a battery monster and a demon speed phone :D

  • zpeedy gonzales

    I got the s7 edge when i swtched to ATT 3/12/16 and came from a Note 5. Its all that the note was and better. I love the SD card slot and the water resistant is awesome (rinse it 2x week to remove dust). Glad to be part of the Sammy fam!!! #teamSAMSUNG

  • Richard Jimenez

    I just bought the Galaxy Edge s7….wow! This is an elegant, beautiful and easy to use phone. I don’t regret one bit switching from Iphone. I love the colorful display, and many uses of this very smart phone. Tip: Search YouTube for videos on tips and hints for getting the most out of Galaxy Edge.

  • K. V

    Best phone ever! Love it!

  • Joe Porcioncula

    There’s always bigot people on earth….

  • Joe Porcioncula

    And contradicting ppl……so in other words, you pull your feet out of your own mouth.

  • Liam Bostock

    I was lured by the Galaxy S7 Edge from a Nexus 6P. I was expecting to struggle with adaptation to Touchwiz however I haven’t found this a challenge at all. I really can’t fault the S7 Edge its and incredible phone from stunning display to brilliant battery life and expandable storage. I’m genuinely excited about Samsung again

  • Alexandre Peres

    Why did they they put the Edge in second place? I thought it was supposed to be the better phone… Do they go into this in the review?

    • Slaughter

      Because of the price I guess.

      • Alexandre Peres

        I wonder which one would be first if they were the same price.

        • Slaughter

          Idk, depend on their POV in regard to the edge: gimmick or useful feature

  • onstrike112

    …… Shame about the crappy TouchWiz skin that Samsung poisons their hardware with.

  • William Aston

    I have a S7 Edge on the way from a Canadian vendor as these are the only models that come truly unlocked in North America (Root & Rom). It will still be without a removable battery and IR blaster as Samsung does not see the value I guess. I will miss the convenience of one remote control for all Television sets that I encounter that came with my previous Samsung sets.

    • Cami007

      I miss the IR blaster too

  • JazzyUK

    This report should not surprise anyone. This is the best phone ever released – water resistance, MicroSD, VR, best screen, best camera, file explorer, split screen, excellent battery, heart rate monitor, advanced NFC, share apks, copy and paste movies from PC to phone, no iTunes, etc etc. What more would you want in a phone?

  • J.C.

    The very best device available at this moment in time. Looks beautiful. SD card is back. Waterproofing, gorgeous AMOLED screen. Best in class Camera. Superb powerhouse device. Do I miss my Nexus 6p…. NO! 😃 Best advice. Buy unlocked and without carrier bloat to ensure faster updates in future. Well done Samsung. It’s good to be back.

  • Azure Montaig

    I got the gs7 a week ago, & I couldn’t be more UNIMPRESSED! Maybe coming from an GS5 I just don’t see what the hoopla is. Very little difference & frankly, it’s slippery to hold. Frequently, I’ve dropped it or accidentally started up an appointment.

    Then the real scare came when a major update appeared within days of purchase. The update caused my GS7 to majorly overheat! I am talking about a sincere fear of damage to the phone.

    A day later most of my apps needed updated too! WHAT?

    Outrageous heat! Is this phone in danger?

    • Azure Montaig

      And now this happens all the time. I cannot sign into a bunch of accounts, because it says my email address is wrong. I’ve tried everything!

    • KeyserSoze

      “A day later most of my apps needed updated too! WHAT?”

      LOL! So now updating apps is a bad thing? Fine, just turn it off the apps-update function. If that’s too hard then just give the damn phone to someone who actually knows how to use it. A rotary-dial phone is probably more your speed.

  • Josh Couper

    I’ve been an HTC loyalist for about 7 years and just converted to the s7. I couldn’t be more blown away. This is hands down the best phone I’ve ever owned. No complaints from me.

  • Alexandre Peres

    Why is the S7 Edge second in the list? Do they list reasons to choose the S7 over it?

  • Don Dunlap

    I purchased the edge and wish I would have purchased the S7. I hate the way that the text curves around the edge and distorts it on an email or webpage.
    otherwise I am just dealing with the annoyances of upgrading from the S4 like not being able to view your favorite contacts.
    And one more thing the phone Screen is overly sensitive with all kinds of apps and messages and phone calls being made with the phone in your pocket.

    • Degus Jacoby Pradana

      Thats why u must lock your phone before put in your pocket

    • KeyserSoze

      Sell the S7E and get Note6 when it comes out. That’s the REAL Samsung flagship… without the gimmicky useless curved screen meant to hook easily-manipulated children.

  • Degus Jacoby Pradana

    Before u guys start a war between sammy, sony, htc, lg, and nexus fanboy
    Just remember Android slogan :
    “Be together, not the same”
    Please appreciate what android phone has achieve w different brand, its good to be together, as one as ANDROID
    “UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL”

  • Devin Lane

    Amazing phone. Only issue is the WiFi keeps dc’ing for no reason. But reconnects quickly. Latest update didn’t fix. Still definitely a recommend!

  • Lynn Cavender

    Yes a replaceable battery! I believe they could do that and still have it waterproof if they made it a priority. That is the only flaw that i can find.

    • Major Sceptic

      I don’t know that they need it, marshmallow has given a bit extra in the battery life, plus fitted with bigger batteries, and if they are anything like my note 4 they have power saving mode, ultra power saving mode, plus they charge at a reasonable rate as well as having wireless charging.
      I think you would be pretty stiff to run out of battery on a normal day.

  • Capital Jay

    I used to be an iPhone warrior until I switched over to the Note 3. I didn’t care much for it so I once again decided Apple was the only one for me. Then came the Galaxy S6. That brought me back home. Now here I am posting this comment with the all brilliant Galaxy S7 Edge. Samsung I will never leave you again. We were meant to be together. 😙

  • James Mancino

    Pre-Ordered the S7 to qualify for the VR Glasses… Got it 2days before the official release…getting the glasses on April 1…opinion to follow on them… The Phone… No Sxxt…matter how good the reviews are…the phone is Way Way BETTER!!!👌👍🤗

  • 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 year 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 and carrier specific utilized mobile 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 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 over LTE, 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.

  • pamdallas

    I have been using the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and have loved everything about it. I wasn’t going to upgrade, but decided to go for the GS7 Edge after reading all the stellar reviews. I have been with Sprint forever, so another two yrs isn’t a hardship. After $50 rebate they are offering, I will have paid $350 for it…all in. Not cheap, but big improvement over retail price. Got phone thru UPS very quickly, and it is so gorgeous I am torn between displaying it on small easle or using it. :) It is a big investment, but important to realize all the many features are phones have, and that they have essentially replaced certainly MY computer.