Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Electronics | By Lorenzo Hawkins

Galaxy S8: More screen and elegance, but a hefty price tag

Galaxy S8: More screen and elegance, but a hefty price tag

The main camera on the S8 is about the same as last year's, so you can still get fantastic photos with the S7.

The Galaxy S8 seems to suffer from the same disease afflicting Apple's latest MacBooks: engineering navel-gazing leading the product design astray. Users may want to consider doing some practice runs with the fingerprint scanner before trying it on the fly - smudges on that camera lens array will be inevitable for an unprepared index finger. The Galaxy S8 is not only good looking smartphone; It is the best combination of powerful hardware and software.

Before jumping into the carnage, the iFixit team notes that the 5.8-inch S8 and the 6.2-inch S8+ are "fairly identical", other than the larger dimensions of the S8+.

Kantar's data also shows that about 28% of Samsung's installed base upgraded to a new Samsung smartphone. There's no real benefit to that extra height. Not everything works quite the way you might hope, but the biggest, most obvious idea works exactly as it should.

I was initially anxious that the screen's proportions might annoy me over time - it's a little taller and thinner than you might expect for the phone's width. I even once forgot to plug it in overnight and still managed to get a morning's use out of it. It's a tad wider than the Galaxy S7's screen, but the curved areas become avoidance zones for information. Image above VIA iFixit's Galaxy S8 Plus teardown.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 isn't just a handset all your mates will covet as soon as you pull it from your pocket, it's also a device that could end up saving your life. (The casing nearly feels oily.) Due to the slipperiness, it's also harder to pick up. I wouldn't get my eyes lasered for any old phone, but for the S8, a device that is bound to redefine the way we think about phones for the next year or two, well I just might pop a couple of Valiums and scorch my eyeballs.

The Infinity screen is glossy, so it's one big mirror in many lighting conditions. The Galaxy S8's ergonomic issues don't go away as you use it, though you'll learn to adapt somewhat out of necessity.

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Apple launched iPhone 7 in September 2016 as a successor of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s plus.

Don't worry, the earphone jack is still present on the Samsung S8+.

Typing a message with one hand on larger phones can be hard, but my colleague Avery Hartmans found it was much easier to do one-handed typing on the Galaxy S8+ than it was on the iPhone 7 Plus. Going back to an iPhone or a Google Pixel will be hard. I have picked the best features of Galaxy S8.

The trouble was, I couldn't figure out how to lock the phone. Swipe in again and you'll see your favorite contacts, while swiping once more brings up smart select features that let you capture a range of screenshot options. It's also a bit slow to recognize your face (and can't deal with things like people wearing glasses), similar to its predecessor in the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. You can either turn off the face recognition system and use the iris scanner as the phone's main security system, or you can use it as part of a layered approach depending on whether you want more or less security for an application. Personally, I find entering an old-fashioned PIN easier and faster than going with either the fingerprint sensor or facial recognition. We're just curious now why Samsung removed the newly "discovered" feature.

Just because Samsung's Bixby AI is still MIA doesn't mean you have to do without Siri-rivaling voice control skills. Rumor has it Bixby couldn't understand English.

In addition to the new design innovations, Samsung delivers cutting-edge technology including an advanced camera, enhanced performance and more to the devices that users love. You'll get two adapters in the box: one to connect the Galaxy S8 to any MicroUSB cables you already have, and the other to connect the Galaxy S8 to a standard USB-A cable.

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