Samsung Galaxy S8 review
Infinity and beyond
The Infinity Display gives the Samsung Galaxy S8 the illusion of having no bezel on the sides. We see one piece of smooth glass that curves over the edges, to meet the aluminium shell.
What really makes the Samsung Galaxy S8 look different is the reduction of the non-display areas at the top and bottom of the front face. The reduction of this space has allowed Samsung to use a larger 5.8” display, without growing the overall size of the phone itself.
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Samsung has achieved this by embedding the home button under the display, where it stays hidden until needed. The elongated display also gives a new 18.5:9 screen ratio and this shows more of the action, be it gaming or browsing a webpage.
The 5.8” Super AMOLED display has Quad HD+ definition (2960 x 1440 pixels), although the default resolution is Full HD and you will need to venture into the settings to turn the WQHD+ resolution on. At this resolution, the Samsung Galaxy S8 shows 570 pixels per inch.
Once again shortcuts are available from the Edge Panel and a new split screen feature allows you to simultaneously use two apps and resize the windows, so you can watch a movie while checking your Facebook feed.
The final display feature is the Always On Display, which supports numerous themes and FaceWidgets, for putting more focused information in front of the viewer.
To round the visuals off, you can buy the Samsung Galaxy S8 in Orchid Grey, Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver and Maple Gold. It is also suitably durable with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 uses the world’s first 10nm processor and this reduces power consumption by 20%, while improving both processing and graphics speeds. The 2.3GHz octa-core processor is paired up with 4GB RAM.
Phone Set Up
The first thing you may want to do when setting up the Samsung Galaxy S8 is to choose a method for securing the phone and its Secure Folder. There are several options and each have their merits.
Iris security is the first option and this gives the highest level of security, but there is a slight lag in processing the scan. The faster option is facial recognition but this is less secure. The last option is to use the fingerprint sensor that has now moved to the back.
The Smart Switch app makes it easy to transfer photos, music, videos and contacts over from an old smartphone. Samsung has been pretty generous in giving the phone a 64GB internal memory, yet there is still a slot for inserting an up to 256GB microSD card.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 introduces Samsung’s own Bixby digital assistant. Samsung has made Bixby as useful as it can through Bixby’s understanding of voice, text, photos and taps.
This means that in addition to setting reminders and finding nearby restaurants, the camera can be used find our more about a place, to shop online for products that you see or to translate a document.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 runs Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, so you get access to both Samsung’s and Google’s app stores. For your peace of mind, virus and malware protection is provided by Intel Security.
Camera & Video
Although the 12MP camera doesn’t have the highest resolution on the market, it is quality that counts and this camera has that in an abundance. The Dual Pixel Sensor, f/1.7 aperture and large 1.4µm pixels all work together to to give a fast focus and clear bright results, when there is little light.
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High quality results are achieved by the camera taking multiple shots and then combining the results. If you wish, you can use Pro Mode and adjust the shutter speed and white balance, along with four other settings.
Features for everyone, includes the option to change between near focus, far focus or pan focus, which gives bokeh effects with the foreground or background blurred. The camera can also shoot at 4K quality.
The 8MP selfie camera has Smart Auto Focus, which tracks individual faces in the shot, to once again give the best results possible.
High density battery
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a 3,000mAh high density battery that is fast charging and is wireless charging compatible.
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The battery provides up to 16 hours of video playback, 14 hours of internet browsing or up to 67 hours of audio playback. Audio playback times may be slightly reduced if the Always On Display is active.
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Written by: Michael Brown