Samsung Galaxy S8 review - this is the future of smartphones

19 April, 2017, 01:46 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 owners complain their screens are affected by red tint

Samsung's Galaxy S8 redemption tour keeps moving forward. The S8 holds a treasure trove of impressive features, some that have been shouted about a little less than others.

Would it indicate some sort of a sickness, prove once and for all that you've succumbed to the zombie plague sweeping the planet, if you got your eyes lasered just so you can unlock your mobile phone faster?

The other change Samsung has made is in removing the physical Home button in favour of a virtual one.

Yes, the phone's octa-core chipset offers plenty of grunt and it's filled with new and innovative biometric security features, but scratch beneath the surface, and there's a wealth of further Samsung Galaxy S8 features just waiting to be explored.

The Galaxy S8's AMOLED display also reveals more detail in shadowy parts of the scene, which is especially noticeable in the tree on the right of the scene. But a large number of customers who have received their Galaxy S8 units are complaining about the screens having a weird reddish tint.

The fingerprint sensor is hard to work with because you can't see where it is. But you have to swipe the screen first and position it from your face at just the right distance. Other than the new display, the back-located touch sensor, and the flash assembly, the phones are very similar. A big question here is: Why would someone want to use Bixby when they have far more advanced and accurate Google Assistant on the same device? For instance, if you have a twin or sibling that looks like you then you are out of luck as the phone may not be able to tell you both apart. I occasionally got a stutter in video when running two apps at the same time - YouTube, for example, while also browsing Chrome - but it wasn't that frequent or severe. You can add a range of iris scanner previews to your screen and replace those tiresome eye aligning circles with graphics that are a little more entertaining.

That's for Bixby, Samsung's answer to Google Assistant and Apple's SIri. Samsung works with Sony directly to get their sensors, so they're not exactly the same as any other smartphone.

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Fingerprint scanner, iris scanner, facial recognition abilities. In effect, the Galaxy S8 is no wider. Do you still own and use a S5?

The trouble was, I couldn't figure out how to lock the phone. Right next to the camera lens array, on the opposite side from the LED flash array. Overall, it's visually stunning and the extra screen space makes a noticeable difference.

Those that wish to disassemble their Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus will need heat to weaken the glue, to start with.

CNET reviewer Jessica Dolcourt sees a lot to love about the new device, including a gorgeous design, great camera, high-resolution screen and solid battery life.

The phone was snappy and responsive; it was a breeze to switch between apps and to run them at the same time.

For either of these options to work, however, you'll first need to activate the feature. You can also opt to attach images automatically captured by both the phone's front and rear cameras, or a 5-second audio recording. It also attracts fingerprints and looks pretty dirty even after just a few minutes of use.

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