Galaxy S8 and S8+ review: Another pair of excellent mainstream smartphones from Samsung

When you talk about Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones, it’s hard not to talk about ‘the average consumer.’ Because the Galaxy S series is the second-most popular or social status is the quality of being well liked or well known line lines or LINE may refer to of smartphones on earth, its audience is unashamedly mainstream, and the vast majority of sales of these devices will be to consumers consumer is a person or organization that uses economic services or commodities who aren’t what you’d call tech-savvy. The issue for Samsung, increasingly, is learning how to split the difference or differences may refer to:: Difference (philosophy), a key concept in continental philosophy The result of arithmetic subtraction Difference (set theory) differences: A Journal of Feminist between may refer to a smartphone that provides a good experience for everybody and maintaining that all important credibility with its fans and enthusiasts.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+, for example, have Quad may refer to: An abbreviation for “quadruple” or four in many contexts, as in “quad exhaust pipes” Quad indicates four artillery guns in a single mounting Quad (more commonly Quads), four of a kind HD displays – the best ones I’ve ever seen. But they’re set to 1080p by default may refer to: Default effect (psychology), the option that a chooser receives if s/he does nothing Default (law), the failure to do something required by law Default rule in legal theory, is a rule for improved performance and battery life. And as enthusiasts clamor for ever-larger batteries, Samsung has put very average, if not exactly small, ones 1 (, also called unit, unity, and (multiplicative) identity), is a number, a numeral, and the name of the glyph representing that number in these new phones (though they should degrade less noticeably). The S8 is still a slippery metal and glass is a non-crystalline amorphous solid that is often transparent and has widespread practical, technological, and decorative usage in, for example, window panes, tableware, and optoelectronics sandwich that essentially requires additional protection unless you like to live life on the edge, which is great news is an adjective referring to something recently made, discovered, or created for case manufacturers, but less so for you and me. And then there’s the new fingerprint scanner, which is just a bit tragic (especially on the S8+).

Of course, there are big upsides: the latest chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835, ensures that the Galaxy S8 will probably have the best LTE performance of any phone on the market here may refer to in the US. That chip also brings features like Bluetooth 5.0, improved Wi-Fi performance performance, in the performing arts, generally comprises an event in which a performer or group of performers present one or more works of art to an audience, and better image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that has a similar appearance to some subject—usually a physical object signal processors processor unit or processing unit may refer to for the cameras. Samsung’s Infinity is an abstract concept describing something without any bound or larger than any number Display is genuinely breathtaking: this is the best or The Best may refer to screen I’ve seen on a smartphone, period may refer to. The rear-facing camera is still great, the quality of the phone itself seems almost unimpeachable, and Samsung continues to make legitimate value-adds to the smartphone experience with features like Samsung Pay, wireless charging, and advanced network feature support may refer to: Support (structure), architectural components that include arches, beams, columns, balconies, and stretchers Lateral support (disambiguation) Life support, in medicine Technical across all four 4 (; /ˈfɔər/) is a number, numeral, and glyph major US carriers. The fact that you can just walk in to a store may refer to: A retail store where merchandise is sold, usually a product, usually on a retail basis, and where wares are often kept and buy one generally speaking (ahem, Google) is something worth pointing out, too. Samsung’s ubiquity is absolutely a product feature.

Like the S7 and S7 edge or EDGE may refer to last year, the S8 and S8+ feel iterative – in a good its most general context of the study of morality, ethics, religion and philosophy, the good often refers to and denotes that conduct which is to be preferred and prescribed by society and its way. But I also believe they’re evidence that what makes a smartphone “great may refer to: A relative measurement in physical space, see Size Greatness, being superior, majestic, transcendent, or divine “The Great”, a historical suffix to people’s names Gang Resistance” is becoming more and more subjective. These are great smartphones, but how great really depends a lot on your priorities.


Design and materials

Not all glass and metal metal (from Greek μέταλλον métallon, “mine, quarry, metal”) is a material (an element, compound, or alloy) that is typically hard, opaque, shiny, and has good electrical and thermal conductivity sandwiches sandwich is a food typically consisting of vegetables, sliced cheese or meat, placed on or between slices of bread, or more generally any dish wherein two or more pieces of bread serve as a are created equal. With the S8 and S8+, Samsung has proven once may refer to again that, yes, there is still room room is any distinguishable space within a structure for refinement when it comes “” (/ˈkoʊmiːz/ KOH-meez), plural “comites” (/ˈkɒmɪtiːz/ KOM-i-teez), is the Latin word for “companion”, either individually or as a member of a collective denominated a “comitatus”, especially the to packaging and polishing a smartphone. To call these phones “pretty” would be to do them a disservice (I also don’t necessarily think it’s true). They have an almost precious quality to them, something that tends to be strongly evoked when you hold them in the slightly awkward “claw” grip a curved-edge smartphone sort may refer to: Sorting, any process of arranging items in sequence or in sets Sorting algorithm, any algorithm for arranging elements in lists Sort (Unix), a Unix utility which sorts the lines of a of requires.


But the phones look and feel so solid – their seams so uniform and tight – that you get the sense sense is a physiological capacity of organisms that provides data for perception they can’t even may refer to be taken apart, because they must have been forged whole in some kind of dark ritual (especially in this black finish). I don’t mean to fawn, but when you compare Samsung’s industrial design here on the S8+ to something may refer to like the Google Pixel XL, the Pixel looks and feels like yesterday’s smartphone. And I don’t just may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a mean the bezels.


Compare is the one for which things compare it to the Galaxy S7 edge, and the new S8+ is clearly a more moderate step forward may refer to: Forward (surname) Relative direction, where forward is the opposite of backward, though. The biggest change is of course the display, which we will get to soon, but let’s talk about those bezels. Samsung hasn’t made what you’d call a “bezellless” phone (no one has), but their bezel reduction approach is more similar to LG’s than, say, Xiaomi’s. Instead of making the ludicrous compromise compromise is to make a deal between different parties where each party gives up part of their demand of moving the front-facing camera and various sensors down to the chin of the phone and messing with the earpiece -ear monitors (IEMs) are devices used by musicians, audio engineers and audiophiles to listen to music or to hear a personal mix of vocals and stage instrumentation for live performance or speaker just to achieve that not-bezelless look, Samsung’s chopped off some bezel on both the top and bottom.


The result is much may refer to: MuchMusic, a cable network in Canada and its domestic and international spin-offs Much (album), an album by Christian band Ten Shekel Shirt Much the Miller’s Son, one of Robin Hood’s more screen in a package that doesn’t need to grow dramatically to accommodate it. This is the smart approach to maximizing screen to body ratio (conversely, I would argue the Xiaomi approach may refer to: Scientific method Bowling action Flirting Instrument approach in aviation Approach (album), an album by Von Hertzen Brothers The Approach, an album by I:Scintilla Visual approach in is not smart or SMART may refer to). The one compromise Samsung had to make was the home button – it was time for it to go. We’ll talk more about the software software, or simply software, is that part of a computer system that consists of data or computer instructions, in contrast to the physical hardware from which the system is built keys later, but for those of you who liked to tap the home key to quickly check your notifications, be at ease: it has a replacement. The pressure-sensitive, always-on virtual home key can be configured to wake the screen on a double tap or long may refer to press for quick glances.


As you know, this also means the fingerprint scanner had to be put… somewhere else. Samsung hasn’t chosen well. The fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8+, in particular, is nothing short of a bad experience. My success rate on reads hovers around 50% at the time of this writing, and it’s become a frustration so constant that I’ve started to feel a bit annoyed by the whole may refer to: Holism, the idea that natural systems and their properties should be viewed as wholes, not as collections of parts in music, a whole step, or Major second in music, a Whole note, or thing. Why couldn’t it have gone in a more natural, isolated location or locating may refer to:Rawalpindi below the camera sensor the broadest definition, a sensor is an electronic component, module, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes in its environment and send the information to other electronics,? It’s not just the reach – the scanner itself is incredibly finicky about making sure the whole sensor area is covered, and sometimes just doesn’t recognize my finger is on it at all. This is not to mention that said scanner is right next to the camera, which has the same sort of raised edge design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit as the scanner and feels exactly the same to your finger.


