Tuesday, July 4, 2017

5 things I like about the Galaxy S8+

I’ve been the proud owner of a Galaxy S8+ ever since it hit the shelves back in April, and I’m pleased to report that there isn’t anything I really don’t like about the handset. There is, however, a lot I like about it — so I thought I’d put together a column outlining the top five things that have ultimately kept my SIM in the Galaxy S8+.

Build quality

For a smartphone that’s primarily constructed from glass, the Galaxy S8 is relatively durable. I’ve dropped my unit a couple of times and it’s managed to escape unscathed, though there are a couple of minor scratches on the back, which were likely caused by storing the device into the same pocket as my keys.

Camera

The Galaxy S8 sports the same 12-megapixel camera as its predecessor, the Galaxy S7. However, Samsung has made a number of minor changes to further improve the quality of the images it captures — and it’s done a fantastic job. Images taken in the regular point-and-shoot mode are crisp, though it has a tough time in poorly lit environments.

Camera comparison: Galaxy S8 vs the Galaxy S7

Infinity Display

Wow. That’s the only way I can describe the Galaxy S8’s Infinity Display. Sadly, it’s something you have to experience for yourself as no words will ever do it justice, but if you haven’t had a chance to play around with the device, imagine the clearest, most vivid curved screen and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what it’s like to hold the Galaxy S8.

On-screen navigation

I’m a big fan of on-screen navigation keys, which is why I was pleased when I found out that Samsung had axed its traditional configuration (capacitive Back and Recents buttons and a physical Home key) in favor of a virtual set. Having the option to change both the appearance and order of the buttons to suit your personal preference is also a nice touch.

Related content: Five Galaxy S8 features that have made my life easier

Samsung Experience

While this feature isn’t strictly limited to the Galaxy S8, it’s still something I really like. For the first time, Samsung’s custom user interface, which has been rebranded from TouchWiz to Samsung Experience, is actually incredibly smooth and responsive. Moreover, it suits the handset’s extra wide 18.5:9 aspect ratio perfectly.

What do you think?

If you own a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, we’d love to know exactly what you like and dislike about it — so be sure to leave a comment in the section below. Alternatively, you can reach us over on Facebook and Twitter, where we’re always looking to engage in a conversation.