PhoneArena authors' personal thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

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With the Galaxy S8 and S8+ being among the hottest topic in the industry right now, we thought we'd chime in with our personal opinions of Sammy's latest and greatest handsets. 

We know your time is precious, so we've kept things short and, hopefully, sweet - each opinion is less than 200 characters long, making this post a 5-minute read. Here goes:

Alan

To repeat a cliche, Samsung has raised the bar. The overall look is modern and unique. Both phones don't feel large at all. Android manufacturers are going to have a tough time competing.

Cosmin

Even though they're not flawless, I admire Samsung for achieving three things with the S8/S8+: enlarge the screen, make bezels thinner, keep the phones reasonable size-wise. We might have a winner.

Damian

They're both too big for my taste, and I don't think the near-lack of bezels is actually a positive. Oh, and the aspect ratio is definitely not my cup of tea.


Daniel

Good stuff - everyone will strive for bezel-less now, bad stuff - what's made for 18.5:9?

Florin

I liked Samsung's dual-curve designs from the very beginning (S6 edge), so I like the refined S8 and S8+, too. Some practicality issues aside, I'm convinced that the no-bezel approach is future-proof.

Kaloyan

The first Samsung smartphone to actually look good – from the front, anyway. However, the high price point and a few questionable design decisions make it a somewhat hard sell.


Luis

Beautiful phones that are a chore to use. The fingerprint scanner is whack. Iris and facial security is useless. The tall screens are nonsense. But you'll love the S8 anyway *shrug*.

Maxwell

The "other" tall phone, the G6, makes sense somewhat with a 2:1 aspect ratio. As pretty as the S8/S8+ are, too much says "gimmick" to me. I'll wait for the next Note, and keep my G6.

Milen

Gorgeous phones these two, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, trend-setters and whatnot. I even like how they feel in the hand, unlike my colleagues, but I'm skipping still. No remappable Bixby button, no buy!

Nick

The S8 is an awesome-looking phone and a top performer with great cameras. But I find it uncomfortable to hold, as if I'm about to drop it any moment. And that fingerprint scanner - seriously?


Paul

I really like the S8 — it's super-compact, feels very comfortable to carry, and is just futuristic and cool. I wouldn't go for the S8+, as it's heavy and slippery — I'd definitely break it. 

Peter

Neither the Galaxy S8 nor the S8+ feel good in my hand - that curved display is an issue for me. Aside from that, the crème de la crème on the Android scene, no doubt about it.

Stephen

Samsung's most ambitious flagship in years isn't without its issues (fingerprint scanner, unproven Bixby), but it's difficult to deny the GS8 is helping to usher in a new era of smartphone evolution.

Victor

It's shocking how compact a 5.8" and a 6.2" phone can be, and I love it. The full-screen display is a game-changer that puts Samsung ahead of everyone else. Apple, what you got?


Make sure to check out our reviews of the two devices while you're at it as well. You can find these right here:

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI

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70 Comments

70. uvaman

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 14, 2013

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64. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Hey PA, how about you share with us, what are the phones you use as your daily driver. And lets compare the phones you use everyday to the Galaxy S(Any Galaxy S). Let's see how they all equally stackup as far as legit pros and cons vs your bias critiquing.

61. dchamero

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Received it yesterday. I like it so far, BUT the WIFI is unusable... it keeps turning on and off for a while and then it just stops working... I tried everything, disabling everything and reset the phone twice, but so far, nothing helped....

67. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well contact your carrier and get it replaced.

59. mclifford81

Posts: 91; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

Regardless of the infinity display the phone has some major design flaw's. Specifically with the fingerprint sensor location as well as the aspect ratio while viewing videos. If someone holds up iPhone typically there index finger is in the middle of the phone so it would make sense to have a fingerprint scanner if placed on the back in the middle where the index finger rests.

