Find out what the biggest names in tech think of Samsung's latest and greatest, as they go hand-on with the Galaxy S8 range...

It’s one of the biggest smartphone launches of the year: the latest in Samsung’s always awesome ‘Galaxy S’ series. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were unveiled at a glittering keynote on Wednesday evening to rapturous applause, but what do the experts think?

To find out, we’ve been scouring the web for first impressions, gleaning all that we can from the tech reviewers who’ve been hands on with Samsung’s finely tuned flagships. Here’s what the biggest names in tech journalism have to say…

Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on first impressions

The Verge
“Just when I thought that great design was fading as a big point of differentiation among smartphones, Samsung has triumphantly proven me wrong with its new Galaxy S8. This phone, which I’d already seen from every conceivable angle courtesy of two solid months of leaked photos, wowed me today.

“Holding it in my hands for the first time, I suddenly shed all of my jadedness and cynicism, and I just felt happy that it existed. Yes, first impressions are fleeting and often misleading, but I don’t really care right now — my gadget lust has been reawakened by Samsung’s glorious new gadget.”

“This plus-sized beauty’s got all the right curves for the right visual appeal. It feels thoughtfully big, with Samsung putting in the right features and getting the design right so you can use all that space without it feeling unwieldy.”

“The Samsung Galaxy S8 appears to be the phone to beat in 2017 – and it looks like the competition will have a hard time doing that.”

Trusted Reviews
“The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a new beginning for flagship phones. It’s a gorgeous sliver of tech that utilises its power for extending the experience beyond the 5.8-inch display, thanks to DeX. It crams a huge screen into a compact body, without sacrificing features such as water-resistance and expandable storage, and takes phone design to the next level. Once you’ve picked up a Galaxy S8, all other phones feel somehow less interesting.”

“Based on what we’ve seen so far, the Samsung Galaxy S8 blows its Android competition out of the water.”

Mr Mobile
“How do we leverage intelligence to do something productive and helpful?” That’s the question Samsung put to itself when designing the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and the result is a device that has the potential to become the best smartphone of 2017. Compared to its forerunners, the Galaxy S8 shows you more, listens better … and even plays computer.”

“The look is incredible. While it will still be quite some time before any company launches the all-screen smartphone we’ve all been waiting for, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is as close as any mass-market device has come. Because the narrow bezels that remain are a deep, glossy black that matches the display itself, distractions seem to fade away and content takes center stage more so than on any other phone.”

“The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a stunning smartphone that seems to tick all the boxes. Yes there are some big changes, especially for the Galaxy S user, but sometimes change is great and in the case of this device, it is excellent. Where some of its rivals have stood still, Samsung has pushed the boundaries, crossed the lines and returned with a device that is genuinely exciting and a huge step away from what may now be considered boring. Well done Samsung.”

“Samsung’s redesign makes the S8’s 5.8-inch screen absolutely pop. There’s no more physical home button, and barely a bezel. That means the screen takes up roughly 83 percent of the phone’s face for tapping and viewing. If the S7’s display felt generous before, this is positively expansive.”

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