I’ve been heavily using the Galaxy S8+ for the past couple of months and here’s my complete and comprehensive review of the handset.
The Galaxy S8+ is hands-down the best looking phone I have ever seen to date. The front is almost completely covered by the revolutionary infinity display with a screen-to-body ratio of 84%. The curved edges of the phone makes it very unique and makes handling the phone very pleasing to the hands. The back of the phone is covered by glass which makes differentiates it from other Samsung phones being their flagship premium phone in 2017.
The phone has a massive screen, yet still feels comfortable and small for the average hand size. The dimensions of the phone are 159.5 x 73.4mm and 8.1mm thick and it ways 173g. Just the perfect size for a premium large screen phone.
You will not be able to find any better display that the Galaxy S8+. It’s massive, crisp, bright, and it simply looks amazing! The first time I used the Galaxy S8+ the screen aspect ratio definitely felt odd, It’s 18.5:9 which calls for the need to crop videos if you want the full screen edge to edge experience.
The Super AMOLED 1440 x 2960px display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which is the best in the market so far. Pixel density is a dashing 529ppi providing very rich colors and deep details.
What I absolutely love about this display is the colors and deep blacks. Although it’s expected from a Super AMOLED flagship device display.
The things that irritated me the most is that the screen is extremely fragile and it took me one solid fall on its corner to crack. What’s even more irritating is the price of replacing the screen – almost $300.
Samsung has been doing a great job with their front and back flagship phones camera in the past few years. This automatically translates to the Galaxy S8+ having superior back and front cameras.
I took amazing photos with the back camera and I must say it’s the best phone camera I used so far for my primary handset. The primary camera is a 12MP – f/1.7 one which takes wonderful low light images. It also features an optical image stabilization that will definitely give you great confidence in taking on the go photos and videos.
A lovely option that I found is the software enabled portrait mode. It’s not very convenient because it takes a few seconds and require you to hold the phone still for it to take the shot. But if the need calls, it’s there!
The front camera is an 8MP – f/1.7 camera that also takes very decent selfies.
I tried the video in all modes and the best mode that worked for me is the FHD 30FPS. FHD 60FPS suffered from a very slow autofocus and it’s something that you never have to worry about in other manufacturer’s flagship phones like Apple.
Memory / Storage / Battery
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is packed with 4GB of RAM which is enough to handle day to day operations and play most hardcore mobile games. Base models come with 64GB or storage with the ability to extend up to 256GB with a micro-SD.
Battery is what differentiates this device, it has a 3,500mAh capacity that can easily get you through the day without worrying about running out of juice. The device supports fast charging – 0% to 100% in 1H 15M – which is not super but it’s definitely faster than competitors. Wireless charging is also supported – 0% to 100% in 1H 50M.
Although the system doesn’t run stock Android. With all the bloatware installed and running on the device, I can safely say it runs very smoothly. I have experienced some lags especially when opening the Bixby Home by swiping right. But all in all the performance of the device is great since it’s run by the Octa-core Exynos 8895 processor.
It’s disappointing that the base model is shipped with Android Nougat 7.0 – while it could be at least 7.1.1 – and a Samsung Experience Version 8.1 – instead of 8.5. A bit disappointing, but the upside is that it is definitely eligible for the Oreo upgrade scheduled in the 1st quarter of 2018.
I love the overall look and feel of the software, I definitely prefer the new TouchWiz over the stock Android. But that’s just my preference. The device is packed with daily and productive apps that serve all kinds of uses without the need of installing more productivity apps – of course social media and chat apps aside.
All-in-all I am absolutely loving the software and overall experience of working with the operating system and Samsung’s native apps. They serve their purpose for me.
Backup / Security
Backup and restore features are giving me mixed feelings. You have the option for choosing between Google’s backup and restore service and Samsung’s. I personally use them both but when it comes to backup, I kind of feel that Google always has the upper hand in that.
Security is super in the Galaxy 8+. You have the ultimate freedom of choosing between the new Iris scanner technology to unlock your phone, face-recognition, a badly placed fingerprint sensor, a pin, a password or even your voice which makes it wonderful. I must also mention the new Knox Security where you can have a parallel extremely secure area on your phone to have your favorite apps, personal images/videos without anyone having the ability to access them except you. Even if the phone was formatted and attempted for a storage restore. I absolutely love this!
- Blue light filter
- Game center
- Ultra power saving mode
- Sleep tracking
- Stress / SpO2 / Heartbeat sensor
- Always On Display
- Dual Sim
- Bixby Voice Assistant
- Dex – full desktop computer experience
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is definitely a phone I will be always recommending for those who can afford it – because its price on launch is ridiculous – $850!