Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ review roundup

Samsung officially unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, last month. They’ve been available for preorder for a while now, and these smartphones will go on sale tomorrow in a majority of important markets around the world. If you’re thinking of spending your hard-earned money on any one of them, you might want to know if they’re well worth it.

We published our comprehensive, in-depth review of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ yesterday (along with a video review), and so did a lot of other experts. We thought it would only be fair to gather the best Galaxy S8 reviews from some of the most respected publications around the world so that you can easily decide whether or not to spend your money on these new smartphones.

ArsTechnica UK

With 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 and more on on-going software support, for all the cheaper options out there, there’s no other phone I’d rather have with me. It’s simply irresistible. [Read More]


The best-looking phone around crushes it in performance, battery life, water-resistance and wireless charging. An external storage slot lets you keep more photos, videos and music.  Its awkwardly placed fingerprint reader leads to camera smears and longer unlock times, which is aggravating when you use it to unlock your phone dozens of times a day. [Read More]


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. [Read More]


The Galaxy S8+ is one gorgeous piece of tech with its Infinity display and no amount of black bars can take that away from it. Plus, it’s not like having bezels in their place will do your videos any good.

The camera is barely an upgrade over the Galaxy S7 for your good light or video shooting, but the new image-stacking tech delivers a notable boost in the camera’s weakest area – low light photography. And the front camera got such a major update that it might be enough of an incentive on its own for selfie fans to upgrade.

The chipset is the fastest around, while the software is more polished than ever. And while the battery capacity hasn’t been increased over the S7 edge, the endurance is improved when it comes to web browsing and video watching. [Read More]


The S8 is so well-executed it has a chance to win over people who “aren’t excited by new phones anymore.” [Read More]

Must Read Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ review: Samsung brings us the future, but it's not perfect yet


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