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Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone tops the Android market

The company's latest flagship Android device is extremely useful, but at the end of the day, it may not be worth the price tag.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone marks the return of expandable storage with a microSD card slot and IP68-rated waterproof design, both of which Samsung ditched starting with the S5.

The S7 is more powerful than any previous Samsung smartphone. The camera outperforms anything else on the market with its fast focus and low-light picture quality.

Specs: The Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone ships with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, measures 5.6 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches and weighs 5.36 ounces. It features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 4 GB of RAM and either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Samsung Exynos 8 Octa processor, depending on the country where you buy it. The microUSB 2.0 slot supports up to 200 GB of data storage and charges the large 3,000mAh battery in a matter of minutes. The device also features Samsung Pay.

Enterprise Pros and Cons: The Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone supports Samsung Knox, the company's enterprise security suite. It also has a new Always On feature that shows basic information such as the date, time and even unread messages on the screen while in stand-by. The microSD card slot and waterproof design only add to the utility.

Going with microUSB 2.0 instead of the faster new USB Type-C is a minor gripe, even if Samsung did it to retain Gear VR compatibility. Still, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a premium smartphone in a market awash in competitors offering good-enough alternatives at much lower prices.

Price: The Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone costs between $650 and $700 off contract, depending on the carrier. Thanks to the device's expandable storage, Samsung offers only one configuration, with 32 GB of onboard storage.

This article originally appeared in the April issue of the Modern Mobility e-zine.

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How does the Galaxy S7 compare to other Android smartphones?
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The S7 is a fine phone. Feels nice in the hand, looks pretty good, works extremely well, adds a few thingamabobs I never know I wanted but am certainly glad to have. Then again, we said pretty much the same about the S4 and S5 and S6. And probably all the Ss that came before. As this market has aged it's moved from innovation to stagnation, delivering a slightly better this and an improved that, but nothing that astonishes anymore. I suppose that's true of most (if not all) world-changing innovations, but I suspect someone somewhere will somehow reimagine the smartphone. I can't imagine what that might be, but then again I couldn't have imagined the first smart phone either. 
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