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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, 15:15 2

76. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14112; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

You mean how like they were on the iPhone when they finally went big? Or how it is on the iPad as well? Even with full sized bezels?

Hardware simply changed. Software can easily be changed to catchup.

After all, software is always catching up to hardware.

18.5:9 is a new aspect ratio. No one supported it, because no one had devices that used it.

Just like when 16:9 came out at movies, other than PC's and laptops, phones did not support the format.

So I fail to see your point.

The words were stupid. The first aspect ration I am aware of was 4:3/4. When 16:9 camea out devices available then were vast majority 4:3, so they didnt work with 16:9.

Later devices screen sized increase to fit this. Same happened with TV's.

18.5:9 is simply because the screen size being used is wider than 16:9, so duh there are gonna be black bars.

Well since for example Amazon Kindle's and Apple's iPad are all 4:3, 16:9 content on both are "letterbox" by default.

Hwoever I havent seen one complaint about it, so why complian now.

All OEM's have to do is like they did with Apple when their stupid non-standard resolutions, is fix the app to work properly.

At least with Android, Android can scale apps automatically because they contain the bitmaps for all standard size screens ratios.

So far every Android app I have opened even games have scale and have no black bars. The magic of Android. Try that on iOS. My iPAd pro still has a 2X button when I load an iPhone app or older iPad app that doesn't support the new resolution.

Apple had a bigger issue, because at the time iOS apps only contained bitmaps for specific resolutions and when you open said app on an iPad or iPhone, they too were letterbox and thus why the iPad had a manual 2x button.

Which sucked, because it double the resolution of the app but did scale to fit. So many games i played looked pixelated at 2X and were better letter boxed to their original size.

Now please claim you never saw that. Oh and those device have full bezels.

The issue which isn't an issue at all is the same. Viewing content not designed for your specific device resolution will be letterboxed.


But you Apple retards forget when Apple had the same to deal with.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:36

79. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14112; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:53 2

16. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1276; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

This happens with all large phones so what's the point. I have to stretch video frames from movies to work edge to edge on my og nexus 6. It all depends on when the movie was made.... Old black and white movies are 4:3..... What do you have to say about that..... Really.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:03 4

31. Hoggington (Posts: 349; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)

It's true. This new aspect ratio makes zero sense. Tall and skinny isn't better than 16:9. Nope.

Not liking mine at all.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:40

43. ebilcake (Posts: 947; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)

Yes, with Stereo speakers.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:46 4

46. omnitech (Posts: 869; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

Lol you sheep slay me. That's your one of your most retarded comments and you had plenty .

That's like saying might as well not have money if you cant spend it yet.

Eventually a lot of media will support this and there are already plenty of situations where it does.

And because it's an OLED display that's pitch black, go right ahead and assume they are bezels or keep using the one hand mode if it's still there. The rest of us will use the entire display in the most used app, the browser. Lol

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 12:17 8

53. Mr.Pussy (Posts: 121; Member since: 16 Feb 2017)

Keep on whining about this new screen soon your favorite brand follow and you will feel like a stupid moron. Remember those day when you whin about android phones are too big? Well why not just stay at 4"? Remember amoled screen? Soon you will copy that too.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 12:53 1

59. sissy246 (Posts: 3921; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)

But they are not there all the time.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 17:36

92. pankajxdx (unregistered)

I guess you are getting upvotes from both the sides.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:31 13

2. VasiliS7 (Posts: 95; Member since: 10 Jan 2017)

S8 is a 2018 phone. Companies are struggling to follow.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:04 5

32. Hoggington (Posts: 349; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)

No, actually it's a 2017 phone and the aspect ratio is just bad. Plain and simple.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:38 5

82. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14112; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Really? So when phones were all 4:3 when 16:9 came out. i guess 16:9 was just bad?

You are a stupid ignorant fool!

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 20:02

98. Mixkhata1 (Posts: 141; Member since: 26 Feb 2017)

There is a difference though. While 16 by 9 was significant for movie industry, what does 18.5:9 ratio offer us? Give me one good SOLID reason why 16:9 is, all of a sudden, obsolete? This weird aspect ratio is not fruitful for media consumption. I mean, we have to have universal standards. We can't just change aspect ratio becoz it fits more content.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:15

109. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14112; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

No one said it was obsolete? We are simply moving to the next level of display capabilkities.

How about this - Even though we have 16:9, has 4:3 be made obsolete? NOPE!

So basiclaly you're saying, we shouldn't progress?

