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

This article may contain personal views and opinion from the author.

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:


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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*.


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.


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!


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?


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. 


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.


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.


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" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. sgodsell

Posts: 7431; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The S8 is awesome. However Samsung could have placed the finger print scanner just below the camera in the middle. Like a number of other Android smartphones. That would have been much better. Bixby well, it's just more Samsung bloat. However there is still Google Assistant on board.

4. Lememurilo

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Samsung beat Android Pay and Day Dream with Samsung Pay and Gear VR, i think bixby at least deserves a chance

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5721; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Same with Daydream, isn't not even a year old yet and people are already writing it off Lets wait for both to mature Mobile payments is very country dependent e.g. my country (NZ) stop using magnetic strip like 10+ years ago (I think this applies for Australia and Europe, maybe most of Asia too) So Android Pay vs Samsung Pay vs Apple Pay just depends on your bank supports it

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4258; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Canada has been off swipe for just as long but that doesn't mean tap to pay is everywhere and that's where Samsung pay streaks past apple and Android pay. It works, often, on terminals that are not tap enabled.

21. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Um... What locations take Samsung Pay here in Canada? I haven't seen a single one.

27. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Samsung pay is pointless outside the US because chip and pin is everywhere. Bixby is garbage and likely going to stay that way because Samsung sucks at software. They can't seem to improve because they don't have any real vision for it, just a desperate attempt to catch up to the visions others see.

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Even though it is country dependent, Samsung still has the advantage of offering both NFC and MST. I know in Europe, 90% of everything is NFC and the iPhone and Smasung phones honestly would be equal here. But in the US, the gap between the 2 is huge. I have my AMEX on both. The vast majority of the places i shop or frequent will work mostly with Samsung Pay. I go to Target's every week at least 2 times a week. They dont accept mobile pays at all. But it works with Samsung Pay because of MST. Walgreen's, McDonald's are other places I frequent that natively accept Apple Pay. But Samsung Pay still works with MST and NFC at both. BP and Shell stations can use Apple Pay because they have NFC readers and so does 7-11. But I can still use SamPay. Apple has the advantage of having more neighborhood banks. But it does no good when you can't use it anywhere. Samsung has several too, but both have the big banks. Out of the 8 cards I carry, where 5 are credit cards, Apple Pay works with 5 of 8 and Samsung Pay works with 3 of 8. Apple has the card advantage, but I can't use them with Apple Pay as often as I can with Samsung Pay. The 3 cards I use most work with both.

62. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@vincelongman Samsung Pay supports both NFC and MST. So you shouldn't have any problems in using it in New Zealand.

65. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

To be fair, Google Wallet beat Samsung Pay and all the others by a few years.

16. kevv2288

Posts: 298; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I don't understand why everyone is hating on the fp sensor, I've had my s8 for a day now and I haven't had any issues with reaching or touching the camera lens. It's In the exact same spot as the heart rate sensor from the last two galaxies so you should know where to touch. Stop knit picking, might not be ideal but it's not as terrible as everyone says it's just different

22. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Because it's the absolute worst spot to put it on such a tall device? I don't have small hands and I can't reach it without adjusting my hand.

25. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1831; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I to have used my S8+ for a day and I don't have any issues using the fp sensor... I actually like the fact that you don't have to press it now to wake the phone up then it starts scanning but just have to rest your finger on it to get into the phone now. I hate to say it but some of those comments sound like jealousy more than anything... I enjoy all smartphones but Samsung hit it out the park with this one! Now if the iPhone uses a similar design I expect to see the same reaction to it as well...

29. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's a poor design decision, because it's not equally easy to reach with either hand. I have the S7 Edge. In my right hand, I can just tech the heart rate sensor, with my left I can't without changing my hold on the phone. There's a reason the fingerprint sensor on the front of the S7/Edge is central, and not off to one side on the bottom bezel.

32. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I actually didn't find the finger print scanner to be a issue. I trained it to use both of my index fingers and have no problem reaching when holding the phone in either hand. I do think it is nicer to have it on the front of the phone but I will take the screen design on the s8 over the s7 with finger print scanner on the front any day.

50. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"There's a reason the fingerprint sensor on the front of the S7/Edge is central, and not off to one side on the bottom bezel." Symmetry?

36. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I agree with you. Most people hate change, even though they say they want Samsung to change things. Every time Samsung changes something they hate on it with out giving it a chance. I agree with the s8+ at Best buy for about 5 minutes or so and didn't have a problem with it but, I have been practicing with my note 5 ,lol

55. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well as humans, we are creatures of habit. The FPS being embedded in the home button is easier to use. I am not discounting anyone issues with it on the back, based on where Samsung chose to place it. Based on the phone design, I feel the location is fine as its more of keeping the design language clean. I don't know if anyone has ever taken the FPS out of a phone. It is a fairly large component. I think Samsung pu it where it is, because the flash/HR is on the other side, and it keeps the design clean. Still have to consider more parts are in the phone and the top is the best location. This could also be why the battery couldn't increased in size, because the FPS is now in the back. But the haters made way to big of a deal over it. What's funny, Apple will likely do the same. I do agree if it was centralized an a tad lower it would be easier. But then consider other drawbacks. The wireless charging coil is in the center of the phone on the back. So where do you move it? Which is better, a lower mounted FPS? Or wireless charging? I prefer to keep wireless charging. I use it at work. I set up FPS solely because of Samsung Pay. With Iris Scanner, Facial unlock, pattern unlock, pass-code unlock and just leaving it unlocked, you dont even need FPS.

49. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

@Kevv2288They aren't nitpicking tho, it is simply their opinion. And just like you are entitled to yours, they are entitled to their opinion. The article title does state these are the authors personal thoughts, so its not misleading. They don't have to like the placement just because others do. Everyone has different preferences and that shouldn't matter to other ppl so much, but on this site, if someone says something negative about the phone you like, fanboys go ape-sh*t which is ridiculous. Not everyone likes the same thing, the world would be boring if that was the case. Techie is the worst about going ape-sh*t over anything slightly negative said about samsung. Its really immature and stupid if you ask me. Let everyone have their own opinion about things and don't worry about it. Ppl are free to think what they want and spend their money on what they want.

51. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Yeah it seems better than in the middle while holding my GS6, it's exactly where my index finger is. True it's slightly taller than my GS6 but it's not that much taller. It should have a texture or a crater so you know exactly where it is though. The nitpickers are fans of other manufacturers that want to find whatever they can to downplay it.

58. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Agree you just hold it with your right hand and touch it with the left real easy and fast iphonearena just hating this phone is amazing

20. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Battery is below the camera. The fingerprint was never meant to be there and I imagine the whole design was done by the time they realized their on screen fingerprint couldnt ship in time.

31. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Got my S8 yesterday and so far very impressed. Replaced a Iphone 7 plus. I still feel both are great phones. Things I like better on the S8 are the Large screen with small bezels (infinity screen), Screen resolution, Headphone jack, Samsung Pay works at more places, More comfortable to hold with one hand, more open OS, sd card slot, more built in memory on base phone Things I like better about the iphone, Better accessory support, IOS is more efficient then Android, Better battery life, 2x optical zoom on camera, finger print sensor on the front of the phone, physical switch to silent the phone. So far very impressed with the S8.

34. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

I thank phonearena for this article. Because in a nutshell you have cleared why iphone always get more ratings than galaxy s and note. Out of 14 authors, only 5 seems to be actually liking s8 to the point of buying it. 5 do not wang to buy. Remaining 4 have mixed views.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Based on my experience as a right-handed person, I can say if you have the plus model, reaching with your right index finger will be a bit of an issue as far as reach. I have very long fingers, but with my right hand, if I try to unlock without looking, I always swipe over the camera. So what I did was setup the FPS for both my index fingers. When I pick up the phone with my left hand, the reach is no issue on the plus model. But someone with short fingers may struggle and have to adjust the phone down a bit. I played with my wife's S8 and it beaing smaller, the reach with my right had was no issue and not an issue with my left. The way I see it the location is not terrible for "me". I can't speak for someone with short stubbier sausage fingers. I can say, basically it will just take a day or 2 to get use to it. But many people dont know is if you have a BT enable device, or have location services on, you can set the device to be unlocked when in range of your BT device, or at a certain address and you wont even have to use the FPS. I also set up the facial unlock and it works good. Its as consistent as the Iris Scanner. The Facial Unlock worked OK in low light, but I didn't try it in a dark room.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I just don't see the appeal. To me, they just say "So what?"

5. willard12 unregistered

I truly admire your consistency.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Consistently a troll?!

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 2331; Member since: May 04, 2015

I presume you're referring to the last 3 iPhones? Because they certainly deserve the "so what?" moniker.

44. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree: iPhone 6? Apple finally gets a bigger phone - So What...We had bigger phones since 2010 starting with HTC. iPhone 6S - Using same design as the iPhone 6 and no new features to speak about. iPhone 7 - Using the same design seen for 2 models already. It did get a decent camera upgrade assuming dual cameras are appealing. The "red" and the "shiny" black iPhone look stunning, but the design is boring and iOS is really showing its age.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So please tell us, when Apple releases a similar phone, what will you say? Will you say so what? Though I know the Answer already, tell us anyways. For one...BE HONEST! lol

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