Samsung - Galaxy S8+ 64GB - Orchid Gray (Verizon)

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Enjoy a suite of high-tech security features with this Samsung Galaxy S8+. Equipped with facial recognition technology and a sensitive fingerprint sensor on its rear, this device keeps your personal information safe. This Samsung Galaxy S8+ has advanced camera features like smile recognition, auto HDR and phase detection autofocus, which make capturing great photographs easy.
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Orchid Gray
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Overview

What's Included


  • ICI Brochure
  • Pre-Installed SIM Card
  • Product Safety and Warranty
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ 64GB
  • Stereo Headset
  • USB Connector
  • Wall/ USB Cable

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3486 out of 3601)

Features


Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor

The 2.35 GHz (Quad) + 1.9GHz (Quad) processor and 4GB of RAM deliver outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus, running home screens and more.

Android 7.0 Nougat with more personalized settings and smarter notifications

Offers a fresh, fast platform to help you stay connected and productive while you're on the go.

4G LTE speed

Provides fast Web connection for downloading apps, streaming content and staying connected with social media.

6.2" Super AMOLED HD touch screen

The extra-large screen is matched with a slim body to comfortably fit in your hand.

12.0MP rear-facing camera for HD pictures and videos

The dual-pixel camera is fast enough to catch just about anything and smart enough to understand what it sees. Also includes a front-facing 8.0MP camera for self-portraits and video.

64GB internal memory plus a microSD slot

Provides plenty of storage space for your contacts, music, apps and more. Expand storage up to 256GB by adding a microSD card (sold separately).

Cloud support lets you access your files anywhere

Store your photos, videos, documents and other files on Samsung Cloud for secure access across multiple devices. Fees may apply.

Use your smartphone as a mobile hotspot

Share your 4G data connection with other compatible wireless devices.*

Stream and share content with Samsung Link

Stream videos to your Samsung Smart TV, listen to the music stored on your PC while on the go and share content across multiple devices for easy access wherever you are.

Always on Display

Get the time or notifications without waking your screen.

Meet Bixby

Bixby is an intelligent interface that learns from you to help you do more. It learns your routines to serve up the right content and apps at the right time.

IP68 water-resistant

Repels spills and splashes. Water-resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

Phone activation required before use. Carrier activation fees may apply.

Requires a voice plan and data package.

Early termination fee of $350.


What experts are saying

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 31 reviews

Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 3599 reviews

97%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Detailed Review from Dedicated iPhone User

