Galaxy S8 Review: The Best Phone You Can Buy

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the best Android phones you can buy. Starting at a fairly steep $750 and $850, respectively, Samsung’s new flagship phones forge a beautiful new path for smartphone design by stripping away unsightly bezels with their respective 5.8- and 6.2-inch infinity displays, and these are the first handsets to boast Qualcomm’s beastly Snapdragon 835 processor for speedy performance.

Several months after the Galaxy's S8 launch, Samsung’s new Bixby virtual assistant is fully available though still hit or miss, and we’re not fans of the fingerprint sensor’s location. But when you add in excellent battery life and improvements to a camera that was already top-notch, you have two winning handsets with the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Updated Sept. 27: Added comparisons to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Design: It feels like the future

No offense to the LG G6, but the Galaxy S8 exemplifies a bezel-free phone done right. Samsung didn’t just take away the bezels on this phone; it crafted a space-age work of art with a new infinity display that stretches from edge to edge. The Galaxy S8 not only has a slightly bigger screen-to-body ratio than LG’s phone but also looks sleeker because of the way the Gorilla Glass curves toward the edges on the front and back. Other Android phones look like blah, flat slabs by comparison. The S8 is also thinner and narrower than the G6.

The screen on the S8 is 5.8 inches, versus 6.2 inches on the S8+. But other than the difference in display size, the S8 and S8+ have the same design. Overall, we prefer the bigger screen on the S8+, but if you have small hands, you’ll likely find yourself repositioning the phone in your hand to reach certain buttons, including the home button, which is now a virtual button instead of a physical key. The button worked well in our testing, providing solid haptic feedback. It’s flanked by the Recent Apps and Back buttons.

What’s remarkable about the Galaxy S8 is how much more screen real estate it gives you compared with the S7, while still offering a compact and lightweight design. The S8’s 5.8-inch screen is housed in a 5.5-ounce, 2.7-inch-wide chassis, whereas the 5.1-inch S7 weighed 5.4 ounces and had the same width. The S8 is taller, but it’s still easy to use with one hand.

With its 6.2-inch screen, the 6.1-ounce S8+ is heftier than the 5.5-ounce, 5.5-inch S7 Edge. But the S8+ makes the iPhone 8 Plus (6.2 x 3.1 x 0.29 inches, 7.13 ounces) look positively bloated. Plus, unlike the latest iPhones, the S8 and S8+ have headphone jacks.

No matter which size you choose, it won’t be long before you see fingerprint smudges on the back of the phone. The smudges were especially prominent on the midnight black version of the S8 and S8+, but you can also choose the lighter orchid gray or arctic silver, which don’t show smudges as easily.


Galaxy S8Galaxy S8+
Price
$720-$750$840-$850
Display (Pixels)5.8 inches (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED6.2 inches (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED
Camera (Back)12 MP, f /1.7 aperture12 MP, f /1.7 aperture
Camera (Front)8 MP, f/ 1.7 aperture8 MP, f/1.7 aperture
Biometric ScanningFacial recognition, iris scanner, fingerprint readerFacial recognition, iris scanner, fingerprint reader
CPUSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 835
RAM
4GB4GB
Storage64GB 64GB
microSD
up to 256GBup to 256GB
Battery
3,000 mAh3,500 mAh
Battery Life (4G)10:3911:04
Size
5.9 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches
Weight
5.5 ounces 6.1 ounces
Colors
Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic SilverMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver
Android Version7.0 Nougat7.0 Nougat
ChargingUSB Type-CUSB Type-C
Wireless ChargingWPC and PMAWPC and PMA

About that fingerprint sensor…

We were worried that the fingerprint sensor’s placement right next to the camera on the back of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ might be a problem. And it was, initially. Because the sensor is fairly narrow, it’s difficult to target it without looking. We got used to it after a couple of days, but we still wish it were below the lens.

