I've had my S8 for a few months now, and practically every complaint that reviewers have had haven't bothered me at all, the fingerprint sensor location took me a couple of hours to get over and I use bixby for setting timers for cooking (having a dedicated button for it is really quick, although the pixel 2 solution is better). One improvement I really want to see is 3 pressure sensitive buttons at the bottom instead of just the one.
I couldn't keep mine due to how terribly laggy and glitchy it became after just a couple months. It got so bad I couldn't even scroll through webpages without freezing and jittering.
I'm still not sure how Samsung devices can get such glowing reviews from so many tech reviewers despite that pretty obvious flaw of poorly optimized and unreliable software.
I had an S8 and actually gave it up for the Pixel 2. The in hand usability of the Pixel 2 was much better than the S8, and I could not deal with the fine scratches covering my screen... And I take good care of my phones. The fingerprint scanner I got used to, but never the curved screen. It felt strange and exposed, and near eliminated all screen protectors.
I'm ok with the bottom firing speaker and the fingerprint scanner doesn't bother me that much, also I don't really care for dual cameras since coming from a galaxy grand prime with a crappy 8 megapixel camera the s8 is a beast, and the phone hasn't really slowed down since it's fairly new, so I'm probably gonna stick with the s8 and then I might switch to an galaxy s9, OnePlus 6 or pixel 3 whenever those come out
Samsung gets way too many free passes. Yes, the S8 is an incredible piece of hardware. But Samsung’s tendency to cram their own shit down your throat consistently kills their handsets. Weak software tweaking, force feeding Bixby, an insulting timeline for software updates and some other weird decisions always keep Samsung’s phones from being as good as they could be on the basis of their hardware specs and design.
Even a year later, it’s still one of the best looking smartphones on the market. It’s a shame it forgoes practicality.
Honestly other than the Infinity Display, the different buttons of the back and recent, and the dumb moving of the fingerprint scanner, the S7 and S8 are almost the same, the S7 is better. The S9 is a refined S8...They do this every other year, one is a build year, the other is a refine year. The Note 9 could be quite amazing, the S9 is an easy pass this year to me, just as the S8 was to me last year. (I have the S7)
I feel like Im literally the only person who never has a problem with the finger print scanner location. I mean maybe if you kepp switching phones all the time you can't get used to it, but I've been unlocking my phone with it perfectly.
I used the first iteration of Samsung experience on my S6 edge a few years ago and it really isn't that different. It still stutters and lags like when you go to Bixby home there's no smooth scrolling between that and the home screen. I've tried out a few S8's from friends and relatives but I always find that slow scrolling jitters a bit, also the home button isn't as responsive on the S8.
Jon, I really admire you as a tech reviewer. However, it seems over the years you put out less and less content. Instead of doing revisited videos maybe you could bring us some new content on other cool phones? Thanks, I'm a big fan.
Nice design. That was the thing that stands out.
Never the less, Android as resource eater and overall Samsung as brand is not something that I would give a chance at all. Back in the time when I used Android, before switching to Windows Mobile and finally IOS, there was only HTC. Good for Google to work with those guys. Thats some other story...
Got an S8+ after my 3 year old Note 3 was stolen and I absolutely love it.. My jump was quite big since I had my Note for so long (It always worked geat so I didn't wanna change it until I had to) but stil, 6 months after I got it I still enjoy iy a lot and I am still finding new functionalities.. So I dont see myself upgrading anytime soon (as long as thieves keep away from my things at least)
Pretty much all the negatives are irrelevant to me. Ive always used full flipcases for my smartphones as they aren't designed to be dropped. Don't care about the speakers as I've had two Sony stereo speaker phones and it isn't really impressive unless you want to annoy people on the street and my p.c and tablet have them which are much better and I recently had a great deal as the S9 was due.
Had it since May last year and I'm still happy with it, takin into consideration that I get bored quickly and I love new tech. Still can't keep my eyes of from it even though I was also drawn to the Note8 when it came out.