    Posted
    TreyPlano
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Are you on ios and wondering how difficult jumping ship to the android flagship phones would be? Well, that is what I did after 8 years on ios. CONCLUSION: I love the hardware aspect of the Galaxy S8+ with very few exceptions. It's a beautiful phone. After a couple of weeks I have my phone usable with fairly similar apps and functions I used on iPhone. I like quite a bit of the additional customization offered but the tradeoff is having every developer trying to turn the phone into a personal billboard trying to sell something unless I'm willing to shell out $2 to $3 per app in most cases. To gain some of the higher end customization without ads can cost $5 or more in many cases. It is quite a bit less efficient in every day use due to lack of streamlined integration between apps and additional ads. PROS PHONE DESIGN: This phone design makes people drool. It is outright beautiful with great color options and a quality build. The size of the phone is great in the hand and decent in the pocket, however the height is tall for short pockets. PERFORMANCE/BATTERY: Overall I found the OS response almost on par with ios. It doesn't outperform ios in my use but it felt capable in every way. Easy to change modes for increasing battery life or performance. The gaming folder has options to set the phone as a priority for gaming (no interruptions and high performance). Quick charging (about 2.5 hours) and wireless charging. DURABILITY: Waterproof SCREEN: The screen resolution and large screen is great for streaming movies on my phone often. The curved edge is sexy. The screens edge does a great job of ignoring touches when holding the phone and offers many functions that are cool. Always On display with very little battery impact. I didn't realize how often I turn on my phone just to see the time or even date. CAMERA: No camera bump! This phone will sit flat on the table - nuff said. The cameras (hardware) are best in class and in low light, it captures more light than competitors. STORAGE: Respectable 64 Gig onboard and can add a standard 3rd party memory card to increase it at a reasonable price when you actually need it. AUTHENTICATION/SECURITY: Eyescanner is great for unlocking phone. I've had better results than many reviews. Mine will usually scan me correctly from a reading position even in dim light. PORTS/BLUETOOTH: Accessories are all generic. It is so nice to buy an extra cable for $2. I am no audiophile and have gone wireless for audio in most ways. By design, my car connects phones to the radio with an audio cable so the audio jack is appreciated. Handy when I forget to charge my wireless headphones. CUSTOMIZATION: Out of the box, this phone is one of the most highly customizable phones available to change your experience for how the phone looks and behaves. The keyboard can be reduced in size and offset to the side of your prominent hand so that the keys are easy to reach with one hand. FUNCTIONS: Best VR experience available on a phone. For under $10 you can get a VR headset and be immersed in some pretty awesome videos and the experience is 360 degrees so stand up and turn around to see behind you. Fun and costs very little. Be forewarned, you may get seasick. Audio over wireless just sounds better to me compared to iPhone 6; with same headsets I get more bass, etc. APPS: Multiple app stores to download products. Because android allows more access to hardware and OS, there are apps for a whole different use than what Apple apps provide. There are many apps to add functionality like location based setting changes to the phone. The phone can go into silent mode when you arrive at work and much more. MEH - Noteworthy but can overlook PHONE DESIGN: Expected to be a fingerprint magnet - and it is. PERFORMANCE/BATTERY: Customization can drain battery life. With many of the usb chargers, phone charges slowly. It is faster if you have the right hardware in place. DURABILITY: I only carry the phone in my pocket by itself and I have a scratch after a couple of weeks. I have not dropped mine but videos online show that the back often cracks if dropped from the waist. Sometimes, not often, it survives drops from 5 feet. Front durability often survives a 5 foot drop and seems a bit more durable than the iPhone. Buy a cover for sure. AUTHENTICATION/SECURITY: I generally don't feel as secure with my data in the apps, OS, and features of this phone and the android infrastructure. It is the same feeling when I use my windows computer, security is all on my shoulders and I better address it someway. And all the free solutions have ads. CUSTOMIZATION: Speech of OS is good but Apple does relistic speech better. FUNCTIONS: Phone calls are okay but I'm not impressed with the more difficult app that has weak integration between other apps. Items harder than iPhone - answering a call, finding and calling a contact, setting up a 3way call, adding a new call into a current call (still haven't gotten it to happen), selecting a phone number in another app and having phone app open and call. Bixby is Samsungs response to Siri (and Google Assistant - included on phone). In concept Bixby should develop into something more useful than Siri for chaining commands together, but it is not realized yet. Holding the button for the duration of the command feels unnecessary and I just don't like it. I have less favorable results with Bixby unless it is to locate a phone setting. APPS: Apps are mostly as functional as what IOS equivilent provides, but they aren't streamlined for ease of use. I miss my iPhone apps quite a bit. CONS PHONE DESIGN: Hard to reach finger scanner on back-I enter the unlock code OFTEN due to placement. The dedicated Bixby button is in the way causing accidental pushes. SCREEN: The screen seems dim in comparison to iPhone although it is capable of a comfortable brightness. Noticeablely dim in sunlight. PORTS/BLUETOOTH: The usb c connection just doesn't feel tight to me. Also, I get errors from different chargers that the phone is not connected completely, possibly because the phone is expecting a fast charger, but it has me a little concerned about reliability. AUTHENTICATION/SECURITY: I am used to a fingerscanner, it is an unatural action to unlock ANYTHING on this phone due to the awkward placement. Eyescanner does not log into apps (like paypal, etc). CUSTOMIZATION: If new to android, it is overwhelming to use out of the box without some grounding. There are multiple applications for many functions. As you set these up, they'll prompt back and forth to change defaults. Some are similarly named and the placement to find settings of each have nothing in common. The OS has no wizard guiding you through the madness. You keep tinkering with creating accounts and settings until something works, then you move onto the next thing you want to work. It may take a week to get this phone to replace an iPhone completely if you use many apps at all. Using the keyboard drives me close to insanity because of how often the wrong word appears. It is functional (I've defaulted to a 3rd party keyboard) but it takes about twice the effort as iPhone. I distrust settings to take and work as expected. I've had this phone ring at work when I set do not disturb. I must click and look for check marks, okays, enable, save buttons that can be different in each app and setting. There is no standard across the platform so unless you exit and go back into a setting, I never know it took. Enabling handicap features can be painful. Ads, ads, everywhere. Do you like having your phone boot into a screen with a big ad displayed in the middle of it? Well android provides that functionality - in fact every developer over uses it in a way iPhone users do not experience. I almost returned this phone on day 2 because of an ad. FUNCTIONS: One better like clicking okay and yes to use these apps. Android suffers from the same thing Windows does. You have to click an extra time or 2 to get a function to set. Even when logging in right now, I may have to push the home button, then swipe up, enter a code, and then click an ok to proceed. On my iphone, I pushed the home button and let my finger rest there and I was in. The majority of system settings and apps have similar unneccessary extra selections and swipes. Speech to text in voice assistants, text message or email is truly unpredictable. There is an emergency call button (it will dial 911) that is badly placed on the unlock screen. I conciously have to avoid hitting that stupid thing 20 to 40 times a day. Audio volume is ok for music apps but it has an annoying warning about excessive volumes damaging hearing that I want to disable forever and it won't let me. Audio in apps like podcasts are extremely low. Videos do not reliably go full screen by flipping screen sideways, often requiring a click or 2 extra. APPS: Most free apps have ads and many of the underground app stores have viruses in many of their apps. Unless you are willing to download apps from 'risky' locations, apps without ads are double or triple the price on Apple. UNTESTED NA - Provided headphones. They are marketed to be $100 street value but I use wireless audio and haven't had the need to test yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A really great phone. Definitely flagship price.

