Samsung just released two of the most hyped phones of 2017, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus. These are not only the next generation phones on the Android market, but they are also an opportunity for Samsung’s biggest rival in the smartphone business, Apple. The iPhone has looked the same for three years in a row, while Samsung has iterated and improved its phones by leaps and bounds every year. So even before the new S8 and S8 Plus phones were released, the iPhone seemed a bit dated. It’s not just the design, either. Samsung managed to make the S7 waterproof even with the 3.5mm headphone jack, while Apple’s claim that they had to ditch the jack to give the iPhone 7 water resistance made it seem like Samsung had outdone it in engineering. To make matters worse, Samsung’s new Galaxy flagships make even the iPhone’s design look dated. IPhones have never had the best screen-to-body ratio, with their massive chins and foreheads on their phones, while Samsung has been working to reduce the bezels on its phones as much as possible for the past few years.
The bottom line is that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases are barely larger than the screen. The incredible 18.5: 9 ratio screen can take a bit of getting used to, and applications and the operating system will have to be tweaked to make better use of all the extra space. What makes it even worse, though, is that the latest Galaxy phones make the iPhone 7 look dated and outdated – a huge insult to a company that not long ago sued Samsung for copying its design language.
Too much screen to use safely?
Which brings us to the original question posed at the beginning of this article. Do the new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have too much screen? When we say too much screen, we mean too much to use and carry in your hand and pocket without the certainty that it will destroy phones if you drop them even once. Also, if you use one of the many Galaxy S8 cases or designer S8 Plus cases that are available online through sellers, are you essentially messing up what is the most important feature? There are literally thousands of designer cases available online for new phones, even though the phones are not yet available worldwide.
Case manufacturers even allow people to create a custom Samsung phone case that they can’t even buy yet, in most countries. Buyers of Samsung’s latest flagship phones will simply have to decide for themselves whether they want to live life on the edge or protect their expensive new phones with a protective case.