Review: Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge -- the new phones to beat

Samsung's latest flagship Android smartphones are waterproof, well designed and have an interesting UI. But there are no unlocked versions in sight.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are beautifully well-executed smartphones, worthy flagships from one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers. The changes from last year's S6 lines are incremental, but the fixes and upgrades are in all the right places. Those small improvements make for two vastly better phones, which start at $650 (for the S7) and $750 (for the S7 Edge), depending on the carrier.

Samsung, like its bête noire Apple, seems to be on a two-year schedule, with major upgrades and model increments appearing in alternating years. The S7, like Apple's biennial "S" upgrades, builds on last year's models in important ways without changing the basic form.

Specs and features

The signature improvement, the one that will headline many reviews, is true: The S7 line is all but waterproof. In tech terms, the S7 phones have an IP68 rating: Impervious to dust and protected from prolonged immersion of up to 3 meters.

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