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Consumer Reports: Galaxy S7 beats iPhone to become the world’s best smartphone

Published Mar 23rd, 2016 9:29AM EDT

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are Samsung’s best smartphones ever. That’s abundantly clear. Samsung has perfected an amazing design released last year, addressed previous complaints from consumers, and returned in 2016 with a product refresh that’s already selling better than expected.

But is the Galaxy S7 the best in the world? Consumer Reports believes so.

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“These new models aren’t just Samsung’s best smartphones, but, perhaps, the best smartphones. And they now sit atop our Ratings,” Mike Gikas wrote.

“The new Galaxy S7 and S7 edge bring back water-resistance and expandable memory. They earn Excellent battery life scores, and turn in top-notch performance in other areas,” he added.

Consumer Reports praised the various features that aren’t available on the Galaxy S6, including water-resistance and microSD support. But the organization was less enthusiastic other aspects of the device, including the great 12-megapixel rear camera and the battery life.

“Our testers found that battery life wasn’t as good as it had been on the previous models. Camera performance was just Good,” Consumer Reports wrote.

Of note, expert reviews have deemed the Galaxy S7’s camera to be the best the world has ever seen.

There you have it, the Galaxy S7 series represents the best smartphone duo on the planet according to Consumer Reports. Of course, in real-life tests, the Galaxy S7 can’t outperform the iPhone just yet.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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