But what makes a smartphone the "best" and what does the future hold for handheld technology?
With a healthy and well-executing Samsung, the new Galaxy Note S8 could have done scary things to Apple's iPhone 8 sales, particularly because Apple simply can't afford to match in its phone the kinds of advancements that Samsung has showcased.
However, Samsung isn't healthy, and its decision to resell the problematic Note 7 is a showcase of what has been a string of excessive risks. An Apple supporter could rig a refurbished Note 7 to catch fire in a critical location, and the risk that Samsung represents could be removed. That's a hell of a temptation for a lot of Apple employees and partners, even if Apple management weren't involved in such a move.
You can read more about the battle between Samsung and Apple right here.
It seems, from the images at least, that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will come in at least three new and decidedly different colors!
Samsung hasn’t been really secretive about the Galaxy S8. We already know quite a lot about the new device. As you can see on the rendering, the screen is now taller. It is the most obvious change and an important trend for smartphones in 2017. Samsung hopes that the Galaxy S8 feels like you’re just holding a screen and not a phone.
There will be a bigger version, the S8+, and a mysterious DeX dock to connect your phone to an external display and use it as a basic computer.
You can read more about the possible hues of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 here.
Good news for Samsung Galaxy users who feared the day they would find their new phone didn't come with a standard headphone jack. New images released recently show the headphone jack comfortably available on the new Samsung Galaxy 8 smartphone.
Anticipation for the latest model in the Galaxy line is running at a fevered pace, as those ready to upgrade do their best to wait patiently until they can get their hands on the new model.
Here's what we heard:
A set of photo-quality renders (not actual photos) appeared this week of the Galaxy S8 to further axe fears of a cut headphone jack. Apple tossed the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 along with a few Android devices before and since – it would seem that Samsung won’t follow suit. Instead, with the assistance of the images published this week, we’re able to get a look at what this forward-thinking yet conservative-tech-packed smartphone is going to look like.
You can read more of the latest news about the Samsung Galaxy 8 right here.
Fresh from their exploding gadget debacle, Samsung seems poised to finally deliver on at least some of these promises:
The report in The Investor based in South Korea comes after the iMiD 2016 Display Exhibition that took place in Seoul last week. According to the report, Park Won-sang, an engineer for Samsung's display manufacturing unit, said that the front of next year's phone will be over 90 percent screen. The average display area ratio (which is the percentage of the front of the phone taken up by the screen) of current smartphones is around 80 percent, according to The Investor. If this rumor is true, it would mean that the S8 could feature even more screen than earlier versions of the device. It is unknown how Samsung's famous curved displays would count for this percentage.
But Samsung isn't planning on stopping at 90 percent. According to the same engineer, Samsung could aim for a device that is up to 99 percent screen.
You can click here for more details about the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Samsung has had a decidedly bad year. Expliding smartphones by one of the world's leading smartphone manufacturers is bound to have a negative effect on the manufacturer. And replacement phones that subsequently also exploded just added insult to injury.
However, all is not doom and gloom for Samsung. In fact, the company's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7 is still considered one of the best Android smartphones on the market today.
In fact, in a head-to-head match-up with the Apple iPhone 7, the Galaxy S7 often takes the lead:
There is only one choice for Trusted Reviews: the Galaxy S7 - and by quite a margin. "We weren’t expecting the Samsung Galaxy S7 to win this battle quite so comfortably" says the site, which argues the iPhone 7 can't keep up with the Galaxy S7's display. The Samsung phone is a little tougher too with its IP68 water and dustproof rating, it adds, and there's no fiddling around with adaptors if you want to use a headphone.
You can read the complete comparative review between the Apple iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 right here.
The hot talk about fans of virtual reality is definitely the new Gear VR available in November for newer Samsung phone owners. It is essentially a scaled down version of the Oculus Rift device which is expected to go on sale next year. That device will be larger, come with specialized handheld controls and connect to a PC, so its users will have more options.
But the Gear VR, priced at just $99, is the next best thing for fans of VR (and they are legion.) It doesn't offer as many options as the full-sized Oculus Rift, but it's available NOW, and it costs less than $100. Our question is, when will it become available for the Apple iPhone? If we had to guess, sooner than you might expect.
The unit, scheduled to ship in November, lets anyone with a Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Note 5 or S6 Edge+ handset plug in and play. It's 22 percent lighter than the previous version, according to Samsung, and includes an improved touchpad system.
It's "virtual reality for everyone" in the words of Koo – or at least everyone with a newer Samsung smartphone – and it prepares the ground for the full Oculus Rift launch coming next year (a much more capable but PC-based headset).
You can read more about the new Gear VR here. And if/when a version becomes available for the Apple iPhone we'll be sure to let you know.
If you're into cutting edge technology, and love being an early adopter, maybe you should set your sights on the new Samsung Gear VR.
The Samsung Gear VR works in conjunction with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge and is light years ahead of the Google Cardboard (which is, essentially, cardboard.)
The Samsung Gear VR headset plugs into your phone and provides a fully immersive virtual experience for users without the puke-inducing side effects which have plagued some other, still-in-the-pipeline, virtual reality headsets. And the best part is: It's available NOW for just $200. That's a much better deal the devices which are still not available and nobody has any idea how much they will cost.
Here's a bit more about the Gear VR experience:
Using a VR system isn't like being in the Matrix, but it does feel a little weird. Sure, it's disorienting at first, and if cellphone screens mess with your sleep cycle, then the extra light from VR headsets will likely obliterate it. Still, I never experienced any dizziness, nausea or other side effects supposedly common with these sorts of headsets. That's perhaps thanks to the Gear VR's motion sensors, which are very responsive. I found the UI surprisingly natural; you just look at what you want to select and then tap the touchpad on the side of the Gear.
If you're interested in learning more, check out this article by Steve Dent and Engadget.
Crush an iPad under a Monster Truck tire? Check.
Drop an iPhone off a balcony? Check.
Drop a new Apple Watch into a urinal? Not yet, but we're sure it's only a matter of time.
The latest test involved dropping a new Samsung Galaxy S6 and an iPhone 6 into a pot of boiling water. As if this might actually happen. We can imagine dropping them from a great height, dropping them into a swimming pool, even dropping them into a hot tub. But dropping them into a pot of boiling water? Highly unlikely.
This fact didn't keep someone from testing the process to see what might happen. If you're curious what might happen please feel free to watch the following video.
The new Apple watch is not even released yet and already industry insiders are predicting it will be a game-changer when it comes to wearable tech. Apple competitors such as Android and Samsung are not sitting around waiting to find out - each of them is preparing their own "smart watch" gadget to directly compete with Apple.
In fact, the new Samsung Orbis looks as if it might actually be something people would wear, provided that it functions reasonably well. Samsung is no stranger to smart watch tech. They have released several different versions of this type of wearable device in the past years, none of which have caught on with consumers.
According to the publication, the Orbis will be sold as the Gear A and come in two versions, including one that only offers Wi-Fi connectivity (model number SM-R720), and one that also has 3G support, complete with voice calling (model number SM-R730*).
You can read more about the new Samsung Orbis here.
Samsung may be on the verge of launching a Samsung Galaxy S 5, and the next Samsung flagship may just have a fingerprint sensor and a 32 bit system on chip being the key new features, among others. Read on to know more below the break.