Samsung released its flagship device, the Galaxy S8 earlier this year. Read my in-depth review of the phone, including its major features below.
Samsung Galaxy S8 – Design and Display
The strongest plus for the Samsung Galaxy S8 is its design. Samsung did all they could to reduce the bezels to the barest minimum, and the result is amazing. There are no vertical bezels and the horizontal bezels have been greatly reduced. The home button is still present, but it’s beneath the screen and is pressure sensitive.
There are no regular and Edge versions of the Galaxy S8, as all the phones come with the new curved Infinity Display. The Infinity Display is a beautiful 5.8″ 1440 x 2960 pixel screen. The display covers an astonishing 83% of the screen, so it feels like you’re basically just holding a screen.
The screen itself is a super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. For the first time in the series, there’s no physical home button, but it’s still there. It’s pressure sensitive, and works even when you’re running other apps above it. In case you’re scared if you’d press too hard and break it, you can increase it so it responds to just a soft press.
The power button is located on on the right side of the phone, with the volume buttons and a button dedicated to Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant, on the left side. The earphone jack and the charging port are located at the bottom of the phone.
Given how long the screen is, one-handed use might not be so easy as it becomes a struggle to reach the top of the screen. There’s a one-handed mode, of course, where the app window is minimized for one-hand use.
Because of the screen’s aspect ratio, there’s a new feature called Multiview, which allows you to use two apps at the same time.
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The fingerprint scanner has also been moved behind the phone to the side of the camera, which is a less than ideal position and the only major flaw in what is an almost perfect design.
The phone comes in 5 colors: Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Maple Gold, Coral Blue, and Orchid Gray. The Midnight Black edition, which I have, was not particularly pleasing, but then again I’ve never been a fan of black phones.
Samsung Galaxy S8 – Software and performance
The Samsung Galaxy S8 runs on the Android Nougat 7.0, and looks the closest to a stock Android device than any other Samsung device ever.
There are still a number of custom apps that run on the Galaxy S8, such as Samsung Connect, which allows your control all your other Samsung electronics from your phone (Internet of Things, ahoy!). There’s also Samsung Health, which is a pretty useful tool and helps to monitor heart rate, distance walked and a ton of other stuff.
One of my favorite features is the Secure Folder, which allows to keep files and even apps in a place where only you can get to them.
Samsung gave users a lot of free rein of the Galaxy S8, and there’s really not much you want to do, that you actually can’t. For example, you can choose to play music on an external speaker, while you watch a video on the phone’s speakers. Rad.
The phone is powered by Samsung’s Exynos Octa 8895 chipset, coupled with an octa-core CPU and 4GB of RAM. As expected, there’s no lag of any sort, even when multiple applications are running. It’s GeekBench 4 scores are the highest you’d get for any Android device currently, and that’s saying something.
Security is a big deal these days with hackers everywhere, and the Samsung Galaxy S8 comes correct in that respect.
Asides from the basic pin and pattern locks, Samsung inputs 3 biometric methods of security: finger prints, face scan and an iris scan.
The location of the finger print scanner makes its use quite annoying, as it staring at the screen just to unlock with the face scan.
And then there’s Bixby. I’d have loved to dedicate a whole segment to Samsung’s new AI, but then there’s really not much to talk about. That’s thanks to Samsung, who are yet to activate Bixby Voice for English users.
What we’re left with is basically Samsung’s version of Google Now, and the smart Bixby Vision, which is essentially an augmented reality camera that can identify objects in real time and then search for them on various services.
Samsung Galaxy S8 – Hardware
The Samsung Galaxy S8 packs maybe, just maybe the best cameras on a smart phone ever. The rear camera is 12 megapixels, and has a bunch of features such as phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, and an LED flash. It’s a little surprising that Samsung didn’t go with the dual camera trend in the S8, sticking to just one rear camera.
The photos above were taken by TheGrandVezir. You should check his YouTube out. Pretty cool stuff.
By the way, did I mention the auto focus is particularly really good?
The front camera doesn’t amaze like the rear one does, but it still does a pretty amazing job. There are a ton of filters and add-ons (thank you Snapchat) for an amazing selfie experience. You can take photos by just voice commands, or raising a palm.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 packs a 3000 mAh battery, which can run down quite quickly, especially if you use the phone’s Always On display. It can get you through a whole day with mild usage, which is quite okay.
The phone is IP86-rated for water and dust resistance, meaning, that you should have no water or dust worries. I dumped it in water while playing a video on YouTube, and it kept playing.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 – Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a major plus for being the most beautiful phone ever. The Infinity Display is amazing, and at N280,000 in stores, the Galaxy S8 is a should-buy. The finger-print scanner and it’s annoyances can be ignored. Definitely a candidate for phone of the year.