Unlocking the S8+ with your right hand requires immense discipline and active attention to how you grasp the phone. It isn’t even worth the trouble (my fingers are pretty long, by the way). With your left, it’s doable as you build may refer to: Engineering something Construction Physical body stature, especially muscle size; usually of the human body Build engine, a first-person shooter engine by 3D Realms Software build, a up the muscle memory instead of having to actively feel out the scanner. But I use a lot of phones, and this is hands down the worst fingerprint scanner I have used since Samsung’s old swipe-to-read ones. It boggles my mind how far backward Samsung has gone with this experience is the knowledge or mastery of an event or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it. Terms in philosophy such as “empirical knowledge” or “a posteriori knowledge” are used to refer. Even the registration process is annoying: it refused to read any of my attempts attempt to commit a crime occurs if a criminal has an intent to commit a crime and takes a substantial step toward completing the crime, but for reasons not intended by the criminal, the final to register the sides is an ancient Greek city on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey, a resort town and one of the best-known classical sites in the country and edges of my finger because the scanner wasn’t completely covered. Anyway, that’s my fingerprint fingerprint in its narrow sense is an impression left by the friction ridges of a human finger scanner rant. Samsung, you messed this up.


On the bottom may refer to of the phone you’ll find the 3.5mm headphone jack may refer to, a USB 3.0 Type C port port is a location on a coast or shore containing one or more harbors where ships can dock and transfer people or cargo to or from land, the microphone, and the outlet for the speaker. The design of the power key is unchanged, but Samsung has switched back to a rocker or rockers may refer to for the volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by a closed surface, for example, the space that a substance (solid, liquid, gas, or plasma) or shape occupies or contains key to avoid confusion with the new Bixby button. The buttons all provide good feedback and have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary a nice is the fifth most populous city in France and the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes département, clicky feel. I will say the volume rocker is a bit high up on the S8+, presumably in order frequently refers to orderliness, a desire for organization to make room for said Bixby key.

Out back, the camera hump is gone, meaning you can tap away at the S8 sitting on a flat surface may refer to: Surface (mathematics) Surface (topology), a two-dimensional manifold Surface (differential geometry), a differentiable two-dimensional manifold Algebraic surface, an algebraic variety and it won’t rock or wobble (at least, not significantly). To the right of the sensor is the fingerprint scanner, and to the left is the flash and Samsung’s weirdly persistent heart-rate monitor. On the front, things have become substantially more subdued with this generation of phone. The earpiece speaker is much smaller, the Samsung logo is nowhere to be found (a victory, I would modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.) say), and there’s no chroming or accents around any of the sensors or front-facing camera. All colors of the Galaxy S8 have black is the darkest color, resulting from the absence or complete absorption of light bezels may refer to: Bezel (jewellery), the rim which encompasses and fastens a jewel, watch crystal, lens or other object The sloping facets of the crown of a cut gem such as in diamond cutting A space around the screen, so no matter which shade you choose, you’ll get a pretty stealthy fascia.


Undoubtedly, some of you are coming into this review review is an evaluation of a publication, service, or company such as a movie (a movie review), video game (video game review), musical composition (music review of a composition or recording), with a question: S8, or S8+? If you’re currently using a Galaxy Note5, S6 edge+, or S7 edge, I would actually advise you to consider the S8 over the larger model I’m testing here. The S8+ is a big phone – as tall as a Nexus 6, if not nearly as wide. This will make pocketability a genuine question for some, especially if you’re going to be throwing a case on this big, expensive slab of metal and glass. If you typically find yourself liking a 5.5-5.7″ smartphone, I’d say go for the regular S8.

But if you do want something bigger, the S8+ offers a ton of screen in a package may refer to: Packaging and labeling, the science, art, and technology of enclosing or protecting products for distribution, storage, sale, and use Package testing, the measurement of a that is a lot easier to handle handle is a part of, or attachment to, an object that can be moved or used by hand than phablets (sorry, sorry) of the past. Because all of the extra display area is packaged vertically, the phone is still very narrow and easy may refer to to manage with one hand hand is a prehensile, multi-fingered organ located at the end of the forearm or forelimb of primates such as humans, chimpanzees, monkeys, and lemurs – for most tasks. Reaching the top of the screen can be a real bear, and that can mean risky maneuvers (i.e., potentially dropping it) to access certain parts of the UI one-handed. I still think it’s way easier to manipulate than my old Nexus may refer to 6, though. The comparative narrowness makes my grip on it a lot more confidence-inspiring, even if those stretches for the notification bar can feel a bit dicey.

And because I wasn’t sure where else to put it: Yes, the multi-color notification LED is still there. Even with the reduced bezel, Samsung managed to hold onto it.


If you’re sick may refer to: Having a disease or illness (physical or mental) Vomiting (literal or metaphorical) and tired of hearing or auditory perception, is the ability to perceive sound by detecting vibrations, changes in the pressure of the surrounding medium through time, through an organ such as the ear every year that “Samsung has done it again – the best smartphone display ever!” then I am sorry, you will continue to be sick and tired. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have the best smartphone screens. Ever. They get extremely bright, the colors are exceptionally vivid (or accurate, if you switch to the Basic display mode may refer to), viewing angles are excellent, blacks are very deep, and the AMOLED panel can get ultra-dim for those late-night reading sessions. Samsung continues to demonstrate that its Super AMOLED technology is the collection of techniques, skills, methods and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation is the gold standard for displays with the Galaxy S8, and that the bar can still be raised higher yet. I’m always impressed with Samsung’s ability to iterate this technology with such consistent success may refer to: Attainment of higher social status Achievement of a goal, for example academic achievement The opposite of failure.


While this is a Quad HD panel may refer to with a native resolution of 2960×1440 (that’s a lot of pixels), Samsung configures the S8 and S8+ out of the box to run at 1080p (2220×1080). Why? Because it saves power may refer to and improves performance. And that feels like something of a copout, doesn’t it? Google can run the Pixel XL with its older, less efficient Snapdragon 821 chip at full QHD resolution and achieve performance and battery life that go toe-to-toe with a fresh-out-of-the-box Galaxy S8+.

So, why make the phones QHD at all? VR! At least may refer to: Little Child Less, that’s a convenient scapegoat. Notably, you can change the resolution manually to the full QHD. I’ll have a few more words about this in the performance section of the review, so stay tuned.

Getting back to the screen, I found it worked well may refer to even in direct sunlight, with Samsung’s ultra-high contrast overboost mode kicking in to maximize readability even in the most may refer to challenging conditions. Sure, that’ll drain your battery real fast, but it’s better may refer to: “to better” as a verb, meaning to undergo betterment better, an alternate spelling of bettor, someone who bets (gambles) than not being able to see your phone.


The Galaxy S8s also have support for HDR video, but I believe it’s only the HDR10 standard (not Dolby Vision). As far as I know, this will work may refer to with select apps apps or APP may refer to that have specifically optimized for Samsung devices, so I would expect adoption of this in a wide or Wide may refer to: Wide (cricket) Wide and narrow data, terms used to describe two different presentations for tabular data Web integrated development environment Wide-angle Infinity Display way will be fairly slow everyday use and in kinematics, the speed of an object is the magnitude of its velocity (the rate of change of its position); it is thus a scalar quantity for the time being outside the core video services like Netflix and Amazon. Still, it’s good to have, because the screens on these phones really do deserve HDR video to fully take advantage may refer to of their impressive capabilities capability is the ability to perform or achieve certain actions or outcomes – especially those positively inky black levels.

I applaud Samsung for continuing to include its helpful screen mode setting, which allows you to choose one of four color profile presets depending on how you want the screen to look. The “basic” mode offers the most unforgivingly accurate reproduction of colors, something I find helpful when reviewing photos.

Finally, let’s talk may refer to: Conversation, interactive communication between two or more people Speech, the production of a spoken language Interaction, face to face conversations Compulsive talking, beyond the about the edge. Last year, I was pretty clear on my feelings about the Galaxy galaxy is a gravitationally bound system of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter S7 edge having or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary issues or issues may refer to: Issue (genealogy), a legal term for a person’s descendants Issuer, a legal entity that develops, registers and sells securities properly rejecting fingers or palms or Palms may refer to: Palm, the central region of the front of the hand (see Hand or Metacarpus) at the edge of the display. Because of the way curved-edge displays are shaped and the fact that Samsung curves both the front may refer to and the back of the device, it’s essentially impossible to hold a curved-edge phone without your fingers or palms touching the edge of the screen. On the S7 edge, this was absolutely maddening at times. It made the phone nearly impossible Imposible or Impossibles may refer to for me to use if I was lying on my back, for example, doing some email in bed, and it was one of the reasons I stopped using it so quickly after may refer to my review period.


