After launching earlier this year, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ quickly became among of the most popular Android phones of the year. The demand for the smartphone was apparent when Samsung managed to sell over 10 million Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ units in less than a month. And now not just reaffirming its popularity, Consumer Report s latest smartphone rating ranks the Galaxy S8 duo as the top dogs. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M42 First Impressions: Another inexpensive 5G phone on the menuAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy M42 5G: A look at company's affordable 5G phone in India
The Consumer Report says that at this moment, the crown of the best smartphone goes to the Samsung Galaxy S8+, which is followed closely by the Galaxy S8. The reviewers at Consumer Report are clearly impressed by the smartphones, however, they do point out the high price point as a possible reason that could keep a consumer from investing in the phones. If you want a stunning camera, long battery life, and gorgeous display in a water-resistant package, one of these could be the right phone for you. You just have to be willing to spend the rent money on it: The S8+ starts at about $840, and the S8 at around $720. Also Read - Samsung working on a new Exynos SoC paired with AMD GPU to power its laptops
The report starts off with the design details of the device, which is probably one of the most popular things about the smartphone anyway. The report mentions the lack of bezels on the side, the curved edges, and the design that fits a large screen in a smaller footprint, as one of the most impressive factors about the two smartphone s design. The reviewers also point out the notably tall and narrow body of the smartphone, when held in portrait mode. While typical smartphones have an aspect ratio of 16:9, the new Samsung devices have an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The look of the S8 and S8+ is minimalist, modern, and elegant and the design allows for a bigger screen in the same-size device.
However, the report does point out a flaw in the design as well, and that s the awkward placement of the fingerprint sensor. You can use the scanner for unlocking the phone, and that works well. But it’s right next to the rear camera, and we found ourselves repeatedly poking around to locate it and smudging the camera lens in the process.
Of course, the report praises the battery life of the two smartphones. While the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is fuelled by a 3,500mAh battery, the smaller Galaxy S8 comes with a 3,000mAh battery. The reviewers found the Galaxy S8 duo to do remarkably well in this department, however (quite naturally), they found the Galaxy S8+ to perform better in terms of battery life than the Galaxy S8. The difference in battery life is why the Galaxy S8+ ranks just a smidge higher than the Galaxy S8 in our ratings. DO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review: It s glorious, but with some caveats
In our talk-time test, the Galaxy S8+ hit 26 hours, and the S8 reached 23 hours. In a test of battery life while the phone is receiving and transmitting data over an LTE network, the S8+ lasted 17.5 hours, and the smaller phone lasted 14.5 hours. In our test of battery life while browsing the web over WiFi with the display on, the numbers were 14.5 hours for the S8+ and 13 hours for the S8.
Further, the reviewers found the cameras on the two smartphones to produce rich colors, and an admirable low-light performance. They also point out the reduced sharpness in these smartphone s cameras, as opposed to how the other Samsung phones perform. Over-sharpening can help a camera rate well in a quantitative lab test using standard industry tools to score well on those tests, the sharper the better. Consumer Reports uses these tools and others. But you also need imaging experts to simply look at the photos and judge their quality. DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A combination of beauty, beast and near-perfection!
Water resistance is another aspect that the reviewers tested, and again have given a thumbs up to it. We tested the phones to those specs in our pressurized dunk tank, and they passed. Like several other phones in the market, including the Samsung Galaxy S7, both Galaxy S8s are water-resistant up to five feet of water for at least 30 minutes.
However, one of Samsung Galaxy S8 duo s most talked about feature – the Bixby digital assistant – sadly failed to live up to the mark in its impressions. Samsung has big hopes for Bixby as an interface that combines touch and voice, and can integrate with Google’s abilities in fresh ways. But the digital assistant just isn’t there yet. In fact, voice commands have only just started to roll out and only in South Korea. Our quick take is that most users will find Google Assistant to be more useful. Though, the report does end with a beautiful clarification, that despite Bixby not being able to perform as well as we expected it does not affect the top ranking of Galaxy S8 duo. RELATED: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+: A closer look at Bixby AI assistant
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