If you are planning to buy a new phone, whether for an upgrade or just because you want another one, surely the image of the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of those candidates you are considering.
Everything About Samsung Galaxy S8
Who would not love to own this flagship? It has all the latest hardware and state of the art system UI, not to mention the latest android version that comes with it.
That infinity display that boasts an impressive QHD Super AMOLED in 5.8inches for Samsung Galaxy S8 and 6.2inches for the Plus version is the one getting all the attention of the public.
Unfortunately, the popularity that it is enjoying right now is a little tainted with the previous scandal caused by the “defective battery” issue of the Galaxy Note 7. I suppose history is not going to let us easily forget about the best smartphone that exploded.
Enough about the Note 7 or any of its competition. We are here for the S8.
The new kid in town is taking all the spotlight but it is not all goodies and sweetlings. Even this seemingly magnificent phone has some cracks and uglies up its sleeves.
And here are those little things about the Note 8 that is worth taking a good look.
The almost-bezel-less display is almost useless
Perhaps the elongated vertical look of the Note 8 is something new for a lot of people. I admit that it is attractive and it represents a new look to a new era of smartphones.
But sadly, it seems that the issue that was raised when Xiaomi Mi Mix was introduced regarding common video aspect ratio is not taken into consideration by Samsung.
In a lot of reviews these days, it showed that when playing a video with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and 4:3, two black empty parts on both sides of the screen is left unoccupied by the media file.
And if you activate the expand-screen icon on the side of the display, it will extend up to the end of both sides but the upper and lower part of the video will be cut out.
So much for the huge screen concept.
The fingerprint sensor is the cause of fingerprint smudge on the main camera
There may be a good reason why they placed the fingerprint sensor right beside the main rear camera. But right now, I am just assuming that it has not been thought out carefully.
I mean, come on. Have you seen the Galaxy S8 and its back appearance? Yes, that’s right. It is not even placed in a comfortable position. What more if you choose the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus version? It will be even more uncomfortable.
Same rear camera spec as the Note 7
If your reason for buying this phone is for an upgrade in photography spec, please do reconsider. Not to mention that it is going to be expensive, it also only features the same old hardware spec the Note 7 has.
The only upgrade you will get is the 8-megapixel front facing camera but that is only for the selfie. If that is your only concern, I suppose the rear 12-megapixel does not matter.
Big phone but little battery
Samsung is probably still traumatized by the exploding battery incident that is why they opt-in for the mediocre 3000mAh for the S8 and 3500mAh for the S8 Plus.
How long could a 3000mAh battery last? Uhm… 3-4 hours? 5 hours tops? That is if you are not using a heavy graphics rendering game or a power-hungry demanding app (like the Facebook app). If that is the case, you will most likely last for 2-2.5 hours then.
But Samsung stated that you could use its highly optimized power-saving mode to make your battery lasts longer. Of course, why didn’t I think of that?
Power-saving mode is optimized basically to make the phone save more battery while it is idle for a long time. Limiting those juice-thieving apps to continue running in the background.
Note this: Save battery while in idle mode.
So it is pretty much useless when you are playing games or continue browsing the web, right? Let me ask you now, are you going to buy a new Samsung Galaxy Note 8?
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