Black S8+ (Exynos) turned up an hour ago. Have plugged in my free 256GB SD card (thanks GN7)
Initial thoughts are.
- The black looks great and the device feels really well built.
- Glad they are going black cables and accessories
- Initially it looks a touch long but doesn't take long to feel normal.
- The S8 is grippier than the GN7. Not as grippy as my GN4.
- In relation to the black strips. On the Black phone it is really difficult to notice so not an issue.
- The Samsung phone data transfer system is really slick.
- The curved edges are gentle and don't create issues.
- The screen is whiter and a lot brighter than the S7. Viewing angles are a lot better also as is the performance outside. My GN4 screen looks terrible in comparison
- The camera has an 18.5:9 resolution (4032x1960). Personally i will be using 16:9.
- The camera performance is a massive step up on the S7 for inside pics. Haven't checked outside yet.
- Forgot to check the ram before installing apps. Currently it is using 1.6/4.0GB when cleared.
On the downside.
The fingerprint scanner location isn't great. Would be better below the camera.
I have hit the bixby button a few times by accident. The volume rocker keys could be a touch lower.
Putting the SD card in the tray was a little fiddly.
Will post more later once i have used and tested it but overall it is awesome so far.
I dont like the aspect ratio. Pity it is just pitched to gaming. As for everything else, like most mobiles of recent years, there is nothing that is a real step up in technology or usability. One could sit back with their 3 year old mobile and still do everything that is needed. I am certainly not going to rush out and pay top dollar for this. I might add I do own a Samsung, and have always used them with great satisfaction. But I am still stuck with a few Note 4's, which still do a great job. Just replaced the battery with a genuine item and off we go for another 3 years of trouble free business.
Ro, 20 Apr 2017Is this a phone i can carry with me for next 3-4 years?
i feel the bezel-less technology will... moreWhat you're asking for is impossible unless in the next 3-4 years some sort of an indestructible screen tech can be made possible. Bezels are still required in product design as a means of structural integrity = durability and necessary space to loop in the secondary circuitry. Now that Samsung has already proven a middle ground approach, R&D can't be done just because we want it to happen NOW.
The problem with people in general; asking for fantastical features without providing any solutions 99% of the time.
AnonD-647708, 19 Apr 2017Nope, you'll buy next year or in 2019, at tops. In 2018, S7 family will receive Android O and ... moreNooe, I won't. My s4 on kitkat can still run 99% of apps. I doubt things will change. Even then there's always custom roms.
By the time I nees an upgrade because of a deteriorated battery midrange phones will be as good as S7 is now.
Anonymous, 20 Apr 2017I badly want to buy this phone s8 not plus version . But only wondering that the apps on andro... moreLOL no comments. Android apps are still not comparable with iOS counterparts and I mean Android, Pixel and sorts, not this heavily bloated skinned android with second voice assistant with a dedicated hardware key even. But then again there are people who think S7 doesn't lag, so for them S8 should be a top notch phone. But for people like me who care about smoothness/consistency over long term Samsung is dead.
Nick.B, 20 Apr 2017my 300$ lg v20 takes better photos please save your 900$ and buy else not s8/+Even the S7/S7 Edge are better.
my 300$ lg v20 takes better photos
please save your 900$ and buy else not s8/+
Is this a phone i can carry with me for next 3-4 years?
i feel the bezel-less technology will get better and this phone maybe just a stepping stone to the ultimate no bezel display; maybe in 1 years time.
something about this phone makes me feel is not complete, not completely bezel-less, somewhere in between. i dont want to regret being stuck with this phone when u have a full screen with no bezel display in a year or two!!!
I badly want to buy this phone s8 not plus version . But only wondering that the apps on android is not as per with iOS app ( I don't hate or love any brand) . Since I love customisable user interface (android ) and good responsive apps (includes 3rd party as well ) I am thinking to move from iOS to android . Would you think I will have the same experience with s8 ? Last android I used was in lollipop. Need real android user answer. These are my options s8 , pixel or iPhone 7 plus -
Anonymous, 20 Apr 2017No doubt: the cameras on LG phones are WAY better than the ones on the S7. Sammy fanboys are j... moreI keep seeing samples from all phones and can't agree with you. G6 has an excellent camera, no doubt, but its no way better than Pixel's. Pixel currently leads the camera phone section and in my feeling will continue to do so until Pixel 2 or iPhone 8 comes. The image stacking and blending tech is something which takes away the lead there from other flagship phones, even when the Pixel has no better camera hardware than others (the sensor is still bigger than the likes of iPhone and kinds anyway). Smartphone cameras are forced to depend on software post processing as they will always have smaller sensor in comparison with dedicated cameras, so something has to make up for image quality, and Google nailed it there with the image stacking option, period. Have never seen any phone taking photos in low light that much consistently, and on top of everything it comes with pure android to sweeten things even more.
