The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a long slender smartphone, with a tough exterior clear screen with black background and a durable body. The back of the phone has a large and distinctive flash unit with large camera that takes extraordinary photographs that are better than your standard tiny iPhone camera competitor. This phone is a brand new release as of April 2017.
Has Samsung bounced back from their Galaxy fireball battery issue? It can be tough competing in today’s busy smartphone marketplace. No sooner does Apple or Samsung come out with a new feature, then it’s soon copied in the next model release. But you’ll find once you get this phone into your hands for a try, that it will surprise and delight you. We think so, giving this product a high review.
This phone measures 6.2 inches, which is still small enough for a phone, but with the feel of a tablet. This phone packs a ton of innovative features inside. It has an attractive look to it. Some people may think it looks the same as the others, but it fits nicely into the palm of your hand. It’s also available in three different colours—black, bright silver, blue-grey—and has no ugly white or black front plate on it, like a cheap cellphone might have today.
The phone is both thin and lightweight, which is good to know, as it is a bit longer than your standard smartphone. It weights only 155 grams. It still has the usual microSD slot.
It can be difficult to tell from photos, but how this phone is different than others due to the seamless integration of all materials. The sides, front screen, and back all smoothly connect together. You won’t suffer indentations in your hands from holding it for any length of time. You really need to see it in person to understand this cool look.
Beneath the camera on the back is Samsung’s distinctive logo. The quality of the display screen is sharp and crystal clear, with realistic colours. This is a phone that you can proudly display on your table as a symbol of the future. It contains some innovative technology that you come to expect from Samsung.
In order to compete in a competitive smart phone marketplace, Samsung has packed in a ton of great features. There is AMOLED—a 5.8-inch quad-HD Infinity display screen, and 4 gigabytes of RAM, with 64 gigabytes of storage, which is useful considering how much space apps can take up today. The microSD is up to 256 GB. The internal rechargeable battery is 3000m/Ah that works wirelessly and has fast charging.
The rear camera built into the phone is 12 megapixels, with f/1.7 aperture, and a dual pixel sensor. There is also a front camera for the selfie-lovers, with 7 megapixels, f/1.7 and autofocus. The back of the phone has an iris and a fingerprint scanner.
There is a volume rocker switch and standby switch on the side. To access Bixby quickly there is also a Bixby button. It also has a traditional headphone jack, and wired buds in the box.
Another cool feature is its waterproof capabilities to a depth of 1.5 metres, since most of us have experienced the heartache of having our phone drop into the toilet or bathtub at some point in time. Now, there are no worries that you’ll lose your expensive investment. Simply pick up and dry off.
Samsung has their own personal assistant called Bixby, There is also the Android 7 Nougat with Google Assistant.
The fingerprint sensor technology is supposed to make signing in quick and easy, but the sensor is awkwardly placed on the back, causing you to press down many times. The Bixby isn’t so great either. Perhaps in the future releases of the Galaxy phone they’ll have fixed these issues. No product is 100% perfect, so you’ll need to decide if these issues affect you at all for your hefty price tag of $800, or, a big contract for a discounted or free phone.
If you want to be dazzled by a new smart phone, the Samsung Galaxy S8 may be it. But don’t get your hopes up too much for the fingerprint or personal assistant technology, as it’s not quite there yet.