Samsung Galaxy S8 Review
Samsung Galaxy S8
- Incredible design
- Outstanding Super AMOLED display
- State-of-the-art camera
- Huge power
- Comfortable to hold
- IP68 water and dust resistant
- Odd fingerprint sensor location
- Iris recognition is hit and miss
- Very expensive at launch
- No dual-SIM
- Lacks stereo speakers
Samsung Galaxy S8 Review – Introducing the stunning Infinity Display.
The revolutionary design of the Galaxy S8 begins from the inside out. We rethought every part of the phone’s layout to break through the confines of the smartphone screen. So all you see is pure content and virtually no bezel. It’s the biggest, most immersive screen on a Galaxy smartphone of this size. And it’s easy to hold in one hand.
Despite the stark new appearance and display aspect ratio, it is yet to be decided if this new, almost bezel-less design trend of the Galaxy S8 is going to lead to a meaningful change in how we experience the smartphone as a tool. Having the bezels reduced is perfectly OK when it comes to aesthetics, but introducing an extra tall display is a change of practical meaning. Throughout this review, we saw that the taller display could be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it does allow for more content to be shown without increasing the width of the phone, which is always good, but on the other, it can lead to usability discomfort in case the user interface and the content viewed are not optimized well enough for the extravagant aspect ratio. And in the case of the Galaxy S8, we can’t say that all has been executed flawlessly.
However, if we stop looking for revolutionary improvements where they are unlikely to be found, and examine the device in itself, we quickly realize that the Galaxy S8 is a truly remarkable smartphone. Samsung has been focusing its efforts in exactly the right areas, which is evident in the Galaxy S8’s excellent performance across almost all essential fields. For most consumers out there, this is the best Android smartphone there is: an elegant and premium design, combined with a powerful but thoughtfully conceived software experience, with exemplary performance where it counts the most. In the end, the Galaxy S8 proves that it’s well worth the asking price, despite being surrounded by tempting low-cost alternatives.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus continue Samsung’s recent penchant of combining outstanding smartphone design with an excellent display to create an all-around fantastic experience. The switch to the taller display has allowed Samsung to cram even more screen real estate into its new smartphones and in doing so, the company is setting the new standard for big-screen devices. Think back to what a big screen phone meant a couple of years ago and compare it to the Galaxy S8 and it’s clear that the future is much brighter, and we’re now closer than ever to phone that is all display.
With the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge both proving to be excellent smartphones, Samsung sought to refine its smartphone experience further and achieved that, albeit with some trade-offs. The biggest of these is that a major selling feature – Bixby – is in its very early stages and, as a result, it’s not as useful as Samsung led us to believe. That said however, the Galaxy S8 is arguably the best phone for most users, but it might not be the best phone for users who want specific features.
For the all-around big-screen experience, Samsung has knocked it out of the park and while the likes of LG and Huawei definitely come close, the design of the Galaxy S8 means it stands tall above the competition.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is designed for those who just want a great phone and aren’t bothered about the cost. It’s a premium handset in every sense of the word – you’re paying more to get something really lovely.
If you’re a mobile movie buff, enjoy gaming on the go or just want something that can do more heavy lifting than nearly any other phone on the planet, then check out the S8 instantly… as long as you can afford it.
This is a pocketable, speedy and impressive phone in so many ways. If you just want a great phone and don’t care about the cost, it’s for you.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a new beginning for flagship phones. It’s a gorgeous sliver of tech that utilises its power for extending the experience beyond the 5.8-inch display, but manages to still be a phone that’s easy to use.
It crams a huge screen into a compact body, without sacrificing features such as water-resistance and expandable storage, and takes phone design to the next level. Once you’ve picked up a Samsung Galaxy S8, all other phones will somehow feel less interesting.
The screen, the camera, the design are all top-notch; there really isn’t anything missing here. Slightly small battery aside, there isn’t an obvious compromise.
Not everything hits the mark, but considering there’s so much here and Samsung is trying all these different things, that’s not surprising. I could live without the iris scanner and I could live without Bixby, but they don’t really diminish anything by being included.
The only true negative is the awful fingerprint sensor, but I’m sure after a few months even that might become second nature.
It’s clear that, with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung set out to create more than a phone. It’s trying to build a more Apple-like ecosystem, with devices ranging from the Gear VR and the DeX dock to the new Samsung Connect app for controlling smart home gear and the Bixby assistant. It’s also evident that Samsung hasn’t yet reached that goal, as Bixby’s voice features won’t be activated until later. But even with that glaring shortcoming, the Galaxy S8 still beats the Android competition while surpassing the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in terms of design, display quality and camera performance.
