At the end of March Samsung revealed to the world its new flagship smartphone Galaxy S8. After the presentation, a device called hardly the best smartphone on the market, however, the first buyers of the new items faced with serious problems.
Galaxy S8 is perceived from two angles. First, Samsung tried to get around the bend iPhone 7, the design of which has not changed for the third consecutive year. Secondly, the South Korean giant is hopeful that S8 compensates for loss of reputation after the explosions Galaxy Note 7. And if the pursuit of iPhone the Koreans have some success, the quality and convenience of the new flagship of Samsung. The publication Life decided to put together the main problems of the Galaxy S8.
1. Red tint screen
Once pre-ordered Galaxy S8 reached the first buyers on the Internet shattered alarming news: if you look at the Korean smartphone screen at an angle will be noticeable annoying reddish tint.
The problem was not one, and not five people on the redness wrote dozens of owners of S8. Most likely, the red color arose from the use in OLED screen, two sub pixels: red-green and blue-green. Two green and cause color imbalances.
First Samsung timidly suggested to calibrate the screen manually, but it didn’t help and the redness remained. Later, the Koreans released a firmware update that allows you to eliminate the shortcomings by adjusting the color of the display.
On the one hand, the company should be commended for the care and promptness. On the other hand, it is well known that the owners of Android smartphones updates are often neglected, so in the world there’s still plenty of Galaxy S8 with red displays.
2. Burnable pixels
The new device from Samsung installed edge-to-edge Super AMOLED screen technology to support Always-On-Display — with its help service information is displayed continuously and it has virtually no effect on battery drain.
Below the screen is not deteriorated, Samsung has developed an algorithm that changes the location of the touch the “Home” button by a few pixels. Despite this measure, information about the burnt pixels have appeared on Twitter, on Reddit and on the support forum Samsung.
Here wary of exactly two things. First, usually the pixels burn out after a few months or even years. Second — none of those who complained about the problem, have not provided a photo of the screen with the burnt pixels.
These circumstances suggest that we are dealing with a fake or a banal marriage display, which was not immediately seen. Anyway, Samsung already confirmed that the burnt pixel refers to warranty and repair will be free.
3. The fingerprint scanner
Developing Galaxy S8 Samsung has relied on the company Synaptics, which was to prepare transparent scanners fingerprint. Then this sensor would be implanted in the screen, and the technology would be revolutionary. It is important that the favorable scenario Apple would be “torn apart”, it is well aware that in Cupertino a long time dream to integrate the scanner into the display.
But, unfortunately for Koreans, Synaptics ripped off deadline, and it turns out it is quite late. Accordingly, Samsung had a choice: either to deprive the flagship module for the print (plenty of other unlocking methods), or behind (in front of the place was gone).
Asians chose the second option. They can understand for three years, all the users have already got used that the scanner is present. But this time, it has two disadvantages: it is very small and is in a very bad place.
People who have a couple of weeks go with the Galaxy S8, saying it has not adapted to the location of the sensor. Your finger touches the glass pure reflex camera is that it stains remain, which hinder to make quality shots.
This sad situation has two choices: either to forget about the existence of the scanner, or to purchase a case, to accurately find the sensor. The second scenario is a basic compromise, because the case has lost all of its magic bezremontnoy Galaxy S8.
4. Chaotic restart
The problem may be the most important one of all, which to date has faced the owners of the S8. The fact that the new smartphones tend often to reboot, and this is absolutely normal.
Most tragic of all, reboots have no laws. Some users Galaxy S8 restarts an average of seven times in 10 hours, others 12 times a week. Someone restarts happen only after you enable Always-On-Display, and without it, everything is fine. Someone believes that to blame the microSD card, but then there are people who say that the S8 without the inserted memory card is also turned on and off.
Interestingly, in Samsung without further ADO change perezagruzite flagships for a new one, but then those owners complain that the second and S8 are suffering from restarts.
In General, an adequate antidote to the Koreans yet, but it should appear in the coming weeks. Most likely from the reboots will save new firmware version with the faceless but the important marked “Improved system stability”.
5. Button Bixby
After 5.5 years after Apple, Samsung is ripe to create your own voice assistant. Built robot called Bixby, and once said that he would be smarter than American assistant Siri. The launch function was not working assistant have launched only at the beginning of may, and then only in South Korea. The English version should appear at the end of this month.
Frustrating that Samsung is very aggressively promoting brand development. So aggressive that in S8 there is a dedicated side button that activates the assistant. This button has two claims: first, it is very easily pressed (random runs can not be avoided), and secondly, it cannot be reconfigured.
It is interesting that until the first update this was: All in one gestures allow to “attach” to the button camera, player or any other app. But then Samsung came to their senses and shut down access to the unhappy Bixby — maybe I’m afraid so, this helper will remain quite in demand.
The conclusion is: now to reconfigure the keys you need to get root-rights, but it is a little more complicated than to put one app and make a physical button is really useful.
6. Wireless charging
Users who switched to Galaxy from Galaxy S7 S8 hoped that the new gadget will normally be fed energy through the last year’s wireless charging. As it is not so: some users of the gadget refused to charge, and the other filling the battery was terribly slow.
Question raised on the official Samsung forum, and the moderator replied, “All right, old accessory is not supported, buy new one”. If anything, Russia current adapter for wireless charging is 5000 rubles. Pretty expensive, considering that in a year he may be useless.
7. Beating case
German testers subjected the Galaxy S8 test, which allowed us to evaluate how well the device takes a fall. They put the smartphone in a special drum, simulating a fall from a height of 80 cm, the Machine was less durable in comparison with others. Gorilla glass 5, which is covered by its display cracked after 50 drops.
This result may seem good, but everything is relative. Most smartphones withstands 100 drops in the drum without significant damage. The experts came to the conclusion that rounded corners are the weak point of the Galaxy S8. The flagship can come into disrepair after the first fall on a hard surface.
8. The smartphone starts to slow down over time
Galaxy S8 is the most powerful in the Android ecosystem, although inferior to the performance of the iPhone 7 Plus. The gadget is equipped with Snapdragon processor 835 and 4 GB of RAM. At the beginning of the device is really works quickly. But the longer you use them, the more noticeable becomes small slowdowns. Nothing critical, this problem is in all Android smartphones. But from the apparatus of such a high-class expecting higher quality optimization.