If you don’t want to reach around the S8 to unlock your phone, you can choose from a couple of other biometric options that Samsung gives you. There’s facial recognition, as well as iris scanning. Iris scanning unlocks your phone faster and even works in the dark, but it doesn’t work in direct sunlight; your eyes need to be fully open, so squinting isn’t an option. The facial recognition is not only slower but also had trouble in direct sunlight and doesn’t work in the dark.

Our advice? Use the iris scanning everywhere except in the sun, and when there is bright light, just use the fingerprint scanner.

Display: The perfect screen is here

Apple is bringing an OLED screen to the iPhone X, but you have to pay a grand for the privilege. Sporting a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels, both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ turned in nearly perfect scores on our tests, offering a very bright picture, amazingly vivid colors and near-perfect color accuracy.

The extra-wide 18.5:9 aspect ratio doesn’t work well with some apps, but overall, we like how immersive the experience is when watching video and playing games.When watching the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer, we could make out every wrinkle in Rey’s hands as she seemed to levitate the rocks around her with the Force, as well as every rising ring of smoke around Kylo Ren’s smoldering mask. As the camera panned around to the island where Luke was training Rey, it was hard not to be impressed by the golden sunshine that reflected off the water, as well as the lush, green foliage dotting the mountains.

The S8 backed up our experience by reproducing a superb 183 percent of the sRGB color gamut. That blows away the LG G6’s 134 percent, but the AMOLED screen on the Google Pixel scored an even higher 191 percent. (However, when you turn on Adaptive Display mode on the Galaxy S8, it can reach as high as 255 percent.)

If you’re looking for accurate color, the S8 can deliver that, too. In its AMOLED photo mode, the display notched a Delta-E score of 0.28 (0 is perfect). The LG G6 was closest, at 1.01, but the Pixel XL was way behind, with 5.88. Like the LG G6, the Galaxy S8’s screen is HDR certified, which means you can enjoy a wider range of colors and better contrast on videos that support the standard. Amazon, Netflix and YouTube offer a growing variety of HDR-ready movies and shows.

The 18.5:9 aspect ratio doesn’t work well with every app. For instance, in Super Mario Run, we noticed unsightly bars above and below the game. But Samsung’s own apps are optimized, and you can fill the screen by pushing a button while watching YouTube and Netflix, even if the video looks a bit stretched out.

Since our initial review, some users complained about a red tint appearing on their S8 screens, but Samsung has released a fix.

Audio: Poppin’

For a small speaker, the Galaxy S8 pumps out pretty sweet sound. When we listened to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” on this phone, the lyrics were clearer, and the volume was louder, than the same track on the LG G6.

The latter handset sounded slightly muffled by comparison. However, you don’t get stereo sound from the Galaxy S8 as you do from the HTC U Ultra.

The S8's Snapdragon 835 muscle blitzes every other Android phone on the market.

Performance: A handheld powerhouse

The Galaxy S8 goes boldly forward into a new era of speed, thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 system on a chip (at least in the U.S.; in other regions, the S8 will have Samsung's Exynos 8895 chip). The S8 also comes with a healthy 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage (twice the amount you get from base models of the LG G6 and the Google Pixel) and microSD card expansion for people who need even more space.

When you put it all together, the S8's muscle blitzes every other Android phone on the market, but it falls short of the iPhone 8's A11 Bionic chip. The S8 almost always feels exceedingly snappy, no matter if you're vaulting over Goombas in Super Mario Run or mowing down aliens in N.O.V.A. Legacy. We didn’t experience any lag when using multiwindow mode for chatting with friends while streaming video on YouTube. If you pay close attention, you may notice that some of the transitions when switching between apps aren't 100 percent smooth, but that seems mostly cosmetic.

In terms of benchmark performance, the Galaxy S8’s multicore score of 6,295 in the Geekbench 4 overall performance test was more than 50 percent higher than that of its closest Android competitor, the Snapdragon 821-powered Google Pixel XL (4,146). However, the iPhone 8 scored above 10,000 on this test.

The Galaxy S8's graphics power was also quite impressive, as it hit 36,508 on 3DMark's Ice Storm Unlimited test. Other Android adversaries, like the LG G6 (29,611) and the Google Pixel XL (28,182), were farther behind. But the iPhone 8 scored a much higher 64,532.

