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Samsung Galaxy S8: The good, the bad, the beautiful

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A stunning, curved display and excellent camera meet an awkward fingerprint reader and work-in-progress digital assistant. Subscribe to CNET: http://cnet.co/2heRhep Check out our playlists: http://cnet.co/2g8kcf4 Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cnet Follow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cnet Follow us on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2icCYYm Add us on Snapchat: http://cnet.co/2h4uoK3
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vinay babu (26 days ago)
s8 worthy at that price ???? Battery back-up, performance..?. S8/op5t ... Plz suggest
Tucheze International (30 days ago)
Using it for three months already. No issues. I find 64gb more than enough space.
Reece Dalby (1 month ago)
The fingerprint scanner is hard to reach on the s8+ because you have small hands if you would use the regular s8 it would be comfortable
Delores McEachern (3 months ago)
The S8 is one Beautiful phone
N0ZP1K3R (5 months ago)
"Exactly the same" is redundant, you'd think a "journalist" would know this.
lilmeeper123 (5 months ago)
I also hate bixby!!!!!! Annoying app.
lilmeeper123 (5 months ago)
I hate this phone. The screen is extremely breakable a pain to type on annoying to use
cleng (6 months ago)
only complain i have is the volume.. its not loud enough. my note 4 is louder than this
Decriminalize Darwinism (7 months ago)
Both the iPhone and Galaxy products are complete trash, they put their user below their data mining efforts forcing you to make accounts for things you could normally search anonymously online. You idiots are willingly buying into being watched. F**king morons .
Brades’s Alternative (7 months ago)
hey, how did u activate Bixby Voice if it isn't available yet except Korea?
Tommy Sands (7 months ago)
its a very fast phone! bye HTC!
Jeremi Lewis (7 months ago)
am I the only S8 owner that actually has no issues with the fingerprint scanner
olumide Aanu (1 month ago)
Jeremi Lewis I had to set up both finger print and iris. But I think the finger print works better. Which do you prefer bro ?
York Town (7 months ago)
Jeremi Lewis nope
Masked P (8 months ago)
I think that a skin is a better idea than a case
Edwin Hailey (8 months ago)
I never have an issue hitting the fingerprint scanner the 1st time everytime... maybe some people are just not very coordinated...
PKTV (8 months ago)
2:25 lies!!!! u can remap the bixby button
Scarface (9 months ago)
i still don't trust this phone....might explode.....happened to my note 7. I don't trust Samsung anymore...
Odin31b (9 months ago)
Still rocking my Note 4 and thinking of an upgrade.. Thanks for posting.
sheridanbucket (9 months ago)
My Galaxy S5 has a 16mp camera. How is a 12mp camera on the S8 supposed to be an improvement?
David Rose (9 months ago)
Sent my S8+ back. I'm seeing to many post about issues. That and trying to get through to a customer service representative is nearly impossible. I've tried 8 times in the last two week, spending 45 mins and over on hold, and only got through once regarding a website order. No product is worth it, if customer service sucks!
liv briggs (9 months ago)
this finger print scanner is perfect if you're left handed
Ivan Jankovic (9 months ago)
i have a problem,please help: my galaxy s8 zooms way to much in my face in snapchat please respond if anyone has the same problem
Kenzo Wololol (9 months ago)
PROFESSIONAL PHONE HOLDER, DAMN.
Andrey Yasenya (9 months ago)
awesome review!
TL (9 months ago)
I love this real-life review, it is very realistic, compared to reviewing a device at a desk. I understand the drop anxiety - the phone is so beautiful that I'd be scared about dropping it too. Great phone!
Fank Lion (9 months ago)
Shit phone
Tom Liu (9 months ago)
I love that voice!
Richard Recupero (10 months ago)
watching on the galaxy s8+
Orchid Alchemist (10 months ago)
sick of the reastate ad comeing up😐
angeldemon821 (10 months ago)
best fingerprint scanner is on the Moto G5 Plus and Moto Z
john mark tacapan (10 months ago)
Worst review of s8
Beauty Neytiri (10 months ago)
i will definitly not miss the home key of previous galaxy phones... the less clicky things the better i think...
Beauty Neytiri (10 months ago)
i ordered my galaxy s8 plus wednesday, but apparantly as so many people are ordering them i will receive it some time next week... bummer ! i will upload a video on my channel today about me ordering my galaxy s8 plus, so i hope y'all will watch ;)
dion adamson (10 months ago)
I have no problem with the finger print Sensor. some people shouldn't use it because of little hands.
Heather Beaver (10 months ago)
Wtf,? Thought Bixby button could reroute to be Google assistant?
