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Consumer Reports joined Into Tomorrow this week with a first look at S8 and S8 Plus:
Samsung of course last week unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the S8 and S8 plus. Consumer Reports electronics spokesman James McQueen is here with a first-look review.
The most striking feature of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is the displays that stretch beyond the typical aspect ratio of 16:9 to 18.5:9 (roughly two to one). Why so tall? This shape allows Samsung to give the phones more screen area without making them too wide to operate comfortably with one hand. Samsung isn’t the first to go in this direction. We saw a similar shape in the LG G6, which was announced in February.
The displays of these new Samsungs measure 5.8 inches (S8) and 6.2 inches (S8+). Technically, they’re a whopping 18 percent larger than those on their immediate ancestors, the S7 and S7 Edge, whose displays were respectively 5.1 and 5.5 inches. We found that images don’t look all that much bigger, though you do get more text on the screen in portrait mode.
The dazzling displays of both phones are quadHD, with a resolution of 2960×1440, slightly higher than the already-sharp resolution of the S7 phones. That means a pixel density of an astounding 570 pixels per inch (ppi) for the S8, and 529ppi for the S8+.
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Chris shared an app he’s been playing with:
An app that I had played with a lot in the past and have found myself using again, almost daily, is Trivia Crack. I think it got its name because it’s about as addictive as the illegal drug. This app can either make you feel really smart, or really dumb. Play against your friends or random players from around the world – which is what I do. You basically answer trivia questions until you get one wrong. Then it’s your opponent’s turn. The game has trivia subjects like Sports, History, Art, Geography, Science and Entertainment. If nothing else, the app allows me to finally use a lot of the useless knowledge I’ve acquired over the years. The app is free, with ads, or you can download the ad-free version for $3. It’s available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Amazon and Facebook