Samsung Galaxy S8 is a focused, polished Samsung flagship that deserves to be at the top of heap when it comes to Android smartphones. This time Samsung has added a variety of biometric unlocking including, fingerprint unlocking, iris scanning and facial scanning.
Samsung has also emphasized the large, 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display which is designed to showcase videos in 18:9 aspect ratio. While little content is ready to take advantage of this new format, expect to see more and more added as the year goes on.
It’s true there are a few features that could be a bit better or more polished, but all-in-all this is one of the best Android smartphones that money can buy.
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- OS: Android 7.0
- Screen: 5.8” WQHD (18:9)
- Rear: 12MP
- Front: 8MP
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- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- Battery: 3000 mAh
- Storage space: 64GB upgradable with a microSD card up to 256GB
- Weight: 155 grams
- Size: 148.9mm x 68.1mm x 8 mm
- Type of SIM Card: Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy S8 – Pros
- It has a big, 5.8-inch, beautiful, Super AMOLED display with all-new 18:9 aspect ratio for a more immersive video experience.
- Samsung’s Dual Pixel camera is easily one of the best in the business. In some lighting it is the best, hands down. It’s difficult to complain about such a solid smartphone camera.
- Its rear camera is a 12 MP shooter with large dual pixels, f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, and an LED flash.
- It now offers 1080p recording at 60 frames per seconds for smooth video recording. Video recording also sees the addition of manual controls in the Pro mode, including manual focus for finer control over the focus of your videos.
- It has a great, long-lasting battery that can make it through a typical day with some charge to spare.
- IP68 water resistant certification so it can withstand Wet Coast weather.
- It offers the option of regular wired charging, fast-charging or wireless charging.
- Finally, we have an Android smartphone that feels as fast and nimble as an iPhone. It has onne of the best and fastest processors in any Android smartphone. It also has 4GB of RAM, so it’s capable of handling anything you throw at it.
- It has a responsive, pressure-sensitive screen with a virtual instead of a physical home button.
- It best in-class out-of-the-box headphones.
- Its front-facing camera has autofocus which can be useful for selfies.
- It has a solid, curved build that fits comfortably in the hand and makes it feel like you’re holding a much smaller phone.
- Samsung’s extra TouchWhiz features like:
- Smart stay: Eye detection keeps the screen on as long as you’re looking at it
- Game Launcher: A special launcher that can hold all your games instead of mixing them with apps in the drawer
- One-handed mode: Swipe up from a corner to shrink the size of the screen so everything can be reached with one hand
- Finger sensor gestures: Open and close the notification panel by swiping up or down on the fingerprint sensor
- Quick launch camera: Double-tap the power button to launch the camera
- Multi window: Open two apps on the screen at the same time
- Smart alert: This feature makes your phone vibrate when you pick it up and have missed notifications
- Video enhancer: This setting automatically upscales videos to enhance picture quality
- USB-Type C charging port means it’s easier than ever to plug in and charge your smartphone.
- In spite of USB-Type C charger, it still has a headphone jack.
- Instead of silver it comes in new, gorgeous, rich, orchid grey colour.
Samsung Galaxy S8 – Cons
- Bixby despite having its own dedicated button, is not really ready for the mainstream yet. It may become more useful in the future, but right now it doesn’t do enough to be worth using. But you still have access to Google Assistant to fulfill your digital assistant needs.
- Starting at $250 on a 2-year plan starting at $90 per month or $490 on a 2-year plan starting at $80 per month or $990 to buy it outright.
- Facial recognition unlocking is iffy, annoying and easily beat.
- Iris recognition, fails to work properly if you wear glasses. Samsung warns you to remove glasses or contact lenses when setting up the iris recognition, but this means you’ll have to either look over the top of your glasses or lift them up for iris recognition to be useful.
- Iris scanner can also be fooled by a photo.
- Even after you’ve spent months with a phone and you know it like the back of your hand, unlocking a smartphone with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner means blindly sliding your finger around the back before finding the scanner. It’s bad enough on phones with scanners that are placed on the center of the back, and it’s even worse with the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint reader, which is high up the back and off-center next to the camera lens.
- Its battery isn’t replaceable.
- Some users are reporting an unsightly red tint on their S8 smartphones, but there’s now a software update that should fix that.
- Be warned the layout of the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screens is different. The back button is now on the right side, with the home still in the middle and recent apps now on the left. You can switch it back or you can just practice with it until you get used to the new layout.
- New aspect ratio means that content not optimized for 18:9 ratio (which so far is most of it), means that you’ll see more black bars framing the video content.
- The placement of its main speaker is less than ideal.