So, it's been a week with my new Samsung Galaxy S8 & as promised, here is my pure user review.
The screen of the S8 is amazing, I mean, simply amazing. I keep on staring at it all day long. Luckily my phone doesn't have any red tint issue or restart issue. I'm loving every moment with it. It's fluent and fast. Those who are complaining about Samsung's laggy TouchWiz should use this phone for a while. It's totally new and swift, doesn't lag anymore, but stammers sometimes (there is a difference between lagging and stammering). Will it lag in the future? Well, that's only time can tell. For now, it's better than previous generations.
I've got a theory on this. My last Samsung product was a Note 4 from 2014. At that time Android couldn't do multitasking in split screen, couldn't do floating apps, couldn't do a lot of things that my Note 4 could do. To enable them Samsung had to go through a lot of skinning. But now Android itself can do all those things, so Samsung could make S8 lighter than before. That's why the UI is so light this time around.
Yes, when you press the Bixby button, it waits for a while (why, I don't know). Other than that, all my commands are executed perfectly. I downloaded some benchmark apps and my device's score is mostly higher than that of the review devices in the published review units around the word.
Btw, I don't know why they have put the Bixby button there without finalizing it properly. Though I've never "accidentally" pressed it, sometimes it annoys me that there is a button and I can't use it properly. Yeah, I know thay I can remap it with apps, but I was talking about using Bixby, not something else.
The battery is not as good as I expected. It's not giving me a whole day service. Then again, I come from Note 4 and nothing can compete Samsung's Note series there. But it may also because I keep watching YouTube, browse net, play games like Temple Run 2, Flight Pilot or Robbery Bob 2, listening to music, and obviously, taking notes and doing office works in it. But the fast charge and the wireless charger on my office desk covers me there. So I think I'm good for the time being.
I am used to with a 12.2" screen with four part split screen (Note Pro did spoil me there), so I don't find the split screen unusable. And on top of that, the floating apps does come in handy in times. The edge screen is very useful and only those who never ever used it will call it a gimmick. The keyboard is good, very easy to type or swipe. I'm using it now to write the user review, btw.
The download speed is great, so is the upload speed. I find my S8 grabbing all the Wi-Fi data in my home and other devices those are connected in my home have to put on a fighr to get a chance for the net.
What I hate about the phone is that it's a fingerprint magnet. I can't keep it open to show off the back. I had to put it in a case to protect it from fingerprints and scratches (did I forget to tell you that S8 is much more fragile than other phones out there? But as I'm a grown up and matured person, I don't drop my phone. I take a good care of it. It's your own carefulness that will keep your phone broken or intact.)
The cameras are pretty good. They are on par with iP7+, LGG6, GPixel etc. The front camera is great. But I find the faces turned out softened. No matter how much "beauty face" I turn down, it still "smoothen" my face. The 3D view is one thing I'm crazy about, though I'm unable to publish it like a 360 cam in social sites. Oh, I love to take videos of the fishes in the aquarium (and my friends are jealous of that).
As I told earlier, I don't have any problem with the fingerprint scanner on the back. Yeah, it's placed oddly, but I checked it before buying and I don't hate it (neither am I a fan of the placement) I don't use face unlock. Instead, I use iris scanner. The more I use it, the snappier it becomes. It opens everything in a mere fraction of a second. And it works perfectly in the dark too. Only in the morning it asks me to open my eyes more, LOL.
I don't use Bixby, neither did I stop it from working. I just talk with Google Assistant instead, that's it.
The sound quality is loud & good enough through the speaker and the headphone. Both are clear, to the least.
I love the BT5.0, as I can connect my wife's BT Headset along with mine while we watch the TV series together. Again, I listen to music in BT speaker while my son plays Temple Run 2 in the phone, both hearing different audio.
The DeX attachment is so-so. It is not as good as using a PC, but with time it might become better in the next generations.
Yeah, till now S8 is snappy, but I can't promise that it'll be the same after a year or so (if we follow Samsung's trend). But for now, it's an awesome device & a very good purchase. Yes, there are some devices which are on par with the performance of S8, but may or may not match the cost. But for me, S8 serves me the most for my bucks. It may be not the case for everyone, but as for me, it's the best I can get. It feels great in the hand, just perfect for my palm. But it may not be the same for everyone.
S8 have some flaws, it's not perfect in any sense. But it's not an ugly or slow or crap device either. Those who are saying that have never hold one in the hand. The main reason behind my purchase of S8 is the looks. It stands out in the crowd of flagships. All my colleagues at one point or another took my S8 and played with it for a while. Everyday at least once I'm asked, "Is that the S8?" or "What's that phone in your hand?"
People does buy an iPhone for prestige. It has it's brand value. In the phone world it might be the RollsRoyce, being the standard of prestige. The Sony might be the Lamborghini, whatever the looks is, it's powerful. But you have to admit that the Samsung is the Audi and S8 is the Audi R8, sexy looks with attitude and delivers the power when needed. You might not agree with me, but hey, that's what I think, that's only my own perspective.
Take care. Ciao...