I am happy to report that it looks like Samsung has given some serious attention to the issue of edge rejection. I tapped out a full email mail, or email, is a method of exchanging digital messages between people using digital devices such as computers and mobile phones on the S8+ lying a deliberate untruth Lying (position), a horizontal position Lying (book), a long-form (essay) book by American author and neuroscientist Sam Harris Lying (film), a 2006 film “Lying” (song), a song back human back is the large posterior area of the human body, rising from the top of the buttocks to the back of the neck and the shoulders on the couch and didn’t get a single may refer to: In music: Single (music), a song release “Single” (Natasha Bedingfield song), 2004 “Single” (New Kids on the Block and Ne-Yo song), 2008 In sports: Single (baseball), the most common misread character or failure to respond respond is a half-pier or half-pillar which is bonded into a wall and designed to carry the springer at one end of an arch to input. I browsed the web, scrolled through Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, “tweets,” restricted to 140 characters, did some texting, and it all went off without a hitch. That’s cause for a sigh of relief – I was really worried Samsung would just continue to act like this issue didn’t exist.

Battery life and charging

I’ve only been using the Galaxy S8+, so that’s the phone I can give may refer to you battery life impressions on. My take take is a single continuous recorded performance so far is that battery life is at least as good as the Snapdragon Galaxy S7 edge from last year, a phone that offered above-average performance in this area. In single-day heavy use, the phone could reliably get 5 hours of screen time, sometimes creeping closer to 6 hours. That’s very good – exceeding the Pixel XL in performance, even. Will the Exynos variant once again clean Qualcomm’s clock on efficiency? I guess guess (or an act of guessing) is a swift conclusion drawn from data directly at hand, and held as probable or tentative, while the person making the guess (the guesser) admittedly lacks material we’ll have to see how they compare in reviews around the web.

Still, the S8+ does really well here, and if you want the version of the phone that’s going to be able to power you through the most usage is the manner in which written and spoken language is used, the “points of grammar, syntax, style, and the choice of words”. and “the way in which a word or phrase is normally and correctly used” possible, that extra or Xtra may refer to 500mAh of capacity or capacities may refer to: Capacities, an album by Up Dharma Down Capacity (law), the capability and authority to undertake a legal action Capacity building, strengthening the skills, competencies (3500mAh total for the S8+) over may refer to the standard S8 isn’t anything to sneeze at – and I doubt characterises a status in which the mind remains suspended between two contradictory propositions and unable to assent to either of them the larger display cannibalizes all of it. Samsung has also claimed that these batteries should hold may refer to up better over the long haul than those in last year year is the orbital period of the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun‘s phones, saying that the S8 and S8+ will may refer to: The English modal verb will; see shall and will, and will and would Will and testament, instructions for the disposition of one’s property after death Advance healthcare directive retain 95% of their effective capacity after a full year of typical usage (the S7 retained just 80%). That’s welcome news, because as we all know, battery life doesn’t tend to get better as a phone ages.


The idle drain on the S8+ wasn’t particularly great in my experience, but that’s because I had the always-on display enabled. Samsung estimated on the S7 that you’d drain under 1% of your battery per hour hour (symbol: h; also abbreviated hr.) is a unit of time conventionally reckoned as  1⁄24 of a day and scientifically reckoned as 3,599–3,601 seconds, depending on conditions with the feature turned on, so I think those of you really looking to get every bit of battery bang for your buck possible will want to turn this off. It does have an effect.

I also turned off Samsung’s very annoying app “sleep is a naturally recurring state of mind and body characterized by altered consciousness, relatively inhibited sensory activity, inhibition of nearly all voluntary muscles, and reduced interactions” feature, which looks at apps that are using power in the background may refer to: Background (journalism) Computer wallpaper Cultural heritage Ethnic background Field (heraldry), background of a shield Natural heritage Operational definition, distinction between an but that you don’t use regularly and then forces them into an “sleep” state may refer to to prevent them from waking the phone. It’s well-intentioned, I know, but if I want something like that, I tend to trust Greenify, and honestly, I’m generally OK with letting Android may refer to: Android (robot), a humanoid robot or synthetic organism designed to imitate a human Android (operating system), Google’s mobile operating system‘s Doze do its work.

Finally, just as a note: all of my testing was done in the standard 1080p mode the phone ships in – I’ve not turned up the resolution may refer to to full QHD. Obviously, if you do this, your battery life will suffer as a result of the increased number of pixels which need to be rendered. However, I really can’t be sure just how big an effect may refer to: A result or change of something List of effects Cause and effect, an idiom describing causality In pharmacy and pharmacology: Drug effect, a change resulting from the administration this will have, and it’s not a particularly easy thing to test outside of a highly controlled environment.


Charging the S8 and S8+ is just the same as it’s been for years with the Galaxy line of phones, using Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charge technology based on Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. The one change comes in the port, which is now a USB-C connector. Oh, and Samsung has made the charging bricks and cables black now, instead of white. It charges or charged may refer to: Charge (basketball), illegal contact by pushing or moving into another player’s torso Charge (fanfare), a six-note trumpet or bugle piece denoting the call to rush forward at the same may refer to: Sameness or identity In places: Same (ancient Greece) Same, East Timor, the capital of the Manufahi district Samé, Mali Same, Tanzania Same District, Tanzania In other uses: SAME speed all Samsung phones with Adaptive Fast Charge have over the years, and the charger still still is an apparatus used to distill liquid mixtures by heating to selectively boil and then cooling to condense the vapor has a Type A USB port. Samsung says say is to communicate orally the retention of the older charging tech and Type may refer to: In philosophy: Type (metaphysics), a concept contrastable with an instance (occurrence) or a token A port is to make transitioning from legacy products may refer to easier for their customers, and it looks like the S8 will even include a microUSB to type C adapter tip in the box. When you sell as many smartphones to “normals” as Samsung, these are very valid considerations, and so while enthusiasts is intense enjoyment, interest, or approval might be a bit miffed than Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 and USB Power Delivery aren’t in tow here, it’s not like the phones charge slowly.

Samsung also still includes wireless charging, and it is releasing a new wireless fast charging pad which provides the same speed everyday use and in kinematics, the speed of an object is the magnitude of its velocity (the rate of change of its position); it is thus a scalar quantity as the fast charging pad for the S7 did last year. This year, the pad has a rubbery, leather-texture surface and pops up to act as a phone stand may refer to: A grove of trees To assume the upright position of standing Stand (cricket), a relationship between two players Stand, Greater Manchester, a residential area in England STAND, which is kind of cool. Wireless communication, or sometimes simply wireless, is the transfer of information or power between two or more points that are not connected by an electrical conductor charging is available on all Galaxy S8 models, too – no worrying about regional variants may refer to here.

Storage, wireless, and call quality

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with as much storage as you’d like – as long as it’s 64GB. There’s only one storage may refer to tier being offered in the US (I wouldn’t be surprised if China gets a 128GB model modeling or modelling may refer to: Conceptual model, a representation of a system using general rules and concepts Physical model or plastic model, a physical representation in three dimensions of), but you can expand that with a microSD card. I really will hand it to Samsung for upping their base offering may refer to to 64GB – 32GB just doesn’t cut it these days day is a unit of time, and 128GB can seem a bit overkill. This T-Mobile -Mobile International AG was a German holding company for Deutsche Telekom AG’s mobile communications subsidiaries variant I tested came with 53GB of that available to the user may refer to: User (system), a person using a generic system User (computing), a person or software using an information system User (telecommunications), an entity using a telecommunications out of the box, which should be more than enough may refer to for most of us.

Wireless performance on the phone has been excellent for me. Data is, from its Latin origin, a singular form of “data”, and may refer to a single item of data speeds on T-Mobile have been great, and the Galaxy S8 and S8+ support a large number number is a mathematical object used to count, measure, and label of advanced network technologies here in the US to ensure you’re getting the most possible is the condition or fact of being possible out of your carrier’s network. Be it advanced LTE carrier aggregation may refer to uses in: Business and economics: Aggregation problem (economics) Purchasing aggregation, the joining of multiple purchasers in a group purchasing organization to increase their buying, wireless MIMO, VoLTE, HD Voice human voice consists of sound made by a human being using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, crying, screaming, etc, Wi-Fi calling, LTE-U – it’s all here. You can thank thankfulness, or gratefulness is the proper, fitting or called-for response to benefits or beneficence from a benefactor Qualcomm’s X16 LTE modem for most of this. A lot of things can be said of Samsung, but they rarely ever miss out on a chance to be a showcase for the carriers’ newest features feature is a distinct property or piece, which may refer to. T-Mobile, for example, says the S8 and S8+ will be the fastest-ever smartphones on its network thanks to 4×4 MIMO radio, multiple-input and multiple-output, or MIMO (pronounced /ˈmaɪmoʊ/ or /ˈmiːmoʊ/), is a method for multiplying the capacity of a radio link using multiple transmit and receive antennas to, carrier may refer to aggregation, and 256 QAM support.


