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You got cropped! Galaxy S8 and S8+ video display grief comes in stages, here's why

0. phoneArena 20 Apr 2017, 09:23 posted on

Most TV series you'd watch on, say, Netflix, as well as the YouTube content, are meant for 16:9 displays - those get letterboxed on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. You lose about 18-24% of the 5.8" and 6.2" screens' real estate, depending on the video app, if you watch the vids in the default "fit to screen" regime. You'd have to manually add third party apps to the compatibility mode list in Display settings, so that the full screen toggle appears in, say, Netflix. Even when you toggle compatibility mode, a 16:9 video will still be letterboxed or cropped top and bottom, depending on the app...

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posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:32

40. Feanor (Posts: 830; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:43

45. Guaire (Posts: 683; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

It won't be any bigger comparison to any 5.5" 16:9 screen, for example S7 Edge.

Texts and images won't be any bigger too at any app, save landscape mode.

That is a real issue with the new ratio rather than Apple vs Samsung thing. Bezels are irrelevant there too.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 12:27

54. omnitech (Posts: 644; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

I am not commenting on viewable area but this is what you and the itards seem to be forgetting.

The difference is the GS8 is much smaller to handle than the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 plus and even the 5.5 Oneplus and pixel xl.

So if you get a 5.5 inch useable display in the size of an iPhone 7 or pixel non xl, that's awesome. No drawbacks unless you try to shoehorn drawbacks into like this article seems to be trying to do.

Bottom line is AT LEAST, usually more, a 5.5 inch display in a 4.7 inch phone size. Where's the drawback? Lol even if something gets letter boxed occasionally it's a OLED so you bezel fans can have you bezel occasionally. Lol

Only drawback is it makes your iPhones look like s**t really.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 13:06 2

65. Feanor (Posts: 830; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

It's not the real estate of a 5.5" phone on a 4.7" body because the width of the screen pretty much dictates the size of all content, photos, video and web browsing. The rest is just discomfort in reaching the notification bar. I tried the S8 live and the screen is just for looks, but otherwise an ergonomic mistake. The real size of a 5.2" screen with the ergonomics of a 6".

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 13:10

67. Guaire (Posts: 683; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

Is should not be too hard to grasp that that simple fact S8+ can't display bigger content than any 5.5" 16:9 screen. That is not an opinion, it is a fact.

Comparison to ***SAMSUNG*** S7 Edge it's significantly bigger, but as I said before it can't display the content bigger, not just 16:9 videos.

BTW, I have never owned an Apple product. I don't like Apple at all. I'm not a fan of Pixel either.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 03:35

104. omnitech (Posts: 644; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

Lol so the width arbitrarily determines everything? Sure it does. According to a Samsung hater like you maybe. But for everyone else it doesn't.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 03:42

105. omnitech (Posts: 644; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

Eh it's bigger. Not sure what kind of cracked out math you used but here it is.

"The G6 is substantially smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus, while also managing to deliver a slightly larger screen area — 86.5cm² to the 5.5-inch iPhone's 84.5cm²."

86.5 >>>>84.5


posted on 21 Apr 2017, 04:33

108. Guaire (Posts: 683; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

Are you intentionally twisting the conversation?

Fact 1, We were not discussing about LG G6.
Fact 2, We were not comparing whole screen areas.
Fact 3, LG G6 displays the content even SMALLER than 5.5" 16:9 screens, for example LG G3 and G4 both, despite the fact its larger screen area. Depending on the content it can display MORE content like extra rows of text, icons, images etc. but same texts, icons and images will look SMALLER, because they will be scaling accordingly to width of the screen.

If you can check that link below, you can see the image is noticeably bigger, there is more avatar at the top and there is more words in a row at the bottom.


posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:48 6

14. SleeperOne (Posts: 370; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)

Daniel this is the stupidest s**t ever, get a real job.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 10:33 1

22. LikeMyself (Posts: 454; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)

Considering I watch more movies on my phone than on tv, the s8 will suit me perfectly since I won't have those nasty horizontal black bars again (when in landscape) since movies are in 2:1 ratio! And browsing & reading will be even better. Top & bottom bars I don't mind. The screen becomes like a 5.2-5.5"

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 10:56 5

30. Hoggington (Posts: 349; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)

Got my S8 yesterday...and I don't like the aspect ratio at all. You gotta keep in mind, these are not really 5.8" or 6.2" as we would all be used to. As has been reported...they compare best to a 5.1" and 5.5" display, roughly. They are incredibly narrow. Silly narrow. And the edge makes them even more narrow. My old S7 feels like it has a bigger display.

