It was true when it was released, and it’s true a few months later: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8 Plus) is the market’s most advanced phone—and it isn’t even close. We’ve been using the device for the past few months and the honeymoon period hasn’t worn off, though our experience hasn’t been without its hiccups.
To say the Galaxy S8’s hardware is beautiful is a major understatement. We love the Infinity Display and all-glass design, and the phone’s camera produces some of the best pictures of any smartphone. The device remains lightning fast, with no sign of slowdown (yet).
As much as we love the hardware, we still struggle to understand why the fingerprint sensor is right next to the camera lens. And the all-glass design is a little slippery and prone to breakage, which company founder Jon Rettinger found out the hard way. To be fair, Jon was careless with his previous S8 unit and dropped it on concrete multiple times before it finally shattered.
If we were to choose our smartphone of the year right now, the Galaxy S8 would be it. In our review, we called it the “closest thing to perfection,” lauding its display, design, and camera. The software has also been greatly improved, providing users with an elegant experience that allows Android to shine without added bloat.
One area where the Galaxy S8 utterly fails, however, is in its execution of Bixby. While Bixby Home and Bixby Vision show signs of potential, Samsung hasn’t yet launched Bixby Voice, citing a lack of data and understanding of the English language for its delay.
In that respect, the Galaxy S8 still isn’t the complete phone Samsung promised when the device was announced. Luckily, users still have access to Google Assistant and Google Now features, which are superior to Samsung’s home-brewed software.
With the Essential Phone, iPhone 8, and Google Pixel 2 all on the horizon, Samsung still has plenty of competition to contend with. However, it’s clear Samsung is the industry’s top manufacturer when it comes to innovative ideas and execution of hardware.
That’s why we still consider it to be the market’s best smartphone yet.