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How it feels to upgrade from the Galaxy S6 to the Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S6 was the beginning of a new era for Samsung’s flagship smartphones. Samsung demonstrated with the handset that it was also capable of making smartphones with striking designs and impeccable build quality. It was a complete departure from the kind of design language that Samsung used for all previous flagship smartphones.

Samsung pushed the envelope on design and display manufacturing with the Galaxy S6 edge. It was the company’s first smartphone with a dual-edge curved display. The Galaxy S6 edge ended up outperforming the Galaxy S6 in the market as customers liked it more. It was also the case with the Galaxy S7 edge and the Galaxy S7.

The Galaxy S7 was an improvement over its predecessor. It wasn’t a major update in the sense that it felt like Samsung took something good with the Galaxy S6 and made it even better with the Galaxy S7. That’s the feeling you got when you picked up a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge after using the predecessor.

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It’s not the same feeling you get after you pick up a Galaxy S8, though. I’ve been using the Galaxy S6 edge as my daily device for two years, and while I did move to the Galaxy S7 edge for a while, I moved back to the Galaxy S6 edge because I couldn’t justify the move to the newer handset. The Galaxy S6 edge had everything that I needed to get me through the day and an upgrade to the latest model didn’t make much sense to me.

It is a completely different story with the Galaxy S8. I had a huge smile on my face the moment I unboxed the device and held it for the first time. Yes, we’ve all seen it in photos and videos, but it really does take you by surprise when you take it in your hands for the first time.

The Galaxy S8 feels far ahead of its time if you’re moving up from the Galaxy S6. It’s much more comfortable to hold in the hand and feels significantly more premium. Who can fault that gorgeous display! The Galaxy S8’s Infinity Display will make you fall in love with the device instantly. If you get the Galaxy S8+ like I did, it would be very difficult not to.

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The curves and edges of the Galaxy S8 are smoother which makes it very comfortable to hold it for an extended period of time. The metal frame doesn’t jab into your palms like that of the Galaxy S6. That being said, you can’t fault the Galaxy S8’s build quality. It feels every bit as premium and robust, if not more.

All of the obvious differences will be immediately noticeable. The Galaxy S8 is significantly more powerful than the Galaxy S6. The software is better and so are the cameras. It has advanced security features like iris recognition and facial recognition. The LTE modem is capable of hitting gigabit speeds. You get all of this and much more for the price you pay.

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To me, the Galaxy S8 is without a doubt one of the best smartphones that Samsung has ever made, as far as the design and build quality are concerned. The handset is unlike any Samsung has made before. It’s refinement of the highest order.

With the Galaxy S8, you get the feeling that the design evolution that Samsung started with the Galaxy S6 two years ago has reached its logical conclusion. It has progressively improved over the past couple of years and reached its peak.

Samsung had a point to prove with the Galaxy S6, that it could also make smartphones that look and feel really good. The Galaxy S8 highlights Samsung’s ability to not just react to what its competitors are doing but create a new path that others will eventually follow.

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Martin Eugeniev

I thinks it is alot improved than the S6…

matturl
matturl

I’ve kept my S6 Edge 64gb for now due to small battery size. I don’t want to have a repeat of my S6 purchase. If the Note 7R or Note 8 fail to tempt me I’ll opt for S9. Whichever is the first (N8 or S9) to sport the fingerprint sensor under the display will probably be the one.

MarWess
MarWess

I also stick with the S6. The S8 is to long and no edge for me. The next one will be a iPhone.

Leni26de
Leni26de

I’ll stick with my S6′s, 128GB internal flash and flat Display too, thanks ..

MStuart
MStuart

The display is indeed beautiful. Shame about all the glare and the apex distortion produced by the stupid curves.

I’ll stick with my S6’s flat display, thanks.

Dadee71
Dadee71

This is soooo overstated

MStuart
MStuart

What is?

Mrjraider
Mrjraider

I’ve seen a lot of opinions about the S8 and al of them are practical the same. You guys need to stop with these ridiculous opnion pieces. It reads: the S8 is amazing, the S8 is worth the money, the S8 is the best phone ever… blablablabla. I’ve seen the same with the S7 and I think its stupid. I’ve got the S6 and its the best phone i’ve had so far. It is snappy, had a pretty decent camera, has a good fingerprintscanner and it works just as it should. I skip most of the opinion pieces because of… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

giving your opinion on how opinion pieces are crap, is your opinion. commenting that just makes your comment void because you’re being somewhat hypocritical. there’s the tab which says “OPINION” for you to skip or read at your leisure. why bother making such a pointless statement.

Mrjraider
Mrjraider

like its not hypocritical to state the exact same opninion in multiple pieces with just a diffrent title? I think its ridiculous. But i am just one visitor its not like they give a damn.

Lekabaza
Lekabaza

After almost 2 years with my s6 edge the battery was a huge issue. I went for the S8 and I’m very glad I did. I was sceptical about the fingerprint scanner placement at first but I’m amazed at how I’m not having a problem with it. Took me a day to learn but now it’s not even an issue anymore. Upgrading is more of a personal issue. If you feel that the S8 is not worth it then wait for the Note 8 (your money at the end of the day). The S8 is a worthy successor to my… Read more »

SasungFr3ak
SasungFr3ak

Why do you guys always have to bash the writer ?? he hasn’t been paid by Samsung to write a review like this,, I like him, went from S6 Edge to an S8+ and it works great for me, feels great to hold, awesome gaming graphics, faster Exynos processor, everything goes faster on the device,, Did i get paid by Samsung to say this ? No , so stop commenting everytime saying that the writers have been paid by Samsung for an article they write on this website.

Znova
Znova

I used the s6 for 2 years and now i have the s8 .S8 is more powerful,web browsing and in gamig is much better.i love the s8

Jonkill
Jonkill

I have to ask, who pay for that review?
I have both and I can’t say S8 is far far away from the S6, they are different for sure. But when you talk about the design it’s a matter of taste. Yes S8 is more comfortable in the hand but not enough to buy it. S8 is more powerful, but on my daily use a can’t tell if it strue. (web browsing) S6 is still a very good phone, try the s8 before jumping on it, you may be disappointed as I am, because the s8 is not so hot.

Martin R.
Martin R.

Why is that everytime someone from our team write his own opinion. He must have been paid by Samsung.

Utterly nonsense…

Goushique
Goushique

Humans are indescribable. At times they go haywire.

matiias89
matiias89

The S8 is beautiful device, indeed… but here is not much improvment from older devices: S6 or S7. I dont care about face recognition or iris scanner. I’ve just asked myself what S8 can do more than S7, and answer is one, nothing. So in conclusion I am staying with S6 and waiting for something better.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

The S8 has more biometric security than the S7, it has/will have Bixby which is a huge feature compared to every other phone on the market. and it has all of nougat’s features which my S6 edge+ did NOT have when my S8+ arrived. Bluetooth 5.0 and dual audio is another feature that the S6 does not have, or any other phone. there are many little changes the S8 has over the S7s and even more over the S6s – the SD Card being another! more importantly after 18 months with my last phone, the battery life was greatly degraded.… Read more »

kevind03

I think the battery ?

kevind03

If you think that the S8 isn’t a very significant upgrade over the S6 or contradicting to the author’s opinion then feel free to say them out in the comment section but don’t simply judge the authors that they are paid by Samsung. If that’s how you judge someone, then I can also judge you for being paid by a certain manufacturer to write this comment .-.