The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus brings a flagship design and finally it is a phone that does not look like the others. If that piques your interest, then this is the phone you should buy. It’s one of the best smartphones out there today, but an incremental upgrade in everything but the design.


Edge screens might not be the most useful thing I’ve ever seen on a smartphone, but they definitely look good. And after three years and five such phones, Samsung has finally perfected its flagship curved design. Last year was close, but the 2017 models are crying out for refinement, and the Galaxy S8+ is the larger of the two smartphones. You will read a lot about curves and edges in this review, because unlike most flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is more about design and not just about the hardware side. It’s Samsung’s best work so far and, despite last year’s debacle, it raises my hopes of what the Galaxy Note 8 will look like now. But I’m digressing. Here is the review of the Galaxy S8+.

Build and Design

A glass body has an inevitable flaw that Samsung seems to be fine with. The Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 offer too much to break it. Combined with a slippery body, you will see a bumper or at least some kind of cover. This can still happen with the compact Galaxy S8, but with the S8+ it’s a bit of a layman’s phone. The last thing you want is to damage this ad. The display of last year’s Galaxy S7 Edge would cost users to replace, so it can only be assumed that it would surpass the 20k mark. That’s about a third of the purchase price of the device.

On the other hand, if you are like me and decided to take a chance, then you will be spoiled. Fingerprints will be visible on the back, but to be honest, they really didn’t bother me at all. My midnight black device looks good and holds comfortably in the hand. Well, at least more comfortable than other 6-inch devices. To be honest, although the Univisium screen makes the Galaxy S8+ narrower than other 6-inch smartphones, it’s not exactly ergonomic.

In fact, Samsung has shown what it can do with a curved matter and an 18.5:9 screen. The slight curves near the back edges also make it easier to grip the phone. That is, as much as possible with your screen. Placed side by side, the Galaxy S8+ is about as big as an iPhone 7 Plus (review). This is not an easy task, but personally, the iPhone 7 Plus is by no means the best example of design.

The buttons

A big part of the delicacy of the Galaxy S8+ design lies in the location of the buttons on the device. To make the phone feel like a screen, Samsung finally used on-screen buttons on its phones. The Home, Recent and Back buttons work just like any other phone, but there’s also a home button embedded below the screen.

So when you watch content in full screen mode, you can simply press the point where you want the home button to be and it will return to the home screen. If you are not in full screen mode, you can swipe up to display the buttons again. The embedded button works similarly to Apple’s Force Touch, but I found it easier to get used to.

If you go to the hardware buttons, you will find the power button on the right, while the volume control and the Bixby button are on the left. While all of this is easy to accomplish on the Galaxy S8, on the S8+ it’s the Bixby button that drops under your finger at any time (unless you have big hands), so I wish there was a way to remap it to the on/off function.

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