60. willard12 unregistered

"If someone holds up iPhone typically there index finger is in the middle of the phone so it would make sense to have a fingerprint scanner if placed on the back in the middle where the index finger rests." Apparently, you're still holding it wrong. http://stokpic.com/project/mans-hand-holding-iphone-above-laptop-on-desk/ http://psdhands.com https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/cracow-august-28-man-hand-holding-311013845

66. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well lets be fair. No matter where the fingerprint reader is on the back, depending on phone size and hand size, location will still matter. Here is how I see it. If the FPS was centralized period, then the reach would be 100% identical whether you are right-handed or left-handed. Samsung's chosen location IMO, makes it easier for someone who is a lefty. I am a righty. So the position forces me to pickup the phone with my left hand if i want to use the FPS now. It's not a deal breaker, it just a hassle. I don't care or mind that it was moved from the front. The phone design forced that moving. But the flash could have been centralized under the camera too and the FPS right under it and the phone would have still looked good. I mean, does anyone here think this concept is feasible? ------>https://flic.kr/p/SLtdSu

56. LurdBusiness

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 12, 2017

Damian knows what's up. No bezel=bad idea. Plus everything else

57. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Except he thinks that the phones are too big. The s8 is kinda small...

53. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Lol now we have a better idea of how the iphonearena team was formed.

47. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Damian: How is the s8 too big?

54. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I think he is confusing it with the iPhone plus phones, those things are freaking HUGE, especially for the screen size.

46. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and where's Ray's? did he get fired or something? :-/

41. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Here's a good review. https://youtu.be/nNlTNE1y9DM

39. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1886; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

So after the initial unboxing and setting up of my S8+ this phone is ridiculously nice... I had some reservations about the fp scanner but actually I don't have any issues with it's placement. My finger is already trained to the position and the phone unlocks instantly without having to wake the phone up first... Nice! Everyone complaining about the edges being a gimmick etc need to check out the S8... Samsung found a happy medium with having a edge and still giving the flat screen enthusiasts the feeling of the edges not being to edgy... When I hold my S7 Edge and S8 in opposite hands at the same time it's like night and day.. The S7 Edge feels like the edge is really thin and I can't hold it without a case, but the s8 feels like there is more of a edge to hold on to. Also the edge screen is very subtle and does not curve that much like the S6 edge or S7 Edge... I see what Samsung was trying to accomplish by taking away the flat screen model. All in all this is the best phone Samsung has produced to date... Time will tell if the software holds up over time as some people experience lag overtime... The note 7 wasn't around long enough to determine that but that was the first phone from Samsung that I felt was optimized perfectly. The S7 Edge was fluid but in my experience it just seemed a little off with optimizations. I'd tell anyone if your on the fence about the S8 check it out in stores and see for yourself, and if this is your first galaxy.... You won't be disappointed...

63. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree with that assertion. I too compared the S8 with the S7 edge. Though I dont have an issue holding either, I agree the S8 "feels" like its easier to hold. The downside to the curve is its reflective qualities when viewing content. It does have a glare that is annoying sometimes. But unlike the haters, I'm not gonna focus on minute quirks. No phone is perfect. They all basically have more positives vs negatives. But the Galaxy S/Note have the least amount of negatives vs any other phone.

68. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1886; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Agree...