    Posted
    SamsungJake
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This first part of my review aims to answer the question, “Why would someone pick up this product?” The answer? I mean, have you seen this thing? A killer display, top-end specs, a battery that (hopefully) doesn’t blow up…what more could you ask for? All joking aside, ever since Samsung’s blunder with the Galaxy Note 7, the tech community has been waiting for what might be the next big thing from Samsung. I’m a Samsung fan, at least in theory (less in practice), but as an owner of the original Galaxy (the Vibrant under T-Mobile), the Note 2 AND the Note 4—I’m very familiar with the great products that Samsung brings to the market. Over the last couple of years, cameras on phones have become, well, full-fledged cameras. The S8+ is no exception to that, although some people would have liked to see Samsung make a bigger update to the camera from the S7 and S7 Edge. But the screen—that is the reason you come to play this game. When I think of a truly hot smart phone design, I don’t usually think “screen.” Sure—screen is important but it’s not the be-all end-all, at least not before the S8 and S8+ were released. The screen on this phone IS the design…and it’s executed magnificently. Upon release, there are a couple of different buyers of this phone. The first is the tech junkie…and that’s where I fall in. The latest, the greatest, the hottest—you gotta have it, and you are willing to pay for it. Then there’s the other folks; the ones who happened to be ready for an upgrade at the time the pre-orders started. Best I can tell, both buyers will love the device. Still, there are a couple of really big factors in picking up a phone like this. You buy this phone because you have to have a top-notch camera in your phone. 4K video, sharp rear-facing shots, a really great (if you’re into that sort of thing) selfie camera…even though the improvements over the S7 line seems nominal, there are upgrades here. It IS a new camera, and it delivers. You also buy this phone because you’re in bed with Google, or Samsung (this coming from someone who is in bed with Apple). I use all the Apple suite of products, pay for their cloud storage, buy their phones and laptops (to the dismay of my bank account balances)…so I recognize the value in living within an ecosystem. If everything you do is already in the Google cloud, and ecosystem is important to you, you’re much more likely to stick with an Android phone. And all those things, no matter how basic (email, photo storage, etc.), are handled without any hesitation from the S8+. And like I said before—you’re buying this thing for the screen. It’s not just about having a super-bright, super-efficient AMOLED display; it’s about having a freaking ginormous display in the body of something that across the industry will have a much smaller display on average. Samsung’s Infinity display with “bezel-less” sides and very little chin and forehead makes for an exceptionally brilliant screen, albeit one with a bit of a weird aspect ratio. But, I’m ok with it. You also buy this if you don’t want to wait for the next iPhone in September…because that’s a long way away. Nothing on this phone should be bad—so build quality, camera, processor, memory, storage, setup, boot time—all are delivered exactly as expected with what is (at least today) among the top 3 best smart phones in the world. We’ll start with the screen. Initially, an edgeless display is a bit of a weird experience. I think I’ll adjust over time, but a combination of the weird tall aspect ratio and the curved display makes for a very different phone experience. The curved display does wonders for handling the device, allowing it to be a bit thinner and easier to hold with one hand. From an experience perspective, where the display bends away from your vision there is a bit of a glare line that makes sense but is a bit on the annoying side. Overall, it’s a very good display—clear, bright, HUGE—but it also takes a little bit of an adjustment if you’re used to a more traditional phone design. The battery on the S8+ is a 3000mAh battery, which is just fine, but seemingly nothing exceptional. As most other reviewers are saying, I guess it makes sense that Samsung is going to play it safe here. But they didn’t have to. For me personally, I typically plug in phones while I drive, which is enough to keep me from having to charge more than once every couple days. And the battery on my current phone (iPhone 7+) is stellar, getting me almost 2 days of charge if I need it—and 24 hours without issue. With the S8+, In the first week, I’ve gone stretches of 36 and 48+ hours on a single charge…so in spite of the seemingly small battery, Samsung’s power consumption management in addition to the low-draw display and processor make this a solid performer from a battery perspective. Let’s talk about some of the not so great features: The speaker on the S8+ is not great. A flagship phone should have better sound output. Again, it’s understandable, since the screen takes up so much freakin’ space…but when you’re with friends and you have to show them that new movie preview they haven’t seen yet, you need some good-performing audio. Samsung doesn’t deliver there with the S8+; that said, the included AKG earbuds included with the phone are really solid earbuds and could easily replace my go-to pair. Maybe those make up for a bad speaker, maybe they don’t. The Bixby button. C’mon Samsung….what are you guys thinking there? I’m an Apple user, who doesn’t use Siri (unless I’m in the car), and even I think you should just go with Google on the digital assistant. All the work is already done for you. I’m not even that upset about not being able to remap the button, but at least let us disable it so we don’t accidentally press it. It is worth mentioning that pushing the Bixby button a second time exits the app, so that’s a nice plus. I also want to talk about ports…this is imPORTant (see what I did there?). Samsung releases this top-spec phone in 2017 with a USB-C port. That’s great. But what kind of cable do they include with the phone? A USB-C to USB-A cable! REALLY? What’s nice is, they give you adapters right in the box—but why not include the cable that can support REALLY high speed data transfer natively, then adapt it DOWN; instead Samsung provides a cable that can’t really do anything more than your old USB cables and an adapter to make it USB-C on both sides (without all the advantages of USB-C). I definitely understand that most people are going to connect their device to a USB-A port, and even the included power brick has a type A port…but Samsung could have really innovated here, like they’ve done in the past, by making everything native USB-C to USB-C and adapt down from that high standard only if required. Computers are now starting to make this a standard port, so why not head that direction now? (Insert statement about “courage” here.) Also a quick note about buttons and sensors. As far as unlocking the phone is concerned: pattern, pin, facial recognition, iris scanner, fingerprint scanner—these are all great ideas, but not all of them (except for maybe the fingerprint scanner) are executed well. I will say that I tend to disagree with most reviewers that the placement of the fingerprint sensor is not ideal; adjusting to the sensor’s position isn’t too bad. What does take some adjustment is getting the dang thing to unlock when you want it to without having to wait; also, keeping it from unlocking when you don’t want it to, like when you’re walking around in the grocery store and Rebecca Black starts blaring, and you try to look around as if it’s not you. This, like any other phone takes time to adjust—but as an avid iPhone user who is used to a front-facing fingerprint sensor, I’m slowly acclimating to the position of the sensor on the back of this phone and think that I will miss it when using my iPhone. So, with the few negatives above—there are a tremendous number of positives that very well might outweigh those negatives. If you’re a native “Googler” and you like top-spec phones, are looking for a big-screen device with a great camera, this is a great phone for you. The design is stellar, but the all-glass finish makes it a bit on the slippery side. Of course, that’s nothing the a case or a skin can’t fix—but a case will inevitably cover up (at least in part) what makes this phone great: the edge-to-edge display. If you’re the kind of person who leaves their phone unprotected, make sure you have the insurance, and add this to your collection. And go to dbrand and get a killer skin (how ‘bout that Black Dragon). If you currently have a small(er) phone, and want a nice bump in screen real estate without adding too much to the physical size, you should consider the S8 before the S8+; it is $100 less, has the exact same specs (with the exception of battery and screen size), but still will perform just as it’s bigger sibling. The list is short—but people who should stay away from this device include those native “Applers” who aren’t convinced they need to go to Android (yet). I thought this might be the phone to make me consider switching back to an Android device as a daily driver, but I’m not 100% sure this is the one. And, as with any Android phone, if you don’t want to spend a lot of time tinkering with settings, skip this one and go buy yourself an iPhone (you sheep).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    OK, but not what Samsung needed to recover

    Posted
    Steve

    This device is OK, but not really (other than looks) what Samsung needed to produce to get back on track after the Note 7 disaster. I thought about this purchase for quite awhile and ready many reviews. I owned the Note 2 and the Note 4 previously - the Note 2 was a really great device, the Note 4 was OK, but had many weaknesses, including that the GPS antenna reception is very poor (also true of the S8+ reviewed here) and it began running brand new, fully charged batteries down in a few hours after a couple of years (this is why I replaced my Note 4 at the time I did). I had almost decided to purchase an iPhone 7, when I saw the promotion for a free Gear VR with the S8+. That convinced me to purchase the S8+ as a friend was doing VR development and it would allow me to help with that project. This promotions turned out to be somewhat obscure, whether intentionally I don't know, and I have been refused the Gear VR offer. The S8 and S8+ use Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which Corning claims to drop test from shoulder height with 80% survival from that height. The first day I had the phone, before putting a screen protector or case it, unfortunately, it fell out of my pocket, while I was sitting in a chair, onto a tile floor (measured to be a 20" drop), and the glass cracked. I was unimpressed - whether it's the glass or Samsung's design that made this so weak, I do not know. Bixby is pre-installed on the phone with a hardware button to invoke it. At least currently, Bixby is nuisance-ware and the button is very easy to press so it brings up Bixby when I'm really trying to do something else. I have not explored this extensively, but I don't see anything that Bixby provides that Google Cards doesn't do better. Wish I could reprogram the hardware key to do something useful or, better yet, that the button had not been included on the phone. There are two things I do like about the phone - the display is awesome and the fingerprint recognition works very well. The placement of the fingerprint reader on the back of the phone does not bother me as much as some reviewers I have read. Every time I start tracking a hike or walk with Samsung Health, I receive a warning "GPS signal weak." This happened with my Note 4 as well. It seems that Samsung just does not do a very good job with antennae. I am very disappointed and unhappy by the treatment I received from Best Buy and Samsung on the promotion offer. I saw, in very large print with lots of graphics, the offer for the free Gear VR, but nothing about how to get it, so I assumed that it would come with the phone. Maybe the instructions on the offer, that Samsung insists I should have seen, were hidden in the fine print, but I missed them. When the phone arrived there was only the phone, the charger, the earbuds and some adapters with two small brochures about safety and instructions - nothing about the promotional offer. When I did call Best Buy about the promotion, I was transferred a couple of times, the last time to Samsung. After several conversations with Samsung, they said that I had missed the deadline for registering for the promotion (I never saw anything saying I had to register!) and that they would not honor the offer. I will avoid doing business with either Best Buy or Samsung in the future. Bottom line, I now wish I had bought an iPhone. I much prefer the software and openness of the environment of the Samsung, but the hardware is simply inferior.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Impressions Matter ✔

