On April 21st, the Samsung Galaxy S8 was released to the public. Sure, many Samsung phone releases go unnoticed, but this one has a really good chance to slowly come around and take a bite of Apple’s customers.
For the past year, Samsung has been plagued with their flagship phones going up in flames (okay, no more Samsung puns, I promise). To change this, they’ve made a bunch of adjustments to their design.
Hmm… What must you be thinking right now? “Kinda looks like an LG phone, not Samsung…”. Yes, imaginary reader, I would agree. If you’ve ever seen the bottom of a Samsung Galaxy phone, you’d know how easy it is to tell they take design features from various companies (Apple) and add it to their own with no shame. Recently, they’ve made some very crucial fixes from last year’s model. Samsung has removed the physical home button and put in its place a virtual one, giving it more room for the screen. Speaking of the screen, there’s so much of it that it’s hard at times to even see the bezels [Insert golf-like applause]. This may sound geeky and unimportant, but more screen means it’s more immersive. It captivates your eyes and keeps them glued to it.
Let’s go back to the photo that’s featured with the article title. Which one really grabs your attention the most? For me, I know for certain it’s the S8. The amount of screen on that phone is incredible. Not to mention, the edge display is now a default feature for this year’s flagship models. People often underestimate the power of appearance the products you buy can have, and this one really sticks out in a good way.
Alright, I’ll stop boring you with this. The next couple features aren’t as big, but when combined can be just as eye-catching as the first. It’s important to note that there are two versions of this phone; the S8 and S8 Plus. Do you see what I’m saying with the whole copying thing now? The regular-sized S8 is 5.8 inches, and the plus is 6.2. Both versions have the same resolution, though, so you won’t be missing out on any pixels for either one you choose.
Some other things they’ve improved on are their fingerprint and face sensors becoming a lot more accurate and lightning quick. Be careful, though, as the fingerprint sensor is now on the back, right next to the camera, so be sure to wipe off the lens before snapping a photo. Of course, their cameras have always been great, and the S8 is no different. 12 Megapixel Dual on the back, and an 8 Megapixel one on the front with no complaints thus far.
These features may not seem like that big of a leap, but the reality is that for Samsung, this is way outside of their comfort zone. Let me assure you that this type of design on a Galaxy phone has been a long time coming, but it only took one try at it to nail it. I mean cmon, how many times have your eyes darted back at the screen in these pictures of it? And with these types of improvements, there’s a bigger chance of this year being the time for more converts to Androidism, as I’d call it. people still sometimes think of Apple fans as a cult, but really, I think that the roles have flip-flopped.
Personally, If I could, I would definitely try out this S8 for a couple weeks. Unlike the iPhone 7, the S8 just feels so great in the hand. It has an amazing camera with great fingerprint and face sensors, and of course, the most eye-catching screen on a phone right now. It’s very attractive in pictures, and it does not leave you high and dry when you try it out for yourself. This could be a turning point in the Phone war. Apple may be on top as of right now, but if Samsung keeps up this progress in the next coming years, there’s no doubt in my mind that Android could become the front runner again.