The Samsung 2017 flagship, compact edition. Can the Galaxy S8 make even the die-hard fans of the big-screen experience consider converting? Think about it - you get so much screen in a phone that's practically as wide as a iPhone 7. Heck, the S8 is just 3mm wider than the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, the last of the true Xperia Compacts.The Samsung Galaxy S8 - like the +, but smaller.
It is tall, okay. But tall is not what makes a phone hard to use with one hand, wide is. And wide the Galaxy S8 isn't.
But for all its pocket-friendliness, the Galaxy S8 is pretty much identical to its less space-conscious sibling - the same processor, cameras and software - only less battery, and smaller diagonal. Best of all - easier on the pocket in that other way.
What's the most troubling bit about the S8s, big or small, is that they're not all that different compared to last year's models. If the sexy new design isn't top on your priorities list, the Galaxy S7 will do just as well 95% of the time, and you can even treat yourself to some curves with the S7 edge, while saving some cash either way. Pragmatically speaking, what you'll be missing out on is that multi-image camera processing in the dark, the infinity screen and... and... not much else, really.
Then again, you might want to keep up with the times, and opt for something larger than 16 to go against that 9. Currently, that's the LG G6 only. LG's latest isn't as powerful as the S8, nor is it as compact, but it's got two cameras on its back and the ultra-wide angle one is massive fun. Its display is neither curved, nor AMOLED, but it does support Dolby Vision on top of the S8's HDR10. It's also got a much more sensibly placed fingerprint sensor.
Since it's all about priorities, if you're eyeing up the S8 for its pocketability first and foremost, you can't not look at the iPhone 7. A whole different platform, yes, but a valid dilemma if you've finally given up on those Windows-powered Lumias and you're searching for a direction.
The Pixel is an ugly duckling that's not turning into a swan anytime soon, while the S8 is hard to beat for looks. Google's phone packs a lot less screen in a larger body than the S8, but it comes with the added benefit of stock Android, lifetime unlimited cloud storage for photos and video, and, well, still a better low-light camera. You may not be able to get your hands on one, though, because Google.
Why not a Huawei P10, then? Again, it can't stand up to the S8 in screen-to-body ratio comparisons, but with two cameras on its back it's got double the Samsung's shooters. And it's also more affordable.
At a time when 5 inches is about the norm for display size on a mainstream smartphone, it may be surprising to hear us describe the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 as compact. We already read the aspect ratio lecture a bunch of times, so enough of that.
We'll say it again though, the Galaxy S7's are still quite relevant - especially if the new season's outfit, including a brilliant infinity screen, is not your main reason to update. That said, there's one more thing to like about the 8th generation - you no longer have to choose between a classic and a premium set.
All of what's great about the S8+, you can find on the S8, but in a smaller package for added convenience. Sounds like a win.