Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Nougat now hitting stable channel Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge units

We have some great news for all you Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users. Looks like Samsung is keeping its promise to release the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its flagship devices on January 17. The South Korean giant is already rolling out the update to users in China and the UK – to all users, not just those who have signed up for the company’s Nougat beta program. We do, however, expect that the update will soon be rolling out to users in other countries as well.

The update weighs in at around 1.2 GB and obviously brings a bunch of new features to the devices. According to the official changelog, these include a new UX and various performance modes, improved usability of the Notification feature and Quick Settings button, improved usability of the Multi-window feature, and much more.

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Android Nougat update: when will you get it?

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The update should keep you busy for a while as there are a lot of new things to test out, which is always fun, isn’t it? You can check if an update is already available for your device by launching the Software update section in the settings menu.

The update first began to roll out to users from the beta channel last week. For more details on what the update brings to the table, check out our look at Nougat on the Galaxy S7 Edge!

If you did receive the update, do let us know your first impressions by posting a comment down below.

Best T-Mobile Android phones (January 2017)

T-Mobile is the carrier everyone else is watching out for. They’re currently the third biggest mobile service provider in the United States, and they’re growing very quickly. Thanks to T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” plan of action, they’ve been changing industry standards for the better over the recent years. On top of all of the changes they’re making, they have one of the widest varieties of smartphones available on any carrier. We’ve already taken a look at the best phones you can buy on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, and now it’s T-Mobile’s turn.

Related: Best prepaid phones for T-Mobile

Since T-Mobile has done away with two-year contracts, you’ll notice the phones listed here are at full retail price. In some cases it’s cheaper to buy them from Amazon, so we’ve done our best to find you the best deals available. Also, if you don’t want to purchase your phone for full price, T-Mobile will let you pay in monthly installments. You can find out more info by visiting T-Mobile.com. Without anymore delay, let’s get started!

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.


Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4GB of RAM, great 12MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g

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LG V20

Best T-Mobile Android phones (January 2017)

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The V20 is basically the phone for power users. It has a a big Quad HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, dual 16MP rear-facing cameras, and a removable 3,200mAh battery. Of course, the unique Second Screen makes a return this year, along with the addition of Quad DAC, military standard durability, and it’s already running Android 7.0 Nougat.

If top-of-the-line specs and an impressive feature set is what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with the V20.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS LCD display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 16 and 8MP rear cameras, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm, 174g

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LG G5

Best T-Mobile Android phones (January 2017)

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While the Galaxy S7 series is a minor refresh in terms of design, the LG G5 sees a massive departure from the design language used in the G series, ditching the rear volume/power setup that first debuted with the LG G2. The G5 also adopts a unibody metallic design that has a removable cap for access to the removable battery and a port for modules that allow users to expand the phone’s capabilities by adding a camera grip and other special accessories.

The distinctly different design of the LG G5 may not be for everyone, but there’s little denying that LG has went out of its way to try and innovate in a market where big changes like this aren’t all that common.

Spec wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4GB RAM, a 5.3-inch display, and 32GB storage with microSD for expansion. The specs here are certainly impressive all across the board. It’s also worth mentioning that LG has revamped its software, making it faster and less bloated. One controversial move with the software, however, is the removal of the app drawer in favor of what LG says is a “simplified experience.”

Specs

  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 16 and 8MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm, 159g

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Buy now from T-Mobile

If you don’t mind buying your next smartphone through another retailer, you should absolutely go for Google’s new Pixel or Pixel XL. When you buy one of these phones through the Google Store, you’ll be able to activate it on T-Mobile’s network. Plus, if you don’t feel like spending $650+ outright, Google also has some decent financing options.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Best T-Mobile Android phones (January 2017)

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Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are here, and they truly are some amazing smartphones.

Not only are they the first phones to ship with the Google Assistant on board, they also come with plenty of exclusive software features and some of the best smartphone cameras in existence.

Under the hood, they sport some killer specs, too. Both devices have an AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage and long-lasting batteries. The overall design of these phones may not be the most unique, but they do feel like premium phones through and through.

There are a few things about these phones that will turn some people away, though. For starters, they only sport an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning they’re not nearly as waterproof as the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. There are ways around that, but none that will make the devices truly waterproof. Plus, these phones don’t have the most durable build ever, so you may want to buy a case if you’re prone to dropping phones. 

If you’re in the market for a new flagship Android phone and don’t mind spending over $650, you should buy the Pixel or Pixel XL… these are two of the best Android phones out there.

Specs

Google Pixel

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,770mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm, 143g

Google Pixel XL

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,450mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm, 168g

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Buy now from the Google Store

How did you like our list? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below! And if you’re looking for a great T-Mobile phone that’s a little cheaper, be sure to check out our list of the best cheap Android phones.

