I pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S8 as soon as Samsung started taking orders. The phone arrived last week. For purposes of comparison, I have been using it alongside my iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL.\nThis review is based on my own experience and how the phone could help me in my personal and professional life.\n\nMentioned in this article\n\nGalaxy S8\n\u00a0\n See it on Amazon\n\nBeauty lies in the... \nFirst things first, the hardware. Samsung Galaxy S8 is powered by MSM 8998 Octa Core 2.35Ghz (Quad Core) + 1.9Ghz (Quad) processor and 4GB of RAM. But beyond that, it's a\u00a0beautiful phone \u2014 from tip to toe. If I can paraphrase a dialogue from the movie The Matrix, I would say, \u2018there is no phone, it\u2019s just the screen.\u2019\n Swapnil Bhartiya\nThe Galaxy S8 is a bit thinner than the iPhone, thanks to almost no bezel on the sides. Samsung managed to make this phone comfortable to hold, without compromising on the screen size.\n Swapnil Bhartiya\nSeeing is believing\nThe display is the most incredible part of the Samsung Galaxy S8. It\u2019s 6.2" of pure AMOLED beauty.\nWhile my iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung S8 Plus are the same size, the S8 has 6.2" of screen real estate whereas the iPhone 7 Plus has a mere 5.5". \u00a0Samsung makes the best displays and S8 blows everything else out of the water. It\u2019s native 2960x1440 resolution makes everything crisper and more realistic than the 1920x1080 \u2018retina\u2019 LCD display of the iPhone. And like my 4K TV, Samsung also allows me to change the color temperature of the display to optimize it for movies or images. Not only that, you can also scale the resolution down to save battery if you are not consuming rich content such as VR.\nPure awesomeness.\nReplacing the physical home button with a soft button as seen on Android devices, \u00a0allowed Samsung to put a bigger screen on the phone. Although, to be fair, my Pixel XL also doesn\u2019t have a physical button, but it still has that eyesore of a \u00a0bezel at the bottom.\nThe edge-to-edge curved screen with 18.5:9 aspect ratio provides more real estate than any other phone on the market. Thanks to the edge-to-edge display, when I open a web-page all I see is the content, not the bezel or home button. It\u2019s immersive.\n Swapnil Bhartiya\nAn extra edge\nGalaxy S8 runs on Android 7.0 with Touchwiz on top of it. I won\u2019t get into the openness of Android vs. closed iOS, but there is a huge difference between the iOS experience and the Touchwiz experience. I still don\u2019t love\u00a0Touchwiz, but it has come a long way. It does add some nice improvements to the stock Android experience, without slowing it down.\nHere are some of the features that I love on Samsung Galaxy S8 and wish were on the iPhone:\nEdge Screen: It allows you to add panels to the right edge of the phone to quickly access not only applications, but additional content such as news, contacts and much more with one swipe at the right edge of the phone. Quite a handy and user-focused feature.\nSamsung Connect: \u00a0It allows you to quickly switch the audio output device. It\u2019s quite useful if you are using AirPod-like devices. Yes. Apple AirPods do work fine with Galaxy S8.\nEasy to use camera: A top-to-bottom swipe on the screen switches between the front and main camera, no more fiddling with that tiny on-screen button. Additionally, both video and still photography buttons are available in the camera view. And yes, you can take still shots while shooting videos.\nVirtual shot: Virtual shot allows you to take a \u20183D\u2019 image of an object. \u00a0\nBuilt-in Chromecast support: This allows you to cast not only the entire screen of your phone, but also the content of apps to either Chromecast devices or supported Smart TVs.\nUseable NFC: \u00a0Not only can contact details be shared easily with other people just by tapping our phones, I can also share content like images, etc. securely.\nCustomized look and feel: \u00a0Samsung S8 offers more user-friendly system settings where you can fine tune every aspect of your device if desired. You can even change the default themes and icons of your phone.\nThe VR experience\nAs someone who is fond of Sony PlayStation VR (PSVR) and Google DayDream, Galaxy S8 is a dream machine. While I love everything about the PSVR, it\u2019s not portable.\nSamsung Gear VR with Galaxy S8 solves that problem. Galaxy S8 also offers a higher resolution display than PSVR. And it\u2019s officially supported by Oculus Rift, so I also get the Oculus experience on my devices. There are many third-party apps, like SkyBox, that can play any video formats in 3D or Cinema mode, which allows me to watch real 4K videos on the 300+ inch screen of the Samsung Gear VR.\nThose 4K videos and games can be space consuming, but storage isn't a problem on the Galaxy S8. All Galaxy S8 models come with 64GB of onboard storage, and it supports up to 256GB of external storage. I have a 256GB micro SD card that I use to store all my videos and images.\nDidn\u2019t I say pure awesomeness?\nEver since I got my Galaxy S8 with the new Gear VR headset, I have not watched anything on my 4K TV or PlayStation VR, and my iPhone 7 is practically out of the picture.\nIt\u2019s for business users\nSamsung Galaxy S8 comes with a secure folder where sensitive files can be stored without worrying about them being accessed by someone other than you or lost if you lose your phone. When you throw into the mix Samsung Knox security and Dex that both allow you to plug your phone into a monitor and use it as a PC, the result is a perfect device for consumers and professionals alike. And Samsung also offers an \u2018enterprise\u2019 version of the phone designed for professionals.\nWhat\u2019s not so good\nThere are only two things about the Galazy S8 that I really don't like. First is the placemeant of the fingerprint scanner. I don\u2019t mind that it's at the back of the phone, but it\u2019s impossible to reach if you are holding the phone in your left hand.\nSecond, \u00a0I wish Samsung would stop wasting their time duplicating Google\u2019s work. Instead of leveraging the machine learning capabilities of Google Assistant, Samsung is trying to build yet another clone of a Google service. They are calling it Bixby and wasted a physical button on it. Bixby is ruining the entire Galaxy S8 experience and I wouldn't mind if Samsung killed the project immediately, just the way they killed the Milk Music service and used Google Assistant as the default virtual assistant for the device.\nBeyond these two issues, I don\u2019t have any problems with my device. I think the Galaxy S8 is the best smartphone I have used to date.