New for the S8 is Samsung's Device Management tab, which is best accessed by swiping in from the Edge tab. It offers a quick look at the status of your device, including battery status, power mode (optimized, performance, game or entertainment), available storage and your current memory usage. There's even an optimization button that cleans up any lingering apps and clears your cache, which is a handy tool for people who go weeks or months without actually turning off their devices.

Cameras: Better on both the front and back

When we first found out that the S8's 12-megapixel rear camera is ostensibly the same as the one on last year's S7, we were a bit disappointed. But that rush of emotion was a bit premature, because under the hood, Samsung made some important software enhancements. And then you toss in a new, higher-resolution, 8-MP front cam, and you get a phone that produces noticeably better pictures no matter which shooter you're using.The most important tweak comes in the form of Samsung's new multi-image photo processing, which mimics the operation of the Google Pixel's HDR+ mode by taking multiple pictures when you press the shutter, selecting the best one, and enhancing that image with extra details and info from the remaining two pics.

When we took both the S8+ and a Pixel XL out for some side-by-side testing, it was clear that Samsung's adjustments have had a pretty positive effect. At a nearby farmer's market, the S8 captured a crate full of apples with better contrast, richer colors and better details than the Pixel XL.

And when I continued down the street, the S8+ topped the Pixel XL again when I snapped a pic of some flowers, this time offering better white balance than Google's phone, as evidenced by the greenish hue on the white flower's petals.

But it wasn't a clean sweep for the S8+. When I really tried to push both cameras to the limit by shooting a backlit scene pointing straight at the sun, the Pixel XL stunned us with a shot featuring big, bold colors and sharp details, even though there was some serious lens flare going on.

Inside, in pretty much ideal conditions, the S8+ and the Pixel XL were again neck and neck. The one difference is that the Pixel's cool color tone brought out the green in the pistachio macaroon, while the pic from the S8 sported a more neutral white balance, which led to a more pleasing overall photo.

Finally, at a local bar with even less light to work with, both the Pixel XL and the Galaxy S8 impressed us with photos that were brighter than the scenes in real life. Small differences included less blown-out highlights in the S8's pic, which was countered by more detail in the darker areas of the scene in the Pixel's photo.

When it comes to tweaking your photos or changing modes, Samsung has added new Snapchat-like filters that let you decorate faces with various animal masks, hats and other silly emojis. But if that doesn't strike your fancy, the camera also comes with modes for shooting panoramas, food, slow-mo and more. And as with all good camera apps, there's also a Pro mode that lets you adjust settings manually.

As for selfies, the S8 and S8+ sport new 8-MP cams with a wide-angle lens, which makes it easy to snap you and all your besties at once. However, compared with the Pixel XL's 8-MP camera, the S8's selfies can sometimes be a little lacking.

We compared photos shot by the S8 and the Pixel XL outside on a sunny day. The Pixel XL's photo had an extra level of sharpness and detail we didn't get from the S8+. Our face looked a little too smooth and perfect on the Samsung, to the point where we were wondering whether Beauty Mode was kicking in even when we had it set to 0.

The Galaxy S8’s camera can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second and slow-mo video at up to 240 frames per second at 720p. (In comparison, the LG G6 shoots at just 60 fps in slow-mo.)

Galaxy S8 Plus - 4K Video Sample

To test the Galaxy S8’s video quality, we shot some footage of a pond with fish swimming about in 4K. The S8’s footage looked crisper and more vibrant than what the iPhone 7 Plus captured, even if the colors looked a bit oversaturated. However, when we put both phones on a mount to test image stabilization, the iPhone 7’s video looked smoother; we saw a bit of stuttering in the S8’s footage as we walked up a grassy hill.

For a hallmark feature on a flagship phone, Bixby feels pretty half-baked right now.

Bixby: Still a work in progress

The Galaxy S8 introduces a new personal assistant, Bixby, to take on the likes of Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana. And for a hallmark feature on Samsung's flagship phone, Bixby feels pretty half-baked right now, even after Samsung has rolled out voice controls to its virtual assistant.

