Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Q&A: Your questions answered

A couple of days ago we let you ask us anything regarding the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the two hot new devices on the Android scene that really have the potential to disturb the waters. You asked lots of questions, but now it's time to provide answers to these questions. We've got lots to talk about, so let's just jump right into it without much ado!

PA: No, you are not.

PA: Without root, your options are pretty limited. You can try something like NavBar Apps, which lets you put a custom background below the navigation keys. 

PA: Oh, we are! Actually, here's a full comparison between those two Android bandits.

PA: The navigation bar goes away with most apps and games, though there are some are incompatible with this mode. You can technically hide the navigation bar for a truly immersive with the help of an app, though this one will most likely require root. 

PA: Sheesh, that's a tough one. We haven't made up our collective mind yet, but we have tons of options - here are some neat Galaxy S8 cases.

PA: We wouldn't say the curves get in the way that much. True, reflections might slightly ruin the cinematic experience in certain conditions, but we wouldn't call it deal-breaking at all. As far as subtitles go, you are pretty unlikely to run into any problems with these getting skewed or even cropped out - both Netflix and YouTube use dynamically-generated subtitles that remain at a fixed position on the display no matter if the video content is letterboxed or cropped to fit in the display. However, if you're watching a video or a movie with hard-coded subtitles you might experience some problems, depending on how low these are positioned. 

No, users can't add additional buttons on the navigation bar at this point. 

PA: In our experience, the Galaxy S8+ matches the battery endurance of the Galaxy S7 edge and then adds some. We'd attribute that to the Snapdragon 835. You probably won't be awed by the battery life of the Galaxy S8+ coming from the edge.

PA: Not at all surprising, the Galaxy S8's speakers packs a louder punch and sounds better than the Galaxy S7, subjectively speaking. The bundled AKG earbuds are a mixed bag, though they will most likely perform infinitely better than any non-brand buds you can use with your Galaxy S8.

PA: Ah, the glorious days of pre-Marshmallow TouchWiz when Samsung used a dark interface mode by default, you are gravely missed...!

PA: You're not mistaken. You can wake up your phone by hard-pressing the portion of the display where the home button normally resides, even if the phone is asleep.

PA: Lots of flags in this "actual" test video you posted. This battery test is irrelevant because the two phones were not set at the same brightness level (refer to 1:13 in the video), they were maxed out, and that's a big no-no in battery tests. The maximum brightness of the iPhone 7 Plus is superior to the maximum brightness of the Galaxy S8+, so it's a no-brainer the iPhone would die first. 

PA: Visually, the new Samsung Experience user interface has gone a long way since the TouchWiz days of old, and looks excellent! As far as performance goes, we'd give it an 8 out of 10, since there's still room for further improvement, especially in terms of performance.

PA: Performance. Not only is the Samsung UX heavier than iOS, it's also not organically fused with the underlying operating system kernel, so the raw horse power of the Snapdragon 835 doesn't automatically translate into superior real-life performance. The Galaxy S8 falls behind the iPhone 7 in some demanding graphics tasks.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 166646.66
Apple iPhone 7 168795
JetStream Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 55.503
Apple iPhone 7 144.71
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 60
Apple iPhone 7 57.3
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 41
Apple iPhone 7 59.1
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 3201.66
Apple iPhone 7 3355
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 2008.33
Apple iPhone 7 3464
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 6575
Apple iPhone 7 5605

PA: It doesn't throttle much, but it fails to hit that coveted 60fps sweet spot in certain games. FYI, we tested NOVA, Heroes of Order and Chaos, and Asphalt Xtreme on our Galaxy S8, but simply couldn't reach 60fps, which is a bit disappointing. Gamers should probably look elsewhere. 

PA: Sure. Apple has been getting away with less than that for years.

PA: There is, though we'd argue reaching out to the fingerprint sensor is as inconvenient as using a second hand to swipe down the notification shade as intended.

PA: For one, we hope this won't be the case this year...

PA: Maliciously complying — a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 coupled with an Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens.

PA: Both, actually! Here are the two phones side by side, held by one and the same guy:

PA: Honestly, you've held onto that Galaxy Note 4 for so long, you can probably use it for half a year more and see what Samsung's prepping for Note fans. Judging by the Galaxy S8and S8 Plus, the Note 8 will probably be another excellent device that will definitely check all of your boxes. 

PA: The Pixel feels snappier and more fluid, whereas the Galaxy S8 feels marginally slower in comparison. You can refer to our Galaxy S8 vs Google Pixel review, which should also apply to the larger phones.

Thanks for participating!

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. Nopers unregistered

You're saying that the S8 doesn't get as bright as the 7+?

4. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 595; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Exactly doesn't the new display hit over 1000 nits?? Or did I imagine reading that on the display mate review?? And you gave the S8 less than the Iphone 7 because of performance??? in that 1 area? Ok well in camera, display, bluetooth, more customisation, sd card, design and battery life its better so shouldn't it be more than what you gave the Iphone 7? Or is performance only the area that matters?

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Camera, design, and display are subjective. Very few devices have bluetooth 5.0, so S8 won't be able to take much advantage of it, atleast for now. And according to PhoneArena's tests, S8 has less battery life than iPhone 7 Plus due to which it gets a lower score, too. And the reviewer mught not like the heavy, clustered UI of Samsung even if it offers more customization (which he might not use anyways). Plus performance will matter much more in the long run. As in for the Sd card, that's definitely a plus.

7. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

If you say that camera, design and display are subjective. In that case performance too is subjective. Whether s8 can take advantage of B 5.0 is a pure subjective opinion itself. Reviewer should not bring his preference or likings in determining the rating of a smartphone.

