The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been my daily driver for a significant amount of time and after months of consistent use it has held up fairly well. Fast forward a few months, the phone is seeing its biggest competition yet with the HTC U11 and OnePlus 5 both readily available for purchase and packing similar spec’d hardware for the money. Anyone still unsure about the Galaxy S8 now has some really tough decisions to make.
A few key takeaways from the video:
- The design of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is stunning. With its edge to edge glass design featuring a 1440 x 2960 resolution, the amount of screen space makes it great for consuming content and social media. By implementing a glass back it also means that the device is prone to scratches (rather easily) and therefore I would recommend protecting your device with a skin or case.
- The Samsung Galaxy S8 was one of the first devices on the planet to come equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. The UI has no trouble keeping up with all your actions as there is hardly any scroll lag to be found on the device, even after months of usage. After using this for a while now I still find performance to be up there (occasionally there were a few hiccups here and there but that’s due to Samsung’s Touch Wiz skin rather than the hardware itself).
- By far the most disappointing aspect of the device is the diminishing battery life. Its 3000mAh battery is far from great. Samsung’s always-on display takes a significant hit on the standby battery life. Dropping by around 1% every 30 minutes or so – to resolve this issue you do have the option to turn it off, however, a myriad of users utilize this feature due to its practicality. I managed to get around 4 hours of screen time when using the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is the biggest drawback in my opinion.
Final verdict: If you are considering picking up the Samsung Galaxy S8 – and money is not an issue – you’re better off waiting a few weeks because the Samsung Galaxy S9 is right around the corner. Otherwise, it’s an all-around impressive piece of hardware (and software) worth every penny!
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