Putting the new Samsung Galaxy S8s to the test
Sandra Hermiston and Ross McLaughlin, CTV Vancouver
Published Thursday, May 4, 2017 6:00AM PDT
Last year was rough for Samsung with Galaxy Note7 battery fires, a massive recall and even an airplane ban. Eventually, the company pulled the smartphone from the market, but now it’s trying to regain customer confidence with its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S8.
The new smartphone has hit store shelves and Consumer Reports has done some initial testing on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices to see how they hold up.
"Samsung's Galaxy line has always done well in our tests so we're interested to see if the S8 can knock its predecessor, the S7, out of the top spot in our ratings," said Rich Fisco of Consumer Reports.
For starters, testers checked out complaints about reddish displays on the S8s and found the issue on four out of the eight phones they purchased.
But Samsung has rolled out an update to fix the issue.
“In the meantime, if your display looks red and you’d like to adjust it, go to settings, display, screen mode, color balance and change the red level,” explained Fisco.
The smartphone’s camera did well. Samsung toned down the oversharpening so pictures look more realistic and natural.
“The camera is among the best we’ve ever tested,” Fisco said.
The S8s also passed the dunk test, validating Samsung’s claim that the phones could withstand five feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 5, also made the S8s more scratch-resistant than the S7s.
Consumer Reports will complete its testing of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and update its ratings in the next few weeks.