THINGS WE LIKE OR DON’T LIKE

SAM­SUNG’S GREAT­EST SMART­PHONE EVER, BUT IS IT PER­FECT?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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