How durable is the Samsung Galaxy S8?



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

[irp posts=”12278" name=”Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ review”]


Xiaomi Mi 9 Hands-On: 2019 Flagship Killer?




Top of the line specs, amazing cameras, and high-speed wireless charging. MWC hasn’t even officially started yet, so it might be premature to say this but has Xiaomi just unveiled the 2019 flagship killer?

We recently got to spend time with Xiaomi’s latest flagship and this is our hands-on video.

Continue Reading


Samsung Galaxy M20 hands-on: Give the users what they want

Awakening of the sleeping giant



Samsung has been the smartphone market leader for half a decade now, and its flagship phones continue to be an inspiration for everyone. However, while the brand is dominating in developed markets, it has taken a massive beating in the developing ones.

Thanks to players like Xiaomi, the South Korean brand has consistently lost market share in countries like India. Samsung slowly prepared itself to change strategy by the end of last year and intends to go hard in 2019. It announced the new Galaxy M-series lineup of phones in the budget segment and the M10 and M20 are the first ones to roll off the shelf.

The M20 has been launched in India for INR 10,990 (US$ 154) and comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The option with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage costs INR 12,990 (US$ 182). The phone goes up against the Redmi 6 Pro, Realme U1, and even the Mi A2.

To start with, Samsung has opted to go with a basic design, consisting of a plastic body that is curved at the edges and is pretty glossy. The phone is extremely comfortable to hold, and the build quality is top-notch. Even the buttons are very tactile and bezels are smaller.

On the front is a 6.3-inch TFT display with a Full HD resolution and small water-drop style notch on the top. This is the first Samsung phone to feature a notch, and the display quality is surprisingly good. The color production is vivid and satisfying, while the viewing angles are perfect. It is easily visible even under direct sunlight.

For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and it is fast enough. You also have the option of face unlock and it works quickly in well-lit conditions. It has dual-SIM support and there’s a separate slot for microSD card, as well.

Powering the phone is an octa-core Exynos 7904 processor, which is considered to be on par with the Snapdragon 636. It is a very power-efficient processor with more emphasis on the cameras. Day-to-day tasks are handled smoothly and games like PUBG are playable with low graphics.

It has a dual-camera setup on the rear, consisting of a 13-megapixel primary shooter and a 5-megapixel wide-angle sensor. The pictures clicked during daytime are decently saturated but lack sharpness. Even focus tends to get slow in low-light conditions. The wide-angle lens works best in bright surroundings only and is a very handy tool. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel shooter with built-in beauty enhancements.

It ships with Samsung Experience 9.5 out of the box and is actually well optimized. There is barely any lag and the UI offers a plethora of customizations and features. The company announced that the Android Pie update will be landing soon. Lastly, it has a massive 5000mAh battery that’ll get you through two days of usage.

Xiaomi has been successful because it offers users a balanced product that suits everyone’s needs. With the M20, Samsung goes down the same road. While the recently announced A-series phones were for photography enthusiasts, the M20 is good enough for everything.

The M20 is no disruptor, but an indication that Samsung is gearing up. And as a generation-one product, it’s performing fairly well.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Continue Reading


Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!



Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.

I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.

The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

READ ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

READ ALSO: Prynt Pocket unboxing and review: A printer that prints videos?

Continue Reading

Gadget Reviews