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Nougat is now rolling out to Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge!

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners, you might want to check your phone for updates.

Reports are coming in that Samsung is rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge units. This is not exclusive to those who signed up for the beta program – the Nougat beta program closed in late December and now the update is coming to phones running the stable OS.

For phones that were previously enrolled in the beta, the update weighs in at 214MB. Users on the stable channel should expect a larger package. According to the official changelog, version number NDRD90M.G935FXXU1DPLT brings Android 7.0 Nougat (not 7.1.1, the latest available version from Google), as well as changes to Samsung’s proprietary features, including:

  • new UX and various performance modes
  • improved usability of the Notification feature and Quick Settings button
  • improved usability of the Multi window feature
  • improved settings and features for Always-on Display
  • improvements in storage usage, app installation speed, and system update speeds.

The January security patches are bundled with this update. You can have a closer look at what Nougat looks like on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in our hands-on post here.

It looks like beta users are getting priority in the update cue, but regular users should be able to join in the fun over the next days. As always, the update is likely to hit unlocked phones first – carrier devices usually come with additional apps and software features that require more time to test and bring up to date.

Anyone here who got the update?

Samsung reportedly rolling out Android Nougat soak test to some Galaxy S7 owners

If you are really, really lucky, you might be one of the few Samsung Galaxy S7 owners to have received an over-the-air update to Android Nougat. We are seeing unconfirmed reports that the company has launched a small soak test for the long awaited update, ahead of its full roll out which is supposed to happen sometime later in January.

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Galaxy S7 won’t jump to Android 7.1.1 for Vodafone Australia

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According to the reports, the build number for the soak test is G935FXXU1DPLR. The software also reportedly contains the latest Android January 2017 security updates. Screenshots reveal that the update is to Android 7.0, not the more recent Android 7.1.1 version. While Samsung previously indicated that the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge will skip Android 7.0 Nougat and jump straight to Android 7.1.1, Vodafone Australia recently confirmed it would offer Android 7.0 to its Galaxy S7 owners.

In any case, it would appear that Samsung is making final preparations for the launch of Nougat for its current flagship smartphones with this limited soak test. The company previously launched a closed beta test for the update, which came to a close just before the end of 2016.

If you happen to be one of the very few who got this Nougat soak test for the Galaxy S7, please let us know your impressions in the comments.

Android 7.1.1 update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge officially coming in January

Samsung has confirmed the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is due in January. The confirmation comes via the Beta notices in the Galaxy Beta Program, although there’s still an element of doubt to the deadline: “We will do our best to distribute the official version in January as soon as possible”.

See also:

Android Nougat review: an Android version for Android fans

October 21, 2016

While this is clearly just Samsung hedging its bets in case something unforeseen comes up, “doing their best” and “as soon as possible” are not the kinds of phrasing you want to hear from your OEM when you’re waiting on a major new Android release. But as we can probably all agree, it’s much better to get a stable update than a patchy buggy one.

Android 7.1.1 update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge officially coming in January

That said, the Galaxy Beta Program has been very popular and that level of popularity means a lot of pre-release bugs will have already been identified long before the official rollout. The Galaxy Beta Program will be officially wrapped up at midnight tonight and while Samsung will stop monitoring the “error report” and “suggestion” channels of the beta program, it will still pay attention to the “community” feed.

Did you participate in the Galaxy Beta Program? Are you happy to wait a little longer to get a stable update?

Deal: Buy a Galaxy S7/S7 Edge and get a free Samsung EVO+ 256 GB memory card

If you’re considering buying the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, you should check out the deal Best Buy is currently offering. The retailer is giving out a free Samsung EVO+ 256 GB memory card to customers who buy one of the already mentioned smartphones.

As always, some conditions do apply, as the device you purchase has to be activated on Verizon Device Payment, AT&T Next, or Sprint 24-Month Installment if you want to score the free memory card. The Galaxy S7 Active is also included in this deal, but keep in mind that it’s an AT&T exclusive device.

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Latest Nougat beta update for the Galaxy S7 Edge fixes rebooting issue

2 days ago

We think that this is quite a good deal, especially when considering the price point of Samsung’s 256 GB memory card. It is quite expensive, as it normally retails for $249.99.

Unfortunately, we don’t know how long this deal will last for. So if you’re interested in getting it, you should probably do so as soon as possible. Visit Best Buy’s website by clicking the button below to place your order.

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And if you do decide to get the deal, let us know which device you opted for in the comment section below.

