Samsung Galaxy S8 In 2021! (Still Worth It?) (Review)

by birtanpublished on February 21, 2021

Welcome back everyone another year another set of videos that we have to do and honestly i'm always excited to talk about these older phones and older iphones androids and everything especially these samsung galaxies and samsung has pretty been on a pretty good streak with their s lineup recently i would definitely say since the galaxy s8 they've been killing it even with the s7 now with the phone like the samsung galaxy s8 when it first came out in 2017 which was four years ago if you consider it already being 2021

But not quite as like three years and like 10 months this phone was a pretty big redesign at that time because before we still had home buttons and stuff at this time they switched away from that for the navbar buttons and all that stuff and i feel like this is one of those phones that had so much hidden potential that samson could have easily kept supporting this thing and they decided not to and that's really my only downside of this phone believe it or not is that they didn't keep supporting this phone since then you know this year or

2020 we had huge improvements samsung went ahead and improved their software lifecycle adding an extra year which is cool but i really wish the samsung galaxy s8 could have had it as well now i will find the cheapest galaxy s8 and link it down below in the description you can get it from there and help support the channel at the same time but i will you know recommend that if you can pull together a little bit more money picking up like a galaxy s10 or a galaxy s10 may be a better deal for a lot of people

And i'll go ahead and leave one of those linked down below too now on the front of the galaxy s8 you still have a very beautiful and very capable 1440p panel that's 5.8 inches and it sounds like i'm a salesman of the galaxy s8 even though i don't even think anybody's talking about this one that much anymore and this is in my opinion by far one of the best features of the samsung galaxy s8 when you have a phone of this caliber with this type of panel the curved edges the beautifulness of it

It really makes you think like how much better could samsung have done at that time and that's exactly what i was thinking when this phone first came out but obviously a lot of things have changed and you know we've now gotten a whole bunch of displays and stuff but this is a very good panel still and when i look at this phone and i look at like the iphone 12 pro or i look at like you know like a galaxy s20 sometimes i'm like there's this panel is still pretty comparable

Obviously i don't think it beats any of those panels but it's still pretty impressive for this being a 2017 device now you have a little bit of bezel on the top and bottom but it's totally understandable this was a 2017 device you have ip certification on this phone as well so that's another humongous thing to keep in mind and you have a micro sd card slot on this phone too two things about this phone that kill it you know it's just one of the best assets ib certification

And microsd card slot doesn't really get much better than that in my opinion now you still have usb type c and a headphone jack on this one as well which if it couldn't get any better there we go we have even more features and on the back we have these standard glass back which i like you know it's not frosted or anything but even in this day and age this is totally okay i have no problems with the glass back at all and i'll definitely tell you holding this phone in the hand it just makes this phone like it

This phone does not feel aged at all if samsung released a phone this year with this type of build quality with even the panel itself and how it looks and everything i would say that this is still a really good flagship type of device this is still feels like a flagship so has a very good panel maybe i would only have two complaints in terms of the way it feels and the way it may perform is the lack of 120 or it's refresh rate on the panel and maybe lack of extra camera sensors other than that this is still almost

Like a flagship type of device now since we are already on the back let's go and hit on the camera this thing like i said before does have a single 12 megapixel sensor on the back and you know you can only do 4k 30 frames per second on it there's no telephoto there's no ultrawide sensor there's no micro ladder essential whatever but i will tell you for what this phone had at that time in 2017 early 2017 at that i think it's totally okay

In the market i think at that time at least from in my understanding there wasn't really a ton of phones that had dual camera setups we had the seven plus that came out a couple months before this so for this phone only having single camera i think is okay for the most part it's not like a crazy big deal however i think with the s9 only having one camera set up that's a bigger deal but this one totally understandable but i will tell you in this day and age this is still a pretty decent camera

Setup like this is not an ugly camera by any means this camera still has some capability and i will be honest and i love saying this type of stuff samsung put so many features in their camera setup that even with their last update of when ui that this thing got there were more features in that camera setup than when it first came out which is huge and i love seeing that we got more features and even i would say this phone has more features in the camera than a lot of iphones that came out this year too were

Last year and that's a pretty big thing obviously i'd rather have an iphone camera that came out last year than this one but we still have a lot of cool features and it gets even better because within the app store there's a lot of apps that you can go ahead and edit your photos up and all that good stuff even instagram tick tock they allow you to edit a lot of your videos and photos and stuff so the back camera of this thing is definitely a pretty decent camera in this day and age however the front

Camera it's only an 8 megapixel sensor so that definitely isn't a great camera and even the megapixel account sways it a little bit because in my opinion it's really not that great the front camera is probably my biggest problem with this type of device but i still think it's totally okay for the time being and even beyond that if you're making tick tocks and stuff this phone is going to be perfectly fine but if you're expecting to get like the best quality photos and videos it may be

Better for you to you know kind of look in a different direction you know with like maybe like a s10 or you know as tiny like i stated on the low end but still this camera i think is okay for the most part and i'll probably rate it probably like it's 8 out of 10 for being a 2017 phone in my opinion and that's a pretty good score so in terms of the camera setup that pretty much covers it up now one of the worst aspects of this device would probably be the software you know this thing started off with android 7.0

It ended with android 9.0 so it only got like two versions of android and that was it and that was this phone's biggest problem i think at that time and even now it just saddens me this one could have probably you know lasted up until right now with it with one ui three it didn't get it though which is very sad so what does this mean for the longevity of this phone well i think it's still getting security updates here and there but for pretty much the rest of the year it's not really getting any more software updates it's pretty much stuck

Where it's at and i think i guess that's okay but this phone could have easily you know lasted a lot longer and you can't even custom rom 95 of the models in america for this thing so that's another huge problem and there's just not that big of a development community behind it either so that's another huge you know sad thing about it you can still get custom launchers and all that stuff but honestly i would have probably been a lot better and felt a lot better had this thing gotten android 10

Honestly it is what it is so in terms of software that covers it up performance wise though this thing does have the qualcomm snapdragon 835 chipset inside of it an octa-core cpu and adreno 540 gpu and four gigabytes of ram there's only one model of this device which is okay like i said it had a micro sd card slot and what's funny is is that typically when i talk about these type of phones like i already know in the back of my head that it is a slower phone it doesn't have the most amount of capabilities

It is you know a bit dated so it's not going to be smooth or anything like that or as smooth as something that came out this year but honestly the panel itself the way it performs and everything it just gives me the illusion that it actually may be a lot faster than what it is and what's funny is is that i compared it to a lot of phones throughout this year 2019 or you know 2020 and 20 and 2019 all that stuff and i found that the s8 was still pulling up some really good numbers and

Pulling up apps and you know really surprisingly with how good the performance was of the of the galaxy s8 you know i think compared to the iphone 12 i compared it to the iphone 11 pro compared to the s10 the s20s the note 20s and honestly this phone had done a really good job at that time and even going into 2021 it's still a pretty good performing phone i think the things that really or the problems with it is the ram i feel like the ram probably is a bigger

Problem with it if i needed to i could probably go day to day and use this phone perfectly fine now would i love it i don't know if i would love it but i don't know if i would hate it i would be very probably like in the middle of it but i think for day day-to-day use this phone has a lot of capabilities still and i think the performance is still there now with that being said it does kind of glitch up a lot the ram management like i said isn't that great so if you put a bunch of apps in the background you try to go

Back in them it's not necessarily going to give you the best experience ever it definitely is going to show you you know a lot of glitchness and all that kind of stuff but as i said before with a lot of other phones once the apps are loaded once you're on snapchat or you're on instagram or whatever it's smooth sailing for the most part you're gonna have a pretty good experience it just so happens that when you go ahead and take it up a notch and you try to do

A bunch of crazy things and play a bunch of big games you're probably gonna run into some problems but i think for the most part you're probably gonna have a okay experience when it comes down to the whole entire performance of this phone so performance wise i'd probably give it maybe like a seven out of ten maybe you know for being a four year old phone as at this point so so in terms of performance that pretty much covers it up now winning it off with the battery life

This thing has a 3 000 millibar battery which in this day and age isn't really that big of a battery size you know it has wireless charging which is great but it's still actually a pretty okay battery life i think my battery has degraded quite a bit and since my phone isn't in the best skinnier condition it kind of makes sense but i'd probably you know say this battery life is fairly average again it's not the best it's not the worst it's very down in the middle but that's

Pretty much what i would kind of give this score for this specific phone so to kind of some of this video and to answer the question is the samsung galaxy s8 still worth it in 2021 what i can tell you is is that this phone like i said before still has a lot of capability i think there's a lot of pros there's a few cons but i really don't think it's that bad of a phone i feel like the few cons that there are really could sway somebody you know one side to the other they're pretty big cons but

There's only a few of them first of all the build quality of this phone is beautiful this phone still feels like a flagship phone whenever i pick this thing up i take it out of my pocket if i ever you know compare it against one phone to the other this phone feels just the same if not even better than a lot of the phones that i've compared it to i mean this phone's build quality is beautiful it still feels really good the panel on it is freaking amazing it looks so good i have really you know there's

Really the best thing about the newer panels is that they have their higher refresh rates they have less bezel but this is still a really good panel for the most part and if you don't care about the you know the bezels and all that this is a really really good panel you have the micro sd card slot which is huge you have usb type c with samsung dex which is huge and you have a headphone jack which is also extremely huge on this type of phone i mean this is like a you know four year old phone as at this

Point but it still has all these peripherals in these ios which is really cool you have a pretty okay camera set up you have a okay back camera the front camera is a little bit different but you have an okay back camera which is nice the performance is still pretty good too but the feel and it's fairly cheap you know as i stated before but the cons like i stated before can really sway one person even if it's one of them and the biggest you know con in my opinion is the software the software just

Isn't there one ui three would have been cool when ui 2 would have been cool custom rom support would have been cool this phone does not have either of those this phone stopped at android 9. we are now on android 11 so this thing is already updated within the next year or two a lot of app manufacturers are not going to be supporting apps for android pie either so that's another pretty big thing to keep in mind so take that as you will i'm not trying to sway you know one person one way or another but that's a pretty big deal but

However a lot of these apps are still getting support through the app store so you're perfectly fine there and it's not like you're like super outdated it's not like you're on android 4 or anything like that you still have ip certification on this phone too which is really really nice and for a phone that you know for somebody who doesn't really care too much about you know whatever this is a perfect phone for those type of people but if you want a little bit more power

You know if you want way more power if you want a phone that's going to last much longer than this phone is still supported getting a phone like a samsung galaxy s10e or samsung galaxy s10 will definitely do you much better in the long run in my opinion and like i said before i'll go ahead and leave those linked down below as well with the galaxy s8 you can go ahead and kind of choose whichever one you want from there from my recommendation but you don't have to get them from there either you can help

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I'll catch you guys in the next video peace out you

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