    Posted
    Eli711

    The display; the lack of bezels and edge to edge screen is what astounds you from the beginning, futuristic and gorgeous. The phone in your hand feels better on the edges, seamless almost, compared to last year's S7 Edge that felt a little sharp. The screen is larger so they did get rid of the capacitive home button; added software buttons. The home button now gives taptic feedback when you press on it, somewhat like the IPhone 7/7+. With that, the fingerprint reader is on the back, next to the camera, you'll have to get used to that unless you use another security unlock. If you want specs, go back above. Compared to last year, almost everything hardware wise is the same except for the new rear camera sensor and USB-C functionality and besides, the specs are amazing anyways. My only 2 questions are battery and the new personal assistant Bixby. The battery on the S8/S8+ is 3000/3500mAh, the S7/7Edge were 3100/3600mAh. With larger displays than last year, we'll have to see how well the battery fares, despite the new Snapdragon 835 processor because display drains battery on every phone. Bixby...is just weird. It's almost the same as the Google Assistant (which is also on your phone, per Android) so they coexist. There's only few differences between the two and I'm not sure how well it will take off but we'll have to see. Besides that, this is a very solid and good looking phone. If you preordered, you won't be disappointed at all. (P.S. It's made of metal, not cheap plastic, remove that comment from the previous review)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unless You Need The Pen, Skip the Note 8!

    Posted
    Josh
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've had my Galaxy S8+ for about a week now, having spent a long and frustrating 2 years with the LG V10. The difference is like night and day. The battery life is outstanding (Only drops down to 50% after a full day of use), the screen is crystal clear, the camera is really good, and the whole device is very fast and snappy. There are so many features and functions of this phone that I haven't even had a chance to try out yet. If I had any negative issues with the phone, it would have to be the fact that the Bixby key on the side of the phone can't be remapped for anything else. Also the Edge feature takes a little getting used to as I accidentally triggered it many times when I meant to do a right-swipe. However, that can be alleviated by going into the settings and moving the Edge indicator to a more convenient place. Speaking of placement, please ignore any review that complains about the Fingerprint scanner. Once you get used to the position, it's perfectly FINE. If you have small hands, then, of course, you'll wanna test it out to see if it'll work for you, but overall, the Fingerprint sensor is in a good position and does the job reliably. Also, there are plenty of other methods to unlock your phone including the standard pattern draw, PIN and Password. You also have the option for Iris Scanning, which while it sounds cool, is not for me. You should be warned though that if you are a fan of Otterbox cases you will have to buy a screen protector as OtterBox cases do not have a plastic screen protector for the front due to the curved Infinity screen. I recommend the Zagg Invisible Shield. While, yes, it is pricey, it does come with a lifetime warranty. So in conclusion, unless you ABSOLUTELY need the S-Pen functionality and the dual lens camera, and you don't mind paying $1000 for a smartphone or having a smaller capacity battery, go for the S8+. It's the better bargain for your money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    !!! Best Phone Ever!!!

    Posted
    MikeW
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Was a little on the fence with this since I had a very bad experience with Samsung 6 years ago.. that being said, this phone is by far the best I've ever owned. I think the finger print sensor location issue is way over blown, It's easy to locate, plus if you are like most people, you'll have it in a case and the cutout in the case will act as a natural guide for your finger without smudging the camera lense. Think about all the reviews you read/watched, did you ever see a single one of them put the phone in a case? I read a few articles stating that iris detection is slow (upto 8 seconds), not for me. With or without glasses it's instant. I have always been an android "purist" and never liked phone vendor re-skinning on the user interface, but I must say that in the S8 it provides a far better experience than native android. I was not expecting this and am pleasantly surprised. Performance is through the roof! I am not talking about empirical measurements with bar graphs and comparisons to other phones, just what it feels like. "Browser Jitter" is gone, and interestingly, WiFi download speed is much faster than my last 2 phones, and they were high end phones..... Can't comment on battery life, too soon to tell, but preliminary indications look good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    my s8+ got cracked glass within 4 days

    Posted
    Jasonsmobile
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Do not believe Corning's boasts about Gorilla Glass 5, being able to be dropped onto concrete from shoulder height. Maybe on a Note 7, but the S8 is weak. One drop from 2 feet up at a hotel, WITH an insignia S8+ protector... and CRACK...$275 plus plus for a new screen please. Other Samsung annoyances.. not only is "Bixby" an annoying joke but every 5 minutes a "Bixby has closed" message displays. Other apps are always closing. This phone was released too soon. Apple doesnt do that. Then there is the size, I got the + because its rated at over 6 inches. Well this 5.7" LG V20 Im writing on dwarfes the S8+. The S8+ is not the "Next big thing" its a one size fits most compromise. Kind of like a lot of cops think 45's are better guns but the issued gun is a 9mm to accomodate all officers. A compromise. The expanding screen, used for youtube etc doesnt work. Maybe for one or two videos then it gets short and narrow again. Its like 2015 was the golden age for good big screens. Battery life is blah. Missing cool features of phones half its price like two camera lenses or a Hi Fi 24 bit Dac. Some people hate any "edge" design and they dont offer a non-edge anymore. Way overpriced..I guess phone prices will never go down? Finally there is the issue of processing power. Im a serious power user and upgraded to a Quallcomm 835 chip in the S8 from my LGV20 which was lagging hard in typing and multitasking with its Qualcomm 821 chip. Well the s8 was just as bad, barely better on Antutu, and both chips still lag behind Apples processors, and will lag WAY behind when the new iPhone is released. Don't waste your money on this phone. Huawei Honor 8, LG G6 or V20, on One 3 and other phones are 99% as good or better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Started great but...

    Posted
    JP99
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    I love the screen unlock features such as the convenience of not having to unlock at home or other specified locations. That feature only worked for the first month though. Now it works occasionally. That's the reason I removed 1 star. I hope other features don't stop working so soon. It also gives the option of not having to unlock when in my car (or using another Bluetooth connection). I hope that keeps working. The iris scanner is a great way to unlock the phone. It even works while wearing my glasses. When scanning my irises during setup, I didn't wear my glasses. The fingerprint scanner is in such an awkward location that I don't use that. I use my voice sometimes but not often. Many times I'm not in a place where I can say "OK Google" loud enough for it to work. It doesn't work consistently. I like the Edge menu on the curved screen. It comes in very handy. It saves time by giving me a quick way to access apps, contacts, calendar, etc. without having to minimize an open app to find a shortcut. Saving time is key to me. Accessing the camera by pressing the power key twice is the easiest and most reliable way I've ever been able to get the camera open quickly enough to not miss an unexpected picture opportunity. I love that! Battery life is much longer than other phones I've had. It also charges fast! 64GB of internal storage makes a Huge difference. I've always used SD cards with my phones and tablets but with Samsung products, the internal storage would constantly fill up anyway. This is my favorite phone. I just hope other features that I love don't stop working.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 31 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about GPS navigation, design, performance and camera. Editors have mixed opinions about price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 96/100 = Excellent quality.
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