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Samsung Galaxy S8 is good smartphone, but not spectacular

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Dale Davies ▼ | June 16, 2017
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a thin smartphone and incredibly light at 155g, but it feels sturdy and precisely made. Except one fact: It's curved edges make it extremely prone to fall from your hand.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Smartphone   The front of the Galaxy S8 is almost all screen
aaSamsung has retained the headphone jack and you will have hard time finding someone who thinks that’s a bad idea. Samsung included a pair of very good AKG wired buds in the box and we welcome that decision. A microSD slot continues to sit tucked away with the nano-SIM, the Qi wireless charging is also present, and the device is IP68 water- and dust-resistant too, so it will survive a dunk in water for 30 minutes to depths of 1.5 metres.

aaThe front of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is almost all screen and we like that but it's also curved all around and we don't like that very much. Curved edges make it very easy to sleep from your fingers and you certainly don't want to see your expensive smartphone on the concrete floor. Accidental touches were common on older Edge phones but hat's not the case with the S8. However... Curved screen is a demonstration what Samsung can do and it has nothing to do with functionality.

aaThere’s more to the display than just the curves. It has a new aspect ratio of 18.5:9, rather than 16:9. This means it’s taller, essentially giving you more space in a body that isn’t that much bigger than that of the S7. This is a tall screen and it’s bigger than the S7, but it’s much narrower than proper phablets. Width-wise, it’s barely wider than an iPhone 7 and noticeably narrower than the Pixel XL. So, it is big but thanks to new ratio, it's not so much bigger than you may think looking at the specs.

aaWith the fairly small 3000mAh battery, when you unbox your Galaxy S8 it will be set to display at 1080p rather than quad-HD. Most people probably won’t notice the difference but you should go into settings and switching things for the better. Brits, and those in Europe and Asia, will get Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chipset, while folk in the USA will get a device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. There’s 4GB of RAM and it has a roomy 64GB of internal storage with support for up to 256GB microSD cards.