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How durable is the Samsung Galaxy S8?

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We can all agree that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is a beautiful piece of hardware with the performance to match. Now that it’s been around for a while and finally reaching consumer hands, we must ask: How much of a beating can it take?

While we admittedly don’t have the resources to do multiple drop and scratch tests ourselves, several other outlets have purchased their own retail units and put the Galaxy S8 through some rigorous tests to come up with interesting results.

Here are a few of the conclusions we’ve found:

The screen can take a beating

According to Consumer Reports, the Galaxy S8 has a more scratch-resistant screen than its predecessor, the Galaxy S7. Although the S7’s display is quite durable, able to withstand anything below a level 7 pick, the S8 shows signs of damage only when it reaches a level 8 pick, which is as solid as a masonry drill bit.

Chances are you’re not going to have something as tough as that in your pocket or bag with the Galaxy S8, so we’re looking at some grade-A screen resistance. We can attribute this to the strong metal frame sandwiched between two layers of Gorilla Glass 5.

Popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything backs up these results with a video of his own:

On top of the great scratch resistance, the Galaxy S8 performs well in the bend test, too. With that, we can all see how well-built Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone is — unless the drop tests have anything to say against it.

Drop tests aren’t as forgiving

On the flip side, accidentally dropping a Galaxy S8 on hard floors can cause lots of harm. Based on reputable tests conducted by Test.de, the S8 cracks and shatters after just 50 drops at a height of 80cm on stone flooring. That doesn’t sound so bad, but you have to consider how most smartphones in their tests manage 100 falls with only a dent at that height.

So, despite the nicely rounded corners and edges, the ergonomic design ended up becoming the phone’s downfall for drop resistance. Samsung must have been aware of the Galaxy S8’s sensitivity, and thus offers protective cases that cover up the weak spots.

Another YouTube channel — GizmoSlip, this time — backed up these findings:

A retail unit bought straight from Best Buy was used during the video, making this as real as it gets. As you can see, it takes a single drop to expose the Galaxy S8’s fragility. Still, the handset lasted until the end and managed to continue powering on.

In conclusion: Scratch resistance? Great. Drop resistance? Below average. The next hurdle the Galaxy S8 will have to overcome is how well Bixby’s newly launched voice features hold up against the likes of Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri. As usual, only time and several real-world tests will tell.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ review

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Reports suggest many new PCs are infected with viruses

A good bargain doesn’t necessarily mean a good product

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It always feels good to save up for and earn a new computer or console for yourself. Until, you discover that the console or PC you bought is loaded with all sorts of problems — particularly, viruses.

Now, imagine that but instead of just one PC, an entire company finds it in 83 percent of its new computers in several Asian countries. Microsoft’s Asia PC Test Purchase Sweep, the company’s initiative towards educating consumers and enterprises, provides information against piracy and its risks. They found that these new PCs were sold in retailers that offered computers at a much lower price than intended to.

The report suggests that these retailers turn off Windows security features for them to install pirated software on these PCs. It also found that they contained software infected with viruses and trojans. Microsoft generally explains the risks that come from turning off these features, such as leaving your PC vulnerable to cyber threats and malware.

“Cyber criminals are constantly evolving their techniques to evade security measures, and embedding their malware is one of their tactics,” said Mary Jo Schrade, Assistant General Counsel from Microsoft Asia.

These findings are concerning for people who purchase new PCs through special deals, especially those that come with free software. Schrade suggests that consumers who want to purchase PCs should look for retailers that provide genuine software when bundled with the PC.

To avoid any more complications, it is also recommended to keep their software updated and follow safe internet practices. Such practices include avoiding potentially dangerous websites, legally downloading software or purchasing licenses to use them, and use recognized cloud-based file sharing systems.

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Dyson Airwrap hair tutorial and real-life hold test

Is it hard to use? Does it really work?

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The Dyson Airwrap, ever since its announcement, has been the stuff of hairstyle dreams and legends. The high-tech curling iron revolutionizes the way we do our hair!

But, does it really work? Can a normal girl like myself actually get her hair to look as fab with this new-fangled hair gadget? I put it to the test.

In the video above, you see me doing my hair and the final looks. I try a total of two styles — curly and straight — and take my ‘do out and about to see if my hair would hold. And yes folks, this was only the second time I used the Airwrap on myself, ever.

The results impressed!

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Stay tuned for the full review of the Dyson Airwrap on Her GadgetMatch. For similar topics and features, visit the website here.

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Plan for Black Friday early with these amazing deals

It’s time to ready your shopping list and wallet

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We’re midway through November already, inching towards Thanksgiving and one of the most awaited dates for shopping — Black Friday. To help you get yourself and your wallet ready, we scoured through the internet to find some of the best tech deals that’ll be popping up next week. Here are some offers that you might want to take advantage of on November 23rd.

17.3-inch ASUS TUF gaming laptop (US$ 999)

This ASUS Gaming Laptop will be going down by US$ 400, so if you’ve been wanting a gaming laptop, this might be the time to cop one. And if you have a more limited budget, you could also check out the HP Pavilion CX0056WM Gaming Laptop for  under US$ 600 with over US$ 100 worth of extra gaming software at Walmart.

HyperDrive USB Type-C Hub for MacBooks (US$ 69.99)

This would make a perfect gift for that person you know who lives the #donglelife. Check out the deal at Best Buy.

Sony PS4 1TB Slim Spider‑Man Bundle (US$ 199) and Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle (US$ 299)

The best console deals come out this time of year, and next week, both the Spider-Man PlayStation 4 bundle and the Minecraft Creators Xbox One S bundle will be up for grabs!

Nintendo Switch Super Mario Kart Deluxe Bundle (US$ 299)

Another console being featured this Black Friday is the Nintendo Switch. Why not get the Switch with an amazing party game for your holiday gatherings? You can check the deal out at Best Buy or Walmart.

Pac-Man or Galaga Retro Arcade Machine (US$ 249)

For retro gamers or those who want to reminisce about the arcade days, this would definitely be a great item to pick up. Check it out at Target.

Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3) (US$ 25) and Google Home Mini (US$ 25)

Get in the smart home/speaker game with the Amazon Echo Dot at half the price! You can also go with the Google Home Mini, if Alexa’s not your jam.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (128GB) with keyboard (US$ 599)

Why not get a powerful and portable device? The Surface Pro 6 will be US$ 360 cheaper on Friday, and it might be a good time to pick it up. The deal will be available at Best Buy.

65-inch 4K Smart Roku TV (US$ 398) and 40-inch Hisense 1080p TV (US$ 99)

This Walmart deal is probably one of the best TV deals we’ve ever seen. But if 65 inches is too big or you have a more limited budget, there’s also a 40-inch option that’s an incredible deal, as well.

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones (US$ 99)

It might be a great chance to pick up a pair of wireless buds from one of the best audio companies out there for under US$ 100. If that’s still a bit too steep though, the Skullcandy Method Wireless Earbuds will also be available at Best Buy for US$ 25, and they’re good quality too.

Anki’s Cozmo (US$ 139.99) and Vector (US$ 199.99) Robots

Anki has been making their rounds on the internet with these two adorable little robots. They would make for a great gift for children and adults alike, and will be marked down at Best Buy this Thanksgiving weekend.

There you have it! Just a few sneaky bits we found ahead of all the ads. We’re sure there’ll be loads more amazing stuff to check out, but this is a good place to start. We hope you enjoy your holidays, and be careful if you’re planning to face the Black Friday mobs. Happy Thanksgiving!

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