Samsung GALAXY S8 G950F 64GB Factory Unlocked GSM Smartphone with Infinity Display - Worldwide International Version - Midnight Black ⭐⭐⭐⭐:halfstar:

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4.7 out of 5
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Features

  • International Version
  • Compatible with all GSM carriers worldwide (i.e. carriers that use a SIM) card. Not compatible with CDMA Carriers such as Sprint and Verizon Wireless)
  • Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz & 4x1.7 GHz) Processor
  • 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2960x1440), Infinity Display: a bezel-less, full-frontal, edge-to-edge screen
  • Dual Megapixel Rear Cameras + Front-Facing 8 Megapixel Camera
  • Foolproof Security
  • Iris Scanning irises have patterns that are unique to you to keep your phone and its contents secure.
  • Buy
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#2

Amazon Review by Johnny_Amazon :star::star::star::star::star:

3 people found the following review helpful

The Most Beautiful Screen I Have Ever Seen

Note: I am reviewing this phone based on its quality and functionality, and it's full suggested retail price of $750, and not based on price-gouging from these third-party re-sellers.

A quick prologue: I had been laying low since buying two Samsung Galaxy S6 Edges in early 2015 (one gold, one white - yes, I loved it that much). I knew that it was the perfect phone for me at that time, and that based on how the cell phone evolution was going on then (early 2015), I knew the S7 Edge would be an iterative succession, and not a big leap forward. So I bought my S6 Edges with the thought in mind that I would have it for at least 2-3 years. My analysis was that Samsung at that point in time had plateaued their curved screen technology and philosophy, and would move on next to foldable screens by 2020. I gave them a couple of buffer years in case they didn’t feel like introducing us to such drastic technology too early, as Samsung has a habit of forward thinking, yet holding back a year or two so they can milk the most money out of their current technologies. Fast forward to this year, and I have not been wrong - Samsung has indeed matured and plateaued its curved screen plans, but their foldable screen technology has not been up to speed, so it would be delayed for another year or two (they are still on track for 2020). With the introduction and quick adoption/popularity of HDR technology, they can afford to stay on their curved screen plan for another year or two until they lower the costs of their foldable screen technology down enough for mass production.

I loved my S6 Edges, but I got bored of the gold one quickly, and sold it to buy a Rose Gold iPhone 6S last year, while keeping the white S6 Edge. I loved everything about it - mainly the beautiful curved screen design, but even more so, the awesome camera, which was the best for its time, and still holds up today as one of the very best in bright light. If you go through my reviews, 99% of the photos from 2015 on are from my S6 Edge. It is so good I have replaced my travel DSLR with it (I still use my Canon 5D Mark III for my serious projects), and all my Instagram photos are also from my S6 Edge (you can find the link to my IG on my Amazon profile).

Sorry for the long intro, but it ties to my review that the camera on the S8 is even better. Do not be fooled by early hands-on articles that the rear camera is the same as the S7 Edge. It is NOT the same. It is a new camera system developed by Sony, and it is a dual-pixel system which takes two photos each time you press the shutter button, and quickly and deftly combines the two to give you an awesome final photo, which contains HDR and selective focus elements/photo modes. It excels in low light conditions, with its f1.7 aperature, and it even exceeds the S7 Edge’s camera. It might not compete in fast action with the ridiculous 960 fps Sony camera in its new Xperia X phones, but for everyday use, I feel this is the best phone camera so far. It has electronic image stabilization (EIS), even up to 4K video recording, which is a first for phone cameras. The front (selfie) camera is also vastly improved, but not as good as the 13MP camera of the LG G6.

