S8+ Initial Impressions
By Reggie U.
April 21, 2017
Is it worth it?
The time has finally come – the days of updating UPS info and checking forums for their shipment updates has come to an end and people are finally getting their Galaxy S8’s in hand. I have a question to those who’ve had theirs the past couple days – Is it worth it? Let me start with this disclaimer, I REALLY like this device. It hits all my requirements and i’m enjoying every moment. I’ll follow up with a more in-depth review in a few weeks. Here’s a few quick points about the device:
Excellent Screen – the one thing that Samsung always knocks out of the park is the screen. Images are crisp and vivid, colors are saturated and really pop.
Form Factor – I hope the 18.5:9 aspect ratio is the way of the future. You can scroll through so much content on your social media and multi-tasking is a dream. Having your YouTube videos playing while texting is fantastic. The device feels great in the hand and is easy to use.
Features – As with most Samsung devices this one is no exception. This phone is feature packed to fill your hearts content. This is my first real go at using Samsung Pay and I have to say that it is one of my must-have features as it goes above and beyond normal NFC payment systems like Apple Pay and Android Pay and lets you use it at any card scanning terminal with the Magnetic Secure Transmission. Along with edge apps, split screen dock, iris scanner, facial recognition, always-on display, Bluetooth 5.0, secure folder, wireless charging, water resistance, and GIF creator.
Fingerprint sensor – worst design placement of all time. It’s in a hard to reach place next to the last place you would ever want to be touching – the camera lens. If this is one of the dealbreakers of some people, I don’t blame you.
Speakers – the speaker sound is mediocre at best. The bottom firing speaker gets decently loud, but with so many other choices in the market with dual speakers on the Axon 7, Mate 9, or iPhone 7+ I feel like the S8 should come with dual speakers at this price point.
Bixby – I haven’t found a good use for this and question Samsung’s use of resources on developing Bixby with the more prominent and ready to use Google Assistant already in most smartphones.
Aside from those key points, the battery has been better than average clocking in at 6.5 hours screen on time on my first day – comparable to my worst days with the Mate 9 where I range from 6-8 hours SoT. As with the S7, the camera takes great photos filled with high detailed, vibrant colors, and market leading low light capability. For more of my first day shots, go to https://plus.google.com/100045555848097613261/posts/eQ3vvKxu7yz . For the most part, the UI has been fluid and crisp. There are times when there are slight hesitations such as opening Bixby or opening an edge app folder, but hasn’t been a dealbreaker. For me, the S8+ has definitely been worth it, but it’s still early and more testing is needed so I will be doing an update after the hype in a few weeks.
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About the Author:
Reggie U. is a civil engineer (structural) by day and a tech nerd at heart. Happily married and father of one baby girl who keeps him busy. Big time foodie, avid car enthusiast, super amateur photographer, and part-time gamer. Follow him on his social media at:
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