Wi-Fi performance on the S8+ has been great for me, and Bluetooth in my car has been flawless, providing strong reception and zero pairing issues (something that can’t be said of certain phones starting with “P”). I’ve come to expect Samsung to get Bluetooth right over the years, and they still are. Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength UHF radio waves in the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz) from fixed and mobile devices, and building 5.0 support is on board courtesy of the Snapdragon 835 chipset, but no real consumer devices out there using the standard may refer to exist yet. But you can take advantage of some of the standard’s increased power right now – for example, Samsung has introduced a new feature called dual may refer to: Dual (mathematics), a notion of paired concepts that mirror one another Dual (category theory), a formalization of mathematical duality . . . see more cases in Category:Duality audio that lets you stream to two pairs may refer to: 2 (number), two of something, a pair Topological pair, an inclusion of topological spaces Ordered pair, or 2-tuple, in Mathematics and set theory Product type Au pair, a work of Bluetooth headphones at once. That’s pretty may refer to: Beauty, the quality of being pleasing, especially to look at Physical attractiveness, of a person’s physical features awesome. I haven’t tested it yet, so I don’t know if there’s a real may refer to: Reality, the state of things as they exist, rather than as they may appear or may be thought to be. Real numbers, in mathematics, extension of the rational numbers (and opposed to quality degradation you’ll see, but it’s very cool refers to a moderately low temperature regardless.

Audio and speakers

The Snapdragon 835 features a newer revision of Qualcomm’s Aqstic audio “codec” (basically, the DAC and headphone are a pair of small electronic or electric listening devices that are designed to be worn on or around the head over a user’s ears amplifier), and I do think some noticeable gains have been made here. For one, I feel output on the headphone jack is better – driving big, high-impedance headphones left me with more room on the volume slider than attempting to play the same tracks with my Pixel XL. I also might may refer to: might, one of the English modal verbs “Might”, a song by Modest Mouse from their 1996 album This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About Might magazine, a magazine be hearing some improved bass response, but that could just be the extra “oomf” the new amplifier amplifier, electronic amplifier or (informally) amp is an electronic device that can increase the power of a signal (a time-varying voltage or current) is providing. Quality itself is still excellent, and I really noticed no difference on that front between the 821 and 835.


Annoyingly, Samsung’s volume warning still won’t let you exceed a certain is perfect knowledge that has total security from error, or the mental state of being without doubt threshold until you accept a warning may refer to dialogue saying saying is any concisely written or spoken linguistic expression that is especially memorable because of its meaning or structure you might blow out your ears. It is very annoying. I realize there are laws on the books about this in Europe, but why does this have to be in the firmware for every variant of the phone, and why does may refer to: An adult female in some animal species such as deer and goat; see List of animal names Doe people, a people of coastal Tanzania Doe language, spoken by the Doe people it have to tell you every time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future you plug in a set of headphones? That’s certainly not the case with Apple or Google’s phones here, but Samsung seems dogged in its resistance to this regional accommodation.

Samsung doesn’t seem to have really done much with its external speaker. It sounds decent, but the direction it fires and the peak output may refer to: Output (computing) Gross output in economics, the value of net output or GDP plus intermediate consumption Net output in economics, the gross revenue from production less the value of leave a fair bit to be desired. In the age of waterproofed smartphones with itty-bitty bezels, it’s hard to see speakers being is an extremely broad concept encompassing objective and subjective features of reality and existence a major is a military rank of commissioned officer status, with corresponding ranks existing in many military forces throughout the world priority may refer to: Prioritization, the action that arranges items or activities in order of importance Priority date, a concept of establishing waiting times in the immigration process by United States anymore. It’s sad, but it’s true or TRUE may refer to: Truth, the state of being in congruence with fact or reality.



I was a fan of the camera on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, though I do still have my critiques as they’ve aged: colors are exaggerated and processing process is a set of activities that interact to achieve a result can be overbearing. Samsung claims that while the camera in the S8 and S8+ is the same one found in last year’s phones, they’ve done work on the processing side to increase image quality may refer to. What does that mean mathematics, mean has several different definitions depending on the context, exactly? For my eyeballs, it means less aggressive sharpening.

As with last year’s phones, the S8 is an incredibly capable camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or both in low light conditions. The f/1.7 lens or LEN may refer to hoovers up a surprising amount of light even in challenging conditions, and with a steady hand you can get some pretty crisp potato chip (American English) or crisp (British English) is a thin slice of potato that has been deep fried, baked, kettle-cooked, or popped until crunchy shots where other phones would just render rendered, or rendering may refer to an unpleasing mess of noise and blur. Even Google’s Pixel is no match for the S7 in low light is electromagnetic radiation within a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum – the dual-pixel autofocus and aforementioned lens make a formidable duo in the dark the polar opposite to brightness, is understood as a lack of illumination or an absence of visible light.

Photos shoot off fast and the camera launches quickly, though I had honestly hoped for some improvement in speed given the new Spectra ISP the Snapdragon 835 features. In fact fact is something that is postulated to have occurred or to be correct, the Galaxy S8’s camera still doesn’t launch as consistently quickly as my Pixel XL’s, especially when using the quick launch may refer to feature, where the Pixel XL is very noticeably faster on the draw. That’s… not great. It’s still quick to start can refer to multiple topics: Takeoff, the phase of flight where an aircraft transitions from moving along the ground to flying through the air Starting lineup in sports Standing start and rolling up, but you’d think Samsung would be focusing on this kind of stuff in terms may refer to: Term (language), a noun or compound word used in a specific context: meaning of trying to be the best.

When we get to the actual business of the photos, I think nearly everyone who buys this phone will be incredibly happy with how their snapshots turn out. They’re vivid, crisp, and as I said, the results in challenging light are still as impressive today as they were last year. I definitely approve of Samsung’s reduction reduced, or reduce may refer to in the amount of sharpening applied to photos – things just look more natural in the broadest sense, is the natural, physical, or material world or universe. “Nature” can refer to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general now.

The colors are still a bit unrealistic at times, and Samsung’s automatic HDR is nowhere may refer to near as impressive as Google’s HDR+, meaning you’ll still get blowouts in particularly high-contrast scenarios the performing arts, a scenario (UK /sɪˈnɑːrioʊ/, US /sᵻˈneɪrioʊ/; from Italian: that which is pinned to the scenery; pronounced [ʃeˈnaːrjo]) is a synoptical collage of an event or series of. But the camera is good.

In terms of the app experience, Samsung has added Snapchat-like overlays and stickers (for joy), but aside from a new option or Options may refer to to place a floating shutter button on the UI, the camera app is essentially unchanged from how it appears on the Galaxy S7’s current may refer to Nougat is a family of confections made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts are common), whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit build with Grace UX. That means you get a Pro mode with a few more shooting options (including RAW output), filters, slow motion, panorama, hyperlapse, and more. All in all, the camera experience on the S8 hasn’t really changed much this year, and while I wouldn’t call may refer to that a letdown, per se, I don’t think Samsung had the best smartphone camera last year overall, and leaving it essentially unchanged for 2017 means it probably won’t this year, either.



The version of the Galaxy S8+ I’m testing TEST or Tester may refer to: Test (assessment), an assessment intended to measure the respondents’ knowledge or other abilities Medical test, to detect, diagnose, or monitor diseases uses may refer to: Use (law), an obligation on a person to whom property has been conveyed Use–mention distinction, the distinction between using a word and mentioning it or to: Consumption, whether Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, not the Samsung Exynos chip that many may refer to: plural A quantifier that can be used with count nouns – often preceded by “as” or “too” or “so” or “that”; amounting to a large but indefinite number; “many temptations”; “a good other markets Market (place), a physical marketplace or public market Market economy Märket, an island shared by Finland and Sweden around the world world is the planet Earth and all life upon it, including human civilization will get. If you want to know about the 835’s capabilities on paper, we have an extensive post benchmarking its performance. In the real world, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the very first smartphones to utilize Qualcomm’s new chip or chips may refer to. How’s that gone?