Wonderful extensive review, GSMArena! Samsung has definitely thrown in the kitchen sink as far as specs and especially, software are considered. That's a good thing!
The camera (both front and back) looks great although the panorama algorithm is horrible. Hopefully a SW update will fix it.
I'm a little disappointed about the new 10nm chipsets (SD 835/ Exynos 8895) as they didn't really stamp their superiority as they were expected to.
NewNicknameAgain, 20 Apr 2017Exactly, so you can't conclude on something you haven't seen yet That guy already saw itYes, because he has the privilege. But I've seen hundreds of different smartphone displays and most of the time it favours amoled. Best of the kind LCDs from Apple, HTC don't stand a chance against Samsung displays of previous generation, like from s6.
actually the wifi test for this phone is truely no meaning . GSMarena suppose change the test method more near to our daily usage experince.
conclusion are : 10 hours battery life in wifi test similar to 4pm left only 24% battery life. I not even the play game in my Samsung A7 , regularly browse the web. so this S8+ remain unable live without powerbank.
Tann Hauser, 20 Apr 2017Guess you obviously live in Inner Earth, as you only care for lowlight performance.
Fact is... moreMost high end phones take good pics in good light now days. To me the real test is what happens in low light and the S8 wins hands down from what i have seen. Sure there are plenty of other factors that come into play.
That said, I'd love nothing more than Nokia, Sony, LG or apple to bring out a camera that blows everyone else away. The best way to get better phones is through competition.
Money wasn't an issue, I just wanted a phone with a great camera. S7 is too small and im not a fan of sony, lg, iphones etc for various reasons.
ithehappy, 20 Apr 2017Go check DPReview's conclusion and other websites' reviews for Sony's best and Samsung's best ... moreNo doubt: the cameras on LG phones are WAY better than the ones on the S7. Sammy fanboys are just not open-minded to admit it. Personally, I use a Huawei and still have to admit that the LG G6 camera is the best smartphone camera available right now.
NewNicknameAgain, 20 Apr 2017Sony cameras are the most used cameras by YouTubers
Sony TVs are second to LG TVs to the most... moreGo check DPReview's conclusion and other websites' reviews for Sony's best and Samsung's best phones. LOL. S7 blew the XZ out of the water. Nothing new here anyway, no Sony phone ever matched any Samsung phone for image quality. People here were talking about S8's camera, and somehow Youtube reviewers using Sony phones, their mirrorless camera segment are brought into discussion, now talk about sheer stupidity! This is how you try to make up when your phone has a piss poor camera ROFL.
Actual loser is you and that other Sony fanboy who keeps visiting Samsung S8 section for God knows what reason. Go live with your inferior phones, nobody really gave a damn about Sony phones, so you are actually wasting your time.
lacp, 19 Apr 2017There are people who think that Sony still continues to beat the other technological companies... moreSony cameras are the most used cameras by YouTubers
Sony TVs are second to LG TVs to the most selling TVs worldwide, Samsung is not even close
Sony's audio system has always been competitive against Beats, Senheisser, Bose, etc.
Sony mirrorless cameras are the best of this class, and the newly announced a9 will blow the competition again
Even this new XZ Premium is garnering more attention than Sony used to be in the past
To prove everything you have said, I have owned a $20 Sony earphones and sound was great - maybe not the best but I'm not really expecting world class quality.
It handled about hundreds of abuse before the cable finally gave up, but only one cable was broken, and the other one was still flawless, and the whole headset is still in perfect look as I have bought it - it lasted for 5 months.
My uncle gave me his Samsung earphones and I was excited because it's from Samsung. Guess what, not even a whole month yet and the control button of the earphone already broke just by pressing it - issue that never happened on my Sony earphones.
Your claim of Samsung's better quality than Sony is false. My friend owns an S5 and his charging port cover is already wrecked without even dumping the phone into water. Another friend of mine with a Sony phone (don't know the model) is still in perfect condition with minor dents and scratches for 2 years of usage