So, what do you think of the Galaxy S8 and S8+? (poll results)


This Wednesday marked the long-awaited reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S8, bearer of the official “most leaked smartphone ever” title. Even though the biggest surprise of the launch event was that ostrich ad, in that moment all eyes in the tech world were on Samsung, waiting to see first-hand what one of the biggest smartphone makers in the world has in store for its fans.

The S8 is something of a departure for the company, a fact that is apparent from the very first time one looks at it. The most noticeable change from its predecessors is its revamped design, which is considerably taller, and relies heavily on Samsung’s so-called “Infinity Display”. There’s also the upgraded internals, as well as the company’s newfound love for artificial intelligence, as evidenced by Bixby's existence. So we asked you, our readers, whether you planned on buying one, and the results mostly speak for themselves.

A majority of our voters said that they plan on buying the new flagship: 26.7% want the smaller S8, while 24.4% chose its larger sibling, the S8+. Combined, that gives us 51.1%, which is a pretty large number, but not really that surprising. People have had a lot of time to consider their options, as pretty much the only thing that hadn’t leaked well in advance was the price.

And that same price might actually be the biggest dealbreaker for many users – starting at $750 for the smaller version, it’s a hefty pill to swallow even for a flagship, and is also $50 more than the S7 edge. So even if we jokingly referred to the device’s large frame in our “no” option, it’s clear that this isn’t the only problem one might have with the S8 – there’s also the price, the odd fingerprint sensor placement, the virtually unchanged battery size from the two S7 models, as well as Samsung’s custom software, which has historically been one of the worst aspects of owning a Galaxy device. So while that 15.7% of people outright dismissing the S8 might seem small, it shouldn’t be taken lightly, considering it came right at the peak of the device’s hype campaign, despite Samsung’s best effort to convince customers of its newest flagship’s merit.

And lastly, there’s the undecided camp, which accounted for 33.1% of our voters. There’s a lot to consider here: 2017 is shaping up to be one of the most interesting years for smartphones, judging by what’s come out so far, as well as what we have only heard rumors about. Samsung has found a new-ish competitor in the face of LG with its own G6, which promises most of the S8’s features at a cheaper price. And outside of the Android camp, there’s also the promises of a radically new iPhone model, as well as the refreshed versions of last year’s Apple flagships, and many people might prefer to wait until their release before they make a definite choice.

Are you getting the Galaxy S8 or S8+?

Yes, I’m buying the S8
26.74%
Yep, I’m getting the S8+
24.38%
No, my hands are too small for either
15.71%
I'm still not sure yet
33.17%

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23 Comments

1. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Everyone I personally know that was interested in it is let down by the lack of 4k screen as we all have a gear vr :(

4. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

I wanted a 4k too, but I guess they just couldn't miniaturise a Radeon RX 480 fast enough to make it work in a mobile device.:D

23. mikehunta727 unregistered

Lol dude mobile GPU's in SoC's in a smartphone are a minimum 5 years out from having RX 480 like performance

9. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

It's a very good phone especially design wise, though largely underwhelming. It's just okay for a 2017 flagship but not as fascinating or huge leap like say a GS3/IPhone 4/HTC M7/M8 or even the GS6. Here's to hoping the iphone 8/note 8/V30 knocks it out of the park..

17. androiduser

Posts: 514; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Iphone 8 will have a better processor but that's all lol. Note 8 will have a 4k display better processor 6gb of ram dual camera fingerprint sensor on display way better 4 speakers an s pen and idk what else

2. TheVarnimal

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

I don't see any reason to purchase either one of these models. At least with the iPhone you have a smaller phone and a larger one, whereas with the S8 and S8+ you're given big or bigger. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the back camera isn't any different from the S7 and S7 Edge. I will admit both phones are aesthetically pleasing from the front, but the back and its awkward placement of the fingerprint scanner leaves much to be desired. I'm more excited to see what the Note 8 has in store, the second generation of the Pixel series, and what Apple is cooking up with the iPhone. The G6, S8, and S8+ are uninspiring.

5. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

The S8 is about the same size as an iPhone 7 while the S8+ is about the same size as an iPhone 7+. Don't be fooled by the small display numbers on an iPhone, as you're mostly paying for bezel. :D

12. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

That's a blatant lie and you know it. The GS8 is thesame size as the S7E and is considerably bigger than the IP7. While the S8+ is taller than the IP7+ and fatter too (though marginally more narrow) which in itself is a monstrosity. Just stop it with these "GS8 is as small as an iphone/GS7 bullcrap" because it's clearly not.

13. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Bet you if Appl made something clost ti a bezel-less iPhone, people will be saying that Apple just copied it from other companies again.

15. TheVarnimal

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

The S8 is noticeably larger than the iPhone 6, 6S, and 7. The S8+ and the 7 Plus are nearly the same size. I'm just saying that the S8 is essentially a phablet and the S8+ is most definitely one, when there are millions who still like that smaller option. I'm not saying the phone is bad or won't sell, but the hardware doesn't wow, the fingerprint scanner position is not preferable (nor does it look good), and the other phones I mentioned seem like they'll offer the same features and more. Hopefully at least.

19. libra89

Posts: 2313; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Agreed. There's an article on The Verge saying the same nonsense that some people believe. The comments there tell the truth. The design is a nice idea but I know that there will be hand strain when using it with one hand. I went down in size to be done with the hand strain.

7. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

They cut corners by implementing a cheap vibrate motor for the home button feedback, and the pressure sensitivity isn't consistent, according to the early hands on reviews. I imagine the home button feels like awkward sadness compared to the iPhone 7, which has a very satisfying and crisp "tap" back when pressing the home button. S8 doesn't have that, just a weak vibration from the old-school vibrate motor. Nice try Samsung but you need to first develop a haptic feedback motor that can replicate the popping sensation of a physical button BEFORE deleting the home button. Ignoring such details is foolish.

3. KRISTIJANJE

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

This will sell like hotcakes, the phone is generaly viewed as atractive and that will be reason enough to outsell every other android flagship by a monumental margin. I predict 70 million units sales at least, maybe even 80.

6. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Ok...I bet it will have tough time selling even 50 million, lets comeback here to the same post on Dec 31st, 2017 and see what happens.

8. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

the phones are good don't get me wrong but these are not the comeback phones they needed after the note 7 problems ... the same camera sensor + the small battery size is a turnoff for me , its not that they are not good , its that they are charging 800$ + for the phones and for that price good is not good enough , people want the best tech out there for that price and im 100 % sure they could've used a newer sensor and a bigger battery if they want to , don't talk about safety.. Huawei was able to use a 4000 MAH battery in the mate 9 and it has a really close form factor and its perfectly safe

10. jlbora23

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

I personally don't see any reason to go from a perfectly good working S7 edge with 4gb ram and 12mp camera for basically a small bump in processor and .7 of an inch more screen real estate along with bixby and a few nifty camera and security features. Same amount of ram and same rear camera, I'd rather kick back and see what htc, 10th anniversary iphone, Note 8, and others do in next 7 months and then if it's still best option then take one of those sweet buy on get one deals or $15/mo holiday offers they will be running year end. Or wait it out until new OS rolls around on next year's S9 and then I'm saving even more money and getting a better upgrade. Rather than a minimal bump in features and tiny spec bump. Just my 2 pennies worth...

14. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

dont forget the mate 10 , it should be here between november and december with a new 10 nm chip , the mate 9 was a near perfect phone it only lacked waterproofing and need some software improvements , if they can get these things straight the end of 2017 will be exciting with the (new iphone, note 8 , lg v30 and the mate 10 )

11. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

This is a slight incremental upgrade from the S7. Different screen, stereo speaker system added, slightly different internals, and the same camera. The screen is the selling point and nothing more. Not worth upgrading from an S7. More of a collector's phone.

16. TheVarnimal

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

You mentioned stereo speakers, but there are no official reports of this being so. There is an article from Gizmodo's Australian site that says the earpiece doubles as the second full-volume speaker, but going on the Samsung website and searching across other reviews there is zero mention of stereo speakers.

18. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

I said "Stereo speaker system", not literal stereo speakers.

20. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

G6 looks more appealing to me.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's lovely.

22. tempdogg74

Posts: 136; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Waiting on Note 8.

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