Samsung Galaxy S8 Review

Samsung Galaxy S8 was, for more or less obvious reasons, surely the most anticipated smartphone of the last few months and its launch, which confirmed almost everything that had been said in the previous months, was followed with interest by many. Let’s discover together what’s interesting in the new top of Samsung’s range.

The pack of Galaxy S8 is particularly rich, making finally honor to what is in all respects a top of the range. Inside we find a power supply for quick charge 9v/1.67 A, a USB/USB-C cable, an adapter from MicroUSB to USB-C, a OTG adapter (of course with USB-C port) and new excellent earphones AKG (Harman brand, now owned by Samsung) with adapters of Various measures. They are headphones that have amazed us for the spatiality and balancing very balanced between the various frequencies.

Samsung fully embraces the idea of the curved screen, going to realize with this technology also the model “base” of the top of the Galaxy S range for the 2017. The screen then also has different proportions, making the smartphone taller and narrower than the past. This allows him to have a bigger screen (and not a little) in the body of a smartphone just higher but especially much more maneuverable. This was also possible thanks to having moved to the back, next to the camera, the fingerprint reader.

The smartphone is once again made with a metallic profile (glossy in this case) and a glass back. It does not hold too much fingerprints and now the camera is almost flush with the phone, protected only by a very small step. In hand Galaxy S8 is used with simplicity and the materials with which they are built are of value. Excellent then the fact that the resistance to water and dust has been maintained. On the left side we finally find a new physical key, dedicated to the personal assistant Bixby.

Hardware still improved for this Galaxy S8. We have a new processor Exynos 8895 Octa core up to 2.3 GHz, made with production process at 10nm (like Snapdragon 835) and GPU Mali-G71. The RAM remains 4GB and the internal memory always starts from 64 GB (UFS 2.1) expandable with MicroSD. Excellent connectivity then: It is the first smartphone on the market with support to the LTE Gigabit (1024 Mbps), as well as always having the dual-band Wi-Fi AC, the Bluetooth 5.0 (which allows you to connect two Bluetooth devices simultaneously), the GPS assisted by GLONASS and GALILEO and finally the NFC chip.

The fingerprint reader on the back can be reached with discreet simplicity, although it may take a bit of habit and the speaker is left in the lower part: good quality and good volume. Also in the lower part we find then the Type-C door, finally adopted on the Galaxy S family. This port is then (finally!) complies with standards and can be used without problem as HDMI video output. For almost perfect hardware The only shortcomings are the FM radio and the infrared port. Two sensors for iris scanning have also been introduced on the front side. The heart rate sensor remains on the back.

Galaxy S8 comes with a 12 megapxiel ƒ/1.7 Camera with Dual Pixel technology, optical Image Stabilizer and LED flash. The photographic capacity of this sensor (which should be the same as Galaxy S7) has already been amply confirmed and even with Galaxy S8 the results are at the top. The photos are rich in detail, with well balanced colors and focus is precise and quick. Obviously the quality worsens with little light but still manages to balance better colors even compared to how it did Galaxy S7. Many features available. We still have the automatic HDR, the Hypelapse, the Quick Start (now with the power button) and the ability to position the shutter button where you want.

Among the novelties we find Bixby Vision for the recognition of objects in the photos, the effects in real time (Snapchat style) and a renewed effect of blurring the background that now works also on the front camera. It is perhaps here that the improvement was more net. The new 8 megapixel camera ƒ/1.7 is definitely good and also supports recording video in 2k (and with HDR active). The main camera instead records video in 4k with also the active electronic stabilization (in addition to the optical one). Also good slow motion at 720p at 120 frames per second.

The screen of this Galaxy S8 is a 5.8-inch resolution WQHD + (2960 x 1440 pixels) made with superamoled technology. The display is made with the particular ratio of form 18.5:9. This elongated shape has no concrete effects on the screen itself, but it translates into greater handling for the phone. The screen is curved at the sides and rounded to the corners. These are two precautions that have no particular usefulness in the practical act, but which are functional to the extremely futuristic design of the device.

The screen is particularly charged in the colors making it flashy, thanks also to the high brightness. Anyone who wants can still make it more “natural” by the settings. Also present the always-On Display technology to allow you to have information about the notifications even on the phone blocked. This year you can also have new quick controls, for example to control music.