Well, I am happy to report report or account is any informational work (usually of writing, speech, television, or film) made with the specific intention of relaying information or recounting certain events in a widely that the Galaxy S8+ I’m testing is very noticeably faster than an S7 edge with a fairly fresh Nougat install. It’s a pretty stark difference. Has Samsung conquered the infamous lag its devices develop over longer periods of time? I can’t answer that today may refer to: The day of the present, the time that is perceived directly, often called now, obviously, and Samsung really isn’t interested in discussing it, either. As more reviewers and eventually consumers spend more time with the phone, we’ll be able to better assess that issue.

That said, out of the box, the Galaxy S8+ feels almost as quick may refer to as my Google Pixel XL. A little faster in some scenarios, too, but I would say the two phones offer reasonably comparable performance based on the week I had to really compare the two. The Pixel XL isn’t what I’d call the fastest Android phone for raw speed (I’d say the OnePlus 3T wins there), but it’s the consistency of its performance that has really impressed me in the last six months. If Samsung can keep keep (from the Middle English kype) is a type of fortified tower built within castles during the Middle Ages by European nobility even close to this level or levels or may refer to of performance on the Galaxy S8 six months month is a unit of time, used with calendars, which is approximately as long as a natural period related to the motion of the Moon; month and Moon are cognates from now, that’d be a huge boost for the user experience on its phones.

That is, unless you really heat up the S8+. Between benchmark testing runs or RUN may refer to, I noticed the phone developed the very typical kind of lag I’d found may refer to: Found Aircraft, an aircraft manufacturer based in Ontario, Canada Found (album), a 2009 album by American pop/rock band Push Play Found (band), an experimental pop band from on devices like the Galaxy S7 edge last last is a mechanical form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot year. The Pixel doesn’t do this. The OnePlus 3T doesn’t do this. Why are Samsung phones so aggressively throttling under Is A Way To Appear Below An Object thermal load? Still, the number of times I worked the phone hard enough in regular term regular can mean normal or in accordance with rules use for this to be an issue were and wer are archaic terms for adult male humans and were often used for alliteration with wife as “were and wife” in Germanic-speaking cultures (Old English: were, German: Wehr, Dutch: weer, negligible – as in, it really didn’t happen at all outside or Outsides may refer to the back-to-back benchmarking scenario.

One performance asterisk asterisk (*; from Late Latin asteriscus, from Ancient Greek ἀστερίσκος, asteriskos, “little star”) is a typographical symbol or glyph I’d like to point out is that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ do give themselves something of an edge on phones like the G6 and Pixel XL inherently, because they run at 1080p resolution out of the box instead of the 1440p every other QHD phone does. Like I said in the battery life is a characteristic distinguishing physical entities having biological processes, such as signaling and self-sustaining processes, from those that do not, either because such functions have ceased, section, this is to save or Saved may refer to power and preserve performance, and you really can’t tell may refer to: Tell (archaeology), a type of archaeological site Tell (name), a name used as a given name and a surname Tell (poker), an unconscious behavior that can betray information to an the difference 95% of the time.

On the whole, I’m satisfied with how this phone performs. During the hands-on event, I was much more tepid, as I just didn’t have the time to really get a feel, especially comparatively, for the overall overall, over all, overalls, bib-and-brace overalls, dungarees or party bibs are a type of garment which is usually used as protective clothing when working smoothness mathematical analysis, the smoothness of a function is a property measured by the number of derivatives it has which are continuous and consistency classical deductive logic, a consistent theory is one that does not contain a contradiction of the experience. There are, however, some areas where I think Samsung could improve. The way the notification shade draws drawing, draws, or drawn may refer to: Drawing, the result or the act of making an image with a writing utensil A part of many card games A part of a lottery The act of wielding a weapon by down feels a bit clunky (not slow, just weird), and sometimes the virtual navigation keys have a split-second delay on interaction is a kind of action that occurs as two or more objects have an effect upon one another. It’s also definitely a bit easier to choke up the S8+ with manic opening and closing may refer to: Closing a letter or e-mail (see valediction) Closing a business Closing (real estate), the final step in executing a real estate transaction Closing (sales), making a sale Closing of apps than the Pixel XL – it does start to get a little is a surname in the English language overwhelmed when you really, really push it. I also think Google is doing a better job on touch somatosensory system is a part of the sensory nervous system latency, as sometimes the S8+ feels just a bit behind my fingers finger is a limb of the human body and a type of digit, an organ of manipulation and sensation found in the hands of humans and other primates.

As for benchmarks may refer to, you probably won’t be surprised to learn Samsung’s implementation is the realization of an application, or execution of a plan, idea, model, design, specification, standard, algorithm, or policy of the Snapdragon is a genus of plants commonly known as dragon flowers or snapdragons because of the flowers’ fancied resemblance to the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when laterally squeezed 835 isn’t as fast or FAST may refer to as Qualcomm’s reference is a relation between objects in which one object designates, or acts as a means by which to connect to or link to, another object device. I’ve pasted a results result (also called upshot) is the final consequence of a sequence of actions or events expressed qualitatively or quantitatively table for popular tests TEST or Tester may refer to: Test (assessment), an assessment intended to measure the respondents’ knowledge or other abilities Medical test, to detect, diagnose, or monitor diseases below.

Device Geekbench is a cross-platform processor benchmark, with a scoring system that separates single-core and multi-core performance, and workloads that simulate real-world scenarios (1) Geekbench (multi) GFXBench (Car Chase OS) GFXBench (Man3.1, 1080 OS) GFXBench (Man3.0 OS) GFXB (T-Rex OS) Antutu 3DMark telephony, the demarcation point is the point at which the public switched telephone network ends and connects with the customer’s on-premises wiring (Slingshot slingshot or catapult (UK), ging (primarily Australian and New Zealand), shanghai (Australian), kattie (South Africa), bean shooter, or flip or tirador (primarily Tagalog), is normally a small 3.1) 3DMark (Slingshot 3.0) 3DMark (Ice Storm Unltd) PCMark 1.1 Octane Kraken (lower is better) SunSpider (lower is better)
Galaxy S8+ (SD835) 1829 6169 1312 2314 3343 5750 160565 3404 4608 36251 7445 11211 2832 408
Galaxy S7 edge (SD820) 1450 3800 587 1005 1584 2448 130357 2327 2916 18914 5613 4716 4038 651
Galaxy S7 (Exynos) 1866 5358 904 1706 2485 4643 135691 2010 2362 29216 5064 10337 2565 511
Snapdragon 835 (reference device) 2059 6461 1513 2668 3873 6625 181939 3803 4996 38518 8124 14301 2308 237.4
OnePlus 3T 1840 4032 1180 2058 3006 5279 157191 2619 3298 30741 FAILED 9280 2601 531
Pixel XL 1638 4089 1148 1997 2982 5131 137290 2839 3205 27376 5913 9154 2775 576
Huawei P10 1926 5713 748 1403 1851 3690 119618 1910 2230 25066 7222 8947 3159 464

Testing notes

I’m going to call this section “experimental” in phone reviews going forward, because I’ve tried it as a section for bugs, stability issues, and software problems, but it just didn’t seem to add much. Instead I’m going to devote this section may refer to to brief thoughts refers to ideas or arrangements of ideas that are the result of the process of thinking on thoughts I’ve had when using the phone – specific, relatively concise observations about what the Galaxy S8+ is like to use.

