Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ has topped Consumer Reports’ smartphone rating beating the likes of the LG G6 and the iPhone 7. The handset’s smaller sibling, the Galaxy S8, came in second, with the LG G6 and iPhone 7 Plus following it.
Consumer Reports praised the Galaxy S8 and S8+ for their beautiful tall and narrow displays, stunning camera, and great battery life. The report, however, does note that while the tall and narrow screen makes the phone easy to handle ergonomically, it is still not possible to reach the top corners of the display using one’s thumb thereby making two-hand use a necessity.
Here’s what Consumer Reports has to say about the design of Samsung’s latest flagship handsets:
The look of the S8 and S8+ is minimalist, modern, and elegant—and the design allows for a bigger screen in the same-size device.
Like with every other review, the team also criticised the placement of the fingerprint sensor at the rear of the device right beside the camera sensor which led to the camera lens getting smudged frequently.
In terms of battery life, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ performed admirably and posted some impressive numbers. The larger Galaxy S8+ did fair better but that’s not surprising since it comes with a bigger battery. The 12MP shooter on the rear of both Galaxies was also praised, with Consumer Reports noting that Samsung has toned down its over-sharpening this time around. While the Galaxy S8 and S8+ lack any dual-camera setup at the rear, it does not put them at any disadvantage when compared to the iPhone 7 Plus or the LG G6.
With such high praise in almost every department, it is not surprising that the Galaxy S8+ has topped Consumer Reports smartphone rankings followed by its smaller brother, the Galaxy S8. The iPhone 7 Plus, which is nearing its first anniversary, came in fifth behind the likes of the LG G6 and even Samsung’s last year flagship, the Galaxy S7 edge. The ratings are likely to change once Apple releases the iPhone 8 later this year with a bezel-less design and a superior dual-camera setup, but until then, the Galaxy S8+ remains Consumer Reports’ top ranked smartphone.
[Via Consumer Reports]