While Consumer Reports is run by a non-profit organization in the United States with targeted readers in the United States, it has been overlooked a feature especially important for readers in the United States for years that does not apply to elsewhere. That is the capability of working on all major mobile/cellular networks in the country.
When people in other countries have ability to switch mobile carriers/MVNOs (mobile virtual network operator) at will for best fitted mobile plan for more than a decade without getting new handset, most people in United States still lack of such ability thanks to handset manufacture like Samsung continues to make only carrier specific handset for the United States in favor of carriers instead of consumer. Where I believe Consumer Reports should be in favor of consumer in the United States, stop high rating handsets without this important capability at the first place.
With over 80% of population in the country live in urban areas, and Wi-Fi is widely available at home that very well means any major carrier/MVNO can serve vast majority of people well enough.
Competition has been heated up since government blocked Sprint and T-Mobile merger. Almost all carriers have dropped two years contract and subsidizing handset in favor of lower plan pricing. There are even three MVNOs offer no monthly fee (basically free) mobile phone plans, but require BYOD (bring your own device -- phone) if one is not willing to pay for a compatible device.
With phone manufacture like Samsung offers high priced phone with complete lock down, carrier specific mobile communication technology and radio bands, consumer once brought their phone effectively also mean they have to stay with same carrier or its MVNO for two years even they paid for the phone in full out right.
Some may argue that is not the case for GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications, originally Groupe Spécial Mobile) handsets without knowing the handset simply lack of complete bands support for both GSM carriers in the United States and requires domestic as well as international unlock separately by carrier/MVNO that is in addition to regional lock from Samsung. Let alone carrier/MVNO modification for their own benefit such as removing SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) capability from native Android Phone app so carrier/MVNO can continue to include voice and text as separate items in their plans when everything eventually will be just over LTE (Long-Term Evolution), and these items have been totally free of charge from multiple third parties for years. Not to mention those modifications caused months of delay for the operating system update.
To sum up, if the author truly meant Â“nothing pushes my buttons more than quirky smartphones, overpriced cell plans and underwhelming wireless serviceÂ”, he opted to consider the capability of working on every major mobile/cellular network in the country as essential instead of non factor at all.
Finally realized comment like this is censored by Consumer Reports. It unambiguously shows Consumer Reports is bigoted at best, biased at worst. If this trend continues, Consumer Reports opts to be changed to Corporate Reports to accurately reflect its culture.
Anonymous, 24 Mar 2016absolutely true...they should have kept the IR option I wont buy another Samsung phone without IR. I just might have to g LG.
Are you guys an idiot? I mean what is the point of arguing in this day and age? This is the golden age of computer science and there is a lot more for us to do. Go to the future if you want a lag free software.
Also the removable battery will return. That will happen when tech innovation has come to a halt as it did for the PC leaving no other reason to replace the phone than a worn out battery.
Herodroid, 23 Mar 2016lol, i thought i am alone which this sentence catched my eye and made me read more than 1 time... moreits mean.. when night or in the dark place the display automatically dim so that can save ur battery power unless you used the manual brighteness... in the bright day ur phone will force the brightness to it maximum and of course it will consume ur battery power a lot.. understand?
!ronixG3, 23 Mar 2016Ok! But will you forgive Samsung for not including IR on this awesome phones?absolutely true...they should have kept the IR option
Anonymous, 24 Mar 2016Lol good joke. My iPhone, iPad and macbook lag all the time. I don't go complaining though. Be... morelol. good joke mate. i run lagwiz on my core i7 pc with 16 gigs ram. and it lag a lot too.
Anonymous, 24 Mar 2016i know this will make you angry: so why all ios devices never lag after 1 year? because ios d... moreLol good joke. My iPhone, iPad and macbook lag all the time. I don't go complaining though. Because I know better. Unlike you lying noobs.
Anonymous, 24 Mar 2016i know this will make you angry: so why all ios devices never lag after 1 year? because ios d... moreboot into recovery, clear cache. even a s3 will run faster than your ios9 calculator
Anonymous, 23 Mar 2016All computers become "laggy". It the nature of computers after a while the need reformatting. ... morei know this will make you angry:
so why all ios devices never lag after 1 year? because ios devices is not a computer? lol lol lol. galaGxy fan. hahaha..
Anonymous, 23 Mar 2016All computers become "laggy". It the nature of computers after a while the need reformatting. ... morepathetic. with huge ram and fastest mobile processor in the world, lagwiz is still "laggy".
here's more words that you may like: "lagging", "lag", "lags", "gaLAGxy". lol.
it's the best phone, except for two downsides, they should have included a bigger storage option (128 GB) and USB 3.0 type C.
Let's be serious and realistic. What it says this organization,(ghost) "Customer Reports", we just need to pass the fizzle jokes.
AnonD-85136, 23 Mar 2016My Xperia z5 p is best Sony z5p baterry suck endurance 60 hour and performance benchmark very low
Why is the S7 Edge second in the list? Do they list reasons to choose the S7 over it?