Samsung Galaxy S8+
- Best camera on a smartphone
- Long-lasting battery life
- Iris scanner and facial recognition security
- Fast and powerful
- Large, 6.2" screen
- Fingerprint sensor is placed awkwardly
- Bixby has yet to see its full potential
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ arrived on the market in April 2017 and has already seen plenty of positive criticism from customers and reviewers alike. This new line of devices aims to improve upon all the great features of the S7 line while adding in plenty of new stuff to push cell phone technology to the next level. Offering a larger screen, improved battery life, a higher resolution camera, and the Bixby assistant, Samsung's newest line of phones is looking impressive.
The Galaxy S8+, the premium version of the normal Galaxy S8, goes one step further. Although many of its core technical specs remain the same, like a fingerprint scanner (that's oddly placed), the larger S8+ comes with an extended battery life and faster processor.
The most prominent feature of the Galaxy S8+ is the Infinity Screen that stretches all the way to the edges of the near bezel-less phone. Amazingly, the S8+ is capable of dramatically increasing the screen size without adding unneeded bulk and thickness. The curved 6.2" Quad HD, Super AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio renders photos beautifully. Games, video, web pages, and the UI are vibrantly colorful with an extremely accurate color gamut and high dynamic range. Put frankly, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ has definitively the best screen on any smartphone in the market today.
The main thing is that the Galaxy S8 series' design has only become curvier and more streamlined than its already notably curved predecessors; the corners are completely smoothed and rounded, while the curvature of the edge display follows a continuous line from front to back where it meets a perfectly symmetrical rear panel, with only a thin sliver of bodywork separating the two.
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Some of the key additions new to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices are facial recognition security software and the Bixby button. You can think of Bixby like Samsung's version of Siri, but with intelligent features, built-in designed around learning your usage habits. Bixby makes it easy to access the apps you want when you need them and can be commanded to send messages, search the web, schedule appointments, and more. Running the latest Android operating system with the TouchWiz skin, multitasking and navigating the handset is a breeze.
Apps open quickly and all of your taps, touches, and swipes are responsive. Samsung has preloaded a few apps already, but fortunately, they don't bloat things up too much or consume much of the 64GB internal storage. Pop in a microSD card in case you need more.
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ also has a great front and rear cameras built-in that can take stunning photos. The twin 12 MP rear cameras come packed with loads of editing and sharing features from the app--which, by the way, loads extremely fast and takes quick snaps. Landscape and portrait shots come in detailed and clear in most lighting and even in mixed weather conditions. Autofocusing is nearly instant, and HDR mode is now set on by default, leading to improved photos. Reds and greens pop more than the iPhone 7, and photos are overall brighter.