Samsung Galaxy S8 Review: An Android masterpiece, but it’s not without flaws

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After a long, twisted and explosive affair with its Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is back in the flagship smartphone scene with its Galaxy S8. The smartphone was announced in India on 19 April at a price tag of Rs 57,900 with pre-orders beginning the same day, while the device goes on sale in stores and online from 5 May.

I received the review unit two days after launch and have had plenty of time to go through its feature list. Being a Samsung phone, there were some gimmicks of course, but there were a number of useful features as well.

After seeing success with the Galaxy S3, Samsung hit a rather rough patch, but that was mostly Samsung’s fault. Some rather odd design decisions and a lack of innovation hurt them. It wasn’t until the stellar Galaxy S7 and  S7 edge last year, that Samsung really proved its worth. The Note 7, if it wouldn’t have exploded so frequently, would have further cemented Samsung’s stature as a flagship device maker.

The S7 was a great device and apart from the rear camera, there wasn’t much to complain about with regards to the performance and design.

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The fresh design, with its curved edges gave Samsung something to talk about. A phone that could bear the title of “flagship” with pride and hold its own with, and even surpass, the best in the industry. In fact, the launch of the S7 and S7 Edge saw Samsung hit its highest earnings in years. The devices did, in fact, start eating into Apple’s marketshare in the US.

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The Note 7 of course, ruined everything.

To add to Samsung’s woes, the unstoppable force that is the mighty Google came up with the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

These smartphones featured a premium build (thanks to HTC), and packed in stock Android with a few customisations. While Google was looking to take on Apple, little did it know that it had crushed Samsung (and many others) along the way with what many termed as “Android perfection”.

Thankfully for Samsung, issues with availability kept the Pixel from truly achieving its potential.

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On 29 March 2017, Samsung finally came out with a counter, and what a counter it was: The Samsung Galaxy S8. It wowed audiences and critics alike and suddenly, Samsung was back!

In one fell swoop, it seemed like Samsung casually brushed aside competition from other Android smartphone makers, one-upped Apple in the design department and moved on from the Note 7 fiasco.

But did it really? Let’s find out.

Publish date: May 3, 2017 7:14 pm| Modified date: May 3, 2017 7:14 pm

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