This is a photography geek’s review, leading in with the camera, but I know most of you are more concerned with the big beautiful screen, which it is exactly that. The resolution is 2960 x 1440 pixels, or a pixel density of 570 ppi. The technology is Samsung’s very own OLED, called sAMOLED. It is the same basic technology that makes the best TV screens in LG’s OLED TVs. Samsung’s 2017 version is so good, it is apparently the best screen ever. You can read more technical specs from Display Mate:

displaymate. com/Galaxy_S8_ShootOut_01.htm (erase the space between the dot com)

How Samsung has managed to squeeze all that goodness into a phone this size is quite a technological marvel, and quite a gamble as well. Instead of the 16:9 ratio 95% of the phones out there today have, they have chosen on an 18.5:9 ratio, similar to LG G6’s 18:9 ratio, but a little slimmer. So this is Samsung’s way of truly trying to stand out from the crowd for this generation (year). Cinema (movie theatre) ratio is 21:9, so there truly is no video/film format that perfectly fits this screen’s ratio. So there will be empty spaces around the videos and movies you watch, but the black bezels will help eliminate that disparity - note that all S8’s, regardless of what color scheme, have black front bezels. Some of the apps have yet to be updated to this ratio, so some will not resize properly, or will have black bars on certain edges. But there is a resize/full screen option in the S8’s settings to get around this for now until the app developers update their apps.

This phone is actually more narrow than the S6/S6 Edge. The S8 measures 68.1mm wide by 8.1mm thick by 148.9mm tall, and weighs 155 grams, while the S6 Edge is 70.1 x 7 x 142.1 mm, and weighs 132 g. But as you can see it is a tick thicker, and noticeable taller and heavier. So although the S8 has a total footprint that is larger than the S6 Edge, or is actually easier and more comfortable to hold in one hand. For further comparisons, the iPhone 7 is 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (138 g), the iPhone 7 Plus is 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (188 g), and the LG G6 is 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm (163 g). So it actually is easier to grasp in the hand than most other phones of similar size, only bested by the (much smaller) iPhone 7 (4.7-inch screen vs. 5.8-inch for the S8).

The sound systems are also improved, as the speaker is louder and more clear, and the audio processing is much much better for listening to music with your earphones/headphones. However, it is still a mono speaker, not even stereo-immersive sound, and of course nowhere near as good as HTC’s usual dual-speakers. Speaking of earphones, a pair of premium AKG earphones are included, which is the best factory-bundled earphones I have witnessed. It cannot compare to my Velodynes and Sennheisers, but it beats all other cheap generic bundled earphones. That reminds me, you should spend the extra $100 on the extra bundle, which in addition to the included VR headset, also includes a Samsun 256GB microSD card, and a pair of AKG Bluetooth headphones. Each sells for over $100, so you are actually saving a bunch: AKG Bluetooth Headphone Black (Y50BTBLK) Samsung EVO+ 256GB UHS-I microSDXC U3 Memory Card with Adapter (MB-MC256DA/AM).

My S6 Edge worked fluidly and flawlessly in the first few month. But even with the top processor of the time, and 3GB of RAM, it slowed down as the memory neared the capacity, especially after the hundreds of photos began to pile up. The camera, once near instantaneous to turn on, now takes about a second. The S8, with its 4GB of RAM and Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 so far is doing an impeccable job. The Snapdragon 821, and even the 820, is fast enough for 2017, so having the Exynos 8895 future-proofs it for another 2-3 years at least, since I feel with each successive processor, we are getting to the point where the hardware requirements for software is plateauing, and you would only need the latest processors for video games which keeps getting better and better and continually needs the fastest processor. I think once we reach 6GB of RAM, any processor beyond the 835/8895 should be fast enough for every day apps of the next 10 years.

In totality, this is the first phone since the S6 Edge that I got really excited about, and with the rumored OLED iPhone coming out this year, 2017 should be a great year for fans of both sides to upgrade. If you don’t mind the $750+ price, you can’t go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S8. It is an investment that should last a few years, or at least until those foldable screen phones come out…

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Best Buy Review by Vito :star::star::star::star::star:

Superb Phone - Honest Review

- - - This will be an honest review from an honest customer - - -

PRESENTATION:
The Galaxy S8 comes in really nicely packaged, as for arriving at your home its encased in a cardboard box but the actual Galaxy S8 box is nicely placed in it with bubble wrap and a cushion to not damage the content. The actual box that the phone comes in is really nice, displaying the “S8” logo really nicely with its blue filling color, bonding with the black box beautifully. It really got me excited just pulling the box open, and seeing the phone right in front of my eyes. Pulling out the phone you get several items and all of them are packaged beautifully. Truly does feel like a premium phone comparing it to several budget phone boxes.

