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The Greatest Smartphone You Shouldn’t Buy: Samsung Galaxy S8 Review (and Giveaway!)

Kannon Yamada 09-05-2017

The $800 Samsung Galaxy S8 is, without question, the best smartphone ever made. A winning combination of top-tier hardware and sophisticated software place it above even superlative phones like the Google Pixel and iPhone 7. So what exactly makes the Samsung Galaxy S8 the best? Let’s find out – and at the end of this review, we’re giving away our test model to one lucky reader. Keep reading to find out how to enter the competition!


The Competition

The S8 is clearly better than its competitors. And that’s because within the $700-800 price range, phones like the Google Pixel and iPhone 7 were released in 2016. Samsung’s nearly year-long lead gives them access to an entirely new processor along with further software refinements. Perhaps the most obvious reason, though, is how the phone looks. It crams an enormous 5.8-inch screen into a hand-sized form factor.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8’s technical prowess and elegant design trash its competition, including the Google Pixel Google Pixel XL Review and Giveaway Google's first branded device delivers one of the best devices in the Android ecosystem: the $770 Pixel XL. The XL launched with similar specs as the $500 Nexus 6P, but is it worth $770? Read More . It even manages to eclipse the latest model of iPhone Enter the iPhone 7 Giveaway to Win Apple's Latest Masterpiece Join the giveaway for a chance to win the new iPhone 7, hosted by Stacksocial. Read More . In short, the Pixel literally falls behind in every single possible comparison to the Galaxy S8. And with both phones costing about the same premium price, there’s no longer any reason to recommend a Pixel.

But how future proofed is the Samsung Galaxy S8? If you love gorgeous screens, given that Samsung’s Infinity Display technology is proprietary, there’s just no competition.

What You Get

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If you pre-ordered a Galaxy S8, Samsung included a virtual reality headset along with a sound amplifying dock. I wasn’t very impressed with the cheap plastic build of the Samsung Gear VR, however, and the sound amplifier just feels like a gimmick. More or less, these free products are worth every penny.

Almost everything packaged along with the S8 is standard fare for Samsung. However, one interesting deviation is the headphones: AKG earphones with fabric covered, anti-tangle cords. I didn’t try these out (because we’re giving them away and that would be gross), but reviews online indicate high quality. If rumors are to be believed, these are a step up over the standard Samsung earbuds.

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Aesthetic Design

The Samsung Galaxy S8 combines a gorgeous laminated glass body with the wrap-around glass of the Samsung Galaxy Edge. An aluminum band surrounds the entire package, giving it an iPhone-like appearance. Even the aluminum band includes lamination, which should help protect it from drops. It also makes the phone more slip-resistant than its predecessor, the S7, which lacked a coating.


Thanks to iFixit’s teardown, we know the complete internals of the Samsung Galaxy S8. And they’re impressive.


  • Water and dust resistant (IP68)
  • Cutting-edge Snapdragon 835 system-on-a-chip
  • Gorilla Glass 5
  • Laminated exterior
  • High-end smartphone camera (12MP)
  • 8-inch, dual-edge, AMOLED with 2960×1440 resolution (570 PPI)
  • Android 7 Nougat
  • SD card support
  • Biometric reader
  • Fingerprint reader
  • USB-C
  • Wireless charging
  • Pressure-based screen unlock

Notes on Hardware Design and Other Features

Samsung made some really interesting design choices in the S8. In truth, Samsung’s latest differs little from the winning formula that it struck upon in the S7. But it further refines the S7’s design, adding a few important features. Most important among these changes are a cutting edge processor, an amazing network modem, and full IP68 waterproofing.

Unfortunately, the S8 dispensed with the infrared blaster in the Samsung Galaxy S6. I’m certain that the rationale for this choice has to do with the presence of an IR blaster inside of Samsung’s wearable smartwatches.

How is the Screen?

The 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen inside of the Samsung Galaxy S8 offers almost the same pixel density as the S6 that came out in 2015. The main difference between the two iterations is the size of the S8’s screen: it’s huge. No other 5.8-inch phone offers a 5.8-inch screen in a one-hander form factor. The extra screen real estate allows for edge notifications, better function in a split screen mode, and impresses a real sense of awe in onlookers. If you want the envy of friends and enemies, get this phone.


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The S8’s screen, however, isn’t even at the top of its class in pixel density. Older iterations of the Galaxy come with a slightly more pixel-dense display. For example, both the S7 and S6 manage to pack in more pixels-per-inch. I’m not sure why this reduction occurred, but even so, it’s a negligible (10 pixels-per-inch) decrease.

Overall, the combination of high pixel density, screen size, and display quality make the S8 the best phone around for aesthetes.

The one thing about AMOLED screens, though, that really bothers me is burn-in. What’s burn-in? Whenever you leave a still image on your phone — particularly white images – they have a tendency to remain on the screen, permanently.


The Burn-In Test

In order to test the quality of Samsung’s panel, I turned on always-on notifications over a 48 hour period. This means that the screen was left on a still image (white text), for two days. I then tested to see whether or not burn-in occurred. So how did the Samsung S8 hold up?

Great! I couldn’t detect any after-images or image retention. Overall, I’d say that Samsung’s OLED technology ranks among the best out there for screen durability. Keep in mind, though, that all OLED panels eventually begin retaining an afterimage of frequently displayed images, notoriously the status bar.

Is the S8’s Camera Any Good?

If you love photography, I’ve got some bad news. The one area that Samsung seemed to gloss over was its camera. That’s not because the camera is bad. In fact, the camera ranks among the best cameras on today’s market. However, Samsung chose to employ the same camera module that it used on last year’s Galaxy S7. The difference rests entirely in its post-processing, which even then, doesn’t differ much from last year’s device.

That said, the 12-megapixel camera on board the S8 doesn’t blow away today’s competition. It competes on equal footing with the industry’s best. In truth, most smartphone cameras today are really quite good. It’s almost impossible to go wrong when buying a flagship phone. In fact, even some of the less expensive devices, like the Axon 7 ZTE Axon 7 Review While most high-end phones cost well over $600, the ZTE Axon 7 manages to pack amazing specs into a $400 phone -- and the result is impressive. Read More , offer decent cameras.

But there’s one area in which all smartphone cameras suck: low-light photography. No matter how much money you pay, no tiny smartphone camera will produce a decent quality picture if the lighting sucks. For example, here’s a classic example of a weak photo caused by low ambient light:

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Virtual Reality Experience

The Samsung Gear VR offers best-in-class virtual reality performance. Normally, running more graphically intensive VR games can result in extreme overheating. The S8, however, manages to handle some fairly intense games, without bursting into flames.

The Gear VR itself offers a better fit, compared to Google’s Daydream platform. Rather than simply strapping a device into the visor, users plug it into a USB-C connector. The connector allows for passthrough functionality. For example, you can plug in a USB-C flash drive or power source while the Gear VR is in use. Overall, it’s a step up over its competitors. But the plastic buildy does feel a little flimsy.

What’s Samsung DeX?

Samsung’s DeX (Desktop Express) allows the S8 to function as a complete desktop. Unfortunately, it requires a relatively expensive dock and Samsung hasn’t released an official product yet. The only options (as of the Spring of 2017) are third party docking stations, many of which don’t function as advertised.

Quick Charge 4.0 and Wireless Charging

Quick Charge 4.0: In the mobile world, multiple proprietary and nonproprietary standards exist for rapidly charging a phone. The two most common are Qualcomm’s Quick Charge and the non-proprietary Power Delivery standard. Samsung chose Quick Charge as the standard on the Galaxy S8, although PD chargers appear to rapidly charge the S8 as well. The overall charging speed takes the phone from low (~15%) to 27% in around 10 minutes – that’s really fast. The Google Pixel XL in comparison charges from low to around 20% in the same amount of time. However, the Pixel XL’s battery includes an additional 450 mAh over the S8’s 3000 mAh.

Overall, I’d rate Quick Charge 4.0 about equal to the USB Type-C What Is USB Type-C? Ah, the USB plug. It is as ubiquitous now as it is notorious for never being able to be plugged in right the first time. Read More PD standard. That means it’s ridiculously fast. However, keep in mind that there are a lot of really dangerous USB-C chargers The Best USB-C Chargers: What's Safe and What's Dangerous? What are the best USB-C chargers? Benson Leung and Nathan-K's roundup of the best chargers on today's market can be complex to read. Fortunately, we've simplified it for you! Read More on the market. Be careful.

Wireless Qi Charging: If you love wireless charging, the S8 is for you. The Qi standard is pretty much universal and you can buy a cheap $15 charger on eBay or Amazon.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Performance

If you know nothing about the Snapdragon 835, there are three things that you need to know: First, it’s the fastest, most battery-friendly mobile system-on-a-chip ever made. Second, it includes the fastest network modem ever seen on a mobile processor. Third, it supports a ridiculous number of features, like Quick Charge 4.0, Bluetooth 5.0, and wireless Qi charging.

Battery Endurance

The S8 gives users the ability to extend battery life dramatically by enabling a semi-customizable battery mode. At its highest setting, the S8 only runs core apps. But with battery mode enabled, its estimated battery life approaches around 100 hours of standby. On its moderate settings, it gets around 40-50 hours of standby. And with all the bells and whistles turned on, battery life comes out to around 25 hours.

My numbers came out to around 4 hours of screen-on-time and a full day of heavy use (or two days of regular use). As far as battery life goes, the S8 offers excellent power efficiency for a 3000 mAh battery.

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How Is the S8’s Network Performance?

I tested and compared the S8’s cellular reception on T-Mobile against a Google Pixel XL. The S8’s use of materials, such as glass, should give it a fundamental edge against the Pixel’s aluminum unibody. Furthermore, the modem inside of the S8 is supposedly improved. But how did it perform?

Signal Strength and 4G

As mentioned above, Samsung made some tradeoffs between metal and glass. While the S8 is more fragile than phones made from plastic or aluminum, its wireless capabilities should be much stronger. Using a Wi-Fi and cellular strength analysis tool, this theory seems borne out.  Going off the information below the S8 (left) received a dBm of -110 vs the Pixel’s -120. That may not seem like a big difference, but it meant that the S8 could hit 4G speeds, while the Pixel was stuck on 3G.

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More or less, the cellular reception of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is leagues better than anything else out there.

Bluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth 5.0 is really amazing. Not only does it further improve battery consumption and transmission reliability, it also adds simultaneous audio output to multiple speakers. Here’s MKBHD’s take on it:

In previous versions of Android, you could only use one device per smartphone. Now you can control multiple Bluetooth audio devices from a single source. That opens the door to wireless home stereo systems controlled by a single device. It’s a big deal.

Not Everything Is Perfect

As with all smartphones, the S8 falls short of perfection. Some of its failings include a lousy fingerprint scanner, Bixby, a lack of an IR blaster, and an awful stock launcher. None of these failings are deal-breakers.

Terrible Fingerprint Scanner

The fingerprint scanner’s placement leaves a lot to be desired. On top of that, its accuracy doesn’t seem very good. For example, on a Google Pixel, pressing your finger on the fingerprint sensor unlocks the phone. On the S8, it seems to do nothing most of the time. On rare occasion, pressing it unlocks it, but I might be pressing the camera instead, because they feel almost exactly the same.

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Bixby Is Mostly Absent

Unfortunately, Samsung’s personal assistant software, Bixby, doesn’t really work. Right now it looks like a clone of Amazon’s Firefly app, which identifies objects and finds them on Amazon. It’s pretty clear that Samsung had high hopes for it as it dedicated an entire physical button toward running the app. It even issued firmware updates to disable apps that allowed users to remap the button to use more useful services. As it stands, pressing the button brings up a placeholder, which looks a lot like Google Now, but without any kind of functionality.

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No IR Blaster

If you were hoping that the S8 would bring back the infrared remote features of the Galaxy S6, you’re in for a jolt: Samsung no longer supports IR blasters. For those looking to remote control their set-top-box, or television, you’ve got no other choice than one of Samsung’s lackluster wearables – either the Samsung Gear 2 Neo Samsung Gear 2 Neo Review and Giveaway Want a smartwatch with longer battery life? Check out the $199 Samsung Gear 2 Neo – little brother of the Samsung Gear 2, which omits the camera and smartphone independent data capabilities. Read More or the Samsung Gear 2.