Even though we have CD"s and DVD's and BlueRay, many people still use 8-Tracks, BetaMax, VCR's, and cassettes and even vinyl records.

So I fail to see why progress is always an issue.

Things change dude. Why are you are so against change?

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:39 1

83. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14112; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

What struggle? Its a brand new aspect ratio. The same thing happens with 16:9 content on 4:3 displays. Its why you have black bars on the iPad.

Theer are enough posts here that show, just how tech ignorant most users are. Yet they claim iOS users are smart or have higher iQ's...lol

What a joke you fools are.

16:9 content doesn't fit 4:3 displays. It gets stretched wide and has black bars on the top and bottom -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR-NgtQv3rY @4:23

Same thing will happen when pcntent goes to 32:9. 16:9 content will fit wider, but not fill the top and bottom.

This is not a display issue in the hardware. Its the content provider who has to provide content that fits. As they have always had too.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:32 11

3. RoboticEngi (Posts: 1047; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)

The ever none stopping iphonearena crusade against S8......

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 10:35 6

23. Settings (Posts: 2308; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

Phonearena looves Samsung fanboys. They are easy to agitate. They'll just post something negative about Samsung and fanboys automatically rescue their beloved God. More fanboys = more traffic.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 10:49 5

28. Ninetysix (Posts: 2637; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

This is why Amazon is always out of preparation H wipes. The Shamesung fanboys are always buying them in bulk for their butthurt.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:34 1

42. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2062; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)

@ninetysix you mean these LMAOOOO?


posted on 20 Apr 2017, 13:05 6

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

so look at yourself and your iSHEEP friends...

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 14:22 3

73. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2062; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)

@tech_fan iSheep friend better than a dumbass like you.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:30 6

38. RoboticEngi (Posts: 1047; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)

And morons get triggered by fanboys, trying to show they are smart asses...

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:19

110. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14112; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

No it has nothing to do with fans. It has to do with PA constant bulls**t with their so-call tech knowledge.

They always do this purposely against users of Samsung devices.

This bullsh|t is never mentioned with anyone else and its wrong and unfair.

You can call it whatever you want.

None of you even understand tech to begin with, so you don't see the issue.

The issue us simple. Theer are reader who come here to read and understand pros and cons of new products.

When someone reads this, they will think this is an issue and not buy the device potentially.

PA is using BS to deter what could be possible sales.

Then when the iPhone comes and the industry has fixed the issue, PA will play it as if Apple fixed the problem and make it seem like Samsung could not.

This is BS. If you cant see that, then it means you're just as stupid the as the ass that wrote this piece.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 10:07

111. Settings (Posts: 2308; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

Calling someone stupid doesn't make you any wiser. And you have the guts to call someone stupid when you yourself can't even spell right and do grammar right.
What do you want PA to do when 35% of it's traffic came from US and India; countries where iPhones are much more popular? Easy. Post more news about Apple. It's a no brainer actually. This site is a business, they want more traffic and views. If you want biased news for Samsung, go to Sammobile or Android Authority. Not here.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:32 8

4. hamaidx (Posts: 23; Member since: 28 Apr 2015)

O really .... Man.. you guys must be all iFtards working all together to eat all crap that comes out of Cooks rear... Future is 18:9 ... Old effin s**t works on your Rotten old Apples...

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:33 7

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

You just cringe on latest PA articles and that's really sad. I'm not even bothering to say anything related to the article. Hope this get roasted and these writers learn a thing or two how to respect their loyal readers before any potential 'sponsor'.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:44 5

11. Sakeem (Posts: 607; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

The tone of the article seems very....very........I can't find the right word. Someone help me out...

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:56 7

17. ibend (Posts: 6632; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


posted on 20 Apr 2017, 09:45 8

12. ibend (Posts: 6632; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

okay, now place S8+ and iPhone7 plus side by side and play same video in both of them...
S8+ still have MUCH BIGGER viewable area than i7+, lol..

now open web browser on both of them, see that screen size? lol.. no one can defend iPhone in this case, lol...

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 10:15 3

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

They are saying if you watch a video at 16:9 on the S8+, its basically like watching it on a phone with a 5.5 inch screen, which is what the iPhone 7 Plus is, so how does it have a "MUCH BIGGER" viewable area? Are you counting the black bars? Lil confused there. Seems to me that a video at 16:9 would be the same size on both, only the iPhone wouldn't have the black bars. But please, spin it to fit your trolling.

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