The main difference between Bixby and other digital assistants is that it lets you use voice commands to control your phone in lieu of tapping the screen, which can save you time and energy. You can also use Bixby to tell you the weather or look up the definition of quixotic, but its real purpose is giving you a whole new way to control your phone. For instance, you can ask Bixby to show you emails from a specific person by name, and it will slickly pull up all your conversations in just a couple seconds. That's way faster than tapping to open the email app, hitting search and then typing in that person's name.  

Bixby can also understand complex commands with contextual language, so you can do things like ask Bixby to post the last photo you took to Instagram and add a caption, all with one command. You can also change almost any setting on the S8 using your voice, which is often much faster than trying to dig through a modern phone's increasingly complex array of menus and tabs.

Or at least, that's how things should work. The big problem is that Bixby's voice-command functionality, while now available, was pretty erratic when we tested it.

Sometimes Bixby will fail to understand your language at all, while other times, Bixby will get confused and try to open the wrong app or adjust incorrect settings. But every once in a while Bixby will get everything right and you won't even be able to tell that its voice commands are still a work in progress. Currently, simple commands have the best success rate.

MORE: 11 Coolest Things Bixby Voice Can Do on the Galaxy S8

As of August 22, Samsung announced that the Bixby voice command feature is now available in more than 200 countries and territories, though you'll still need to use either English or Korean to make it work. Support for additional languages, as well as more third party apps, is in the works.

Then there's Bixby Vision, which leverages the S8's camera along with object recognition to identify items in the world. We found this worked pretty well when we pointed the S8 at various household items, such as shampoos, snacks and aluminum foil. It also works for books. After pointing the Galaxy S8's camera at any object, we could check prices online on Amazon.

Say you're at the liquor store and want to know the rating of that wine or what food to pair it with. Bixby has also partnered with Vivino to identify that bottle and spit back information. However, at a wine store in New York, the feature was more miss than hit, as it seemed to have trouble with the bright lights. At home, however, Bixby identified three wines correctly, though we were greeted with a home server error.

Bixby's other talents include the ability to set reminders and a Bixby Home tool with a card-based interface that shows you your schedule, what's trending on Facebook, the weather, news and other info.

All told, Bixby is a frustrating mix of success and failures, though there is a lot of potential should Samsung work out all the kinks. Thankfully, though, you can turn to the Google Assistant, which also comes preloaded on the S8.

Software: Feature-rich but accessible

Running Android 7.0 Nougat, the Galaxy S8 still has a skin on top of Android, but it’s fairly intuitive, and Samsung’s minimalist, line-drawn icons are easy to understand. We like that you don’t have to tap a button to see all of your apps from the home screen; just swipe down from the middle of the screen, and then swipe left to see more apps.

If you swipe down from the very top of the screen from wherever you are, you’ll see your notifications and Samsung’s quick-settings shortcuts. Finally, swiping in from the left provides access to Edge screen shortcuts, such as a customizable list of apps, a device maintenance screen (for battery, choosing performance mode, etc.) and a Smart Select tool for selecting an area of the screen and sharing it or pinning it to the top of your display.

You’ll also find a ton of advanced features. The ones at the top of our list include a one-handed mode that you can activate by tapping the home button three times to shrink the screen, as well as the ability to quickly launch the camera by pressing the power key twice.

At least on the T-Mobile S8 we tested, there was minimal bloatware. T-Mobile included just five of its own apps: Device Unlock, T-Mobile, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV and Visual Voicemail.

Accessories: Way beyond Gear VR

The Galaxy S8 works with the new Gear VR for those who want to experience virtual-reality games and content, but that’s not the only interesting accessory. The new DeX ($149) is a dock that lets you use the S8 and S8+ as a mini PC. The dock can connect to a full-size monitor via its HDMI port, as well as a keyboard and mouse via Bluetooth. It also has an Ethernet jack and a USB port.