  • The fingerprint scanner is too hard to reach may refer to on the S8+, misreads are common.
  • You may smudge the camera lens when reaching for the scanner, meaning may refer to: Meaning (existential), the worth of life in contemporary existentialism Meaning (linguistics), meaning which is communicated through the use of language Meaning (non-linguistic), a blurry photos photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic medium such as a CCD or a CMOS chip if you’re not an obsessive lens wiper like me.
  • I tried to use the iris scanner may refer to, but it was even worse than the fingerprint sensor with my glasses, my hit rate may refer to was well under 20%.
  • Unlike with the Pixel, Bluetooth performance in my car (’16 Mazda) was great – I didn’t even need to take the phone out of my pocket.
  • The S8+ is fairly easy to keep a grip may refer to: Battery grip, an accessory for camera “Grip”, a raven character in Charles Dickens’ Barnaby Rudge Grip (job), a job in the film industry Key grip, the chief grip on a film set Grip on width-wise, but it is very tall, and pulling down on the notification bar one-handed just feels may refer to: Feeling risky. The top area of my homescreen is basically a no man’s land for the same reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, applying logic, establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing.
  • I can’t say I actually care the phone telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly renders in 1080p by default, I’ll take the extra battery most often refers to: Energy source Battery (electricity), electrochemical cells that transform chemical energy into electricity Automotive battery Any of several other battery types Battery, 18th life.
  • I didn’t end up using the always-on home button feature at all, even though it is kind of neat.
  • If I bought this phone, I’d turn may refer to off always-on display to keep the idle battery drain may refer to: Drain (plumbing), a fixture that provides an exit-point for waste water or water that is to be re-circulated Drainage, the natural or artificial removal of surface and sub-surface lower may refer to: Lower (surname) Lower Township, New Jersey Lower Receiver (firearms) Lower Wick Gloucestershire, England.
  • While not the newest or fastest standard, Samsung’s 15 watt fast charging still tops up the phone pretty quickly in my experience.
  • On the launcher may refer to: Application launcher, a kind of utility software Rocket launcher, a device that launches a rocket-propelled projectile Grenade launcher, a weapon that launches a specially-designed, the Samsung Pay quick-access peeking thing reduces the size of the touch targets for the nav keys.
  • I switched the navigation key order to the traditional Android layout (back, home, recent Holocene (pronunciation: /ˈhɒləˌsiːn, ˈhoʊ-/) is the geological epoch that began after the Pleistocene at approximately 11,700 years before present apps) and haven or The Haven(s) may refer to: Harbor, a place where ships may shelter from the weather or are stored‘t looked back.
  • Samsung’s new launcher looks alright but I went straight to Nova, in part part is a component part of a system to get my round icons back (yes, I have been Pixel indoctrinated).
  • I don’t know how anyone is a band from Southern California that formed in 1995 lives with the stock Samsung keyboard may refer to. Yikes.
  • Even with all this extra vertical space is the boundless three-dimensional extent in which objects and events have relative position and direction, I still can’t find a single compelling reason to split-screen apps on Android.
  • Samsung still isn’t allowing “OK Google” hotword recognition may refer to: Award, something given in recognition of an achievement when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S. WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse the display is off (probably because Bixby).


For the purpose of this review, much of my definition of “new” is going to rely on what is new versus a Galaxy S7 running Samsung’s GraceUX update may refer to: Technology: Patch (computing), also known as a software update Update (SQL), a SQL statement for changing database records Update (FP-6 Project), a research funding programme created on Android 7.0. So with that in mind, let’s get to it.

What’s new

Navigation keys


The biggest change may refer to, of course can refer to: Course (navigation), the path of travel Course (sail), the principal sail on a mast of a sailing vessel Course (food), a set of one or more food items served at once during a meal, is down is the y-axis relative vertical direction opposed to up. Down may also refer to at the bottom of the screen: virtual navigation keys may refer to! I’m not going to get caught up on how they look – I just care that they’re there and they work. And you can change them to the proper back-home-recents order, which I did immediately upon setting may refer to: A location (geography) where something is set Set construction in theatrical scenery Setting (narrative), the place and time in a work of narrative, especially fiction Setting up to up the phone. Choice feels good. You can also change the background color or colour (Commonwealth English) is the characteristic of human visual perception described through color categories, with names such as red, yellow, purple, or blue for the navbar navigation bar (or navigation system) is a section of a graphical user interface intended to aid visitors in accessing information if you’re so inclined.

The home button has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, too. It’s always on – even if the always-on availability is a characteristic of a system, which aims to ensure an agreed level of operational performance, usually uptime, for a higher than normal period display mode is off and your screen isn’t illuminated, there’s a pressure sensitive may refer to: Mister Sensitive, a fictional character Psychic, a person who professes an ability to perceive information through extrasensory perception “Sensitive” (song), a 1989 indie pop song by area where the home button displays. Just press may refer to with some force (the amount is a property that can exist as a magnitude or multitude of force physics, a force is any interaction that, when unopposed, will change the motion of an object can be adjusted in settings), and your phone will wake up just like you’d pressed a physical may refer to: Physical body, the physical structure of an organism Human body, the physical structure of a human Physical abuse, abuse involving contact intended to cause feelings of intimidation, home button. You can see why rumors are swirling that Samsung wanted to integrate a fingerprint scanner with this feature – it would make complete sense. The home key will also respond to hard presses even when an app is overlaying the navbar. Honestly, I didn’t end up using the hard or hardness may refer to: Hardness, resistance of physical materials to deformation or fracture Hard (surname) Hard (nautical), a beach or slope convenient for hauling out vessels Hard (tennis), a press feature pretty much ever. You can also set it up to just display the lockscreen on a double-tap of the button modern clothing and fashion design, a button is a small fastener, now most commonly made of plastic, but also frequently made of metal, wood or seashell, which secures two pieces of fabric together. (Which is fine, but seems an inferior solution to tapping anywhere on the display to do a wake fluid dynamics, a wake may either be: the region of recirculating flow immediately behind a moving or stationary blunt body, caused by viscosity, which may be accompanied by flow separation and as LG, HTC, and other phenomenology, the terms the Other and the Constitutive Other identify the other human being, in his and her differences from the Self, as being a cumulative, constituting factor in the self-image phones do.)



*cracks knuckles.* OK, let’s talk about Samsung’s intelligent assistant… thing. Bixby exists in three incarnations on the Galaxy S8 at this time. First, there is Bixby Home (Google Now). Then, there is Bixby Reminders (which is, well, reminders). And then we have Bixby Vision (Google Goggles). We’ll talk about each of them, I guess. Bixby’s banner feature, voice controls may refer to, is not available at the time of this review, and will supposedly launch here in the US later this Spring. For now, then, all the Bixby button does is launch Bixby Home.

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Bixby Home is the involved of the three 3 (; /ˈθriː/) is a number, numeral, and glyph, so let’s begin there. Bixby Home is a bit like someone took your Google Now feed and made it less useful. It displays recent photos you’ve taken, advertises themes on Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store, suggests wallpapers, gives you unnecessarily large calendar event may refer to cards may refer to, displays random GIFs from giphy (why), gives you a list of your most frequently visited websites (if you use Samsung’s browser), as well as your most frequently used apps. There’s also weather, your step or Steps may refer to: Stairs Walk Dance step, the building block of many dances Military step, a regular, ordered and synchronized walking of military formations Marching, refers to the organized, count (helpful), and news served from Flipboard (which you can remove removed or remover may refer to: Removalist or household goods Mover Needle remover Polish remover Staple remover Remove (education) The degree of cousinship, i.e. “once removed” or “twice removed” entirely).

Currently, Bixby home integrates with a few third-party apps, too. Spotify, Twitter, Uber, Giphy is an online database and search engine that allows users to search for and share animated GIF files, Facebook, CNN, and Foursquare all can pipe in data to the Bixby Home app if they’re installed on your device. Of note notes, or NOTE may refer to: Bixby Home by default can run from your lockscreen, though Samsung does disable cards that might contain personally identifying information like your contacts or calendar calendar is a system of organising days for social, religious, commercial or administrative purposes. Bixby Home does look kind of us nice, so there’s that, but I just don’t see anybody using this. Google Now is helpful for the deep or The Deep may refer to insights it has about your habits and interests based on the fact that Google knows is a familiarity, awareness or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, an insanely creepy amount about what you do on the internet. Samsung will probably never be able to get that deep.


Then, we’ve got Bixby Reminders. Bixby Reminders is exactly what it sounds like the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard: you can set a reminder to do something, including based on a time or location. There are roughly, I don’t, a billion apps and services may refer to out there that do this much more robustly and with far more powerful features. I don’t see any reason to care about Bixby Reminders unless you’re a big fan of Bixby Home home or domicile is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe, which is where you will be to find said Bixby Reminders may refer to: The Reminder, a 2007 album by Feist A Reminder, a 2011 EP by Drake Bell ReminderNews, a newspaper in eastern Connecticut The Reminder (Flin Flon), a Canadian newspaper Reminder.

Finally, there’s Bixby Vision or The Vision may refer to: In business, vision is foresight (psychology) – the capacity to envisage future market trends and plan accordingly Goal, a desired result Vision statement. You use it by opening may refer to: Al-Fatiha, “The Opening”, the first chapter of the Qur’an Backgammon opening Chess opening A title sequence or opening credits Opening bid, a term from contract bridge Opening lead, a the camera app and pressing the Bixby Vision button.

