Samsung Galaxy S8! Just another pretty face?

I’ve had the pleasure of using this nice device for at least the last 3 weeks, and it’s been great.  However, I’ve learned a lot after buying this phone.

So let me get the obvious out of the way, specs (main) for you phone junkies out there.

  • 5.8 WQHD display Super AMOLED
  • 4GB RAM 64GB ROM
  • SD CARD SLOT (I’m using a Samsung 256GB card)
  • Waterproofing
  • Fast Wireless charging
  • 12mp Ultra Pixel Camera Rear
  • 8mp Camera Front
  • Snapdragon 835
  • Android 7.0

I’ve been comparing the cameras to several of the other phones I have in my catalog, and it’s been fun. The Samsung Galaxy S8 surprised me, by NOT coming out on top in most of the rear camera reviews. The rear camera while it’s great, is NOT one that destroys all others like you might read online.  In my testing, the camera was right on par with the S7, if not the same.  The articles you read might say it has upgraded optics, and all that jazz.  However, it’s just a camera to me.  And it produces some of the best photos out, but it is not the best I’ve seen in the video department.  The front camera is on the weaker side when compared to some other devices, but is still very solid.  Samsung cameras tend to try making everything brighter, which is not the way it’s supposed to be.

The body of the Galaxy S8 is very nice, but when I compare it to the previous year Galaxy S7..it’s not has impressive.  Here is why.  The metal frame and the way it’s put together, is much better on the S7 in my opinion.  The sides are flat like I like it, and it give a little bit more grip when needed.   The LG G6 is another one that I like better than the S8, in terms of build quality.   The S8 is very slippery, and very narrow.  Which can be an issue for most, however…it’s still nice to hold.  The narrow feeling, makes it very easy on the pocket and hand.

The fact that this phone has a 3000mAh battery inside, and I can still grab 4 to 5 hours of screen on time is amazing.  I say that because touchwiz is a very HEAVY skin.  It can bog down any device, and it does for this one as it does with other Samsung phones.  The battery life is at least consistent for me, giving me what I need to make through a full day on one charge.  However, this phone will need a charge daily if you are a VERY heavy user.  The average user can make it through about 2 days probably with the use of power saving mode, while set at 1440p on the screen. If you use 1080p for the settings, you can make it through more than 2 days with the help of power saving mode.  USE this feature, it helps.  Also try using a Black wallpaper, this can really increase your battery time.

Performance on the S8 is good, but nothing special to run out and say it’s the best ever.  The Snapdragon 835 performs well as I though it would, but I’ve seen no difference from the 821 processor.  When I first got the device, it lagged a little bit…but cleared up after extended usage.  But I don’t like that I still have to experience this, since this phone pretty much has it all.  RIGHT?  I think it’s just because of the touchwiz added to android that makes this happen, and nothing else.

Overall, I say this phone is a good phone.  The price of the phone is still high, and makes it hard to recommend over a phone like the Moto G5 Plus.  Which has 4GB of RAM and 64 ROM, but cost $299.  Even the lessor 2GB 32GB model, which cost $229.  The most common comparison we see, is the S8 VS the G6.  The reason being, is because the G6 cost less but offers the same experience if not better.  The G6 has a very good rear camera, with a killer Pro Mode.  HiFi Audio, and the best dual camera setup today.  Wide angle on the G6 is the best, and it outperformed the S8 by far.

As a reviewer the S8 is good, not great.  As a consumer, this phone is FANTASTIC! So you would need to decide how you want to spend you money, and what you want to spend it on.  I could tell everyone to go out and buy it, but I won’t.  I’d say try it at your local store, and then take it home if you are impressed.  Like Apple, Samsung can charge these high prices…and still the phones will sell.

So before you ask, YES.  I like the S8…no I don’t LOVE it!  It’s solid, and that’s about it.  No more WOW factor, it just a phone now.  Video at the break.  Enjoy…

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