Yes, we’re back with another phone review and this time it’s the Samsung Galaxy S8+. I would be lying if I said that my faith in Samsung products hasn’t wavered, but the Note 7 incident last year did indeed leave a bad taste in my mouth. But let’s leave that in the past.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is Samsung’s latest flagship that has a lot of screen real estate. The regular s8 has a 5.8 in screen meanwhile the S8 plus has a 6.2-inch screen. These phones are near bezeless.
Lets start off this review with a physical tour. the samsung galaxy s8 plus measures 148.9 mm tall, 68.1mm wide and 8mm thin and weighs in at 173g. The phone is available in midnight black, arctic silver, coral blue, maple gold and this one, orchid grey. The front of the phone features the aforementioned 6.2inch dual edge super amoled screen, with a max resolution of 2960 by 1440. The front also has a proximity sensor, iris scanner and the 8mp selfie camera. on the right-hand side we have the power button. on the left side we have the volume rocker and the Bixby virtual assistant button, more on Bixby later.
At the top of the phone we have the sim card and MicroSD card tray and a microphone. At the bottom, we find the 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB type C port, another microphone and the speakers. And finally, at the back we have the flash, the dual pixel 12 mp camera and the fingerprint sensor.
As for specs of the S8+, it runs a qualcomm snapdragon 835, 4gb of ram, 64 GB of internal storage, a 3500mah battery and its running android 7.0.
Next let’s talk benchmarks. First up is Antutu. The S8+ got a score of 165 965. That’s a great score when you compare it to the s7 edge, note 7 and LG v20. Next, we ran geek bench. On the single core, the s8+ scored 1852 which is higher than the s7 edge and v20 but doesn’t outperform the note 7. On the multicore benchmark, the S8+ scored 6387 which beats out the S7 edge, Note 7 and V20. And I also threw the 3Dmark sling shot extreme benchmark at the S8+ just to see how it would do and it scored 3515. The S7 edge running on an Exynos 8890 scored 2080.
Up next is everyday use. First, let’s start off with first touch impressions. The Samsung s8+ sounds big on paper with the 6.2-inch screen. And now some of you might be thinking “sweet jumping jalopies” that’s a massive screen size. And you would be right. But Samsung has integrated the screen in a way where it doesn’t feel like a massive phablet. Part of the reason is the curved glass on the front and on the back of the phone. The other reason is that Samsung removed the physical home button and opted to go with a virtual one. This for sure helped with making the phone a lot more manageable in average sized hands.
Moving along to battery life. The 3500mah battery seems to just keep going. With everyday use of web browsing, tweeting and email checking and a little bit of youtube, the S8+ lasted me almost 2 full days. I day, 22 hours and 28 mins to be exact. I don’t even recall getting that much juice out of the Note 7 which also had a similar sized 3500mah battery. But we all know the ending to that story.
Onto the camera. The rear 12mp camera has stayed the same. Simply because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, which clearly Samsung has done. But the camera on the front did get a bump in the megapixel department for those of you who like to take selfies. (insert random pictures i took with the s8+)
Media consumption. I’ll keep this short. Samsung has once again stuck with a super amoled display which allows for deeper blacks in videos and the bottom firing speaker gets decently loud at __dB. I would like to have seen front facing speakers, but I’ll live.
Onto the newest feature of the S8 and S8+, its Bixby. Mmmmmmm bixby. Bixby is basically Samsung’s digital assistant, similar to Google assistant or Siri. There’s a lot you can do with Bixby, from setting reminders, to checking the news to even recognizing a certain snack with the camera and being able to shop for it. Now just a small caveat, Bixby voice was not available in Canada just yet, so I didn’t get a chance to really test drive that function but Samsung Canada has said that it will be launching in Canada later this spring.
And finally, probably the coolest new thing about the S8 line up is the Samsung dex. The Samsung dex lets you connect your s8 or s8+ to a monitor, keyboard and mouse for a desktop experience that’s all powered by the phone. Pretty much anything you can do on your phone, you can also do on the dex with the phone docked. Heck i even wrote half of this script while using the dex and I didn’t have any major complaints. The dex offers one USB -C port for power, 2 USB A ports for your peripherals, an HDMI port for the monitor and even an ethernet port. To dock the phone, simply slide the top cover so that it angles out and place the phone down onto the USB-C connector and voila! You phone is now a computer.The dex even has a built in fan to keep things a bit cooler.
Ok, so it seems like there was a lot of good things that i had to say about the S8+. But there were also some small issues i had with the phone, so here’s some pros and cons.
(big screen)Its got a huge screen while keeping the form factor easy to handle
(iris scanner is back!)They brought back the iris scanner from the note 7 for quickly unlocking your phone
(good battery)The battery life on it is solid.
(waterproof) Its waterproof
(gorilla glass)Has gorilla glass 5 on the front and back
(custom software buttons)The touch wiz ui will let you rearrange the recent apps and back buttons! Finally!
(camera) pictures taken with the camera still look great
(dex dock)The Dex dock turns the s8 into a portable PC
But here are some of the cons:
(iris scanner felt bwetter on note 7) I personally had a harder time getting the iris scanner to unlock the phone on the first attempt. Maybe it was just this unit, but That’s something I didn’t have a problem with on the note 7
(hard to hold landscape) With the curved glass edges on the phone, consuming media with the phone in landscape was more difficult since there’s less to hold on to, but if you get a case, you should be good
(Dex sold seperately) the dex is unfortunately sold separately and is $150 US. it would be nice to have seen Samsung bundle the dex with the phone, but you can live without it.
That’s all I got. 3 measly cons vs 7 pros, I mean honestly I could keep talking about more pros but I thought 7 was enough. And real talk, those cons I mentioned aren’t really cons at all since you don’t really need a dex dock and there are a bunch of companies that make cases that will allow for a better hold on the phone
So what’s my final thought? Samsung has, once again, out-did themselves in their journey to perfect the smartphone category. After failing so hard with the note 7, Samsung has come back and worked hard to show that they could do better. And they did. I once said that the note 7 was almost the perfect phone. And for me, I think Samsung has done just that. An almost perfect phone for someone like myself… I mean a flagship like this will always cost an arm and a leg, hence why it’s almost perfect… The Samsung s8 and s8+ here in Canada is $1035 and $1115 respectively. Would I be likely to buy this phone? Yeah. Would I also like the price to be cheaper, heck yeah. But if you don’t have the dough to buy the S8 you could go out and buy an s7 or s7 edge, those phones are still great and should be getting price drops. Do I think there’s another flagship right now that comes close to the S8 and s8+? Well the LG g6 kind of does, but it’s not running a snapdragon 835 like the s8 series, so… there really isn’t anything out there that’s comparable. So the S8 and S8+, they are, nearly flawless.
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