Samsung Galaxy S8
For the most part, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is a slam dunk. It’s brilliantly designed, brimming with horsepower and has a beautiful screen. That’s all most people will need, and our gripes are minor. It’s too bad Bixby is still incomplete — its voice interface doesn’t work yet, and the stuff we did get can be hit-or-miss. Fortunately, Bixby is strictly optional, and the rest of the phone is remarkably polished. Long story short, if you’re looking for a new phone, this should be at the top of your list.
- Incredible fit and finish
- Samsung’s interface feels more polished
- Comfortable to hold
- Strong performance
- Bixby isn’t ready for prime time
- Cameras aren’t hugely improved
- Fingerprint sensor placement is weird
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (3)
- 90AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsArs Technica80Galaxy S8 review: Gorgeous new hardware, same SamsSamsung took a big step forward with the new design, and it's something we hope it continues on future devices. The fingerprint reader and software performance affect the usability of the phone, though. You'll just have to decide how much these details matter to you.Gizmodo90Samsung Galaxy S8 Review: The Prettiest Phone WinsThe Galaxy S8 handily smokes the Android competition as the top phone you can buy. It’s prettier and slicker than the Pixel, and though Bixby feels a little unfinished for the moment, you can still use Google Assistant.Tom's Guide90Galaxy S8 Review: The Best Phone Will Only Get BetAlthough the Bixby assistant isn’t ready for prime time, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a fantastic phone because of its captivating infinity display, very strong performance, long battery life and great cameras.PC Mag90Samsung Galaxy S8The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a gorgeous big-screen phone with a comfortable single-handed feel, and it's packed with top-notch components and promising new software.CNET90Samsung Galaxy S8 review: The most beautiful phonThe Samsung Galaxy S8's fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but the annoying fingerprint reader could sour your experience.Wired UK90Samsung Galaxy S8 review: this simply irresistibleWith the S8, Samsung has made an Android phone more desirable than an iPhone. For all its faults, for all the ways Samsung could spend less time and money on gimmicks ... for all the cheaper options out there, there's no other phone we’d rather have right now.TechRadar90Samsung Galaxy S8 reviewThe large screen is a real turning point in flagship phone design and should usher in the end of large bezels, and the camera and slick performance work brilliantly under the finger. It commands a premium price, but make no mistake: this is a truly premium phone.The Verge90SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 REVIEW: AHEAD OF THE CURVEOverall, the S8 is a relatively conservative and predictable device ... But it did take risks by pushing forward with an unproven screen shape and going all-in on curved designs, which haven’t been universally liked in the past.TrustedReviews100Samsung Galaxy S8 reviewEasily the best phone around right now. The Galaxy S8 feels like the future.BGR90Samsung Galaxy S8 review: Meet the envy of every iThe Galaxy S8 is a no-brainer unless you absolutely must have stock Android. ... It’s a big tradeoff though, when you consider the power, performance, and beautiful design of the Galaxy S8.
- 60AVERAGE USER SCORE3 ReviewsEngadget Reader80March 2, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I decided to try using Galaxy S8 as my secondary phone after a really bad experience I had using S7 edge. The first thing that strikes out evidently for this phone is the design factor that Samsung has perfected from the Edge series, S8 feels lightweight at 155 grams and more easy to hold compared to S7 edge however it comes with slight awkwardness of a tall looking form factor. The midnight black version looks slick and the glass back feels good in terms of build quality. I really hate the finger print scanner going back near the camera which I do not use on my phone, 3.5 mm audio jack still surviving on this flagship is encouraging. Few positive things I have noticed about S8 after using it over 2-3 months now is that the phone powers up faster and the TouchWiz interface looks and feel very modern. You get options to disable some of the Samsung loaded apps along with Bixby (Samsung's virtual assistant) which is a welcome relief. Samsung has literally lifted Apple's 3D touch feature on it's UI which does not have a tactile feedback while using and it does not offer any useful functions related to the app.The Exynos 8895 chip coupled with 4GB RAM is capable of multitasking better with almost zero lag, however the ramdom stutter while using Samsung flagship devices still refuses to go away though. As of writing this review today I am downloading Android's Oreo update OTA (1.38GB download size), hopefully the phone should not behave differently in performance after the OS upgrade. Talking about the battery back up one can understand that Samsung is trying to play safe after last years Note 7 recall drama and personally I had serious doubts on S7 Edge's ability to handle heating issues, in comparison to that S8 seems to have better capability with regards to thermal stability. With the infinity display set to FHD level and medium usage through the day you would have to charge your phone by around 7 PM, 3000mAh battery is not cut out to last a full day in my experience putting S8 to daily use with GPS on google maps during my to and fro office commute, email notifications buzzing almost the entire day with limited social media, web browsing and streaming video content. USB-C fast charging helps to get the phone fully charged in just a little over an hour's time.Mono speaker on Galaxy S8 is also a disappointing carry forward from the previous flag ship, the camera is also not that great if you have used Galaxy S7 edge it does not come with any major upgrades and I prefer using my daily driver iPhone 7 plus over Galaxy S8 for taking pictures. I also got the latest version of Gear VR with controller to use with Galaxy S8 and this is when I noticed that the S8 was not heating up as badly as S7 edge when used with 2015 version of Gear VR, the overall experience with hardware and software feels more smoothened out this time around.If you are not convinced to go for Galaxy S9, purchasing the S8 now would be a good deal and it would not disappoint you in terms of looks and Samsung may have intended to reaffirm its position as a leading Android mobile manufacturer by focusing on giving a stable flagship phone which is surely going to bring back that confidence amongst consumers which is more important at this stage.Engadget Reader30January 28, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is my second Galaxy. I had a Note 4 for 3 years. When the battery began to give (after 3 years!), and the giant size started to wear on me (it barely fits in blue jeans pockets), I looked for a smaller, sleeker model. I should start off by saying that I dropped my Note 4 literally hundreds of times, from several feet, on pavement, concrete and tiled floors. The glass did not crack, because the phone has an actual non-glass structure around the perimeter. Imagine that!Now, fast forward to a few months back. I bought a Galaxy S8, which runs fine, and the battery life is pretty good (compared to the Note 4, certainly) and the "ecosystem" of apps is pretty much the same as any Android phone.But here's the thing. I've had this phone for 2 months, dropped it twice ***from less than half a foot*** (that's 4-6in) a couple of times when it slipped from my fingers, and the glass around the edges has ***shattered every time***. It is just smashed in and has left a crushed appearance around the edges. And hairline cracks have spread to the front of the screen and the back. That's right: the BACK OF THE PHONE IS MADE OF GLASS. I mean W...T....F-ing...F?! The back of the phone is glass?!! Lovely.If you are considering this phone, make sure to get a monthly protection plan, a case and, dear God, don't every, EVER drop the thing from more than 1-2in, because it'll shatter on impact, and the cracks will spread across the whole screen, and across the back of the phone. Again, get a case, a screen guard, and a warranty or protection plan, or, better yet, GET A DIFFERENT PHONE.Yakumo0170May 8, 2017Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget