Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB Unlocked Phone - US Version (Midnight Black)
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( stars, based on 48 reviews)
Meet the Galaxy S8 - Infinitely Brilliant. The Galaxy S8 has the world's first Infinity Screen, A screen without limits. The expansive display stretches from edge to edge, giving you the most amount of screen in the least amount of space. The revolutionary design of the Galaxy S8 begins from the inside out. We rethought every part of the phone's layout to break through the confines of the smartphone screen. So all you see is pure content and no bezel. It's the biggest, most immersive screen on a Galaxy smartphone of this size. And it's easy to hold in one hand. The Infinity Display has an incredible end-to-end screen that spills over the phone’s sides, forming a completely smooth, continuous surface with no bumps or angles. It’s pure, pristine, uninterrupted glass. And it takes up the entire front of the phone, flowing seamlessly into the aluminum shell. The result is a beautifully curved, perfectly symmetrical, singular object. Capture life as it happens with the Galaxy S8 cameras. The 12MP rear camera and the 8MP front camera are so accurate and fast that you won't miss a moment, day or night. Prying eyes are not a problem when you have iris scanning on the Galaxy S8. No two irises have the same pattern, not even yours, and they're nearly impossible to replicate. That means with iris scanning, your phone and its contents open to your eyes only. And when you need to unlock really fast, face recognition is a handy option. You never really stop using your phone. That's why Galaxy S8 is driven by the world's first 10nm processor. It's fast and powerful and increases battery efficiency. Plus, there's the ability to expand storage, and to work through rain and dust with IP68-rated performance.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #495 in Cell Phone Accessories
- Color: Midnight Black
- Brand: Samsung
- Model: SM-G950
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .31" h x 2.68" w x 5.86" l, .34 pounds
- Infinity Display: a bezel-less, full-frontal, edge-to-edge screen. Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings
- Camera resolution - Front: 8 MP AF, Rear: 12 MP OIS AF
- Memory: Internal Memory 64 GB, RAM 4GB
Most helpful customer reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
The Pros & Cons
My wife and I have had the Samsung S8+ for a little over a week now. I am an avid Samsung Galaxy user, and have been using them since the 4th generation. Here are the pros and cons as I see them to this device.
- Android Nougat is a very smooth OS. It's a definite upgrade from the previous versions. Just keeps getting better.
- The cameras on this phone are both amazing. Makes great photos!
- Very slick design on phone, aesthetically speaking. It looks very nice.
- Comes with a nice variety of accessories, including adapters for charging in case you want to use a micro-USB charger or want to hook up a USB cable accessory for any reason.
- Extremely good graphics on this device. Resolution is phenomenal.
- Wide range of settings for customizing your user experience and security. (Even more than the usual for an Android/Samsung device)
- Continued to allow for external storage, unlike the S6, which made me very happy.
- I haven't put the water resistance to the test, but I'm assuming it's as good as the last model. Glad it's there.
- The full screen layout is very nice for movies and gaming. I adjusted to the homescreen button being part of the screen almost instantly.
- This is an EXTREMELY fragile design, especially the back of the phone, which is also coated in the Gorilla Glass, from what I can tell. My wife dropped hers from about 10 inches, with a case on, on the 5th day of ownership. The back of the phone cracked, chipped, and spider-webed all over within just a few hours. The phone was insured through our carrier, but the cheapest solution was to send it in to Samsung for a $75 repair job (plus shipping and handling). I would strongly recommend using a reputable case and screen protector at all costs. And be sure you insure this device. Lots of the durability tests that I have seen on YouTube have exposed this design flaw as well.
- The headphones that come with the phone aren't that great. In previous editions, they provided Samsung-brand headphones that sounded great. It looks like they've started using another company to produce their headphones. There is very little bass or mid-range in the sound, so if you use your headphones for music, gaming, or videos, be prepared to get a better brand.
- The new Bixby application via Samsung... I'm still trying to adjust to it. It's Samsung's version of Google Assistant/Siri. It's not that it's not a useful concept, but you don't get much of a choice but to use it. There's a dedicated button on the left of the phone that can not be deactivated from what I can tell. It's right below the volume button and is easy to press unknowingly and can get annoying quickly. I hope Bixby grows on me.
- The voice command features for both Google and Bixby is weak in this edition. I have had to reprogram my voice recognition settings about 5 times already, and it still only picks up the commands about 30% of the time. Oddly enough, it works much better for the Bixby service than the Google Assistant service. (That struck me as a bit suspicious)
- The speech-to-text application in general took a step backwards with this edition. My S7 and S6 both did a wonderful job for the most part of translating my speech. This phone, however, has massive errors in its translation. It hyphenates words that don't need to be and substitutes words incorrectly, and often. I have to speak EXTREMELY slowly and phonetically in order to get it to work. The fact that I have a Southern accent doesn't help whatsoever. This was one of the worst drawbacks for me, personally, because I use the speech-to-text feature often with my work.
Overall: It's a gorgeous phone with some definite upgrades but concerning drawbacks. If I were Samsung, I would put a lot of emphasis on making a more durable design on the future editions. Worth buying - just keep it well protected.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful.
Better than iPhones
By Ashley Tran
Bought this to upgrade from my iPhone 7. The display and camera are so much nicer on this phone! I love how speedy fast this phone is and how you can expand the storage. I will probably be sticking to Samsung from now on, so far having a great experience.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
The Bixby button is a wart on an otherwise awesome phone. We get it
It would be hard to give any phone 5 stars since there are always a few features you would do differently. My biggest gripes about the S8 are all of the "Samsung" idiosyncrasies. The Bixby button is a wart on an otherwise awesome phone. We get it. You want to push Bixby. But if any app on a phone is going to get a dedicated button on the side, it should be the phone app itself (duh). Hopefully Samsung will see the error of their ways and push a firmware update that allows us to assign that button to any app or function we choose. As for Bixby itself, I am not ready to fully embrace the creepiness of voice interactive AI yet, and nobody in my circle talks to their phone when there isn't a real person on the other end. It just seems a little too... something.
Otherwise it's a really nice phone. Lots of power. Everything runs fast. Loads of storage space, plus the SD slot leaves plenty of room for even more storage. The ability to store more than one movie on the phone is nice for those days when you want to bring some entertainment along.
The screen is nice and bright. It can be used outdoors on bright days. Screen size is just about perfect. It's a little narrower than my previous Nexus 6, but it is still large enough to allow comfortable web browsing and movie viewing. And it isn't so big as to be uncomfortable to slip into a pants pocket. I also like the blue filter option for reducing eye strain, and the auto brightness feature seems to select a good level for the ambient light conditions.
I use a lot of amateur radio apps on my phones, and I am very glad the headphone jack has been retained. I will need to get some USB C OTG adapters to replace my micro USB adapters but in the long run this is probably better.
I ordered this phone with the Samsung 2017 wireless charging pad and it works great. On some previous phones and tablets I've had, the charging port has worn out and gotten sloppy from daily use. If you plug it in 3 times a day, presumably to charge in your car and in your home, that's well over 2000 times in 2 years (assuming you keep your phone that long).
The wireless charging feature allows you avoid all those plug/unplug cycles and save a ton of wear and tear on the USB port. And the wireless charge is still very fast.
Overall I am very pleased. It is still a bit quirky getting used to Samsung's additions after having the last 2 phones as pure Android Nexus devices but it has definitely grown on me. For someone coming from a previous Galaxy device I imagine this is an easier transition.
Although it deserves it's own review, I also got the Gear VR headset as part of the bundle. I will just say that the phone and headset work very well together. Resolution isn't the best when viewing through the headset, but we have been spoiled in the last 15 years by HD technology. The resolution through the headset is easily as good or better than a 90s era CRT television. And if you are older than about 25, you have probably watched and enjoyed a lot of TV at that resolution. The phone does get a little warm when using it in the VR headset but not scary hot. It would be nice if the headset was designed to allow the phone to be used while in a protective case, but that's not the phone's fault.
Battery life seems to be good for off and on web browsing throughout the day. Starting around 9 am with a full charge I used the phone for 10 minutes here, 40 minutes there several times throughout the day to check news, visit forums and social media, make a few brief calls and texts, etc. 11 hours later, I still have 45% charge left using the medium power saving setting. I consider myself to be a moderate to heavy device user so this is very good battery performance.
The camera is another nice feature, but I really don't like the annoying Bixby popup (Samsung please male it stop)! Otherwise the camera app is nice, offering some great video resolution options, and the ability to record in slow motion. A quick test today resulted in a very nice, clear slow motion video that surpasses the ability of my 4 year old Canon SX40HS bridge camera.
The biometric fingerprint scanner is also a treat. The last time I had a fingerprint scanner was on an old Toshiba laptop, and you.had to wipe.the finder across.the sensor. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this scanner requires just a tap of your finger and it instantly unlocks the phone. This is convenient enough to convince me to leave it secured all the time whereas with my previous phone I didn't bother with security features because I work from home and do not often go places where my phone might be easily stolen.
To summarize, this is a great piece of hardware that could use a little less of Samsung's own flavor, but the few little gripes are tolerable for all of the things that make it great. I would give it 4.5 stars if I could, and 5 stars if Bixby didn't have it's own button and popup in the camera app.