AnonD-39079, 09 May 2017Thank you. You should get one yourself if you can. It is a good device. While you are in a ca... morehi there.......I'm thinking about purchasing a galaxy s8. Presently using Note4. I'm amazed at the way people are speaking to each other regarding reviewing phones. I'm a regular user....texting, email, calls and games. Would the S8 be a good fit for me. thanks.
made in India s8 plus..its my best mobile ever use..evry part is unik..camera..super fast net.big screen..beautiful rasio easy to use in one hand..battry also good end of day 35% battery left.100 % recommended..best mobile in market..
Droid, 15 May 2017You bought a copy hahaha!!I bought it from a Orange on a 2 year contract so yeah,I'm pretty sure it is not fake
What on earth has customization to do with what I have written?What I wrote is my own experience.The phone is great but it has some issues.I'm just curious if someone else has this issues.What you responded has no sens and it's way off topic,please keep your personal favors off this discussion. And believe me,I know what Android is almost all of my devices runned Android.And I actually like Android way more than IOS. But I'm not ignorant,I can admit that Android still lags in the bug and lag department.
AnonD-72356, 15 May 2017Stop living in dreams, ios is the biggest scam in this world. Pay high get nothing, anyone who... moreWoah calm down bro both android and ios are great os and it depends on your use which os is better.I prefer ios due to it's performace,security and app quality but that doesn't mean i hate android it is a great os too with great features.
Don , 15 May 2017Are You out of your mind : IOS Is the best nothing can touch ; Even in a million years Androi... moreStop living in dreams, ios is the biggest scam in this world. Pay high get nothing, anyone who think ios is better, or it has performance is just living in dreams. It can't match even Symbian and Java
Gerald, 14 May 2017In what universe are you in seriously android is more reliable than iOS.Are You out of your mind : IOS Is the best nothing can touch ; Even in a million years
Android cant touch IOS ..... You got it
Anonymous, 14 May 2017You do not own this phone. Also you are not a android user. Otherwise you should know about ot... moreprobably you used fake galaxy s8 which is available in the market with only 60-70 US$.
AnonD-669198, 14 May 2017Weird software inconsistency! Well I have this phone for a little over a week now.I have the ... moreYou do not own this phone. Also you are not a android user. Otherwise you should know about other launchers and how to customize the interface in Android. You write a long and useless text.
Weird software inconsistency! Well I have this phone for a little over a week now.I have the exynos version.By now almost anyone knows that it looks and feel great in the hand,how the screen is amazing and all the general stuff discussed in the reviews. And I must admit,this phone is a marvellous devices but on the software side...not exactly. Im not referring here tot the touchwiz skin as being ugly or something,it is miles better than previous versions but it is very inconsistent .The animations for example are not always the same and create weird stuff like when you close an app sometimes it will show a blue sqare around the camera app wich I have on the homescreen.In recent apps sometimes one app slides very low and the close all button disapears.The unlocking animation is inconsistent,sometimes the clock appears first then the image and somethines the other way.And in circumstances that I have yet to figure out the lock screen apears without me touching a button or somethig and it shortly vibrates .The figerprint sensor didn't respond for two or three times.I had tot press the lock button to lock the phone then unlock it so that it would work again.I had a spontanous reboot in the youtube app,then after a few days it closed the app by itself.And the haptic feedback from the homebutton is the most inconsistent thing in this phone.It works when it feels like it should,it has a mind of it's own.When the phone is locked I can't unlock it with simply pressing where the homebutton is...like 6 out of 10 times.The phone runs really fast otherwise but this kind of unfinished sofware experience really dissapoints me and if this continues through the month or let's maybe say two months...i'm switching to an iPhone7.Plese respond if you have some of this issues too.Thanks!
gorgeous phone! I got it from work yesterday. it's the first time I use an edge screen and it's rather annoying. but the phone is AMAZING! i enjoy EVERY MOMENT of the phone!!! I am a left handed luckily so the FP location is just perfect! Red tint does not happen in my device. and if you disable AoD. battery life are simply shockingly long!!! I seriously recommend it!
Quick hands on from me about this phone
Screen is great
The curve side is more subtle and easier to grip, i give it to samsung cause they finally nailed it with this one but still the curve is less practical (it got look but it tend to make on screen content distorted, especially video, except for 21:9 movie where the black bar occupies the curve)
The design choice is excellent,(except for FP scanner) mine is orchid one, good thing the front is black, it give sense of true bezelless, more when using AOD, and prevent some swiss cheese like pattern on the top
Camera is great in lowlight, in daylight especially when in broad sunny day, image tend to be washed out a little and sometime overexposed, maybe side effect of bright f1.7 lense
Speaker is loud, though a little bit on the bad side in term of quality
The ui is great, better than former touch wiz
Default at FHD+ (not a problem to us, but to vast majority of people who doesn't tinker with their phone much, which i think is the majority of this phone owner, will never know this probably until they get a new phone)
FP scanner location
The tall screen which need a little bit of fingers stretching
Else is great
Singapore Galaxy S8 have 3 clours Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Maple Gold