Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Getting Rave Reviews
April 24, 2017
The Samsung Galaxy S8 was one of the most anticipated devices of 2017. And, based on a hands-on review, it's ready to shoot to the top of the list of the most desired phones for professionals and the enterprise. We summarize the best and worst of the new smartphone:
1. Highly functional design
For years, Apple has touted "thinner and lighter" as the hallmarks of each new release of the iPhone. With the Galaxy S8, Samsung has beat Apple to the punch in a big way. The S8+ makes the iPhone 7 Plus and the Google Pixel XL feel like cinder blocks by comparison. With an almost bezel-less screen that covers 83% of the front of the phone, the S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen that offers extra functional real estate at the same time. Again, it makes the iPhone 7 Plus and the Pixel XL look outdated by comparison. The final benefit of the design is that it does not need a case. Unlike the iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel, which have slippery aluminum backs, the glass back and curved sides of the S8 make it much easier to keep in your hand.
2. Great battery life
Going into testing the Galaxy S8 Plus, battery life was a concern since the S8 Plus actually has a slightly smaller battery than last year's Galaxy S7 Edge (and that phone struggles to get through a full day). However, because of the S8's new 10nm processor and some nice power management features in the software, the S8 has ridiculously good battery life.
Table 1: Galaxy S8 and S8+ Battery Life vs. Competition