The Samsung Stock Launcher Is Garbage

Samsung apologists may love the stock TouchWiz launcher, but by most standards, it sucks. While it uses a standard launcher formula, like folders and an app drawer, it’s not particularly interesting and lacks the kind of depth that you find in Arrow Launcher Microsoft's New Arrow Launcher Makes Android More Productive Microsoft has made an awesome new Android launcher, so we put it to the test. Read More , Nova, or even the Google Now launcher. Fortunately, there are a lot of better free launchers What Is the Best Free Android Launcher? Nova launcher, Apex launcher, and dodol launcher are all solid free launchers, but which is the best? We put them to the test. Read More out there.

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Should You Buy the Samsung Galaxy S8?

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Compared to other devices within its class, the S8 beats all competitors. Unfortunately, it’s the comparison to much cheaper smartphones that diminish the S8’s appeal. The ZTE Axon 7 (our review ZTE Axon 7 Review While most high-end phones cost well over $600, the ZTE Axon 7 manages to pack amazing specs into a $400 phone -- and the result is impressive. Read More ) and OnePlus 3T (OnePlus 3 review OnePlus 3 Review OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 were tricky to get hold of, despite attracting favorable reviews. This time around, things are different. Read More ), already a year old, receive faster firmware updates, offer similar performance, and software features – for almost half the cost. Is the S8 twice the phone? No.

Buy it if you’ve got lots of disposable income. It’s the king of all smartphones. Otherwise, it’s completely unaffordable. Let me put that in perspective: for most people, $800 pays a month’s rent. It can buy several months of groceries. It can drive you across the United States at least four times over. Is a phone really worth that much?

Our verdict of the Samsung Galaxy S8:
Another superlative phone for the wealthy. Buy it only if you have cash to burn.
9 10

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  1. Debra
    June 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Kannon how are paying $3.33 for service with Airvoice because I don't see that plan but thanks for letting me know about them cus they will be my new carrier . Loving the unlimited $20 plan but if could get that $3.33 would be even better.
    Again much thanks

    • Kannon Yamada
      June 11, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Debra, I use their $10 for three months of service prepaid (PayGo) service with Google hangouts combined with google voice to make calls. GV plus hangouts lets you make and receive calls over WiFi.

      Because I work from home, it's like having unlimited calls and text messages. But it's definitely not for everyone. Anyone on the go relying on lots of voice and SMS would burn through their plan really quickly.

  2. Benghauser
    May 30, 2017 at 11:14 pm


    About a week ago I happened to see an email from Comcast/Xfinity in the Promotions tab of my Gmail inbox and - I'm still not sure what possessed me - I opened it.

    Much to my surprise and delight, it announced that Xfinity is now in the mobile business and provided these details of its introductory offer:

    Galaxy S8+ for 24 monthly payments of $35.00 = $840.00
    Unlimited calls and texts over the Verizon network.

    $12.00 per gig of data (if you use less than the full gig you've paid for, the remainder automatically gets carried over to the next month) or $45.00 per month for unlimited data.

    Free shipping of the device.

    • Kannon Y
      June 1, 2017 at 2:23 am

      That fits my definition of unaffordable. You can buy two OnePlus 3Ts or two Axon 7s for that price.

  3. John Smith
    May 30, 2017 at 1:58 am

    "The S8 is clearly better than its competitors."

    The you recommend not buying it because of you not being able to use its Camera, and you think it is not good, and because you think it has a bad finger scanner?
    Give me a break. I own one, several members of my family have S7, One has Pixel, and we have 2 iPhone 7+. Not a single pic taken from any iPhone that I used or tested came even close to the S7 and the S8 camera quality. The S8 has less capable camera than the S7, that I would agree on, but you are mistaken when comparing it to anything else on the market today.

    • Kannon Y
      May 30, 2017 at 2:07 am

      That isn't why I didn't recommend buying it. I recommend against buying it because you can get 90% of the functionality of an S8 inside a $400 phone in the full length review. The S8 is easily the best phone on the market right now, but if you can get 90% of the features in a phone that costs half, I'd say go for the cheaper model.

      The S8 uses the same camera as in the S7. The only difference is in the post processing which occurs in the system-on-a-chip. Post processing doesn't make all that big a difference. With the same sensor, these are about the same camera.

      • John Smith
        June 6, 2017 at 3:56 am

        I never said you recommended not buying it because of only the camera. I was questioning your recommendation's premise as a whole.
        I don't think you can get 90% of the S8 functionality in a $400 phone. That's an exaggeration if not completely not true.

