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Samsung Galaxy S7, the Android based Samsung flagship, is the ReviewGist pick for the smartphone with best reception for the month of August 2016. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a flawless upgrade over the previous flagship - Galaxy S6 and has support for Verizon's 850 MHz frequency band making it suited for catching better signal both in rural/remote and dense urban environments.

As far as the US is concerned, the best reception smartphones are without exception the Verizon ones. The reason being that Verizon uses CDMA technology which works predominantly on the 850 MHz frequency. Most other service providers predominantly operate around the slightly higher 900 MHz frequency. Smaller MHz frequency gives a better signal and is able to penetrate buildings and remote rural areas much more effectively. The other reason why 850MHz frequency works better is because it has been deployed for a much longer amount of time so has a much wider coverage.

T-Mobile use GSM technology which is largely utilized around the 900 MHz frequency and is mostly good only in bigger cities like Boston and New York and doesnt perform that well in rural areas.

However, note that Verizon uses CDMA technology which is not supported throughout the European union. If you need international roaming you are better off with some of the GSM phones with the best reception signal.

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Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7


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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple iPhone 6s
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple iPhone 6s
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Release Date
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
2.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.1 inch
5.5 inch
5.3 inch
5.5 inch
4.7 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz octa-core, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, 2.15GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Battery Capacity
3000.0 mAh
3600.0 mAh
2800.0 mAh
2750.0 mAh
1715.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0, Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0.1
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2

  • Always a relevant player in the space, Samsung has yet another formidable offering that sets the benchmark high for all other phones coming out this year. The specs might not be a tremendous upgrade, but at the end of the day, when you want a phone that just works, the Galaxy S7 fits the bill. When we think of a flagship, we envision something that just works flawlessly and without much hassle. This is exactly that!


  • Samsung has tweaked the winning design from the S6, righted the wrongs of its previous flagships, and made a phone you don't want to put down. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is iterative perfection.

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    Samsung's flagships have always been the trend-setters, and the Galaxy S7 proudly joins its predecessors. Fair enough, after the fundamental overhaul last year, the focus in 2016 is on fine-tuning, polish and refinement. The camera and the Always On display are the couple of attention grabbers but the big story is simple, as usual. The Galaxy S7 is such a complete package that taking a rest on the seventh was obviously never on Samsung's mind.


  • Pricing wasn’t particularly on the side of the Galaxy S6 edge last year, mainly because for a phone that matched the S6 on paper, its added $100 premium cost on top of the S6 didn’t seem justifiable. Not surprisingly, though, the S7 edge’s pricing follows the same strategy by being accompanied with an additional $100 cost over what most of the domestic carriers will be selling the S7 for.


  • Five stars to Samsung, as the brand iterates perfectly on an already award-winning smartphone, adding a brilliant camera and gorgeous design.

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    If you break it down to its parts, you will be right to ask what stopped Samsung from delivering it a year ago. Try it, and the experience may change your perspective. Hold it in hand and you may as well wish all phones were like it.


  • At the end of the review process, we're feeling kind of empty in that we can't quite place our finger on what it is that isn't feeling exactly right with the G5. Objectively, it's a competent flagship and even a decent improvement over its predecessor in some ways, but it feels like it's just way too round in character.

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    The LG G5 is as good as any current flagship at a time when flagships are inevitably more and more alike as makers wouldn't risk falling behind. It's hard not to appreciate LG for making the less obvious choice - probably knowing that there are easier, more obvious choices a user can make. Failure to monetize innovation certainly hurts but failure to innovate can kill you.


  • LG hasn’t done enough with the G5 to increase my desire for a modular phone. Combine this with the disappointing build and you have a phone that isgreat in many areas, but misses the mark overall.


  • Another year, another new iPhone – that’s just the way the world runs. Being the year of the ‘S’ for Apple, it means that the we’re given the same looking iPhone from the previous year, but with some upgraded hardware in the necessary areas, so that includes the processor, camera, and much more. In true fashion, the iPhone 6s Plus hits the mark in those crucial areas, cementing itself as a strong competitor in the field for those who happen to love, you know, big phones.For us, the biggest changes include its intuitive 3D Touch feature and the improved battery life.


  • The iPhone 6s Plus for Sprint can tap into LTE speeds that previous iPhones could only dream of.


  • Apple has reinvigorated its phablet without rewriting the playbook thanks to its smart 3D Touch technology and a more power under the hood. It's not the upgrade some will have been hoping for, but it's the upgrade we've got.


  • It's not every day that such a complete and coherent smartphone comes to market. Perhaps more thoroughly than any other time, though, this year's iPhone 6s has become the center of so much technological advancement, that it's able to gain a surprising amount of lead against its counterparts.That is not to say the Apple iPhone 6s is necessarily the best in each and every department; rather, it means there doesn't seem to be an area where it comes off as incompetent.


  • The Apple iPhone 6s is faster than last year's model all around, including better AT&T LTE speeds.

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    The iPhone 6s is of excellent build, made out of a much sturdier aluminum alloy. The extra weight can be felt, but it's certainly not a deal breaker.
    The display on the iPhone 6s is pretty much the same affair we got in the original 6th model. It offers slightly lower brightness, but deeper blacks and the same great contrast. The sunlight legibility is great as well.
    Battery life is above average at 62 hours and matches that of the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6S posted well balanced scores across all tests, including standby.


User Recommendations for the Best Reception Cellphone

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250david

The Samsung Galaxy s6 does not belong anywhere near the top ten for phone reception. I have an orignal Moto X and a gen 2 Moto G all on the same network as my Samsung S6 and both Moto phones have usual phone and text service where the Samsung will do absolutely nothing. That being said a Samsung S5 will have better usable service than the S6, this seems to be due to the fact that Samsung created their own cell antenna for the S6 and it is just not as good as the one they had in the S5. Any newer Apple or moto phone gets better service on telus and bell networks in Canada. The Blackberries from the Z10 up also get better usable reception than the S6

Top 5 reception cell phone - 2016:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S7
  2. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
  3. LG G5
  4. Apple iPhone 6s Plus
  5. Apple iPhone 6s