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I knew someone like you who doesn't read carefully, will say something like, "Performance is also subjective". And that's what happened here. Did I say performance is more important than anything else? No! What I said performance will matter more once the phone gets cluttered​ with apps, media, and all such stuff, making the phone laggy and freezing it quite sometimes. That's where smoother performance will matter greatly. Ofcourse you have to fill your phone with such stuff to make performance matter to you; that's common sense. I hope next time you will try to read.

20. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

@AmashAziz May i know what is the threshold limit of apps installed beyond which s8 will start lagging? Do you think all the people on earth with s8 uses same number of apps and same type of apps? This is a common excuse i have been hearing for a long time from hardcore apple fanboys. And just to remind you, even iphones freeze. I like iphones a lot. But what you may call a lag free performance on iPhone, may be called lack of innovation, less capable display, lower multicore performance by others. So yes, performance is subjective too.

21. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I clarified that issue in my comment: "Ofcourse you have to fill your phone with such stuff to make performance matter to you; that's common sense". with open eyes.

24. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

If that is the case how do you know that s8 will start lagging and freeze. People have not used it for even 1week. And you are making predictions about long term usage. Again... Think with your brain and not ***.

26. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I don't know that; I'm only predicting it. All the S-phones have been lagging throughout the years. Changing the UI won't help the S8 much if its core is still TouchWiz.......

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

WTF with the many app make phone crash? I got like 70 app or more on my LG G5 its not slowing down. lovely excuse btw.

32. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Don't know whether you are lying or not. Might be a lucky guy..... And it's no excuse.....internet is filled with videos shwoing the slowdown of S7 edge.

13. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 595; Member since: Jan 06, 2017


12. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 595; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Since display mate has said the s8 display is the best display on any mobile device after they done their tests on it then I rather take that as fact not subjective. Also alot of reviewers have said the S8 duo are the best looking devices ever made. I definetly agree with that. The S7 edge has 1 of the best cameras out there its rated 88 on DxOMark whereas Iphone 7 is at 86 and i doubt they made the S8 camera worse lol so its going to be rated higher than Iphone 7 series. " Very few devices have bluetooth 5.0, so S8 won't be able to take much advantage of it, atleast for now" apart from the millions of S8 and S8 Plus being sold all around the world. And finally battery? GSMArena has given the S8 Plus 88 hours endurance rating and Iphone 7 Plus??? Yep 75 they saying the opposite of Phonearena and alot of users follow GSMArena battery guidelines more.

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

What you are doing is actually the meaning of 'subjective'. That's the right thing to do. Believe whatever you want to, no one should condemn that. Though others can have different opinions too, just like you. Except the bluetooth part which I tackle by saying that, a single Galaxy S8 user won't necessrily target the millions of people in the world, every day. Simply becaus ethere over 7.5 billion people due to whcih an S8 user would mostly have to deal with iPhone and other Android phone users with

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Amash PA battery test is far from the most accurate. for the rest i agree. As for Camera sorry iphone not in the game at all.

14. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Depends on the APL(Average picture level). At 100% APL, the S8 goes to about 600 nits, which is lower than that of the iPhone. 100% APL signifies a pure white screen. At around 70-80% APL, the S8 should match the iPhone at around 700-800 nits. At 1% APL, the S8 will go above 1000 nits destroying every phone ever existed, except Xperia P.

25. torr310

Posts: 1678; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Apple will be using Micro LED on their 3rd Gen Apple Watches... heard that tech is awesome and probably better than OLED. Hope the QLED will be a good competitor against it.

28. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

the 100% brightness excuse is so old. LCD screen even at same brightness will use more power in most task lol. As for performance i agree the iphone 7 is a tad faster for some very selected task Hell even my LG G5 is faster than iphone 7 in nearly 50% of task lol. Benchmarking is getting old we all know benchmarking dont give good result if two different OS is compared.

34. zebraman

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Yeah in the YouTube clip the galaxy s8 is brighter. Also at the start of the clip it fully opens the instgram app like - 10 seconds faster than the iPhone

2. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Thank you PhoneArena! I really appreciate your commitment to the viewers, and hope someday you will show the same commitment to the trash comment system too. 5 years....and still no update!

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

See, boinero. you were fighting me when I also answered your question with, "Performance", in the questionnaire page for Galaxy S8. You said I was joking and that the iPhone has nothing over Galaxy. And now, PhoneArena does the same, by answering your question with 'Performance' too. Now laugh like you were laughing in that article......

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

For anyone interested. Here is is the best YouTube Camera reviewer SuperSAF with the S8+ vs iPhone 7+ side-by-side camera tests. His channel is full of these comparisons and they are always 100% unbiased, and you can simply see them side by side for yourself and be your own judge. Enjoy! This is how PA should test devices. Where we can see them. The fact they are not transparent with any tests, shows they are biased. The best tests are ones you can physically see.

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Did the S8+ won in it? That explains why you think it's biased. Just guessing! No offense.

19. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

In all fairness, SuperSaf's camera comparisons are the best on YT, no matter who the winner is.

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I find EverythingApplePro's good too.

23. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah, he is one of my favorite tech YouTubers as well, one of the least biased ones who could careless about the people attacking him for his reviews.

27. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Saw his latest video, where the iPhone 7 beats the S8 in water resistance? Can't believe iP67 is better than IP68!

8. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Just wondering the camera because they were really not very good.

11. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

The tech girl's review.

16. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

That's not a review. It's an unboxing.

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