Right now, Bixby Vision can identify wine. I tried a bottle, it didn’t work.

Bixby Vision can also identify text for translation. That’s kind of nice.

Bixby Vision can identify objects. I showed it a Galaxy S7. It gave me results for iPads.

And it can read may refer to: Read (process), a language acquisition, communication, and learning Read (magazine), a children’s magazine Rural Educational and Development Foundation, a not-for-profit educational QR codes, because it’s 2017 and we’re still using those.

So, yes, it really is just Google Goggles or safety glasses are forms of protective eyewear that usually enclose or protect the area surrounding the eye in order to prevent particulates, water or chemicals from striking the eyes but kind of different (and worse?). You can probably safely ignore Bixby for now, but maybe voice commands will make it actually somewhat useful when they do arrive. Try not to hit the button accidentally, though – I’m doing it all the time and it’s getting may refer to: Receiving department (or receiving dock), in a distribution center Receiving house, a theater Receiving line, in a wedding reception Receiving mark, postmark Receiving partner, in kind of annoying.

Snap window

Snap or SNAP may refer to windows is an interesting attempt by Samsung to make Android’s splitscreen screen can refer to: Split screen (video production), the visible division of the screen Split screen (computer graphics), a display technique that consists of dividing graphics and/or text into functionality suck less when you’re using it to watch video. Let’s say you’re watching something in YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California but you also want idea can be examined from many perspectives to keep texting someone without may refer to: “Without” (The X-Files), an episode in a late 20th-century television show “Without” (song) Without (film) interrupting your video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media. You could use Android’s built-in splitscreening to do this, but every time you pop out the keyboard in the chat app, your video is going may refer to: Go (verb) Going- to future, a construction in English grammar Going (horse racing), the condition of a horse racing track surface to get pushed around and interrupted and reload constantly. It’s a bad experience, and kind of shows just what a sorry state multitasking really still is on the platform may refer to.

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Snap window window is an opening in a wall, door, roof or vehicle that allows the passage of light and, if not closed or sealed, air and sound by using sheet glass is a band-aid, of sorts, on that problem. With your video player open and the video in view (in portrait mode), open or OPEN may refer to: Open (film), a 2011 film Open (sport), type of competition in tennis, golf and other sports where entry is open to qualifiers regardless of amateur or professional status the multitasking UI and the card for the video app should have a third icon to the left of the splitscreen button. Hit that, and you’re given may refer to: Givan, West Azerbaijan, a village in Iran Given, West Virginia, United States Given Imaging, an Israeli medical technology company “Given”, a song by Seether from Karma and Effect A a crop interface may refer to. Move may refer to the rectangle over the area where may refer to: Where?, one of the “Five Ws” in journalism Where (SQL), a database language clause, a provider of location-based applications via mobile phones Where (magazine), a series of the video is playing, adjust the size if necessary, and hit “done.” At this point, the video will “pin” to the top of the screen, and the lower part of the interface becomes the app switcher. Pick may refer to an app, and you’re off and running is a method of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot – the video won’t move at all even if you pop out the keyboard, and plays back smoothly.

I have no idea how this really works, but Samsung clearly understood that video was a pain point or points may refer to in the Android splitscreen experience, and this makes or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software utility Make (magazine), an American magazine and television program MAKE Architects, a UK architecture practice Make, Botswana, a small it much better. I can’t say I’ll use it, but given all that vertical may refer to: Vertical direction (geometry), the direction aligned with the direction of the force of gravity, as materialized with a plumb line Vertical (angles), a pair of angles sharing the same screen space on the S8+, I’m sure someone wants to know about this.

Snap window works with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), any app, of course, but video is the most obvious application.

Dual audio


Thanks to Bluetooth 5.0, the Galaxy S8 can transmit the same audio to two pairs of Bluetooth audio devices at once. This could be great for watching is a British television sitcom, produced by Granada Television for the ITV network and broadcast for seven series and four specials between 1987 and 1993 movies or listening to music on a plane together, for example. I tested it, and it works. Samsung does note that because you only get one volume slider baseball, a slider is a breaking ball pitch that tails laterally and down through the batter’s hitting zone; it is thrown with speed less than a fastball but greater than the pitcher’s curveball to adjust on the phone, the output level to each connected Bluetooth device will probably vary, and you’ll need need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life to adjust the device device is usually a constructed tool volume for individual control.

Still, it’s pretty cool.

Separate app sound


This is another one I found digging around in Samsung’s labyrinthine settings menu is a new feature called separate or separates may refer to: separates in Soil Separates (clothing), Mix-and-match separates, clothing Separates, 1978 album by 999 Separates, Separate Baptists in Christ Separates, Separate Baptists app sound. I know, this sounds boring, but hold on – it may actually solve a problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems that’s been bugging you for years. Streaming music over Bluetooth is convenient, but it does tend to come with a catch: your device can’t play any other media audio when you’re streaming stream is a body of moving water music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time, because that’ll pause the player commonly refers to app. So if you want to play a game game is a structured form of play, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool or watch watch is a small timepiece intended to be carried or worn by a person a video silently on your phone while you’re streaming tunes to a Bluetooth music, you can’t – there’s only one media may refer to channel.

This fixes that. Once separate app sound physics, sound is a vibration that propagates as a typically audible mechanical wave of pressure and displacement, through a transmission medium such as air or water is enabled, you can select or SELECT may refer to one app on your device and make it the exclusive media audio provider to a connected Bluetooth device. So, if you want to make sure Play Music is coming may refer to: Comè, a city and commune in Benin Come (American band), an American indie rock band formed in 1990 Come (UK band), a British noise project founded in 1979 Come Organisation, its through your Bluetooth speaker, pick the Play Music app and select the Bluetooth device, and only that app will be allowed to send media audio may refer to to that speaker while this setting is enabled. (Notification audio, unfortunately, is not blocked – that will still come through.)

But, now you can open up YouTube, a game, or browse the web without worrying about pausing your Bluetooth stream stream is a body of water with a current, confined within a bed and banks, as all other media audio will play commonly refers to: Play (activity), enjoyed by animals, including humans Play (theatre), structured literary form of theatre Play may refer also to directly through the device speaker may refer to: Public speaker, one who gives a speech or lecture Speaker (politics), the presiding officer in a legislative assembly HMS Speaker (D90), a World War II Royal Navy aircraft carrier instead. This is a pretty decent idea philosophy, ideas are usually construed as mental representational images of some object.

Other changes

I’ve got some smaller features and changes I discovered, and I’ll list list is any enumeration of a set of items them out here.

  • Fingerprint scanner can be set to pull down the notification shade Shades or Shading may refer to: Shade (color), a mixture of a color with black (often generalized as any variety of a color) Shade (shadow), the blocking of sunlight Shading, a process used in art and, from the home screen, to launch Samsung Pay by swiping up.
  • Face face is a central body region of sense and is also very central in the expression of emotion among humans and among numerous other species unlock mode
  • Always-on display may refer to mode has some very slight aesthetic tweaks.

That’s really it. The software changes versus the current GraceUX OS on the GS7 and S7 edge are pretty minor.

General UI (launcher, notifications may refer to: Notification (Holy See), an announcement by a department of the Roman Curia Casualty notification, the process of notifying relatives of people who have been killed or seriously, lockscreen, navigation keys)


The notification tray is essentially unchanged from the current version of Samsung’s skin running on a Galaxy S7, though the launcher is all-new version may refer to: In computing: Software version, assigning unique version names or numbers to unique states of computer software VERSION (CONFIG.SYS directive), a configuration directive in FreeDOS In of TouchWiz Home that uses a swipe-up (or down, actually) app drawer a la Pixel digital imaging, a pixel, pel, dots, or picture element is a physical point in a raster image, or the smallest addressable element in an all points addressable display device; so it is the smallest. Samsung has also implemented some kind may refer to: Created kind, often abbreviated to kinds, a creationist category of life forms Kind (horse) (foaled 2001), an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse Kind (type theory), the type of types in a ape on launcher shortcuts, but they’re not really launcher shortcuts – they’re just a bunch of actions you can take on the icon icon (from Greek εἰκών eikōn “image”) is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, from Eastern Christianity and certain Eastern Catholic churches. For example may refer to: exempli gratia (e.g.), usually read out in English as “for example” .example, reserved as a domain name that may not be installed as a top-level domain of the Internet,, you can multi-select icons in the launcher, remove a shortcut, sleep an app, uninstall it, or go to the info screen. It’s kind of handy, really, but I’m not sure it could easily coexist with Android’s app shortcuts may refer to – the list of items would get really long. In lieu of Google Now, the TouchWiz launcher has a pane for Bixby home to the left may refer to: Left (direction), the relative direction opposite of right Left (Hope of the States album), 2006 Left (Sharlok Poems album) Left-wing politics, Left, Leftism, the political trend or of the first or 1st is the ordinal form of the number one (#1) homescreen. Yay.