And yeah....having to hit the crop button on every YouTube video has already driven me crazy on day one.

Not a fan of this new trend at all. Go back to 16:9, please.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:23

35. adi90 (Posts: 367; Member since: 21 Dec 2015)

What about fingerprint scanner. Are you comfortable with it?

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:25 1

36. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1763; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)

Boy PA is hating on Samsung like they are hating on Sony. I sense a lot of users here will unregister their accounts.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:52

87. jeroome86 (Posts: 1846; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

I know one that won't.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:59

90. ecmedic4 (Posts: 379; Member since: 02 May 2013)

Sadly no, he will continue to come here and complain about the authors and post his essay rants about how Apple is evil and samsung is the savior of all mankind etc etc. Same stuff he always says over and over. Kinda like he posted 2 huge essays in this article that said basically the same exact thing, back to back essays keep in mind. He's nothing more than an immature, lying troll.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 17:40

93. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1763; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)

Make it two. The Korean racist.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:28

37. jm405 (Posts: 64; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)

I went through this same thing when I switched from a normal 16:9 computer monitor to an Ultra wide 21:9 monitor. I gained a lot of productivity space but the some movies, all tv shows and most games were letterboxed in some form. You win some you lose some when you go to a new thing. But when you find a game or video uses the native aspect ratio on my 21:9 monitor, it's wonderful.

Not sure how fast 18:9 will be adopted for smartphones but I just hope all manufacturers stick to one so movement to get 18:9 content would be faster.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:32 5

41. nikhil23 (Posts: 81; Member since: 07 Dec 2016)

Keep complaining. I'm gonna get mine tomorrow

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:43

44. ebilcake (Posts: 880; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)

Useless fingerprint scanner placement and an ultra tall display which makes single handed use near impossible.

It looks good but I don't want one.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:54

49. omnitech (Posts: 644; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

The whole point of this resolution is for a big display that can be used with one hand. ...

That's the main selling point. If that wasn't the main selling point Samsung is doing it wrong because that's why I preordered it.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 12:33

56. ebilcake (Posts: 880; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)

Then they've done it wrong, if I hold my phone with one hand I can just about reach the top the bottom of the screen with my thumb, with the extended display I can't.

I also can't reach the position that fingerprint scanner is in with one hand.

This is a two handed phone for sure, if you like that, then great!

Samsung don't get everything right but like most large companies they have a lot of influence so they can force cosmetic changes which look good and sell phones even if they're less practical..

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 12:48

57. omnitech (Posts: 644; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

They did it right to me from my handling of the phone. Much easier to use one handed vs say an iPhone 7 plus or a Oneplus 3T. The reviews even state it.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 12:56

61. ebilcake (Posts: 880; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)

Reviews have also stated the size is very awkward for single handed use and the fingerprint scanner is difficult to reach and even locate with one hand.

You should read more reviews, and this time actually read them.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:37 1

80. Feanor (Posts: 830; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

It cannot be used with one hand. I tried it in the shop. Because of the narrow width, it is the content of a smaller screen (5.1-5.3" for the S8, around 5.5" for the S8+) with the extreme height of a much bigger screen, which means no way of being able to reach the top. My Z5 Premium with its big bezels and 5.5" is more comfortable to operate and content is actually bigger than the 5.8" S8 and same as with the S8+. But the notification bar is easier to reach comparing to both S8s.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 03:46

106. omnitech (Posts: 644; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

I read all of them and they all say it's surprising,y easy to use with one hand. Which ones are you reading? Isheep versions of them?

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 03:47

107. omnitech (Posts: 644; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

I use it fine with one hand, just because you can't doesn't mean I can't, my hands are small too.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 11:57

112. ebilcake (Posts: 880; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)

You've already made your purchase, you're in denial.

It's okay, we understand. :-)

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:51

47. omnitech (Posts: 644; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

Meh. My surface pro 4 resolution is too tiny on my antiquated work server so I have to reduce the native resolution and have a bit of a letter box for my work purposes but I would take the high resolution any day of the week even if I use it zero percent of the time.

With this aspect ration, I am guessing I'll be using the full display like a majority of the time so the itards that are dissing this are idiots. Full stop. Lol

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 12:03 4

50. trojan_horse (Posts: 3899; Member since: 06 May 2016)

You're too desperate to make the S8's display a serious issue, meanwhile it isn't.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 12:03 1

51. redmd (Posts: 1314; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

So will PA post the same article when Apple release the iPhone 8?

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