Samsung made a surprise product announcement called the Galaxy Note edge with this crazy display hanging off one side and for a random unexpected phone. It got a lot of attention since then that product has evolved again and again into Samsung’s entire flagship lineup which brings us to the galaxy s 8.So this new phone looks awesome and that’s a hallmark headlining feature is how good. It looks and how well. It’s designed and then, of course, being a flagship. The galaxy estate is the best industrial design of any Smartphone and a long time in my opinion. Even though there are other phones out now and coming soon that do the tall display thin bezels thing you still got to add on all metal and glass still has expandable storage through a micro SD card slot still fully water and dust resistant ip68 certified. So you can spill water on it and it’s cool.
It still has USB type-c with quick charge still has wireless charging still keeps the headphone jack and the speaker is below average and downward facing. It might be the worst part of the phones build but that comes with the territory when there’s no room on the front. You kind of want to water sale your phone so back to the screen. It’s incredible, it is I would say the best display on any small phone. Again it gets extremely bright. So it’s visible outdoors or whenever and it’s an OLED .So, of course, it has fantastic color and contrast ratios and dynamic range and it’s super high resolution too .We’re talking 29 60 by 1440 on both phones actually.
Super High Resolution
So all that makes for an awesome media experience a great web browsing experience and great scrolling through Twitter and Instagram and seeing a lot of stuff . At once experience and all of Samsung’s software obviously supports. It perfectly now not every app in the App Store fills the display right now, right out the box like a lot of games especially will have to be updated or may just never fully support that. So you’ll either have the black bars on either side or you can punch in and of course, most videos also are an in this aspect ratio’ either. So when watching a video you’ll get the black bars as well unless you hit the button in the software to punch in a little bit. But then you lose some of the frames. So it’s kind of your call. It gives a little take, a little for the slightly taller display. But overall I’ll take it. I think the screen is awesome and with its curved edges and curved corners. I’m a fan and then there is the inside of the phone. There are some pretty high-end specs in here.
Snapdragon 835 a dream of 540 GPU 4 gigabytes of RAM. At least 64 gigs of storage which like we said is expandable and this is the first phone to ship with Bluetooth 5.0.Which I made an entirely separate video about that just dropped highly recommend that. So the performance aspect is pretty much taken care of the same way. It always is great specs, great speed and animations out the box. But nobody has used this phone for a year or two yet. So we’ll have to see how the Samsung software ages and that’s just what it is. It’s Samsung software on top of Android 7.0. It has its pros and cons actually like that. It’s adapted to be more like nougat with the swiping app drawer and the cleaner overall look especially of the Settings app. But it’s really obviously still Samsung eyes with all the colors and some interesting quirks here. There with the paginate adapt drawer and a couple extra animations nothing too crazy or extra. But it’s not necessarily better than not having.
It the edge screen has gotten better. There’s now a couple features like from the note with smart select and the jiff maker. Where you can select part of your screen to make an animation or even take round screenshots all kinds of stuff. That we didn’t have before. So you know those interesting stuff you can put in there. I really like the extended screenshot feature. Where you can take a screenshot but then it gives you the option to scroll down and extend that as much as you want. So I’m really glad that made its way back into this zone. But yeah overall it’s familiar to anyone who’s used a Samsung phone in the last two or three years both aesthetically and functionally. Now one of the biggest new features in the Software Department of the Galaxy s8 is called Bixby. You may have heard of it. It’s the virtual assistant that’s built for this phone. That just does a lot of what Google assistant does now the circumstances surrounding.
It is interesting because Samsung put a dedicated button on the side of the phone just for launching. It a big speed button. Now a lot of people didn’t like this for a fair reason whether. They didn’t like Bixby or didn’t want it. So they found a way to use an app to remap the Dixie button to do. Whatever they want probably should have been in the Samsung settings in the first place. You can make it the default for the button sure. But in regions where people don’t use Bixby or Bixby’s not supported or language supports not there yet or it’s incomplete. Let them go to the settings. Remap it to. Whatever they want it could be a legitimate useful separate feature well. Yesterday Samsung actually patched that up and blocked any remapping of that button at all on the Galaxy S 8. So it’s definitely now just a Bixby button so understandably again people got kind of angry about that. Nobody wants accidental triggers of the app. They want to never use but a couple of people was asking well. What if Bixby is actually really great what if Vic’s T is amazing what if it’s better than Google. So I gave it that chance. I didn’t remap my Bixi button and I was using Bixby alongside this phone for the past week.