Naru Makiz (10 months ago)
Now IOS GONNA RELEASE NEW IPHONE WITHOUT A BUTTON
Ross MK (9 months ago)
Naru Makiz Yea it's been rumored since May 2016 lol
Nathaniel12345678910 (10 months ago)
Wait I just realized with no physical home button that means you lose the feature to double press the home button to bring up the camera
Amir Amir (8 months ago)
Nathaniel12345678910 it's power button now
Vijay Durga Raju (10 months ago)
cnet never like anything other than shiny apple. they suck apple's ass with their eyes closed and they pay for that with big smile
swiperboy sb (10 months ago)
naw.... no phone is worth close to $1k
Jaheim J.J (10 months ago)
you can remap the Bixby button to other apps
jk masters (10 months ago)
somebody help me how do you get bixby voice I'm on it rn
James Palacios (10 months ago)
I got mine yesterday by AT&T and love it, i order the Orchid Gray S8+, the phone is ridicules beautiful, the screen is amazing. The Battery life is really great cannot complaint.
MFizzle777 (10 months ago)
This review is way too basic! No talk about the Bluetooth 5.0, LTEU giving up to 5 Gigahertz data and then Gigabit LTE and so on. There are way too many things missed out. iPhone users shouldn't review Samsung devices like their dumb iPhone!
KLEEK (10 months ago)
Wouldn't it be easier to hold the phone in your left hand and use your left index finger to activate the finger print sensor?
Wet Shoe (10 months ago)
functionality, aesthetic this phone has both
Abhishek Pawar (10 months ago)
Looks wise every other phone looks primitive when compared to s8
Gaming Authority (10 months ago)
wait i thought you're able to remap the bixby button?
Gaming Authority (10 months ago)
Ah but for us tech savy users, that shouldnt be a problem when a xposed tweak is out for this.
RogueGamer25 (10 months ago)
Gaming Authority not anymore. Samsung patched that out, they want to control you like Apple does.
No One (10 months ago)
This phone look like a cheap plastic 😆😂☺️😌
Dan Rigsley (10 months ago)
Ran quickly and smoothly for how long? Samsung is notorious for bug out and slow down after a year.
Amir Amir (8 months ago)
Dan Rigsley it won't get slow if you clear cache under storage setting. It does get slow if you don't
Ross MK (9 months ago)
Dan Rigsley Two weeks tops lol
DaTickizevil (10 months ago)
why do people feel we need a dual camera all of a sudden??
gtone339 (10 months ago)
Ordered the official Samsung Galaxy S8 for my one hehe!!
NoVa JB (10 months ago)
The fingerprint scanner is a deal breaker for me. When I'm in a meeting and want to see a notification on the S7 Edge I can push the home button and turn on the screen & unlock in one motion. With the S8 I will have to pick up. Nitpicky but a huge flaw for me
krystina gray (10 months ago)
I just got my s8 today. upgraded from my s6. so far I'm loving the battery the most.
rapatator (10 months ago)
At 1:20 You support the idea that blond people are dumb.
FrostKratos (10 months ago)
you're old
dogunit100 (10 months ago)
Why a waterproof screen.......oh right just in case some pervert wanted to masturbate on the phone screen......
RogueGamer25 (10 months ago)
dogunit100 no, if you drop it in the sink or toilet it won't crap out...
dennyl venzon (10 months ago)
@unboxtherapy lou, check out the title
David Wu (10 months ago)
Damn, apple pls make the phone like this, it looks beautiful 😊
3165dwayne (10 months ago)
siri like? really cnet? every time you do a review of an android phone do you have to mention the iPhone? from the way Bixby looks to me its obvious that its more like Google Now
phantom page (10 months ago)
I hate using phones two handed
Sokanon (10 months ago)
theres an app in the app store which allows the to remap bixby
Jeffrey Sutton (10 months ago)
Great review!
Terry Velasquez (10 months ago)
yes you can remap Bixby
Samy_06 (10 months ago)
Terry not anymore xD
chahem (10 months ago)
Get a good mic
qwertypoor (10 months ago)
people have made the Bixby button open other apps look it up
Geoff (10 months ago)
qwertypoor not with the new update.
Adriansyah Muhammad (10 months ago)
i just remember how jessica reviewed samsung galaxy s4...and now...still always review Samsung S series...
Sanlu Kapala (10 months ago)
i agree the phone could be better... like your clevage.. u need a pushup bra then it will be better 😊
redcash123 (10 months ago)
i'm a lefty, so the fingerprint scanner works fine for me.
repdaking (10 months ago)
I thought the s8 couldn't be fast charged with the old fast charger?
