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5 things I like about the Galaxy S8+

I’ve been the proud owner of a Galaxy S8+ ever since it hit the shelves back in April, and I’m pleased to report that there isn’t anything I really don’t like about the handset. There is, however, a lot I like about it — so I thought I’d put together a column outlining the top five things that have ultimately kept my SIM in the Galaxy S8+.

Build quality

For a smartphone that’s primarily constructed from glass, the Galaxy S8 is relatively durable. I’ve dropped my unit a couple of times and it’s managed to escape unscathed, though there are a couple of minor scratches on the back, which were likely caused by storing the device into the same pocket as my keys.

Camera

The Galaxy S8 sports the same 12-megapixel camera as its predecessor, the Galaxy S7. However, Samsung has made a number of minor changes to further improve the quality of the images it captures — and it’s done a fantastic job. Images taken in the regular point-and-shoot mode are crisp, though it has a tough time in poorly lit environments.

Camera comparison: Galaxy S8 vs the Galaxy S7

Infinity Display

Wow. That’s the only way I can describe the Galaxy S8’s Infinity Display. Sadly, it’s something you have to experience for yourself as no words will ever do it justice, but if you haven’t had a chance to play around with the device, imagine the clearest, most vivid curved screen and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what it’s like to hold the Galaxy S8.

On-screen navigation

I’m a big fan of on-screen navigation keys, which is why I was pleased when I found out that Samsung had axed its traditional configuration (capacitive Back and Recents buttons and a physical Home key) in favor of a virtual set. Having the option to change both the appearance and order of the buttons to suit your personal preference is also a nice touch.

Related content: Five Galaxy S8 features that have made my life easier

Samsung Experience

While this feature isn’t strictly limited to the Galaxy S8, it’s still something I really like. For the first time, Samsung’s custom user interface, which has been rebranded from TouchWiz to Samsung Experience, is actually incredibly smooth and responsive. Moreover, it suits the handset’s extra wide 18.5:9 aspect ratio perfectly.

What do you think?

If you own a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, we’d love to know exactly what you like and dislike about it — so be sure to leave a comment in the section below. Alternatively, you can reach us over on Facebook and Twitter, where we’re always looking to engage in a conversation.

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doome27
doome27

Josh L: are you sure honest when you say that the galaxy S8 does not scratch easily? Maybe if you were using a case/screen protector. Otherwise you are not telling the truth. I have been using the S8+ for 2 weeks…and already have many scratches although I was extra careful with it. I used an A5 for 2 years and not a single scratch. So big fail with the gorilla glass 5 and hope Samsung will admit this as soon as possible.

madpaulo
madpaulo

s8 is great. but the gpu on asia not good is on mali that sucks. other country got adreno or qualcomm. there devided it on 2 gpu . not good its shame when you are on asia you got exynos mali sucks.

78albireox78
78albireox78

Really nice place for discussion here. Instead coming with arguments, most of the Samsung fanboys give a downvote. Way to go guys…

Apoorv Deshmukh
Apoorv Deshmukh

In India we do not have the convenience of launching the camera app by double pressing the power key. If only samsung allows customising the bixby button it would be great.

Lukasz1536
Lukasz1536

I bought S8 a week ago. Everything is perfect excepted fps on the back. It is not so hard to reach it, but when my phone is on the table I have to pick up it and then unlock the screen (but I am using pin in this case). I do not know how is with camera, because I really do not care about it. I am not taking a lot of photos, but if it is the same as S7 camera then it is fine for me.

78albireox78
78albireox78

I think it was impossible even for Samsung to put the fps on the front. First of all, the fps under the screen is yet to be announced on any phone, second, to use the same sensor as in the S8 would ruin the design. So they have to put it on the back and also in the worst place possible, near the camera / hard to reach especially on the S8+, probably to force you to use their far from mature “other” biometric unlocking mechanisms.

Dusko Stojanovic
Dusko Stojanovic

I agree with pretty much everything, except the “incredibly smooth and responsive” part. Visually, the rebranded UI is gorgeous (for my taste), but it’s not nearly as smooth as it was advertised initially, or as smooth as you people say it is. I have the European unlocked version, I get all the updates, and if this is smooth, then you never held OnePlus 3T in your hands (mentioned purely for comparison). Samsung Experience won’t seem smooth to anyone who’s remotely familiar with “smoothness”. Now, I love my Samsung S8+ and I would never swap for another device, which is exactly… Read more »

78albireox78
78albireox78

Totally agree. Strange thing is that even if used at “full hd” resolution (what they offer by default in fact) basically, it still struggles to be responsive in certain situations. OP3T is in a whole different league, not to talk about OP5.

Martin Eugeniev
Martin Eugeniev

The two things I hate in Samsung is about their software updates (policy) and their optimization! Mine s8 just got 10 days ago its June update while other has gotten it 4 weeks ago! Thats something really annoying giving the fact I had the unlocked version which was the most expensive of them all and the worst was that the bugs where still there! Yes, Samsung is an AWESOME companie and the S8 is an AWESOME device but this just sucks! I really hope Samsung fixes this…

78albireox78
78albireox78

Although I know lots of stuff regarding mobile phones are purely subjective, I cannot agree with the interface being smooth. I have the S8+ for less than a week and my previous Samsung phone was the Note4 and in between I had lots of phones from Huawei Mate9 to Oneplus 3T. The Samsung phones continue to be the slowest throughout the interface. And it’s not the animations fault, the stutters are felt when scrolling through webpages to opening images in gallery or when using “recents” to navigate to the latest used apps. With all due respect, if you think the… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

What people are failing to understand about this new aspect ratio is that developers are starting to implement it into their apps. Since launch, many of my 3rd party apps, including games have been updated to natively accommodate the full 18.5:9 ratio, instead of force stretching it from the Samsung UI option. Best example is Star Wars Heroes. the game was the normal aspect ratio and force stretching the game made it difficult to select some of the controls that went off screen. a recent update has it now supporting the full infinity display and its awesome!

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

Yes, this is going to happen as Google officially wants developers to adopt the new aspect ratio. Samsung and LG have done it, and even the next Pixel is being rumored to have a tall display.