Out of the box, the Samsung Connect app will let you access and control various Samsung-branded smart home gear. For instance, you can start your Samsung robot vacuum ($549) or peek inside your Samsung Family Hub fridge (about $2,900) to see what you need from the store while you’re out. But you’ll get a lot more possibilities if you buy Samsung's $169 Samsung Connect Home — a combination mesh Wi-Fi router and SmartThings hub that will let you control other items, such as Philips Hue lights and Netgear’s Arlo security camera.

Samsung offers a slew of other accessories, including an LED View cover for always having the time in view, a wireless charging stand and more. Check out our roundup of the Best Galaxy S8 accessories and Galaxy S8 cases.

Battery Life

One concern about a phone with this much screen is how that extra real estate might impact battery life. The Galaxy S8+ has a slightly smaller battery than last year’s S7 Edge (3,500 mAh versus 3,600 mAh), and yet the S8+ improved almost 1 hour, to 11 hours and 4 minutes, on the Tom's Guide Battery Test (continuous web surfing on 4G LTE using T-Mobile's network). The standard Galaxy S8’s 3,000-mAh battery endured for 10:39 on the same test, improving on the Galaxy S7's (8:47) time by nearly 2 hours.

We obtained these results with the phones’ resolutions set to their max 2960 x 1440 pixels. They come with the less demanding 2220 x 1080 setting on by default.

MORE: Smartphones with the Longest Battery Life

Compared to the Galaxy S8+, the Pixel XL's battery life was just a bit longer, at 11:11. The iPhone 8 Plus hit 11:16, while the smaller iPhone 8 lasted 9:54. LG G6 finished way behind, with a time of just 8:39.

On top of that, the S8 has battery smarts that let it learn about your usage patterns to help extend its longevity even further. And when you need to juice the phone back up, you can take advantage of the S8’s fast-charging capabilities via its included USB Type-C cable or use one of Samsung's slick wireless chargers (available separately).

Are These Samsung's True Flagships? What About the Note 8?

With the new Galaxy Note 8 sporting a bigger screen and costing $930 to $960, you might be wondering whether the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are Samsung's flagship phones. They're all great phones but for different audiences.

The Note 8 stands out because of its dual cameras, slightly larger 6.3-inch display and bundled S Pen. But the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are still excellent Android phones for those who don't want to spend as much. They offer similar image quality and the same processor, but less RAM.

Bottom Line

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 can be hit or miss.

But even with that shortcoming, the Galaxy S8 still beats the Android competition while surpassing the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in terms of design, display quality and features. The new iPhones are better, though, when it comes to sheer speed and their cameras.

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). 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 for the iPhone X, but these are the best Android phones you can buy right now and our top picks overall.

Credit: Jeremy Lips/Tom's Guide; Comparisons: Samuel Rutherford/Tom's Guide.

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  • davidwjohnson
    I have the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge N915T (Note Edge 4)
    Time for me to upgrade.
    Should I buy Galaxy S8 Plus -- or wait for next version of Note Edge?
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  • doktorS
    As I already said in the comment you erased, this phone is wonderful, and I wish to know whether it also EXPLODES, like its predecessors?!
    This would add a bit of adrenaline to the raving excitement people like you heap on it!
    Now I don´t dare ask.. what if it had been YOUR KID who got badly burned by one of these exploding pieces of sh*t? Would you be as rabid in your praise now?
    You see, my good friend - consumer society, short-term factual memory, need to earn your daily bread... I can sympathize with all this stuff. But endorsing so desperately a phone which is an actual health hazard for any sane person and his/her family.. this is a bit over the top!
    Come on, hurry and erase this comment too!
    Otherwise people might read it and start thinking for themselves instead of gobbling up your review (not so disinterested, I bet)...
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  • Mark Spoonauer
    Hi doktorS,
    Thanks for the comment. We extensively covered the Note 7 recall and its impact. And while it's certainly possible something could happen with this phone, Samsung says they've instituted new safety policies to try to prevent fires or explosions. We take safety very seriously, and will continue to do so.

