2016 was a bad year for Samsung primarily due to the release of their explosive-prone smartphone that is Note 7. However, prior to that, the company released an impeccable piece of smartphone crafted with the utmost care; one that went on to become the most revered Android phone of 2016, dominating the smartphone charts on various websites and has been continuously compared to the likes of iPhone 7. Indeed, it’s Samsung’s Galaxy S7, a phone which was released in March and currently sells for a price of $500-$600. The phone was bestowed with a blazing fast Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 820 and is embedded with an ultra-crisp 12-megapixel camera. The non-removable battery included in the phone has been tested time and again and grants the phone with up to 22 hours of talk-time. This coupled with the water withstanding capabilities of the phone are the primary reasons why it is still celebrated.

This month owners of S7 (both variants) residing in South Korea, the United States and the United Kingdom who qualified for beta testing of Android Nougat 7.0 were finally exposed to the beta version. The operating system is reported to improve the phone’s idle function while bestowing it with split screen capabilities and much more amiable settings menu.

The new update has been received favorably by the critics. A brief summary of what the experts say is given below.

TechRadar: In its review, the website stated that the S7 is iterative perfection. However, it warned the operators of the beta version of Nougat to expect a few errors in functionality.

CNET: In their review, CNET gave the smartphone an outstanding rating of 9 out of 10 and summed its review by stating that the Samsung galaxy S7 is the best all-round phone of this year.

AndroidPit: The experts at AndroidPit gave the opinion that user interface has been eased with the release of Nougat and further stated that the S7 was one of the best smartphones manufactured in 2016. They, however, flogged Samsung on the current software but were optimistic as they closed the review by mentioning that the new Nougat update would do wonders for the device.