5 underrated features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 – CIO

Since receiving my review unit of the Samsung Galaxy S8, I’ve barely reached for my iPhone 6. And while I test the device for my in-depth enterprise review, I’ve stumbled across some features I think are underrated.

The most prominent features of the S8 are easy to spot and highly publicized — the bezel-free Infinity Display, the Super AMOLED display with QHD+ resolution and virtual integrated home button. The design and display drew me in, but I’ve found a lot more to love about the Galaxy S8 — even in some areas I least expected. Here are the five most surprising features I’ve found on the Samsung Galaxy S8.

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The bezel free design allowed Samsung to pack a 5.8-inch inch display into a 5.86-inch form factor — to put it simply, this phone is all screen. This is great news if, like me, you’ve found past Android devices too large or uncomfortable to hold. The tapered edges add another level of comfort and I found it just as comfortable to hold and use with one hand as my iPhone 6. But my favorite thing about all the screen real estate is that it makes the multi-window feature on Android Nougat usable.

On smaller Android displays, I don’t find multi-windows usable, but on the S8’s taller display, I had more than enough room to make use of the feature. Once I got the hang of the different gestures, commands and features, it became intuitive. I used the feature to constantly float apps like Spotify or Google Hangouts in the corner while I scrolled through Twitter or browsed the web. I wound up using the multi-windows more often than I had expected, docking YouTube or Amazon at the top of my display while I kept up on a group chat below. At this point, exiting and opening apps over and over to respond to messages or check notifications feels archaic.

5 underrated features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 – CIO

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