Like compact phones? Don’t be afraid of the Galaxy S8
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have big screens, but the fact that neither is proportionately big in overall size has already been beaten to death. But while those used to phones with 5.5-inch and larger displays will not be too fazed by the 6.2-inch display on the Galaxy S8+, folks who prefer 5-inch screens will be rather intimidated by the standard S8’s 5.8-inch display. I’m not sure we drove this point home in our review, so I’ll say this now: If you’re afraid of large phones and prefer compact devices, don’t be afraid of the Galaxy S8.
If you have tried out the Galaxy S8 at a store (or are lucky enough to already have one in your hands), you’ll know what I’m talking about. The Galaxy S8’s display is larger by more than half an inch compared to the Galaxy S7, but you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference when it comes to handling the phone. The S8 is slightly taller, and the display is tall enough to make reaching the top in single-handed usage impossible for many. The same goes for the fingerprint sensor, but otherwise, the S8 is as compact as phones can get with such gigantic displays.
The most notable element that helps make the phone ergonomic is the narrow design, so the overall experience handling the S8 will be very similar for those using a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7, or any other 5-inch phone. Don’t worry; the display’s narrowness won’t ruin your experience in real-life usage, thanks to the new aspect ratio Samsung is using for the display. Not all apps support the new aspect ratio, but the company has thoughtfully built in a setting that allows you to force apps to take advantage of the entire screen.
What do you think? Did you order the standard Galaxy S8? If yes, was it the compact size that attracted you, or something else (like the lower price)?