Samsung Galaxy S8 Review

After a tough couple of years, Samsung is determined to launch a new flagship product that would reestablish its position as an undisputed leader on the Android market. This product is the Galaxy S8...
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106 Comments

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Great review. looking forward to this phone and hope it doesn't end up like the Note 7 debacle. All good wishes to those who bought or plan to buy the S8/Plus in the future. You guys won't miss iPhone much, with this phone in your palms!

34. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Wow! It got a 9 from Ray S! That means it is a 10 if it had an Apple logo. iPhone 7s Anniversary OLED addition will get a 9.9 or 10 for sure despite being just like an iPhone 7.

37. kevv2288

Posts: 295; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

"Display colors aren't too natural". Then why is the color temperature considered excellent?

55. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Indeed. Ray seem to be lacking coherency.

72. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Colour temperature and natural colours are not the same thing. You can have polar opposites, have a warmer colour temp that's easier on the eyes and "excellent" but in bright light, natural colours look better and help you gauge raw picture quality and such. You can have one without the other.

92. DareDevil01

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Many other review sites say the S8 display is the best display on a smartphone yet, with accurate colors that cover 103% AdobeRGB Standard. DisplayMate also gave it and extremely high rating but that won't matter to you as they're apparently very biased towards Samsung correct?...

53. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Ray S. I would hope that when the iPhone 8 or X is reviewed (by you or your companions) it is also mention that the iPhone has a problem with the screen as well since it will be utilizing Amoled panels manufactured by Samsung. So, in all fairness the same Con you are giving the S8 display should also be a Con for the upcoming iPhone. If not then even the smallest credibility PA reviews and reviewers hold will be completely lost.

59. ebilcake

Posts: 1230; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

They save the 9+ ratings for the iPhone's, it's decided before they even review them.

61. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Ray should just write "It's not an iPhone, period" Why waste time and write BS when he already knows he's gonna score it below Apple's goods, no matter what?

62. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Apple fans Bible, the verge said "It's the best phone ever" Ray's still trying too hard to hate it LOL

64. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Really???!!!!!! That's amazing because the Verge is almost as bad as iphonearena. If they are calling it The best phone it must be flat out incredible. Time to go read the verge comment sections because they built up a lot of Apple shills over the years, they must be commiting suicide right now. I am not sure if the Verge did the right PR move here. They are probably aiming to get their isheep fan base back by giving back that title to the iphone anniversary edition but if it ends up being just an iPhone 7s with a fancy jet white colour which I think it will be, the Verge will have a field day justifying giving that title back to the iPhone. Huge miscalculation on their part because Android readers surely won't champion that site no matter what they say. Hmm maybe Samsung paid them off because this is like pigs flying. Lol

63. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

I'm only curious. Does anyone know how Phonearena creates it's rating scores? Is it somehow calculated or just "eh let's give it a 9.3 because 9.0 just doesn't sound right."

66. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

No clue but you can extrapolate the following. Display carries very little weight because a garbage 750p LG display bin display doesn't bring the iPhone score down in the slightest. Design and fresh design doesn't carry any weight unless it runs Android. Apple can reuse the exact same design for 2 or even 3 years in a row and it's a positive and adds to the overall score. HTC and Sony have totally different designs every year and if it looks at all similar it's a negative on their score. Camera carried so much weight it was ridiculous when the iPhone had better cameras. Now that high end Android phones have much superior cameras they change their rating scale for some reason to reduce the weight it carries. Waterproofing carried very little weight until the iPhone did it. Then all if a sudden it makes or breaks the Pixel's score. OS accounts for 99.9% of the score because that's the only way an iPhone scores higher like as if Google's OS is garbage.

93. DareDevil01

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

lol seems pretty accurate lol

65. techbuttcheex

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Wow Samsung f**ked up the color accuracy of the display with this unnecessary aspect ratio. Great job. I'll be switching to iPhone this year.

67. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Lol where did you read that?!

68. TMach unregistered

Such childish lame ass arguments. Up until two years ago, I had owned every iteration of the iPhone and numerous Android phones. That is in the past, as for now, I would not go near an iPhone as I find the locked down eco-system a royal pain in the butt nor am I going to root my phone. I do not compromise and see zero reason why I should. My S8+ arrives on Thursday from Carphone Warehouse and proposing to alternate between that and my Pixel XL for the foreseeable.

69. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Interesting observation. So if Google takes this design, remove the bixby button, and move the fps to the front or lower back, the pixel 2 should get a 10. Or if they take the LG G6, and add an OLED display. If Google plays their cards right, no one can rate the iPhone higher without looking like the isheep on this site. Samsung might not want to be the manufacturer though. So LG would be great as well, just don't use HTC again Google.

79. GeekOFW

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

As usual, fanboys are crying just because another phone was scored higher than their favorite. What a bunch of grade school nerds.

80. ZanrZij

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

This unit got the pinkish/red discoloration problem as reported

81. pankaj88

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

galaxy s8 launched in india for 57900 Rupees ie 899 dollar. i think its overpriced

82. nedooo

Posts: 71; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

How fast will AMOLED burn in? 4 to 6 months???

85. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

I really want to like this phone but I can't. The display looks great, but to me, the curved edges are simply a fashion statement, adding nothing to the functionality of the phone. I'm on board with the new aspect ratio since you can actually hold the phone and operate it with one hand. I can even get comfortable with mediocre battery and the all glass design (though I don't get buying an ugly case to cover it up). The two big things for me that spell NO SALE are the ridiculous placement of the fingerprint sensor and the redundant Bixby. Being such a long phone and having to reach across the camera EVERY TIME I UNLOCK THE PHONE makes for a lousy UX. For me, I know I'll hate the phone every day. Samsung is famous for making an inferior version of most apps that come standard in Android and mucking up the UI. All of these assistants have a long, long way to go before they're actually useful. I don't like the idea of locking down the Bixby button on MY PHONE. Knowing how their interface slows down over time, I don't have high hopes for it being a keeper.

86. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

It is not only best of Android, it is best of all phone available right now. It has left competition far behind.

87. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

As fair as it gets: no matter how much you hate, it's a great phone. Improved in many ways over the GS7. The 18.5:9 aspect is new and you will love it, hate it or get used to it. Same with the "infinity display." The display is fantastic. That 835 chip is certainly brings improvements over the SD820 that was used last year, including power savings. The camera is excellent. Samsung pay is a plus to have. Iris scanner too. Whatever they call the UI, it is improved, but there will likely be some issues. One of the comparison articles noted lags, though not significant. Updates will always be a concern. The fingerprint scanner is in an awkward location. So, no, not a perfect phone, but an excellent one.

90. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

The best Samsung?? The best cell phone is more like it. Should be rated 9.5. The iPhone is just going to catch up somewhat this year with Samsung with a good .. 4K Samsung screen but I don't think they are going to beat the Samsung, especially the small iPhone screen. Then later Samsung will be releasing the Note 8.

96. vishalsngh

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Phonearea is so openly biased towards Sammy. Everything Sammy is "best of android", right? Not sure if I am the only one to observe this, but this is So Damn Obvious. You shld rename the site as Samarena!

100. stallionmoves

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 26, 2017

so what should be the best android then?

97. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

YES what I needed: 1.) top camera 2.) top battery 3.) top display 4.) top freedom with android BIG NO.5.) allmost NO bezels

106. cthunder

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Yep, what I need and wants as well. Only I will be getting the LG G6 and be saving $200 and still will get. 1) A top Camera 2) Decent battery 3) Top Display 4) Top Freedom with android 5) No Bezels.

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