I’ve tried to be cool and like iPhones, but I just can’t get on with them. I’m an Android girl through and through. Apart from a temporary flirtation with a Sony Xperia for a couple of years, I’ve had Samsung phones for years. I currently have the Galaxy S7 and it’s great, but when Three UK offered me the chance to try out the new Galaxy S8 I snapped their hand off! I was keen to compare it to my S7, but I’m not sure they’re even in the same league. Much as I love tech, I’m not a tech reviewer, so here is my non-tech tech review of the Samsung Galaxy S8!
The Non-Tech Tech Review of the Samsung Galaxy S8
Ohhh, it’s lovely! It’s so sleek and smooth. A bit too smooth, actually, and quite easy to drop, which is one of the only negatives I have! The screen is end-to-end and curves right around at the sides, so there are no edges – an ‘infinity display’. And it’s not heavy so is comfortable to hold in one hand. Available in an array of pretty, pastel colours or more manly black, it’s a very sleek, sexy looking phone.
The Good Bits
12MP Dual Pixel Sensor Rear Camera – I could tell you about the technical stuff, but if you’re like me, you just want to know if it takes a good photo. The Samsung Galaxy S8 takes a cracking photo! I thought my S7 was awesome, but the S8 is even better. Pictures are sharp and clear, even when zoomed in or in poor light situations. The colour looks good too, and there are options to use different filters and settings such as ‘Selective Focus’, ‘Slow Motion’, ‘Hyperlapse’ and ‘Food’, and if you are quite techy, you can even use a ‘Pro’ setting so you can change settings such as the white balance and ISO.
8MP Front Camera – Perfect for our selfie-loving generation, the front camera also takes a great shot and there are filters and effect options to choose too. Switching between the front and rear camera is as easy as swiping up on the screen.
Display – as mentioned above, the phone has an ‘infinity display’, meaning it goes right to the edge of the phone. It’s actually a bit weird sometimes, and I feel as though I have to move the phone slightly to see what’s at the edge! It’s the biggest display on a Galaxy smartphone of this size with a 5.8″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2960×1440) 570 ppi screen (and yes, I did pinch that from the website and no, I’m not totally sure what it all means!). What I do know is that it is a clear, bright display that’s easily big enough to watch Netflix on if needed.
Speed – The screen is responsive and fast, which is refreshing after using my slow-as-a-tortoise laptop! Apps open instantly, the camera focuses as fast as your own eyes… The S8 has a 10nm processor (nope, me neither!) which means that it’s faster than ever, it charges quickly (really quickly, actually) and drains at a slower rate. So that’s all good! Downloading over WiFi is fast too, even with large files.
Durability – The Samsung Galaxy S8 looks like quite a delicate thing, but it is water-resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 minutes) and dust-resistant. Which means, if you drop it down the loo, chances are it will be absolutely fine and you won’t need to dry it in a bowl of rice in the airing cupboard. Which is good, as I don’t have one.
The Bad Bits
Yes, unfortunately, although I think it’s amazing, there are a couple of downsides.
- It’s slippery! If you don’t have a case (which I didn’t with my loan phone), it can actually be really difficult to hold, especially if taking a selfie at full arm’s length! I dropped it quite a few times (sorry, Three!). On the plus side, it didn’t seem to harm the phone and the screen didn’t crack. I’d invest in some protection though, just in case.
- The charging lead is new – the Galaxy S8 comes with a ‘USB Type-C’ cable, which makes it easy to plug in to the phone as it doesn’t matter which way up the bit you stick in goes. However, as it no longer uses the standard universal charging cable that comes with pretty much every device other than Apple, it means you only have one lead, instead of a box full to choose from. It’s not a major problem, but just means you need to remember to take the lead anywhere you’re going to need to charge the phone and would be a bugger if you lost it and needed to charge quickly. Invest in a spare.
I bloody love this phone. Even though I’ve only just upgraded to the S7, I’m considering asking how much extra it would be to get the S8 instead. It feels more ‘grown up’ than previous Galaxy models and it looks great; so far, everyone I’ve shown has made lots of “ooh” and “aahhh” noises. It does all sorts that I haven’t even explored yet, such as the 4K video capability and ‘Bixby’ – Samsung’s new ‘intelligent’ helper. One of the main considerations when I get a new phone is the camera, and I think the camera on the S8 is brilliant, so it gets my vote!
I would say if you can afford it, go for the Galaxy S8. I prefer it to an iPhone (but that’s my opinion!) and it’s worth the extra it would cost instead of the S7. I don’t want to give it back!
To see more photos I’ve taken with the S8, look here!
Disclosure: I was loaned a Samsung Galaxy S8 and provided with data, calls and texts allowance by Three UK. I was not asked for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.