Samsung Galaxy S8 Review – An Amazing Phone But…

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Display Screen:

 

The Galaxy S8 phone has the best display screen on the market, Samsung manages to improve the quality of its display screen with every phone.

 

The display screen is a 5.8-inch quad-HD+ HDR-ready display screen, it looks absolutely flawless and it has a wide array of rich and vibrant colors.

 

The Galaxy S8 has a rather large display screen in comparison to the size of its chassis. Samsung managed to fit a large display screen into a smaller chassis the display screen is 18.5:9 ratio.

 

It’s a very long display screen, this is very similar to what LG did with the newly released LG G6. I think this is a trend that other smartphone manufacturers will follow in the near future.

 

The black bars that normally appear above and below the display screen when watching movies which were shot in 21:9 format are not visible. Watching movies on the Galaxy S8 is quite an immersive experience.

 

User Interface:

 

The user interface is extremely user-friendly and it has a refined look and feel to it. The user interface is now referred to as Samsung Experience formerly known as TouchWiz. Samsung did a great job streamlining the user interface on this phone.

 

The Galaxy S8 runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat. People who enjoy using stock Android may not appreciate the user interface on this phone.

 

You will see contextual menus if you do a long-press on the icons, this is very similar to the 3D touch from the iPhone. If you’re a fan of Samsung who have owned other Samsung phones in the past.

 

It will take some time for you to get used to the placement of the home/menu buttons. In the past, these buttons have always been located directly below the display screen.

 

However, those buttons have been removed and they have been replaced with virtual buttons. To access these buttons you must swipe your finger across the display screen when you’re using a full-screen app.

 

The app drawer button has also been removed, to access the app drawer you must swipe your finger up or down on the home screen.

 

The Galaxy S8 has retained the Always-On Display feature and it has been upgraded from its predecessor. Now you have the option of having photos saved in the Always-On Display.

 

So you will be able to view the photos on the display screen when the phone’s display is turned off. One of the main features of the phone that keep the phone running smoothly is called Device Maintenance.

 

This will scan your phone and give you a score out of 100 depending on the performance of the CPU, apps, and battery. This feature will encourage you to clean everything and to keep the score at 100%.

 

Hardware:

 

The Galaxy S8 comes equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor or Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chipset.

 

The phone has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a SIM tray with a microSD card slot which is expandable up to 256GB of memory.

 

The dimensions of the display screen are 1440 x 2960 pixels and the phone has a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

 

Camera:

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 Camera

The Galaxy S8 does not have a dual camera setup, and it has retained the same 12MP, f/1.7 aperture primary camera as its predecessor the Galaxy S7.

 

Even though the camera is the same the quality of the images on the Galaxy S8 is better as a result of the software.

 

When taking a photo with the Galaxy S8 every time you press the shutter button the phone will take three photos.

 

Two of these photos are used to reduce noise and eliminate blur which makes the end result look better. The Galaxy S8 also has an extremely fast dual-pixel autofocus along with image stabilization.

 

The auto-HDR does a great job of getting the right exposures for the contrast of highlights and shadows. This camera takes amazing photos whether you’re taking photos in a well-lit setting or in a darker setting you will not be disappointed.

 

The selfie camera is an 8MP camera, it works great for taking selfies. Samsung did a great job with the cameras on this phone.

 

Performance And Battery Life:

 

The 300mAh battery in the Galaxy S8 is by no means the most powerful battery on the market.

 

However, the powerful processor makes the phone extremely efficient so the battery will last longer. The battery capacity in the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S8 are exactly the same.

 

However, the Galaxy S8 will have no problems supplying the 5.8in display screen due to its efficiency.

 

The battery will last for a full day of moderate use and the battery will generally be about between 25% to 30% at the end of the day.

 

The Galaxy S8 comes with fast charging via USB-C you can fully charge the phone in roughly 1.5 hours.

 

The Galaxy S8 is extremely fast and responsive even when multi-tasking. Whether you’re playing video games, watching movies, sending text messages, or taking photos the phone will not slow down. And there’s no stutter when switching from one app to another.

 

My Final Thought:

 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has its pros and cons, but I think the pros by far outweigh the cons.

 

The things I mentioned that I dislike about Bixby, the facial recognition, and the iris scanner are disappointing, but they’re not a deal-breaker.

 

My overall experience with this phone has been a good one. If you’re looking for a fast, responsive phone with all the latest bells and whistles then you should definitely consider getting this phone.

 

You can take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S8 on eBay. Please let me know your thoughts about this phone in the comment section below.

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for this really detailed review of the Samsung phone. I like the fact that you’re highlighting some of the cons rather than just up selling it as other sites do. It certainly seems to have a lot of impressive features for the price.

    One question I have is around Bixby.

    Do you foresee Samsung making improvements to its software anytime soon?

    That would be a bugbear for me.

    • You’re welcome James, this is a great phone but I had to tell you about the cons, it would be wrong for me to up sell you. I’m not exactly sure when Samsung is going to make those improvements to Bixby that they promised us.

  2. Hi therte,
    Great review on samsung and the technology is improving year on year, it seems. I have a samsung myself and would love to know if companies would do trade ins. At $700….. it seems a bit expensive, just for a new phone.
    Thanks for posting and giving this model the thumbs-up.
    Cheers….Phil Browne

    • Thanks Phil, the Galaxy phones are usually expensive, you may be able to trade in your phone but it depends on what phone you’re trading in. Verizon will allow you to trade in a Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 4 or a newer version of these phones. I’m sure the other carriers have special trade in deals as well.

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