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

As we can see by the writers own admittion, they hate Samsung devices. lol Oh well.It's all good. You are all welcome to your opinion. I did setup the facial recognition. It's as consistent as the Iris Scanners. They are still not as fast as the FPS. Hwoever, when you hold up the phone, a quick double tap of the top of the screen activates the facial recognition. It is also activated when you press the power button. I always setup my device to be unlocked with it is around my Gear S3, my cars audio or around my laptop or when I'm at my main work address or home address. So the Iris Scanner and Facial unlock are not all that beneficial. Once thing I didnt see PA mention is, the Camera QuickLaunch is no longer linked ot the home button(on screen button), its now a double press of the power button. Still quick as lightning though. The UI is very fast. Glad all the themes I paid for work on this model. The S8 is very small considering its screen size. It even feels smaller than the S7 edge. You can definitely feel the wideness difference vs the S8 and S8+, but for my hands the S8 is too small. The wife loves it though. Even though you can't turn Bixby off, you can turn it off on the home screen, so that you dont have it as one of your home screen. I can't say I like it, or dislike it. I played with it for a few minutes. It can be useful as any other assistant, but its to much repetition. The S8 is a grand slam over any available phone and Iim not even gonna compare it to the iPhone 7. I think no Galaxy S or Note should be compared to the iPhone. The iPhone simply is no match for the Galaxy featureset of the S and Note. The iPhone is better compared to Samsung's A series which have similar specs and capabilities. Even though I dont like the S overall or in general, I did love my S6 edge/edge+, I don't like there S7 edge at all, but the 8 is simply beautiful and watching videos is a complete dream. I charged it up to 100% yesterday and last night. I have the display set to 2960x1440 and I took it off the charger at 725A and its 2 hours later and its at 93%. During the 2 hours I spent getting it all setup and downloading apps, setting up my Gear and Samsung Pay, it went from 100% down to about 80% in 2 hours. That's pretty good life to me. The S compared to the Note based on my usage, has always had bad battery-life overall. But an S with a larger battery does very well. I'm impressed with the 8, no matter what the hater writers/fans say. It is the phone to beat for 2017. I declare it the MWC 2017 Phone of the Year.

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

too bad my preorder got shipped to the wrong addy. Oh well, they are overnighting a new one. Hopefully tomorrow

28. willard12 unregistered

Gotta love the opinions of PA writers except when they go against the facts they have already published. They dedicated an entire article to say that the 2:1 aspect ratio will be the new standard and videos are rolling out on the new format. They published an article dedicated to explain why the G6 has a 2:1 aspect ratio. Then the S8 comes out and the 2:1 aspect ratio is the worst decision since Apple Maps. Bottom line for everything, wait until September to see if Apple has it. Then, whatever the feature is will be "future proof" or "done right" or (my personal favorite) "polished".

69. Gawain

Posts: 452; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

The S8/S8+ has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio - or 2.055555555:1 ratio for seemingly no reason other than to be "me too, plus a little extra because..."

26. Tech_fan

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

ok...here we are the iCAMP. we dont expect anything else from APPLE WEBSITE and its EMPLOYEES...LOL

24. raky_b

Posts: 465; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

not a word on a battery!? no one finds it bad, as you need to charge your device twice a day!?

17. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I like the looks, but I will never purchase another Samsung device after last year. They have proven to me, at least, that they as a company can't be trusted to do the right thing when it comes to recalls. (Not talking about the Note 7, either.) So, purchase if you will people, but don't complain when the company comes back to bite you, and it will.

15. Cyberchum

Posts: 1148; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Because we asked for your personal opinions. What should be professional opinion on this site are already made personal, so what's the point? . Objectivity is a prerequisite for this line of work. If you can't be, you have no business in journalism.

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2702; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Haven't you heard of an editorial?

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

From what I read, I get the feeling that the phone deserves a 4.0 or a 5.0 rather than 9.0. To each their own. It's their opinion.

40. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You really are stupid.

11. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I agree with quite a few of the editors, however Kaloyan nails the S8 in his statement. They are beautiful looking phones but ultimately too expensive. Anything above 400 is a ripp off in Android land, as evidenced by One Plus and Xiaomi. The software has gotten better but it's still not as optimised as a Pixel, and support will be typical Android Oem - Months late. But it's good for Samsung, they did what they had too, develop a good looking soild flagship that can wipe away the Note 7 image and so far the S8 has done just that. I expect it to sell really well.

37. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Xiaomi and oneplus are able to produce phones in $400 range because big manufacturer like samaung spend more on R&D. Secondly companies like samsung and apple also sell their product offline. There is only handful of xiaomi and oneplus offlines stores in countries other than china. Most of their sale is online. Third- customer service of apple and samsung are of top quality in any part of the world. For oneplus and xiaomi custumer service ia s**t. So comparing price of xiaomi / oneplus and samaung products is of no use. I am not telling that their products are not VFM. They are doing great. But asking samsung to sell s8 for sams price of oneplus and xiaomi is naivety.

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