Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphone, the Galaxy S8, officially went on sale last Friday. And while some folks out there got their device a bit early, for most of the new owners out there, it’s been just under a week since the handset has made its big debut in their lives.
That means the majority of Galaxy S8 owners out there have been using the newest flagship smartphone every day since they’ve picked it up, testing out all the features they want to try out, showing it off to anyone that will look, and probably taking in as much content on that big, beautiful display as they can. It’s hard to argue that the Galaxy S8 is not an impressive handset, and for the people who picked one up –and liked it– there’s certainly no reason not to show it off or be excited about such a standout handset.
As a brief aside here, it’s also hard not to look into the future a bit, and just be genuinely excited again for smartphones. While it’s going to be inevitable that our smartphones start to look all alike again, thanks to reducing bezels and just getting big phones with displays dominating the front, at least we’re at a place where big bezels are going to start disappearing. So while it’s great that, right here and now, Samsung has a great looking handset on the market, I can’t wait to see what happens next. Even from a hardware and specifications standpoint.
In any event, I’ve been hearing glowing things from the friends I know who picked up the Galaxy S8 last week. They’re generally enamored with the device, and they won’t stop trying to get me to pick one up. “You’ll definitely love it!” And what not. And, in the brief time that I’ve spent with the handset, they’re right — for the most part. I’m a big fan of the Galaxy S8’s design. It feels great in the hand, and, as I’ve pointed out in the past, that display is ridiculous.
If there’s one thing I would change? That fingerprint reader on the back. It’s even worse when you’re trying to use it. It’s way, way out of the way, generally uncomfortable, and accidentally smudging the camera to unlock your phone is less-than-great design. I know Samsung has their reasons for going this route, but I really, really dislike it.
What about you, though? If you’ve spent time with the Galaxy S8, what would you change about the flagship smartphone? How would you improve it, if given the chance? Are you a fan of that fingerprint reader at all? Let me know!