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Samsung Galaxy S7 review: The Phone to Beat

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THE GOOD Polished design. Awesome camera. Long battery life. microSD storage slot and water-resistant (again!).

 

THE BAD Annoyingly reflective. Smudge magnet. Plastic-looking selfies even with no filter. No removable battery, which isn’t surprising, but is still a compromise compared to 2014’s S5.

 

THE BOTTOM LINE The fast, powerful, beautiful Galaxy S7 phone is 2016’s all-around phone to beat.

 

 

OVERALL 9.0

DESIGN 9.0

FEATURES 9.0

PERFORMANCE 9.0

CAMERA 8.0

BATTERY LIFE 10.0

 

 

The ultimate way to test a new phone? Travel with it. When you’re seeing sights and losing yourself to the moment, there’s no room to tolerate a poor camera or buggy software, slow speed or short battery life. If there’s a flaw, you’ll find it.

 

So I tested the Samsung Galaxy S7 in London and Berlin, while colleagues also took it for a spin in San Francisco and Sydney. And you know what? It did great. Better than great. In fact, the S7 was an awesome phone that never cracked under the pressure of being the only way I take pictures and navigate completely unfamiliar terrain, all while keeping battery life going during long days out. And it did so with more finesse than existing phones. I’d call it the best all-around phone out there, better even than the excellent Google Nexus 6P and iPhone 6S. (But not quite as sexy as its fraternal twin, the larger curvy-screen S7 Edge, my top pick if you want to splurge.)

 

Here’s what I found (along with fellow S7-testers) while using the S7 around Europe. You can also scroll to the end for a specs comparison chart.

 

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