I’ll give you that so first of all the voice feature is not activated yet. It won’t get added until later this year so that’s a pretty rough start. But aside from that. It does show you some cards your gallery your upcoming calendar events may be some weather, some frequent contacts but then that pretty quickly devolved into a bunch of Samsung apps like themes and wallpapers and Flip board and a bunch of stuff. I don’t use. Really it’s working in catch-up mode to be able to do all that Google does with G mail and navigation cards and flight status. All that now the one place that did you some interesting stuff is in the camera app in the viewfinder. There’s a big C button that if you press it, it can recognize images in the viewfinder and search for them. Whether it’s images or if it’s a product, it will get you Amazon search to maybe buy it. I think Google Goggles try this a couple years ago and with Bixby. It was about the same pretty hit or miss sometimes. They would get it and will be pretty useful especially. When there’s a lot of text to it that it can recognize. It just searches that text so it makes sense that it would work there other times when I thought it might get. It nothing came up or it got. It wrong with this Bluetooth speaker.
For example, sometimes I got nothing. Sometimes it thought it was a baseball hat. I don’t know sure how to get it to work better. But no dice so aside from this biggest new software feature being kind of a swing and a Miss on this phone. I’m totally fine with the software on the s8. It’s cleaner. It’s much finer. It’s out of the way. I like it now. The camera on the back has also been a bit of a source of discussion. At first, it wasn’t really talked about and we kind of assumed. It was literally the exact same camera as last year. I have the same specs no dual cameras like some of its rivals. It’s a 12 megapixel F 1.7 aperture dual-pixel auto focus optical image stabilization top-notch stuff again. But yes same as we’ve already seen but turns out this is a slightly updated sensor with newer optics. So the images will look slightly different from the galaxy s7. Honestly, most of the difference will come from better image processing. But the photos and 4k videos from galaxy s 8 look fantastic as you would expect maybe leave a comment. If you want a direct comparison to its predecessor but you can imagine. You can see the samples great detail, great contrast color and sharpness are excellent and pretty aggressive auto HDR modes.
So dynamic range is also pretty wide rarely blows out the highlights like a lot of other phones would. So, of course, it’s a pleasure to take photos and videos with such a nice screen as a viewfinder. We often say the best camera is the one you have with you. I think this is no exception to this phone. it’ll be one of the best cameras you can put in your pocket again this year now battery life is one area where I would have wanted just a little bit more. Now, this is Samsung. we’re talking about here and they just had one of their phones last year literally start exploding when they tried to push the battery to the limit. So I almost can’t blame them for playing. it safe this year. But yeah the 3000 milliamp-hour battery on the Galaxy s8. I was testing pretty much barely got me through the end of the day maybe 10% left when I’m done and to be fair.
I’m pretty heavy on it. I use it a lot bright screen lots of videos, watching, taking pictures etc for the review. But there are phones with definitely better battery life as I suspected the upside though is that it charges ridiculous we fast I had a night where I went to sleep with 22% and I woke up in the morning with 8%. So that’s pretty terrible standby time. I was going to start the day with the battery dead but I threw it on the charger for about an hour left with a hundred percent battery no problem. So you kind of pick your battles. There Samsung just played it safe with the battery.
So at the end of the day, the Galaxy s8 is awesome and it’s so Samsung that this project was born from the crazy like backburner pet project that was the Galaxy Note Edge. Now every phone like this has this crazy edge display. I’m glad they keep doing that though and you got to give Samsung credit for making a phone, that can stand out for how good it looks in an era well this little mini era where so many phones are accused of all looking the same this one actually does stand out in a pretty awesome way and I like that a lot of that there may be little things you don’t like about it little unmapped about buttons little software quirks here and there may be the speaker is not the best but as a complete package this is an awesome phone.