    This article is an overview of the features and what we think of them, and also what we believe is missing, such as a dual-lens camera. We can't evaluate the safety of the device until we review it and it gets in shoppers' hands.
    Anonymous said:
    As I already said in the comment you erased, this phone is wonderful, and I wish to know whether it also EXPLODES, like its predecessors?!
    This would add a bit of adrenaline to the raving excitement people like you heap on it!
    Now I don´t dare ask.. what if it had been YOUR KID who got badly burned by one of these exploding pieces of sh*t? Would you be as rabid in your praise now?
    You see, my good friend - consumer society, short-term factual memory, need to earn your daily bread... I can sympathize with all this stuff. But endorsing so desperately a phone which is an actual health hazard for any sane person and his/her family.. this is a bit over the top!
    Come on, hurry and erase this comment too!
    Otherwise people might read it and start thinking for themselves instead of gobbling up your review (not so disinterested, I bet)...
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  • Mark Spoonauer
    Hi David,

    Good question. While there are some early rumors for the Galaxy Note 8, it's too early to say what features it might have or how good it might be. However, if you do like the S Pen, the S8+ doesn't have it. That looks like it will continue to be a Note exclusive. If we had to guess, the Note 8 will debut in the fall.
    Anonymous said:
    I have the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge N915T (Note Edge 4)
    Time for me to upgrade.
    Should I buy Galaxy S8 Plus -- or wait for next version of Note Edge?
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  • Mark Spoonauer
    Hi, The Galaxy S8 is available for pre-order March 30 and hits stores April 21. You can see the pricing info here: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/samsung-galaxy-s8-price,news-24776.html
    Anonymous said:
    when it is going to release ? and what will be the accurate price ??

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  • Joshua_182
    Is the screen improved from the note 7? (Which was amazing) I'm currently using a Mate 9 as my note replacement and I'm used to the 5.9 16x9 ratio. I'm wondering how much width I'll loose switching to the S8+ just think I'll be missing out having black sides on the display in my games and movies :/ just trying to figure out if I'll be gaining or loosing screen realestate lol
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  • emellaich
    Any thoughts on using Google assistant? There isn't a hardware home button to long press and on my $6 and muy wife's s7 the okay Google voice command doesn't always activate it.
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  • Molishous
    Tom, on my desktop your video's are so quiet I can not hear them if the A/C is running! I don't know if it's because you make them for some other version but it's very frustrating and I appreciate the info!
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  • ajack46
    I just saw the Hands on review for S8 and it is mind blowing, liked the retina security option. Quite excited for brixby.
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  • Mark Spoonauer
    This doesn't prove the S8 is safe but it is interesting. http://www.tomsguide.com/us/galaxy-s8-battery-torture-test,news-24898.html
    Anonymous said:
    Doktors...what a cynical and nasty person you are. Your comments proved why your previous post was erased. I would have erased it too. Do you know for fact that S8 will have battery problems?
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  • frenzalrhomb
    First of all, thank you for the fantastic review! The one question I can't see addressed in any reviews is: how does the S8 compare to the Galaxy S7 Edge in size? Would it feel like a step down/too small? Comparatively, how does the S8+ feel vs. the S7 Edge? Is it too big/cumbersome to hold?
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  • Freddyfresh
    When you tested the battery did you change the screen to 2k or left it at stock 1080??
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  • SF95070
    I have had my S8+ for about a week, so still learning, but here are some thoughts.
    The display is gorgeous and the phone feels great in my hand. I was surprised when my 5' 2" wife with smallish hands also preferred the 8+ to the 8. The retina scan works fine, but now that the newness has worn off, I think I will just use the simple 4 digit code which is easy to access. Along with many others, I find the placement of the fingerprint scanner to be a bother. I am also disappointed that while a few apps like the one from B of A will allow the fingerprint to sign in, they won't recognize the Iris Scanner.
    My previous phone was a Note 4 and I keep feeling like getting the S8+ was a bit of "victim of advertising". The S8+ does everything it promises. I'm just not sure it does enough more to really justify paying $700 to replace the Note 4. That is probably more of a complement to the Note 4 than a criticism of the S8.
    BTW, the hide it well, but the S8 does have S-Health, now labelled Samsung Health and still counts steps with a built in pedometer function.
    The Smart Switch App was flawless. I transferred everything from my Note 4 using the included USB adapter while I transferred my wife's Note 2 using the wireless connection. Her's took 2 hours including 6 GB of Video and 16 GB of Music. Mine took about an hour with less music and video. It asks what you want to transfer and then just does it. I also backed my phone up to my laptop using the Windows version.
    So, in conclusion, it is great phone, but older Samsungs are also great phones, so you may not see that much more functionality. On the other hand, the looks, feel and that screen may be enough to create phone lust and it certainly delivers on its promises.
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  • RodsComments
    The review covered many things, very useful. What I did not see is anything about the phone's radio(s)' performance. Great camera(s), great video, awesome sound, lots of memory, etc. are wonderful but if the device does not perform well as a phone then all the rest is moot - I can get all the rest in a laptop or notebook. A few years ago I bought the then flagship HTC, the EVO. At the time it had great camera, video, sound, etc. But as a phone it failed miserably. Most reviews I read do not cover phone performance well, if at all.
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  • SF95070
    Anonymous said:
    The review covered many things, very useful. What I did not see is anything about the phone's radio(s)' performance. Great camera(s), great video, awesome sound, lots of memory, etc. are wonderful but if the device does not perform well as a phone then all the rest is moot - I can get all the rest in a laptop or notebook. A few years ago I bought the then flagship HTC, the EVO. At the time it had great camera, video, sound, etc. But as a phone it failed miserably. Most reviews I read do not cover phone performance well, if at all.
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  • SF95070
    My wife and I got our S8 Plus phones the day they were released. The s8 Plus has had no problems as a phone in either Phone over WiFi or regular Verizon Phone service. While I am sure that there must be some dead spots out there, we haven't found them and between the 2 of us we cover much of Silicon Valley. Even worked well in hotels with marginal coverage. So, while this isn't quantitative data with S/N ratios and measured signal strength, I can say that these phones have been great as a communication device.
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  • RodsComments
    Anonymous said:
    My wife and I got our S8 Plus phones the day they were released. The s8 Plus has had no problems as a phone in either Phone over WiFi or regular Verizon Phone service. While I am sure that there must be some dead spots out there, we haven't found them and between the 2 of us we cover much of Silicon Valley. Even worked well in hotels with marginal coverage. So, while this isn't quantitative data with S/N ratios and measured signal strength, I can say that these phones have been great as a communication device.