T-Mobile has a ‘buy one, get one free’ deal on Samsung Galaxy phones

T-Mobile is launching yet another smartphone promotion just a few days before Christmas. The wireless carrier is giving both new and current customers a way to get a second Samsung Galaxy phone for free if they purchase one of a select number of phones from the company.

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Best T-Mobile Android phones

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The new promotion is for folks who buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, along with the lower end Galaxy J7. The deal also covers the older Galaxy Note 5Galaxy S6Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge+.

Existing T-Mobile customers who are still on the carrier’s Simple Choice Unlimited plan can take advantage of this deal by adding a second Simple Choice Unlimited line. All other existing customers, and all new T-Mobile users, will need to sign up with the recently launched T-Mobile One plan for this promotion. When they pick the phones they want to get with this BOGO deal, they can then go to the carrier’s site and type in the “HOLIDAYBOGO” promo code. After eight weeks, they should see a prepaid MasterCard gift card sent to them in the mail to cover the cost of the second phone.

Be aware that the promo code must be used by January 27, 2017 to get this prepaid card. This deal would appear on the surface to be a faster way for customers to get their money back, versus deals where they would get credits on their bills for 24 months to pay off the cost of the second phone.

Fourth Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Nougat beta removes Samsung Notes

Samsung has released the fifth Android Nougat beta update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones to users who have signed up for its Galaxy Beta program in the US and the UK. This is technically the fourth major beta release (and is labelled as such in the ‘beta notices’ notification), with an earlier patch simply fixing a Facebook crash issue.

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This is Nougat on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

3 weeks ago

The 280 MB update has a pretty small change log. The only major new update is that Samsung Notes has now been removed as a pre-installed app. Having said that, some people who have already downloaded the new beta have reported that Samsung Notes is still there after the update has been installed. So your mileage may vary.

Other than that, the change log states that other unnamed bugs have been fixed, and some stability improvements added. SamMobile also notes that the “About device” section of the phone no longer mentions Samsung Experience, which was the new name given to TouchWiz in the last Nougat beta update. It’s possible Samsung may be planning to make yet another name change in the future.

Despite Samsung stating the beta program would last until mid-December, this is not necessarily the last beta update for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users. The company has already announced that when the final version rolls out, the Nougat version will jump to Android 7.1.1.

If you have installed the latest beta, let us know your thoughts and impressions in the comments.

Deal: Best Buy’s “Wrap It Up” sale takes $170 off the Galaxy S7 edge and more

Christmas is just a few days away, so if you’re still looking for last-minute gifts for your friends and family, you might want to check out the deals over at Best Buy. The retailer is having a “Wrap It Up” sale that ends tomorrow, offering discounts on quite a few different products including smartphones, TVs, and laptops.

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Best Buy has knocked $170 off the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. The Galaxy S7 can be yours for $499.99, while its bigger brother retails for $599.99. If you’re looking for a more affordable smartphone, you might consider getting the ZTE Axon 7. The device is normally available for $399.99, but you can get it for $50 less during the sale.

The smaller version of ZTE’s flagship device is also on sale. Best Buy is offering a $100 discount on the Axon 7 mini, so you can get your hands on it for just $199.99.

There are a lot more product on sale, so if you want to check them out, head over to Best Buy’s website by clicking the button below. There’s also a bunch of other deals  (gift cards, bonus items, carrier deals etc) on devices like the LG V20 and Google Pixel here.

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Keep in mind that the sale will end tomorrow, December 21, so you’ll have to hurry up if you’re interested in getting any of the deals.

What do you think about the deals? Which one would you opt for?

AT&T offers Samsung, LG and Apple BOGO deals with $650 free credit for switchers

AT&T is at it again with more buy-one-get-one-free deals on phones ranging from the Galaxy S7 to the iPhone 7 to the LG G5. It’s the standard deal you’d be familiar with: buy both devices at full price on an AT&T Next or Next Every Year plan and receive monthly bill credits on the second device to the tune of $695. Naturally, you can pay for the cost of each device on monthly instalments.

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Best AT&T Android phones

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If you’re willing to switch to AT&T for the deal, you can also pick up $650 worth of bill credits to offset the cost of breaking your existing carrier contract. Of course, if you sign up fresh with AT&T without having to break a prior contract, those bill credits can simply offset your monthly bill.

Do note that you will have to pay the tax due on both devices upfront and it might take two or three monthly cycles to see the monthly credits applied to your bill. At that time you’ll also be credited for any device device payments you may have already made.

You’ve got until December 24 to take advantage of the deal and read through AT&T’s voluminous fine print. There are also a host of other deals, bundles and offers on various AT&T devices, so keep an eye out for them as well.

Will you be picking up a new Android phone this holiday season? What’s the phone to beat?