The Galaxy S8 isn’t the first phone to offer a nearly bezel-free design, and yet it looks and feels more modern than the LG G6 (despite Samsung’s awkward fingerprint-sensor placement). And the S8 also runs circles around the Google Pixel’s design while offering faster overall performance and a better camera. The infinity display is simply gorgeous, and the Snapdragon 835 chip lives up to the hype both in speed and battery efficiency.
Some shoppers may want to wait to pick up the S8 or S8+ until Samsung delivers a finished Bixby — and to make sure Samsung makes good on its battery safety promises — but overall, these are the best Android phones you can buy and our top picks overall.
Samsung has certainly proven that it has the design and manufacturing strengths to pull off absolutely stunning devices. If you’re going to spend this much on a smartphone, you’re going to want it to feel special, and that’s something that both these phones do very well. Everyone who sees you use one will want to know what it is.
The fingerprint sensor is as good as missing, the software seems stuffed with some unnecessary features, and not everyone will love the curved glass. We would have liked the option of a flat screen, but we suspect that this is how Samsung is now differentiating itself from the competition. If you can live with these things, you’ll find that everything else is absolutely state-of-the-art.
Performance is phenomenal, and the cameras are right up there with the iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL, if not better. There’s also the appeal of using either phone as a mobile workstation with the DeX desktop dock, which we haven’t had the chance to review yet. All of these are excellent reasons to choose a Galaxy S8 in your preferred size. They’re also reasons to seriously consider the fact that you can pay a lot less for a smartphone these days and not miss out on a whole lot. What it finally comes down to is how you see yourself and the image you want to project. This is how you stand out in 2017, and this is what you need to feel like you’re on top of the world.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus aren’t perfect, but they’re as close as Samsung has ever gotten. That’s a hell of a rebound for a company whose phablets… well, you know. Beyond the gorgeous design and the boost in horsepower, they feel like devices built in response to our preferences and nitpicks. That’s not something you see everyday. Bixby’s limited functionality and lack of consistency is a real bummer, but it’s not a deal-breaker. (We’ll return to this review when Bixby Voice is finally up and running.) In most other areas, Samsung has outdone itself. The year is still young and we’ll certainly see strong responses from Google and Apple. But for now, if you’re looking for a new smartphone, the S8s should be at — or very close to — the top of your list.
With its Galaxy S8, Samsung has created a superb product that scores even a bit better than its larger Galaxy S8+ sister model. This was different in the S7 lineup, but the Plus model cannot take advantage of its larger battery and is also heavier. Furthermore, the fingerprint scanner’s positioning is not as comfortable to reach due to its size. Thus, the 100 Euros (~$110) extra can be saved when the larger screen is not a must have.
The smartphone itself convinces with a stylish design and the new Infinity display that offers an accurate color reproduction, high brightness, and few reflections, which is also the clear highlight of the Galaxy S8. However, the new SoC also boosts the performance and a Gigabit LTE module is also installed. However, it is too bad that Samsung does not offer a dual-SIM variant for our latitude.
The diverse security features are also a strong plus point, but face recognition should not be used when the smartphone really has to be secured, as this method is simply too easy to deceive. Unfortunately, the assistant Bixby is still incomplete and does not yet convince us.
We would generally wish that Samsung would give the consumer more freedom. For example, the 128-GB model (6 GB of RAM) will not be available in Europe and the customer will not be able to choose all available colors if they don’t live in Asia.
However, Samsung has managed to upgrade its premium smartphone very well with its Galaxy S8 that convinces with its stylish design, a superb camera as before, very good battery runtimes, and a great screen.
To conclude our Galaxy S8 review: there is a lot of good to be said about the “New Galaxy,” as everyone calls it. Those of you that were left nostalgic by the beauty of the Note 7 will be happy to see even more beauty shown off here. There is a lot of genius being placed on this design… So much so that I highly suggest that you go to a store and hold one to fully understand what I mean.
The only challenge continues to be the same we’ve always dealt with Samsung. Beautiful software should not be an excuse for stutters, or the slow speed at which Galaxy phones get updated to newer versions of Android. I’m not calling these deal breakers, but really just problems that are getting old for a phone this expensive.
Would I recommend the Galaxy S8? Sure! My minor list of complaints can be fixed with an update. This design and form factor are definitely the future for smartphones. A future which you can already access today.