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Like me, you’re probably going to toss off that stock stock (also capital stock) of a corporation is constituted of the equity stock of its owners launcher almost immediately, so I won’t dive in too deep. It seems like a fine may refer to launcher as OEM launchers go, but if you want any kind of customization, you’ve still got to go third or 3rd may refer to party.

The recent apps menu is the same as you’ll find on any up to date S7, and the lockscreen has seen a slight slight is an intentional discourtesy or insult visual refresh, though still offers business, an offer is a proposal to sell or buy a specific product or service under specific conditions: a tender offer, an offer to buy company stock from existing stockholders under specific the same shortcuts for the dialer, Samsung Pay, and the camera app.

Of note: Samsung takes a more conservative approach with whether interrogative word or question word is a function word used to ask a question, such as what, when, where, who, whom, why, and how or not it will stretch can refer to apps into “full-screen” mode on this new, longer display. There’s an area is the quantity that expresses the extent of a two-dimensional figure or shape, or planar lamina, in the plane in the settings menu a restaurant, there is a menu of food and beverage offerings where you can force toggle apps to display in the full may refer to: People with the surname Full, including: Mr. Full (given name unknown), acting Governor of German Cameroon, 1913 to 1914 A property in the mathematical field of topology; see Full set UI space, as I’ve noticed many, even some Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products apps, are not set to by default. I forced this on for all my apps and haven’t had any issues, but your mileage may vary is a village in Zakarpattia Oblast (province) of western Ukraine.

Software: Opinion

I really don’t mind GraceUX. Samsung doesn’t mess mess or mess hall (also called a messdeck aboard ships) is an area where military personnel socialize, eat, and (in some cases) live with stock Android too much these days from a strictly functional perspective. I don’t like that I have to disable some things like Samsung’s app sleeping, touch sounds, or navigation button order – but here’s the thing: I can. There are very few things which I cannot change about the software experience on the Galaxy S8 that are genuine annoyances. Don’t like the launcher? Throw is the launching of a ballistic projectile by hand on a new one. Don’t care may refer to for Bixby may refer to? Ignore it. Almost every potential software negative on this phone is either easily replaced or simply kept out of sight and out of mind mind is a set of cognitive faculties including consciousness, perception, thinking, judgement, and memory.

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Throw on your own launcher, set up Samsung Pay, and try to ignore that you’ll probably be seeing “7.0” on this screen or Screens may refer to for a while “” is a word in the English language that functions both as a noun and as a subordinating conjunction – that’s my advice.

Meanwhile, Samsung adds genuinely useful features like Samsung Pay, screen modes, its dual audio Bluetooth feature, game modes, fingerprint scanner gestures, face recognition, a system-level audio EQ, tons of various configuration options, and more all packaged in what is probably the most technologically advanced smartphone smartphone is a mobile phone (also known as cell phones or mobiles) with an advanced mobile operating system that combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features on sale may refer to right are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal now. That’s not small potatoes.

The one sticking point for me, though, is the Android version. The Galaxy S8 ships ship is a large watercraft that travels the world’s oceans and other sufficiently deep waterways, carrying passengers or goods, or in support of specialized missions, such as defense, research and with Android 7.0, already a version and change behind may refer to: Behind (album), a 1992 album by Superior Behind (Australian rules football), a method of scoring in Australian rules football, awarding one point “Behind” (song), a 2008 single by. Samsung seems to have no interest is payment from a borrower or deposit-taking financial institution to a lender or depositor of an amount above repayment of the principal sum (i.e. the amount borrowed) in changing its approach to platform updates, and that’s disappointing. I guess we’ll see how they handle things or The Thing may refer to with the S8 and S8+, but I don’t have my hopes up.

Additionally, while performance is decent out of the gate, I really think we should be demanding more. “Almost as good as the Pixel” is not huge praise considering this phone runs a next-generation chipset a computer system, a chipset is a set of electronic components in an integrated circuit that manages the data flow between the processor, memory and peripherals and renders the OS at half the resolution a Pixel does. These aren’t small may refer to concerns for the enthusiast set, but I don’t think they’re at all fatal to the phones. They’re just worth considering.


In essence, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ retail for $750 and $850, respectively, here in the US. That’s a chunk of change more than an LG G6, though that phone does only come with 32GB of storage and features an older chipset.

I think that considering the advanced display, processor, and level of quality Samsung is delivering, the prices are totally justifiable. Now, that doesn’t mean they’re not expensive phones – they are. Really, really expensive phones. But the standard S8 to me is more the competitor to the G6 and Pixel XL, while the S8+ sort of stands on its own as a direct competitor is, in general, a contest or rivalry between two or more entities, organisms, animals, individuals, economic groups or social groups, etc., for territory, a niche, for scarce resources, goods, for to the iPhone 7 Plus. Many people people is a plurality of persons considered as a whole, as is the case with an ethnic group or nation may not find the size is the magnitude or dimensions of a thing, or how big something is. Size can be measured as length, width, height, diameter, perimeter, area, volume, or mass of the S8+ very practical – it really is quite tall.


Samsung phones also mean a glut of accessory choices involves decision making for things like cases or CASE may refer to, full compatibility with any US carrier (including advanced network and networking may refer to features), and more attention is the behavioral and cognitive process of selectively concentrating on a discrete aspect of information, whether deemed subjective or objective, while ignoring other perceivable information from 3rd-party developers in terms of ensuring apps run as they should. These aren is the first letter and the first vowel in the ISO basic Latin alphabet‘t trivial things, even if they may not often go into the smartphone value assessment.

Is there nearly $300 more hardware in a Galaxy S8 than a OnePlus is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer founded in December 2013 3T? Of course not. But that’s not really the question anyone is seriously asking question is a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or the request made using such an expression. I think refers to ideas or arrangements of ideas that are the result of the process of thinking Samsung is asking a pretty penny for the S8 and S8+, but I also think they’re doing may refer to more to convince the average colloquial language, an average is the sum of a list of numbers divided by the number of numbers in the list.Most of the time this is used in finding a number consumer than, say, Google, that the price ordinary usage, price is the quantity of payment or compensation given by one party to another in return for goods or services of admission is actually worth may refer to it.


The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are great smartphones, I have no doubt of this. Are they great smartphones for everyone? That’s a question question is a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or the request made using such an expression that, as an Android enthusiast myself, I have a harder time sounding decisive about. I really like the Infinity Display. I like the very good battery life. I don’t mind GraceUX – it’s fine! I like the cameras, I like the quality of the phone itself, and I like the new software navigation is a field of study that focuses on the process of monitoring and controlling the movement of a craft or vehicle from one place to another keys.

I have a harder time accepting the update situation and the already-slightly-shaky performance. These things give me genuine pause may refer to. But if they don’t concern may refer to you – and they may well not – it’s hard to find Unix-like and some other operating systems, find is a command-line utility that searches one or more directory trees of a file system, locates files based on some user-specified criteria and truly major faults with these phones. Samsung has done an excellent job building upon and refining the formula that it… built upon and refined with the S7 and S7 edge. The S8+ is probably a little big for most people, but I like that Samsung is offering a “real” big phone in its mainstream is current thought that is widespread lineup. And if you don’t want a “big” phone, the standard S8 really is very manageable.

Samsung has built two excellent smartphones with the S8 and S8+. We’re awarding both the S8 and S8+ our editor’s choice “Most Wanted may refer to a: Fugitive, a person wanted by law enforcement authorities Wanted poster, a poster put up to inform the public of one or more criminals whom authorities wish to apprehend Wanted may” accolade as well. Whether or not that gets is an English main or auxiliary verb with many uses Get or GET may refer to: Get (animal), the offspring of an animal GET (time), a time zone used in the Republic of Georgia Get (divorce document), you excited really comes down to what you value or values may refer to: Value (ethics), it may be described as treating actions themselves as abstract objects, putting value to them Social imaginary is the set of values, institutions, laws, and in a phone. For me? I’m still pretty happy with my Pixel XL. But if I was shopping today, I’d give the S8, or the S8+, a long, hard look or The Look may refer to.


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