Samsung substantially renews the software of its Galaxy S8. It is Android 7.0 heavily customized with the Samsung interface. You can change the themes, the size of the grids (both home and drawer), activate the new drawer simply by swiping the home and also activate the new Bixby home to the left of the home. This new screen will show contextual content by taking them from supported apps (luckily there are also a bit of third-party apps). Unfortunately there is still no trace of Bixby voice (in fact even in English), the new narrator of Samsung, who currently does not support our language yet (but will do it by the end of the year). It already works well Bixby Vision that recognizes objects in the photos and proposes you to make quick purchases or give you information.

Among the novelties of the software of this Galaxy S8 we find a new mode that allows you to cut a portion of an app to keep it open fixed at the top (above other applications) and that you add to the already existing Multiwindow. Very nice new pop-up notifications that have however the flaw of not being rewardable. To get notifications (since the screen is very “high”) you can help you by swiping your finger down on the fingerprint reader.

We then still find the side panels (with some novelty related to the Clipboard and screenshots) and the personal area to put safe content and applications that we want to keep away from prying eyes. Speaking of safety we now have three biometric unlock modes: The iris, safer, but perhaps the least precise, the face, the quickest but less secure and the fingerprint, more accurate but in imperfect position.

Continuing with the news you can now interact with some apps from the screen lock, we have a new one-handed mode and a new app for notes. To better understand how high you can push the software of Galaxy S8 we will surely expect Bixby Voice in Italian (by the end of the year), Samsung Pay in Italy (by the end of the year) and the arrival of DeX that, thanks to an accessory, allow to use the phone As a PC by connecting to a monitor. Considering that even without these features this is the best custom Android software in circulation the margins of improvement are ample. The software is overall very fluid, although obviously Android stock remains the benchmark to beat.

The battery remains from 3000 mAh. The display resolution increases and the new processor production technology at 10nm instead guarantees more autonomy on the paper. Probably various factors compensate and we have detected an identical autonomy (or almost) to that of Galaxy S7. With a stress use you will be able to arrive at the end of the day maybe a little precise. Fortunately there are still two excellent technologies: the recharge (really!) Fast and fast wireless charging. Samsung Galaxy S8 is marketed in Italy at €829 a price of well €100 higher than last year. Among all the companies Samsung is definitely one of the companies that is more committed to adding value to the product, for example making edge even the smaller version, but the price remains important anyway.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

Samsung announced the new Galaxy S6 on the eve of the Mobile World Congress event organized during the 2015 March 1 Unpacked. This time, the Korean manufacturer has decided to make it big, not only improving the previous Galaxy S5 in all respects, but also presenting a second model featuring a curved display on both sides.

Sales below expectations of Galaxy S5 and contraction that registered Samsung throughout 2014 led the company to transform its flagship product. The Galaxy S6 is indeed a unique smartphone, with whom Samsung wants to bring to market a new benchmark for the category.

During the months leading up to the official announcement, the Korean manufacturer has repeatedly used the term Project Zero to indicate a new start, a significant DT than ever before. It is now clear the meaning of these words. For the first time, Samsung chose luxurious materials for its flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S6 and the twin Galaxy S6 edge are made entirely of metal and glass.

The aluminum frame and the Gorilla Glass 4 on both sides offer high resistance, aesthetic and user experience at a high level. Goodbye to plastic, a material used for all previous models.

During the presentation was shown only the date of marketing. The two Samsung Galaxy S6 will go on sale in 20 countries since April 10. Users will be able to buy three versions with 32, 64 and 128 GB memory. The colors are White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold, Platinum, Blue Topaz (only Galaxy S6) and Green Emerald (only Galaxy S6 edge). These official prices announced by group:

Samsung Galaxy S6:739 euros (32 GB) and 849 euro (64 GB)
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge: 889 € (32 GB) and 999 euros (64 GB)

Curved screen then determines an extra 150 euros. The difference in price is not only a matter of design, though: the curved screen makes it possible to access a variety of additional options that take advantage of the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the screen even from a side view (the coloring of side can also be seen with smartphone turned, or locked inside a cover, indicating a notification or a call in which every color may correspond to a predetermined person). Design and utility, in short, to justify the increased cost of “Edge” version compared to the traditional one.

to date was made official by Samsung, which has cut the Ribbon with a view to the smartphone’s debut in our country. Explains the Group «Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S6 S6 and edge will be available in Pearl White, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum for both devices, Blue Topaz, Emerald, only for Galaxy S6 and S6 only for Galaxy Edge».