    Thank you for the info!
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  • Pollik
    Samsung phones are undeniably good.

    Samsung customer is undeniably appalling.

    The worst story I have heard happened to a friend...Samsung didn't even turn up in court, so they lost the case, didn't pay the fine, so bailiffs were sent in.

    My own story was a litany of broken promises and lies. I lost 16 hours of life trying
    sort out what should have been a simple issue (with a Samsung app). It is still unresolved.

    I have bought my last Samsung.

    Google Samsung support reviews - they are mostly 1 star ratings, with some pleading to be able to award minus ratings.
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  • Gordon_22
    Samsung galaxy s8 phone is a POS phone. I had phone for 2 weeks and already needs repair. Do you actually use this POS phone or just review. Phone doesn't fast charge anymore. Samsung and phone carrier both said it's a hardware problem. Return to store for maintenance. I've got better things to do than waiting around to fix a 2 week old phone. It really is a POS phone and avoid at all cost. I would give anything to have my old galaxy s7 back.
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  • STSinNYC
    A fine review overall, most thorough. I am a professional photographer in NYC, many years of advertising and event shooting. Re the camera comparisons...in the shot of the macaroons on the platter, neither camera gets the White Balance correct, which does not surprise nor concern me. The S8 has a modest magenta skew, the Pixel has a green skew. Indoor light often requires manual Kelvin and tint (magenta/green) adjustment. Unfortunately the backlit "strong sun" comparison is not accurate. The Pixel shot was taken from a higher angle with less sun in view, as you can see in the side by side comparison. I suspect there is not much difference in identical backlit compositions.
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