Here are ATS’s two special offers on the Samsung Galaxy S8, along with our full review. Deals must end 31st May 2017.

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  • Samsung Galaxy S8 handset included

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  • Samsung Galaxy S8 handset included for one-off payment of £67+vat

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After Samsung’s spate of bad luck with the Galaxy Note 7 last year, the company needed a massive statement to win back customers and its reputation as a reliable phone maker. The launch of flagship mobile the Galaxy S8 has been met with a flood of positive reviews and seems to be doing the trick at placing Samsung squarely back in the favour of mobile users.

Is this the perfect mobile? Not necessarily, but with its stunning, innovative display and huge operating power, it comes close.

The new Infinity Display

In the marketing for the new Galaxy S8, Samsung has been using the slogan ‘Unbox Your Phone’ to draw a distinction between it and every other phone that has come before. It’s a claim that rings true as soon as you hold the phone in your hand. The clarity and sharpness is incredible, with colour reproduction so true you’ll love watching films and videos.

Then, of course, there is the statement screen, wrapped into the chassis so that it bends with subtlety around the long edges of the device. At 5.8 inches diagonally, the screen is actually larger than the iPhone 7 Plus, yet its overall size feels closer to the iPhone 7 at 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm, weighing 155g.

The Galaxy S8+ enjoys a screen size of 6.2 inches, and dimensions of 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g weight.

Camera

The camera is another huge pro for the S8, being one of the best you can get on a mobile. With a twelve megapixel camera on the rear and an eight megapixel one on the front, the colours seem more natural than ever before, and the sharpness is astounding. The instant feeling is that it captures images just the way you see them.

There are also some stickers and Snapchat-esque masks on offer in the camera app for both selfies and rear-camera photos.

Interface, memory and battery life

Samsung users will be used to a home button and back/menu buttons sat at the foot of the phone, but the Infinity Display has abandoned those. Now the buttons are virtual, and a swipe of the finger brings them up from the bottom of the screen. Overall the interface feels like an improvement on previous models, with clean font, smart menus and snappy responsiveness.

While the only storage capacity available is 64GB, the SIM tray has a slot for a microSD card, offering up to 256GB of additional memory. The battery easily lasts a day (it also offers a great power-saving mode and flat-to-full charging in 80 minutes), the display is high-res and there is loads of storage. In short, Samsung has created one of the most powerful phones on the market.

Biometric unlocking

The goal to fit in the wider screen has led to some compromises, namely how you get into the phone. Although the S8 is probably one of the most secure phones you can buy as it offers three unlocking methods, the process is a little tricky and may take some getting used to.

You can unlock the S8 with your face, a fingerprint, or an iris scan (as well as a fourth method, entering your PIN, which is the final backup measure). However, with the screen taking over all available space, the fingerprint scanner is on the back of the phone, and it doesn’t feel natural to use. Something about the placement is off, and the shape of the sensor means it can take a few attempts to work.

Using the iris scanner makes you feel pretty futuristic. When it works, it’s fast, fluid, and genuinely cool. When it doesn’t work, due to certain lighting or angles, you can feel a bit silly blinking and staring at the phone, trying to force it to recognise you (it works through regular glasses, but not sunglasses).

Facial recognition is the least useful method. It fails more than it works, and can be fooled by a photograph. As a safety measure, it misses the mark.

Most of us have become used to the simple way of accessing our phones with just the swift touch of a finger on the home button, and the S8 will really push you out of the comfort-zone. Is it something that you can easily get used to? The jury’s out for now…

Bixby

Bixby is the other big addition to the S8, being Samsung’s voice assistant rival to Apple’s Siri. The handset even has a button dedicated to activating Bixby, though it seems a little unnecessary when the software isn’t completed yet. The voice recognition update will only come at an unspecified time in the future. Bixby Vision, an app that claims to analyse whatever you point the camera at and tell you more about it and if you can buy it, isn’t quite up to scratch yet either.

The verdict

This is a phone that’s got some serious weight behind its price tag. A bigger view without a bigger phone is worth the awkward biometric access alone, and the camera and battery life are probably the best money can buy in a handset right now.

Despite some clunky AI and unlocking systems, it’s safe to say Samsung has produced one of the best phones ever made.

 

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