Presale ends on 9 April and you can participate ‘ in all major consumer electronics and banners at the outlets of the telephone operators ‘. Who finalizes the purchase between 10 and 30 April, says Samsung will receive Wireless Charger Kit to take advantage of wireless charging capabilities right out of the device.

Samsung recommends checking the availability at launch of version and color you want, implying as not all solutions may be readily available. Using the “store locator” on the official Samsung you can identify the nearest store to get their hands on the new top of the range of the group.

The two Galaxy S6 have a Super AMOLED screen from 5.1 inch Quad HD (2560 × 1440, 577 ppi) and incorporate a processor octa core Exynos 7420 (four cores at 2.1 GHz and 1.5 GHz 4 core), the first made with 14-nanometer fabrication process. The hardware also provides 3 GB memory LPDDR4 and 32/64/128 GB memory UFS 2.0. Samsung has greatly improved the quality of cameras to 16 Megapixels and 5 Megapixel camera. During the event Unpacked was compared the quality of video recordings with those made by the iPhone 6. The recent smartphone Apple has lost the race, especially in low light. Auto technologies real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), Smart Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and IR Detection White Balance also allow you to take pictures almost perfect.

Since its first release, Samsung has allowed us to remove the back cover to access the battery, the SIM and microSD slot. The use of aluminum unibody frame and glass on both sides has forced the manufacturer to an important change: the battery cannot be removed and the microSD slot has been removed. The user must then assess well what version to buy, given that the internal memory cannot be increased.
Wireless charging and mobile payments

In addition to the materials used and the hardware, the new smartphone supports two other innovative technologies. Samsung has eliminated the need to use a traditional wire feeder, incorporating a universal chip for wireless charging, WPC standards compliant and PMA. The charge rate has been increased up to 1.5 times the Galaxy S5. Also, it only takes 10 minutes to have a battery life of 4 hours.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Specification

The Galaxy S7 is the evolution of the current top of the line, because it inherits most of the features from its predecessor. Following the limited success of Galaxy S5, in fact, Samsung decided to revolutionize its flagship product, choosing for the Galaxy S6 design and materials than ever before. The signals come from the market have rewarded these efforts and were recommended for generating S7 further processing of the work done with the last edition.

Samsung unveiled two Galaxy S6, one normal and one display with curved display, both from 5.1 inch Quad HD. It was later announced the Galaxy S6 5.7-inch edge + inches. Until a few weeks ago had circulated the hypothesis that the new smartphone will be manufactured in four versions: Galaxy S7, S7, S7 Plus Galaxy Galaxy Galaxy edge and S7 edge +, the first two with normal display from 5.2 inches, the last two with curved display by 5.7 inches.

The most recent information make reference to only two models: Galaxy 5.1 inch flat screen and Galaxy S7 with S7 edge with 5.5 inch curved screen. 4 k resolution: even the rumor also contradicted the new top of the range will have a Super AMOLED Panel Quad HD (2560 × 1440 pixels).

The doubts on the Edge Edition are certainly not been based on the stylistic tone of the smartphone, amply rewarded in terms of design, as the instrumental utility of the curvature of the screen. Visible notifications profile does not represent a “plus” in purchasing decisions and production cost leavened may be more a burden than a real opportunity. However the strong identifiability Galaxy S6 Edge should find a following in the seventh edition of the smartphone, so what good the curved display has been able to offer to the public in the last year.

The Galaxy will certainly be produced in aluminium and glass, S7 as the Galaxy S6. Very low probability of finding a magnesium alloy frame, a material widely used for notebook computers and hybrid devices 2-in-1 high end. Samsung could however add the IP67 certified (water and dust resistance) and the microSD slot (at least for the flat model), two characteristics that were deleted in Galaxy S6. The unibody design will not allow you to remove the battery, but there will be more capacity: 3000 mAh for Galaxy S7 and 3600 mAh for Galaxy edge wireless charging support S7.

