Samsung Galaxy S8
Phone Scoop Review
Apr 18, 2017 by Eric M. Zeman
Samsung's Galaxy S8 flagship raises the bar for smartphones thanks to its eye-popping display, attractive design, and blistering performance. This Android handset impresses in nearly every way. It may be a pricey piece of hardware, but there's no denying just how good a job Samsung has done with this phone. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review. read review ›
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Samsung S8 initial thoughts
I had the Samsung S7 Edge before upgrading to the S8. The S7 Edge is still a GREAT phone if one is considering it.
After using the S8 for a week, in general, I LOVE the responsiveness and speed of the phone: very smooth and apps open very snappy.
The phone is definitely smaller feeling in your hand, which is a plus. Battery life is good, but not great. It will get you through the day, but you may end up having to charge a little here and there if you are a very heavy user like me. Overall, the phone is worth the upgrade and is very satisfying to use.
What will take some getting used to is the fingerprint reader positioned on the back of the phone. It's not due to the placement next to the camera, since one can buy a case that separates the reader and camera, then one can slide into the fingerprint reader slot without smudging the camera area easily. The problem is, one will have to pick up the phone every time to unlock it. It is much more convenient if your phone is on a table, to be able to unlock it with a fingerprint on the front (like the S7 Edge). With the S8, one is forced to pickup the phone to unlock it with the fingerprint. Not terrible, but unnecessarily an extra step to unlock. However, if you have the phone in your hand already, it's very easy to unlock with one hand with your fingerprint.
The other thing is the phone screen aspect ratio. Although the screen quality and brightness is gorgeous, a lot of the apps and video playback don't fill the entire screen, so one has to extend the view, which crops the video slightly. Not a big issue, but until the apps and videos are optimized for the new ratio, one will have to live with black bars above and below the video--or extend it, but lose a slight amount of video display.
Again, the phone is very responsive and feels great to hold and use. I am pleased with the phone, but do hope apps and videos become optimized sooner than later.
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