Thursday, February 2, 2017

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the Galaxy S7 Right Now

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are two of the best smartphones on the market. You shouldn’t buy one right now though. While they are tempting choices with great specs or a beautiful curved display, we’d recommend holding off for a little longer. Read on to find out why.


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Samsung had a great 2016 with some awesome devices. Including the Galaxy Note 7 before the recall that followed shortly thereafter. Thanks to that, the upcoming Galaxy S8 has been delayed. As a result some are looking to buy the Galaxy S7 right now instead.


Read: Galaxy S8 Release: 5 Reasons to Wait for It & 3 Not To


Nearly a year after the Galaxy S7 release there are multiple reasons we’d say not to buy one right now. And that isn’t just because the Galaxy S8 is coming. In fact, there are severals reasons which we’ll explain below. If you need a phone now, go ahead, but you’ll be glad you waited if you take our advice.


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Right now is a bad time to buy a great smartphone. That goes for the iPhone, Google Pixel, or even the famous Galaxy S7. Now that we’re into 2017 an entire wave of new smartphones are on the horizon. We’re not saying wait and buy one of those, but wait to see what options present themselves.


Here is why you shouldn’t buy the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge right now. Although by the end of this you may decide to get one anyways, which is perfectly fine for millions of buyers. Lets get started.


Galaxy S8 Release Date (and Galaxy S8 Plus)


There are a number of reasons why we’d avoid buying the Galaxy S7 right now, but none are more apparent than the incoming Galaxy S8. Simply put, it will be Samsung’s best smartphone to date. The company is coming off a recall, have a lot to prove, all while preparing to release one stunning smartphone.


Render showing what the Galaxy S8 will look like

Render based on real leaks



In 2017 the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will be the best of the S7 and Note 7. Combined into one sleek device with a huge screen. Now we know, not everyone wants a big phone. And the Galaxy S8 is rumored to have a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch screen. It sounds crazy, but they won’t be any bigger than the Galaxy S7.


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As you can see from the image above, Samsung’s managed to slim the bezels down a ton. By making the bezel smaller and removing the fingerprint scanner to the back, the front is all screen. In fact, several sources have suggested these phones will actually be physically smaller than the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Which, is mightily impressive.


Read: Galaxy S8 Release: Everything We Know Right Now


The only problem we see with waiting, is the delay. While Samsung hasn’t confirmed the Galaxy S8 release, they’ve said it won’t be announced in February like the past few years. Instead, we are expecting a launch event on March 29th, followed quickly by the release date.


Is This the Galaxy S8?

Is This the Galaxy S8?



So it will be later than any prior year, but worth it. If you don’t need a phone right this minute, and can wait another few months, it will be a great decision. These phones have a beautiful display, the most powerful processor, an improved award-winning camera, water-resistance and more. Our link above tells you all you need to know.


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LG G6 Release


If you can’t wait until mid April when we’re expecting the Galaxy S8 release date, LG may have the perfect solution and timing. We know a lot of you may think about the LG G5 and instantly write off the LG G6, but stay with us for a minute.


For 2017 LG completely changed their approach to the smartphone market. They’ve added a premium all glass and metal design, water-resistance, and a similar tiny bezel to a huge screen. In fact, it will be a 5.7-inch device that’s smaller than the LG G5, and with a higher resolution. From everything we’ve seen so far 2017 will truly be the year LG can compete with Samsung and Apple. The image below is just one of many teaser images.


LG G6 Leaked Image Reveals New Design

LG G6 Leaked Image Reveals New Design



LG is using a similar set of small bezels, has two cameras on the back, and added water-resistance to match Samsung. Pair that up with a beautiful design, Android 7.1 Nougat and 64GB of storage, it’s poised to be popular. Here’s more info.


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Read: LG G6 Release Date, Specs, Features & Rumors


Additionally, the LG G6 will be announced on February 26th in Spain. We’re hearing the release date is set for March 10th, or a few weeks later. It should hopefully be available before the Galaxy S8 is even announced. It has all the makings to top the Galaxy S7 from 2016, so wait and see what you think before making a decision.


HTC U Ultra


While it only has a few improvements overall, the new HTC U Ultra is another option worth considering. Everything about it slightly nudges out the Galaxy S7 on paper, aside from maybe battery life. It also has a beautiful design similar to the Galaxy S7, while rocking a huge 5.7-inch display.


U-Ultra


Then, for LG fans, HTC added improved audio and a secondary 2.1-inch screen above the main display. Adding function to the premium new look, slimming things down, and it runs Nougat. It’s a bit expensive starting at $749 when it’s released around March or April. It has already been announced, and received some bad press, but it’s still a good phone overall.


Better than the Galaxy S7, it just won’t be able to compete with some of the flagship phones in 2017. Still, it’s worth considering over the Galaxy S7 at the moment.


Other Competition


For the sake of time, and because they likely won’t be here until summer or later, everything else will be added to this last category. We’re talking about the OnePlus 4, which should be the best $449 smartphone on the planet when it’s released. The OnePlus 3 was excellent. Additionally Lenovo in charge of Motorola has big plans for their smartphones of 2017.


We could see another Moto X along with a new and improved modular Moto Z of some sort. HTC and LG might release more phones after April with the latest Snapdragon 835. Because Samsung bought them all for the first quarter of the year.


iPhone 8 Concept

iPhone 8 Concept



And while it may not run Android, this will be a huge year for Apple. It marks their 10 year anniversary since the first iPhone. We could see an iPhone 7s, or the company could jump straight to the iPhone 8. There are some beautiful renders floating around too. It’s a thought, right?


Last but not least though, is Google. In 2016 the first phone “made inside and out” by Google was released. Called the Pixel and Pixel XL. Many have called it the best Android smartphone ever, or of the year. And while it didn’t get everything right, for their first try it was extremely impressive.


This is the Google Pixel XL

This is the Google Pixel XL



We have big hopes and expectations from Google in 2017 with the Pixel 2. From a stunning new bezel-free phone, to water-resistance and a world class camera. In 2016 the Google Pixel had the highest rated smartphone camera ever released, and it ran Android 7.0 Nougat before anything else. The possibilities are endless, and Google is in an excellent position to jump near the top of the marketshare.


At the end of the day it really comes down to a users needs, wants and preferences. If you need a phone right now, the Galaxy S7 is still great. However, so is the OnePlus 3T or upcoming LG G6. Not to mention what will surely be an amazing phone, the Galaxy S8 when it arrives.


Sometimes getting a phone when you find a deal is nice, but it often pays to wait. Not to mention the Galaxy S7 price will drop once these phones start coming out. Give it a little time, wait to see what’s available, and then make the best choice for you.




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