I have just wasted several very tedious hours trying to disable android apps that nobody needs or can even use (such as Cell Broadcast ) that constantly interrupts, with several other Google apps, my picture-taking and my ability to record my radio programmes on my G4 (Hi-Def BBC) , because these stupid things switch off recording, which continues, but you play back a track that has suddenly no sound at all!!, and I am wondering hard IF Samsung load the entire Android Google repertory as well, etcetera, though I know they cannot even manage a radio, let alone a digital recorder, polite cough, because, longwindedly it would be good to actually yourself be able to get a bare phone and then AFTER you have read all about them, download, Google Play, Google Pay and all that bloatware instead of having it all permanently stuck on your new narrow playstation machine. Is there, pray, a phone with nothing but the phone and camera and radio and recording all simply working without interruptions, you know, like you camera, or TV recorder do?? Anybody know?
I love your reviews, guys. Really consistent, and very good standardized tests.
I would like to make a suggestion.
It's a multimedia device, and most of that (aside of maybe tactile) is audiovisual.
You do a complete and thorough analysis of the visual part.
But about audio...
Output: speakers, phone jack
So... Would it be possible to design a microphone, maybe auxiliary input audio testing? Audio quality of videos, the default sound recorder of the device...
I think it would be really interesting. Knowing that your videos will sound good/bad/muddy/crispy/harsh/soft/too quiet...
For instance, I know that the Galaxy S8/S8+ has high AOP microphone. It's a novelty for the Galaxy S line, approaching the likes of the old Lumias and HTCs, and more recently LG V20 (and G6? Not sure).
But how do they compare? Do they all sound the same? Is there a better choice?
Hope you consider this idea.
Anonymous, 21 Apr 2017A lot of people love phones 5" it aboveMore than a lot, but that doesn't change the fact that there are only 1-2 phones with better screens and hardware out there today, under 5". I can only think of Sony's and Samsung's A-series.
AlienNextDoor, 22 Apr 2017No it's not. The screen is 0.6 inches bigger, no matter the bezel. I like bezels, gives me som... moreBut they did start this phablet bandwagon. They're going at it head-on. The next thing we know, their Note8 could be sporting 6.4" or larger display sizes but would still be in a form factor equivalent or smaller than, say, the Xperia Z Ultra phablet for comparison
SaRPeR, 21 Apr 2017I tried it at a tech store. S8 is perfectly usable with one hand. 5.1 or 5.2 inch display is t... moreNo it's not , you cannot reach both the notification bar and the navigation bar without adjusting your grip. That's a plain physical impossibility and no matter how much Samsung marketing will try to convInce us other wise , people did not spontaneously grew ET like fingers.
Ergonomically speaking S8 is a big step backwards compared to S7 and that's just a fact of human physiology. Same with the battery life btw. Now of you care more about looks be my guest, but it's still *not* the more easily used phone.
jesse.clark, 21 Apr 2017It's from the future, the next big thing is already here. If you don't have an S8 you missed a... moreYou do know that Mi mix was released 6 months ago and looks much more impressive as it is bezeless in 3 sides instead of just two, right? Also the ceramic + 18k look is much more luxurious looking than the generic S8 look.
SaRPeR, 21 Apr 2017I tried it at a tech store. S8 is perfectly usable with one hand. 5.1 or 5.2 inch display is t... moreNo it's not. The screen is 0.6 inches bigger, no matter the bezel. I like bezels, gives me something to hold on to. But if you really want to get rid of them that doesn't mean you should increase the display, just reduce the bezels.
Camera: No HDR in manual mode, no exposure compensation/brightness compensation with Auto ISO in shutter priority mode (Huawei (I think Motorola, too) and many camera manufacturers offer brightness compensation for Auto ISO in shutter priority mode)
AlienNextDoor, 21 Apr 2017They can conclude all they want, like every media outlet afraid to be critical. The fact is... moreI tried it at a tech store. S8 is perfectly usable with one hand. 5.1 or 5.2 inch display is the sweet spot for one handed usage and S8 is around the same size with a with a phone with 5.2 inch display.
I love how they said that the Nokia 808 purview is no longer relevant. But so are several of the other handsets on the sunlight legibility leaderboard. Just making way for samsung to shine. After all. It took them 5 years to finally beat the screen on the nokia.
Camera quite lag behind it seems. Screen is ok to be wide but camera not? Human vision is about 120° (if for both eyes), so anything wide feels better. I know that changing ratio won't change fov of camera but it really feels weird to see only half screen used. Feels like old crt screens ratios are back. I wish all cameras used same fov as that "super-wide" one from lg. Shots would feel more natural than just capturing scene as some crop of what we saw.
AlienNextDoor, 21 Apr 2017Even if the phone actually were much better than the s7 and had actually twice the battery lif... morePersonally, I wouldn't even consider one-handed use as something I even look for. But then I've always had huge phones.
ithehappy, 21 Apr 2017So worst position of fingerprint scanner. One of the worst android skin. Weird and completely ... moreS8 is overrated just like the S7 edge was overrated because of design. When fanboys start calling phones beautiful or sexy is when they should instead be calling for a mail-order bride, ASAP!
W8 for the Note8. For the first time since 2014, the Note8 will be a big improvement from the S phone. More internal storage, more RAM, and far better cameras. Samsung will make Note gr8 again.
Anonymous, 21 Apr 2017Mr Samsung PR guy is back. Surprising PR guy well you could say a customer with money to spend on the best.
It's from the future, the next big thing is already here. If you don't have an S8 you missed a technological revolution.
RaghavaZ, 21 Apr 2017GSMA had concluded the other way around regarding one-handed usage and this S8 is actually mor... moreThey can conclude all they want, like every media outlet afraid to be critical.
The fact is, even 5.1 inch is on the large side when it comes to one handed use. Anything above is terrible. 4.3 to 4.7 is the sweet spot. It's not just the width but height as well. If you can't reach the top of the screen with your thumb without any hand gimnastics it's a fail.
AlienNextDoor, 21 Apr 2017Even if the phone actually were much better than the s7 and had actually twice the battery lif... moreGSMA had concluded the other way around regarding one-handed usage and this S8 is actually more compact than the screen size suggests.
Even if the phone actually were much better than the s7 and had actually twice the battery life and cpu power AND someone wanted to trade it with me for my S7 I still wouldn't.
NOTHING is more important than one-handed use and this phone fails hard on that test.
Add to that the fact it has worse battery life, annoying edge screens, terrible FPS placement and no camera improvement...you really have to be thick as Saturn to buy this crap.