Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus: Which is best?
Apr 19 2017
The always-on screen, which shows the time, battery life and notifications even when the phone is locked, divides opinion but I find it very elegant.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 - along with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus - is arguably the most eagerly awaited Android phone of the year, so when your pre-order finally hits your doorstep you're going to want to get to grips with it right away. It's hard to reach the top of the phone with one hand, which was frustrating.
We can think of no other consumer-oriented phone that does security so effortlessly and so well. The Galaxy S8 Plus - the larger of the two phones - boasts a 6.2 inch screen rather than the S8's 5.8 inches. Although I can't say any of my apps were much more useful with the extra real estate - some apps, such as Netflix and Stan, can't even use the extra 1.8 centimetres length because they have to maintain their video aspect ratio - I can say that having a phone that's nearly all screen on the front is better than having one with big bezels. Me, I'd go for the classier Pixel or save some money and get the classier Galaxy S7. One is the new facial recognition system for unlocking the phone. Here you'll be able to select the criteria for the phone to unlock itself, such as when in close proximity to your Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch or in your auto.
Strange, I thought. The lock must be broken.
The phones' build quality also gets high marks - like their predecessors, the S8 and S8 Plus have front-and-back glass panels held together by a metal frame. Not everything works quite the way you might hope, but the biggest, most obvious idea works exactly as it should.
Like the doomed Note 7, the S8 has an iris scanner to let you unlock the phone by looking at it at least in theory.
The iris scanner, center, and camera lens, right, are shown on the back of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Monday, April 17, 2017, in NY. It's taller, the fingerprint sensor is moved to the back, and both sides of the so-called Infinity display are curved. And while you can turn up the visual fidelity on the S8 and S8+ easily, you just may find that you don't need all that; the display looks terrific either way.
Samsung has also improved the camera on these phones, and those improvements stood out, particularly with lowlight photos.
The devices feature high-resolution displays that bend on both ends and come with various innovative technologies such as iris and face recognition scanners and a smart voice assistance program named Bixby.
While unlocking the S8 with your fingerprint is undoubtedly a bad experience, Samsung has sort of made up for it by adding an iris scanner to the front of the device, similar to that seen on the Note 7.
And, given the amount of work Samsung has put into addressing its battery problems, there's every chance it won't explode. And you have to pick up the phone to use it, so forget about quickly checking status from the phone resting on your desk or airplane seat tray.
Once you've set up your emergency contact, triple pressing the phone's power button at any time will automatically send a message to your SOS contact, alerting them to an incident and requesting help.