To in­fin­ity and beyond: this Galaxy knows no bounds

Stuff (UK) - - SUPERTEST SUPERPHONES -

If there were a mu­seum ded­i­cated to great smart­phone de­sign, the Galaxy S8 would be on a pedestal. In the en­trance hall. With a gi­ant spot­light on it. You may not think looks are par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant, but come on – your phone is on near-con­stant dis­play: held aloft at gigs, fu­ri­ously tapped on the bus, In­sta­gram­ming your Fri­day night burger. So it re­ally ought to look good. And boy, does the Galaxy S8 look good.

There’s sub­stance un­der all that style too. The S8 in­tro­duces live-in phone but­ler Bixby, gives us Sam­sung’s best take on An­droid to date and packs in more power than you could pos­si­bly need thanks to a home­grown octa-core Exynos 8895 pro­ces­sor. So great is its mus­cle, it can even be­come a sim­pli­fied desk­top PC if popped into a DEX Sta­tion. The mis­placed fin­ger­print sen­sor is our only mark against it, and even then it’s mit­i­gated by the ad­di­tion of iris and face scan­ning.

Even though bat­tery ca­pac­ity stays the same as last year’s Galaxy S7, all-day bat­tery life isn’t out of the ques­tion and wire­less charg­ing makes top-ups a breeze, so there’s no need to go on a daily rum­mage for ca­bles.

It might not be brand spank­ing new any more, and it might have been sur­passed in one or two ar­eas by in­creas­ingly com­pe­tent com­pe­ti­tion, but the S8 has a de­sign that’s still head and shoul­ders above ev­ery other smart­phone. You just won’t want to stop look­ing at it.

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