The iPhone 8 is an odd phone to review. Usually when we review a new iPhone from Apple, it is the absolute best that the company has to offer that year. But we know now that is not true with the iPhone 8, which lives in the shadow of the iPhone X that was announced at the same event. Although not yet available or publicly handled outside of Apple’s September event, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the iPhone X is the iPhone to buy this year and the best the company has to offer in 2017.
Where does that leave the iPhone 8 then? On one hand, Apple has kitted it with enough new features, including the same A11 Bionic chipset from the iPhone X, a new camera system, updated design with wireless charging support and a bunch of other stuff. On the other hand, it’s not an iPhone X, and by that I mean it’s using roughly the same design that debuted back in 2014 with the iPhone 6 and is now so long in the tooth it’s practically a cartoon rabbit.
So how does one review this phone, then? It’s hard to review it on its own without taking into consideration that the iPhone X exists, even if it’s not going to be available for a while. And it’s hard to even take the iPhone X into consideration, since I haven’t actually used it and even the people outside of Apple who did, only did so for a few minutes.
This is going to be tough.
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Dunkirk is the latest film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Based during World War II, the movie tells the story of the evacuation of Dunkirk, specifically the British soldiers, who, among others, were trapped by the German army on one side and the English Channel on the other. The film stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and a whole host of other people I don’t know.
The entire film is centered around the evacuation of the British soldiers from the shore. We don’t get to see what happened before, nor what happens after that. The premise of the movie isn’t terribly interesting, even though it’s an important part of history. So in order to sell this, the direction would have had to be really good, and fortunately for the film, it is.
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In the first part of this review I talked about the design of the phone. This second part will be dedicated entirely to the display. I feel the design and display are really the highlights of this device and as such decided to dedicate entire sections to them. I will be shoving everything else about it in the third and final section, which should be coming… soon. I think.
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The Samsung Galaxy name is ubiquitous in the world of Android. We saw the first Galaxy phone back in 2009 but it wasn’t until 2010 did the name mean anything. That was when Samsung launched the first Galaxy S phone, which quickly became the de facto Android phone for many. Over the years, the Galaxy S devices cemented Samsung’s position in the smartphone race, turning it into the market leader that it is today. Fast forward seven years, and the Galaxy S devices are the only ones that can hold their own against the juggernaut that is the iPhone in the market, with millions of devices sold worldwide and no signs of stopping.
Like clockwork, this year we got the Galaxy S8 and, as has now become tradition for Samsung, a larger Galaxy S8+. No doubt these phones will go on to sell in millions again, so it doesn’t really matter what I say here. Still, I have some thoughts to share after using the phone for a few weeks and regardless of whether you choose to buy one, I thought you might want to know more about what is undoubtedly one of the most important smartphones of the year.
In this first part, I will primarily talk about the design of the S8, with subsequent parts dedicated to other individual aspects. I think this way it will be easier and less overwhelming than being faced with several thousand words at once.
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2016 has been a rollercoaster ride. The sort where you go up once and then keep going down all the way until you hit the ground and several people die and there is blood everywhere and the screaming just doesn’t stop…
Anyway, 2016 has also been an interesting year for phones. Apple dropped the headphone jack. Samsung dropped a bomb. And BlackBerry dropped dead. But guess what? Nokia is coming back! Sort of.
Amidst all of this we got some pretty great phones this year. And a few duds. But let’s start with the good ones first before we get to the duds.
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