        Yeah, Samsung phones sometimes have the Samsung bloatware. Big deal and here is the best argument against your recommendation. Not every one pays the full price for phones these days, people lease or get them as an upgrade. Those who pay the full price are in the minority and a tiny one at that. So when you upgrade/lease, that is few dollars per month on your bill, really does not make a difference, plus, there are not really any phones in the market with the qualify of the make, and availability of accessories in the way Samsung, LG and HTC, phones (even the others are not that greatly supported as Samsung phones), so again that argument of the $400 phone with 90% of the features is not realistic, but only if you insist.

        • Kannon Yamada
          June 6, 2017 at 4:52 pm

          Hey, I appreciate and understand your critique. You make a valid point: that I'm making a gross simplification by saying that $400 phones offer 90% of the features of the S8. It's really Apples and Oranges.

          One thing that isn't true is the cost. If you are purchasing phones as upgrades you are paying MORE than full price because carriers have successfully tricked us into thinking that the monthly payments are somehow cheaper than paying the full price of the phone. That is NEVER true.

          For example, I paid $750 for my Pixel XL. But the wireless carrier (AT&T's network Airvoice Wireless) costs me $3.33 a month. You can find high cap plans for around $20-40, by the way with other MVNOs. Were I with a carrier I'd pay $200 for the phone and $50-100 a month on an 18-month contract, minimum. The contract comes out to $1,100 to $2,000. The unlocked phone comes out to $809.94 to $1,500. It's cheaper in all usage scenarios by hundreds of dollars.

        • John Smith
          June 7, 2017 at 7:55 am

          @Kannon Yamada

          "One thing that isn't true is the cost. If you are purchasing phones as upgrades you are paying MORE than full price "

          My cost argument was not about the full price.

          Here is what I said.
          "Not every one pays the full price for phones these days, people lease or get them as an upgrade. Those who pay the full price are in the minority and a tiny one at that. So when you upgrade/lease, that is few dollars per month on your bill, really does not make a difference"

          In fact quite the opposite. I argued against it.

  4. Andrés Castro
    May 30, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Que ha pasadoo? Quién es el ganador?

  5. Andrés Castro
    May 30, 2017 at 12:11 am

    What happened with the s8?

    • Kannon Y
      May 30, 2017 at 2:08 am

      It should get announced soon. The winner needs to respond to the email with an address. Because people enter these contests using multiple accounts, it can oftentimes take several weeks before someone bothers responding to an email.

  6. Giorgio Tulio Scampini Chin Aleong
    May 29, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Ya queda muy poco

  7. Ray Putra
    May 29, 2017 at 5:47 am

    I Hope Win This Giveaway ! (y)

  8. Mabel Sanchez
    May 28, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Gracias por el sorteo. Suerte!!

  9. Giorgio Tulio Scampini Chin Aleong
    May 28, 2017 at 1:32 am

    uhhhhh aquí sigo esperando, por mi galaxy s8

  10. Luc
    May 25, 2017 at 12:54 am


  11. Michael Pollard
    May 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    "The S8, however, manages to handle some fairly intense games, without bursting into flames."
    It's the "without bursting into flames" part that's particularly important for a Samsung phone.

  12. Syaifullah
    May 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I participate this giveaway if I win I will gift it for my father as birthday gift wish me lucky

  13. Samanths
    May 15, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I am entering the givaway I'd like to give this phone to my mom for a late Mother's Day gift wish me luck. I'm keeping both fingers crossed

  14. janvi
    May 15, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks to blogger for good article. My vote is 4 Doogee Mix because of Super Small design Looks very Beautiful And Doogee Mix Price is Much better than Xiaomi Mix Also 4Gb And a 6Gb ram version Available . so better I buy Doogee Mix I am Super Excited to buy it.

  15. Schmitty
    May 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

    No IR Blaster? Dang, that's one of the best things about these modern phones. Remotes are a thing of the past!

  16. Alfred C
    May 15, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Great Phone waiting for me. :)

  17. RannXeroxx
    May 14, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    The YouTube vid pass code is too funny.

  18. Brandon
    May 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    wtf? why would you post a picture of a dead dog? this isn't 4chan, there are normal people here who read MUO articles.

    • Kannon Y
      May 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      he's not dead in the picture.