Although the screen resolution will not increase, some sources believe that Samsung has chosen to use technology ClearForce, similar to the 3D Touch of Apple. The user can perform various actions, depending on the pressure exerted on the display. Other developments could be HiFi audio chip and USB port Type-C for rapid charging. The rear camera should have a resolution of 12 megapixels, then under 16 megapixel Galaxy S6. Samsung would, however, chose lenses with Aperture f/1.7, so as to improve the quality of the shots in low light. The use of the new sensor would eliminate even the boss of the camera.

Iris scanner, to be used as an alternative to the fingerprint reader for mobile payments (Samsung Pay), could be the real surprise, but in the latest rumors seem missing any reference to this innovative technology. The only certainties are the processors. The Galaxy S7 will be the first smartphone with Snapdragon SoC, 820 quad core which will replace the “unfortunate” Snapdragon 810. Samsung will also construct versions with his Exynos 8890. The hardware equipment includes 4 GB of RAM and 64 32/finally/128 GB flash memory.

On the Galaxy S7 will be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, personalized with the familiar TouchWiz. Samsung will bring more changes to the software to increase performance and battery life. Over the past few days began to leak information about prices of $ 650/699 euro S7: Galaxy for the 32 GB model, $ 750/799 euros for the 64 GB model. Edge Variant should cost 100 dollars/euros. The announcement is scheduled for 21 February in Barcelona, while the market is anticipated than the Galaxy S6. The new smartphone could be available by mid March, so make a discreet “head-start” (about 7 months) on iPhone 7.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

Samsung designed the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge giving free rein to our imagination. The result is an unmatched usability, packed with advanced features with an unabashedly modern. Some smartphones with a really attractive and easy to use aspect. Thanks to a combination of high performance materials, Samsung has an amazing and effective way to completely isolate the internal components, leaving the USB ports and headphone inputs without covering solution. the tinkering to put additional caps or covers are over.

In real life they are given all kinds of lighting conditions and you have to be ready to take photos without thinking about whether or not light. Whether doing tricks with the skateboard or blowing candles on a birthday, pictures taken with Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are sharp and full of life. Mobile games are better thanks to Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge feature functions like recording games or control center own games.

Hardware & Accessories

With powerful processors, Galaxy S7 and S7 edge going smoothly, managing the data on your microSD card safely. And thanks to a larger battery, the charge is even faster. Samsung has created an elegant range of specific accessories for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. From cases that do more than protect your devices to allow fast chargers loads wherever you are.

Samsung Galaxy S7 price and availability

• Galaxy S7: 699 €
• Galaxy S7 edge: 799 €
• Available March 11, 2016

Samsung Galaxy A (2016) Review

Samsung Electronics confirmed the launch in Spain this week of new smartphones Samsung Galaxy A (2016), featuring a premium design, larger and higher quality screens, improved camera features to make your pictures come out better even in low light, and technology for mobile payments easily.

The Samsung Galaxy A (2016) range incorporates the latest advances in technology and innovative design of Samsung to offer users the ability to express themselves individually, with powerful performance and two choices of screen size: 5.2 “to Samsung Galaxy A5 and 4.7 “Samsung Galaxy A3.

The Samsung Galaxy A line 2016 design retains the essence of the latest Samsung Galaxy devices, adding the Gorilla Glass glass to metal finishes that characterized Galaxy A to create a very careful and harmonious design. In addition, this new generation provides superior to that of their predecessors, with a narrow frame viewing experience. Also they come equipped with an improved camera system that allows photos and clearer, brighter video.

The latter also includes optical image stabilization (OIS) to avoid blurred images, as well as front and rear F1.9 lenses to allow users to make better pictures even in low light. Also, thanks to the Quick Launch feature Samsung, just double-click the Start button opens the camera in less than a second. And of course, users can also take your best selfie with features such as panoramic shot selfie hand gestures and beautifying effects.

In addition, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is compatible with Samsung Pay, the Simple, safe and virtually universal mobile payments developed by Samsung, whose payments are authenticated by fingerprint. The new smartphones Samsung Galaxy A (2016) will be available in the Spanish market since this week, with an estimated street price of € 429 (Samsung Galaxy A5) and 299 € (Samsung Galaxy A3).