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

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

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, 09:28 20

1. kiko007 (Posts: 5383; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)

Might as well just have bezels if the black bars are gonna be there anyway...

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:34 30

6. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 523; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)

That makes no sense, do you watch video on your phone 24/7?

16:9 is a good aspect for televisions, I don't like it for phones, computers, or tablets. It's less productive.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:41 24

10. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

we all know that he'll change his mind as soon as his beloved iPhone use this same screen ratio, lol...

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:50 7

15. notfair (Posts: 183; Member since: 30 Jan 2017)

I hope you enjoy your 4:3 content on the ipad.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 13:37

71. zenun12 (Posts: 175; Member since: 31 Oct 2016)

Most tablets are much more convenient to use on a 4:3 aspect ratio.It offers more screen real estate than it's 16:9 or 18:9 counterparts, and is much more manageable with two hands. A 16:10 tablet on the other hand like the Xperia Tablet series, are much more meant to be used in landscape while they're pretty much clumsy to use in portrait mode. 4:3 aspect ratio on tablets make them manageable whether portrait or landscape.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:36 32

7. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

there is a difference between
"bezels that always there"
"bezels that only appear at some video"

"bezels that always there" is just waste of space
"bezels that only appear at some video" is much better since people will rarely see it anyway, and at worse case it will just look like any normal phone when you watching videos..

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 13:23 6

70. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Yea, games, text, web, general UI, etc will be far more common, but no....Let's call it grief or just have bezels instead....Until Apple releases it of course. Then it's the best thing Apple ever invented.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:26 3

77. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

The difference is DICKO007 forgot that on iOS, the same issue arose with ever resolution increase, because all IOS apps only contain bitmaps for the specific device resolution and unlike Windows and Android, the apps don't scale automatically.

On Android, apps contain bitmaps up to 4K. SO all the Android apps that support at leats 5.01, will scale.

Movies are specific to the ration shot at. We all know this.

But the issue is identical to viewing 16:9 content on a 4:3 display.Most of the movies I watch on iPad that are npt being streaming, will be letterbox. Netflix has fixed its streaming so that when it detects an iPad or iPhone or any tablet, it will adjust the stream to fit the device properly.

They simply will have to do the same for the new aspect ratio.

Again PA is tryign to make a big deal!

FACT - Each time the aspect ratio has changed, the industry has to upgarde software to support it.

In the 80's and 90's most devices were 4:3. When 16:9 came out they were letterbox even on TV's. Once devices displays came with 1920x1080 displays which natively support 16:9, this problem was fixed and for TV's too.

The same will happen with 18.5:9. The streaming providers will have to fix the stream to adjust to the device display capability. AS THEY ALL DO NOW

What is the fuss about?

Why are the haters all got their panties in a bunch.

This is goign to happen when aspect ratios change to 22:9 or 32:9 or whatever the next big leap on content comes.

Also remember.

Original DVD content is 4:3. If you play those old movies on a 16:9 display, its letterbox. Has anyone complained? NO.

When TV move up to 32:9 that mean sold Blue-Ray content will be letterbox and it goes on.

PA and the iRetarded are simply technology dysfunctional losers!

PA wants do desperate for this to be an issue.

When the iPhone comes out with it, every streaming provider will have fixe this issue, so it wont even be subject matter. It really isnt now..PA on its Samsung attack as per usual.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:47

85. ecmedic4 (Posts: 420; Member since: 02 May 2013)

You basically said the SAME thing in 2 massive essays. Was that really necessary? Sounds like your the one that got ur panties in a bunch. Take an Ativan and some BP medicine, jeez. If you hate phone arena so much, stop coming and reading the articles. That would be awesome!

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:38 41

8. afrohoxha (Posts: 28; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

What about web browsing or list view content on apps, or more useful area during multitasking? Scenarios which may have more usage than watching couple of videos a day.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 10:17

19. torr310 (Posts: 1084; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

I spend most of time using my phone for web browsing and chatting, so a wider screen is easier to view the web content and type.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 00:19

103. techbuttcheex (Posts: 151; Member since: 25 Jul 2015)

For web browsing a 2:1 ratio is even worse because all the content is cramped. Tablets are more square than 16:9, not more narrow.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:40 38

9. Cat97 (Posts: 327; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)

You can turn screen into bezels, but never can you turn bezels into screen.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:46 17

13. UglyFrank (Posts: 1939; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


posted on 20 Apr 2017, 10:19

20. torr310 (Posts: 1084; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

Why turn the bezels into screen if we couldn't make a good use to it?

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 10:27 4

21. kent-gaga (Posts: 582; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

These are some wise words

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 10:37 9

24. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Wise words from a moron. Kiko007 is either ignorant or just flat out can't read. The black bars as he puts it. Is not there all the time. On the home screen it's not there, settings, and if you use YouTube, Netflix, and a number of others you have an option to go full mode which will crop the top and bottom slightly. Also if you use split screen multitasking then it takes advantage of the screen real estate. Something that iPhones still cannot do to this date (split screen, or real multitasking).

So once again how wide is kiko007? Not very wise!

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 10:40 11

25. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

iPhone arena, you purposely move my posts down. I guess you hate the truth. You let liars like kiko007 post comments which prove he is a liar. This site really is iphonearena. Pure garbage.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 10:43 6

26. kiko007 (Posts: 5383; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)

Tinfoil is abundant with this one...

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 12:59 8

62. Tech_fan (banned) (Posts: 94; Member since: 28 Mar 2017)

Super Stupid Article, and the two most Stupid ikids(kiko,kumar) come so early...by the way PA and its iwriters look so BUTTHURT about S8 sucess...lol

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:37

81. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


posted on 20 Apr 2017, 10:44 5

27. kiko007 (Posts: 5383; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)

Bruh, WTF are you even talking about?

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:32 2

39. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2176; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)

@kiko007 I believe he wants to measure your width maybe?! I'm lost.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 10:52 5

29. kumar1234 (unregistered)

Oh, great, Now Samsung phone has ON-SCREEN bazel. LOL.

2:1 or 18:9 aspect ratio is stupid and gimmicky. Samsung always present their gimmicky features as if they are useful. Well, it works really well for them. Their idiotic fanboys always fall for their gimmicks.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:53 4

48. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

I guess like APPLE FANBOYS always fall for Apples overpriced under spec iPhones, and will believe it's the best out there.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 13:11 2

69. ebilcake (Posts: 957; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)

You could say the same about Samsung fanboys, pretending their any different is foolish.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 18:38 1

96. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2974; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

Stupid just like you, an idiotic fanboy of another brand who is always butthurt about anything samsung.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:12 2

33. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Screengate strikes again?

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:36

78. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


In this video @ 4:23, the video playing on the iPad is "letterbox".

Why? Because the video being played is 16:9 and not 4:3.

The same thing is happening on the galaxy.

What is the point?

Other than you are a stupid troll!

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:23 1

34. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

I checked the S8 together with my 5.5" Xperia Z5 P. The whole thing is pretty much a fad; the S8 has a nominal screen size of 5.8" but in reality you get smaller, letterboxed videos and images and also website content appears smaller (because screen width is smaller). However the screen is so tall that pulling down the notification bar is more difficult than on my Z5 (despite the minimal bezels) because the screen is just so tall. So, you get smaller content everywhere with the additional discomfort of not being able to reach the top corners of the screen. If I want the same size of content with my Z5, I have to go for the S8+ (which has comparable screen width) but this is bigger and the top part of the screen approximately a mile away from my thumb. So, you get this futuristic feel at expense of real ergonomy and real useful size.

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