      • Ian
        May 29, 2017 at 2:25 am

        Still in very poor taste.

        • Bill
          May 29, 2017 at 8:07 am

          Completely clueless. Bizarre. A dying dog in a phone review?

  19. Giorgio Tulio Scampini Chin Aleong
    May 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Vamos a ver si en esta oportunidad estoy de suerte

  20. Noelia
    May 11, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    I think you over did it with the poor dog picture, really didn't need to see/know about what happened to cutey Cubby T___T...

    • Kannon Yamada
      May 12, 2017 at 1:59 pm


    • Mike
      May 21, 2017 at 3:29 am

      I agree. It was totally unrelated and rather distracting, like mentioning one's babysitter problems to a prospect in the middle of a sales pitch. But I see the point has been taken, and addressed. Thank you.

  21. yocef
    May 10, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    this gave away entry sucks and seams like freaked joke

  22. Brattyneet
    May 10, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    No, Cubby! ???
    Even though you're not my dog, I'm freaking sad!

    Entered giveaway btw. My luck sucks as hell and I know I'm not going to win this ???

    • Kannon Y
      May 11, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Good luck. He was a great dog.

  23. chub
    May 10, 2017 at 8:04 am

    R.I.P. Chubby :(

  24. Nick
    May 10, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Are you serious about the dog picture? Either sick and inappropriate joke or, if true, very very sad and still highly inappropriate for the article. Disappointing...

    • Kannon Y
      May 11, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      It sucks. He was a great dog.

      I'm quitting reviews at the end of the month. Can't stand even looking at my phone anymore.

  25. Sacz
    May 10, 2017 at 2:46 am

    The giveaway code suits the product perfectly. Good one! haha :D

  26. Doc
    May 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    While this looks like a VERY powerful phone, it's been reported as the most fragile phone ever (both sides solid glass!), so it's going to need a strong case to protect it. I also don't like the "edge" screens, nor the rounded screen corners (missing pixels). I wouldn't buy it - no budget - but I wouldn't turn one down. :)

    • Kannon Y
      May 11, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      The SD835 + glass body make it a world-class performer for network speeds. But, like you've said, its durability even with Gorilla Glass 5 and plastic lamination seems questionable.

  27. Anita Singh
    May 9, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Wish to win for my daughter ? love phones features ??

  28. Devin Johns
    May 9, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    "We rate it a 9/10 but you shouldn't buy it because we want a nice clickbait article title".. That's what I gathered. Every flagship smartphone costs at LEAST $650, as far as the iPhone 6/7 Plus they started at $750 for the lowest level capacity. Sure, $800 is a lot but that's becoming the norm nowadays. Samsung and Apple shouldn't just stop making expensive, feature-rich phones just because some people can't afford it. Let the market decide what the prices should be.

    • Kannon Y
      May 11, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      You make a good point Devin. My argument in the article was that phones like the Axon 7 and OnePlus 3T are about half as expensive while providing 90% of the performance and features. In terms of price-to-performance/functionality, it's just not worth it.

  29. Derrek
    May 9, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Samsung is gonna forever stay on top

  30. Devin Johns
    May 9, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    "The greatest smartphone you shouldn't buy" - I don't understand.. You rave about how awesome the phone is for 90% of the article, and then say four negative things at the end (two of which will be or can be fixed) and suddenly it's the smartphone you shouldn't buy? Maybe I missed the point of why you shouldn't buy it, but the title just doesn't fit with the content of the article (other than being clickbait).

    • Devin Johns
      May 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      I didn't see the actual summary "why you shouldn't buy" after the Gleam widget, so I wrote a new comment. Hopefully it gets approved..

      • Kannon Y
        May 11, 2017 at 4:45 pm

        Ah, I just blurted out a response. Thanks for the addendum Devin. Yeah, if I were rich, this is the phone that I'd buy.

  31. Vishal Giri
    May 9, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    LOL... "don't explode"... best CODE ever on makeuseof giveaway!!

    • monika wilhelmy
      May 28, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      tolles gewinnspiel ,,,, ich möchte gerne s8 Samsung galaxy gewinnen,,, würde mich riesig freuen :) ,,, klasse Verlosung ...super tolles Display und klasse Model . in schwarz würde ich mich freuen ,,, hammer gewinn ich hoffe ich hab auch mal glück