THINGS WE LIKE OR DON’T LIKE
SAMSUNG’S GREATEST SMARTPHONE EVER, BUT IS IT PERFECT?
Let’s start with the S8’s super screen - it’s absolutely the show-stopping feature here. Thanks to the lack of bezels you get a big screen, without the big feel. We would have liked to have seen 4K resolution, as with the Xperia XZ Premium (p44), but the inclusion of HDR makes up for it.
It’s a relatively minor thing, but Samsung has collaborated with Harman and will be offering a pair of quality AKG in-ears with every S8 and S8+, so you won’t have to buy another set. And you get a regular headphone socket, so you can still use your favourite set of headphones.
Samsung is making a big deal about Bixby, its intelligent assistant. Bixby learns what you do and offers relevant info when you need it. You can even take a picture and Bixby will display info about what it sees. It could be great, but its voice service isn’t available at the S8’s launch.
With other handset manufacturers banging on about how important a good camera is on a phone, it comes as a bit of a shock to see a relativelyunchanged camera in the S8. Of course, the S7’s snapper was one of the best you could get last year, but what about in 2017? Time will tell…