CONTENTS:
Comes with the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ depending on your choice, comes with AKG headphones which are said to be a value of $100, now, I’ve heard people complaining that the AKG headphones aren’t actually AKG. Let me clarify this, Samsung purchased AKG, but they have a seperate team of AKG workers who work on the headphones, technically its owned by Samsung and can be considered to be “Samsung headphones”, but they are still made by AKG, just owned by Samsung. Please use these headphones as they are GOOD. Use these, they sound great and have a nice tone of bass to it, they’re comfortable and don’t tangle like the rest! What also is included are several connectors, such as:

  • Charging Cable (5.0 Volts Per 2.0 AMPS) which are adaptive fast charging.
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • microUSB to USB-C adapter
  • USB-A to USB-C adapter
    They also come in with a SIM ejector pin which can be used to replace your SIM card and/or add an SD Card of your choice. They of course come with…user manuals that no one reads.

PHONE REVIEW:
When you remove the phone from the box, you’re automatically greeted with the cold, and glassy device. Its protected by a screen protector and a back protector which I recommend you leave on until you have a case on hand for it. When holding it, you feel its a lot more comfortable than holding the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7 edge versions, as the edge sides are a lot more rounder and suttle. I purchased the S8, not the S8 plus, worried that I wouldn’t be able to use the finger print sensor, but it really wasn’t an issue as I’ve held both and I can still use both. If you have the Midnight Black edition, you’ll be able to see that the glass on it is a lot more finger print addict. The Midnight Black version of the phone is a deeper black than the black editions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7, and I love it. It’s sexy, and mysterious at the same time. Without a case of course. If you get the Midnight Black edition, the aluminum section of the phone where the headphone jack and speakers rest is colored black. If you purchase any other color, it comes in a reflective aluminum. Having it all black definitely looks amazing. The camera is definitely more flush in the case than its predecessors, and so is the fingerprint sensor. I was mindblown by the bezel-less design, even though very little of it is still present.

Overall, I love everything about the phone’s exterior. Lovely color, and you get used to the fingerprint sensor. Camera is beautiful, with opitcal stabilization and lots of different camera options. There are also several ways to unlock your phone which I adore, you can use face recognition (not very protective), fingerprint sensor, pattern, pin, and my favorite, Iris Scanner. The Iris Scanner works well throughout the day and can be a little difficult in direct sunlight, works great at night though.

If you drop your phone, the back is more likely to shatter first, while the screen stays a little more protective from the Gorilla Glass 5 which is on it. I still recommend you buy a case or a protector (can be a skin from ColorWare or DBRAND).

Phone runs on Android Nougat, which is quite nice and simplistic but I’ll still stick with Nova Launcher (can be found in the playstore), as Nougat still has some work to finish off and polish. Bixby is your assistant which I honestly won’t use as I’ll stick with Google Assistant, and already comes preloaded so just by holding the virtual home button will activate Google Assistant.

Always On Display is a great addition to the phone and I have it on all day, and the battery just drains little to no battery. I love it. Battery is a 3000 MaH battery, so not much of an improvement but still lasts you through the day!

I could go on, but the overall, the phone is great. It’s fast, sleek, beautiful, and does the job. I recommend this to anyone regardless of being an Apple user or not.

Hope this review helped.

Most Kind Regards,
Vito

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Walmart Review by andreavoicesnh :star::star::star::star::star:

Great Phone

I love this phone! It's perfect for me in every way. The photos it takes are stunning! The size is perfect. The infinity screen is beautiful. I never use the Bixby function, but it is nice to have. I love that it's water resistant. The battery life is the biggest surprise for me because I don't have to charge my phone twice a day anymore, and when I do charge it, it charges so fast. My only cons are the fingerprint detector is in an awkward spot. I have tiny hands and fingers, and even with my popsocket on my phone, I have to stretch my finger to reach the sensor. The other con is the speaker isn't as loud as I'd like it to be. Other than those 2 things, I am absolutely crazy for this dang phone.

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