Jedd Simon (10 months ago)
I dont have an s8 i just tried it in the store so correct me if im wrong. The force touch home button is useless because it still acts on a tap i mean it doesnt really require the pressure so why put force touch
Ross MK (9 months ago)
Jedd Simon I thought the same thing but I tried another one and it didn't have the capacitive tap I had to actually press it like the force touch button on the iPhone 7 so it might just be button preferences or something idk.
Bill Pemberton (10 months ago)
My 8+ came in the mail yesterday. Slightly taller than my Note 4 and narrower. Way way faster. Feels great in the hand with that front and rear edge curve. Thanks for the tip on quick loading the camera. With everyone hating on about the fingerprint placement, I think we're all going to be very aware when we're using it.
Bernard P (10 months ago)
this was a better and fun review than most
Jason Massey (10 months ago)
CNET (and every other popular phone reviewer) - STOP making half (or usually more) of your reviews about the damn camera!!! 95% of us don't care. PLEASE STOP THIS. Thank you. That is all.
Hevert Hernandez (10 months ago)
what song was playing at 2:12??
Robert Lawrence (10 months ago)
I have a Note 5. I like Samsung phones to an extent. I hate and despise Samsung Pay. Samsung Pay is just more bloatware that constantly annoys you to sign up. Why does everyone want a foreign company to control their finance accounts? I don't get that. Also on the S8, I am annoyed by the downgrade of the camera from 16 mega pixels to 12 mega pixels. Also that curved screen is so annoying too. Seems like Samsung purposely wants to use crappy gimmicks to lure people. I may move away from them on my next phone unless they change their ways quickly.
aafaq khan (10 months ago)
S8 is love.
teyzfootball (10 months ago)
That fingerprint reader placement really makes me skip this one and wait for the note 8 or gs9..
bkfinest006 (10 months ago)
fingerprint sensor is the only reason i'm not upgrading. hopefully they get their act together by the note 8 release.
bulgalin (10 months ago)
so, who wants to sponsor my vacation to review the note 8.
Antoine Swans (10 months ago)
So the essentially​ the G6 is just as good but scored lower because it doesn't look as pretty and didn't take enough chances that don't work out of the box! And please save your bootloop references, just as i will save my "burn baby burn battery" reference.
Ross MK (9 months ago)
Antoine Swans You can add the constant problem of Samsung's lagging over time also
Irishgamer01 (10 months ago)
CNET don't hire men any more, when the majority of viewers are men?
ADIL GOVIND (10 months ago)
the juicy Boobiee's-👙❤❤ girl tempting
Hirav Parekh (10 months ago)
Like your voice
Walter White (10 months ago)
Yeah but can it make phone calls
Can't wait to get my I got one more day hell yes
W-_-T (10 months ago)
Bixby is another half baked gimmicky Samsung idea.
Paul Munro (2 months ago)
W-_-T like....Siri?
Andy Stewart (10 months ago)
Nice rack though👌 its worth mentioning
Review without the mentioning of Dbrand
K-jam (10 months ago)
what are you even saying i've got my hands on the samsyng galaxy s8 demo i can reach the fingerprint scanner nicely
HodsBroo (10 months ago)
I like the phone but I still to the Google Pixels tbh
songxingmu (10 months ago)
waiting OnePlus 5
perseus zeus (10 months ago)
why people are so stupid nowadays or immature or else.. all this review are definitely.. ,- they being paid by that brand itself to promote those two retarded pricey "trusted brands",.
perseus zeus (10 months ago)
samsuck vs icrapple-- the winner is ?????
perseus zeus (10 months ago)
yea i thought so
EvilTom (10 months ago)
Samsung
M I C H (10 months ago)
She doesn't know how to use the S8.
bambapabbi (10 months ago)
2:55
da man (10 months ago)
yes you can remap the Bixby button and should know better if you do your job
R T (10 months ago)
Seriously, I want my phone to have a palm reader on the back, make sense, Im holding it anyway. Who wants a iddybitty spot to read your finger when your palm is more complexed.
EvilTom (10 months ago)
Palms can be sweaty and I it's a large surface that can't be easily read.
Jeong-hun Sin (10 months ago)
Samsung should natively support remapping the BixBy button. Do they really think people who wanted to remap it to something else (because they did not want to use BixBy) would use BixBy just because they blocked remapping? That button would just be unused.
Vipop Coombs (10 months ago)
Wait, so what's so amazing about this phone? The display..?
Valentin He (10 months ago)
Sry but I had this phone in hand once for 3 mins and hit the fingerprint reader every time perfectly

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