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2017-04-18 02:39:09 PM  
I can't wait.  Wafer-thin with an infinity screen, so I can slap it in a 1/2" thick Otter Box case.  Courage.
 
2017-04-18 08:52:58 PM  
As long as it doesn't have a stupid Bixby button.
 
2017-04-18 11:00:13 PM  
I don't get the "thumbprint reader on the glass is awesome" thing.  Yes, it's technically cool, but I can either unlock the phone via a thumbprint over the screen (That I want to see) or my index finger on the center back of the phone where it wants to rest anyway (Like my Pixel).  What benefit is there to putting it on the front?
 
2017-04-18 11:00:42 PM  
Oh for chrissakes. Samsung steals great Apple ideas, slaps together a shiatty Galaxy release, and we're supposed to suck their cock as if they invented the phone on their own?

Whatever. Thank god Apple is out there leading the industry.
 
2017-04-18 11:34:50 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: I don't get the "thumbprint reader on the glass is awesome" thing.  Yes, it's technically cool, but I can either unlock the phone via a thumbprint over the screen (That I want to see) or my index finger on the center back of the phone where it wants to rest anyway (Like my Pixel).  What benefit is there to putting it on the front?


I usually have my phone sitting on my desk next to me at work and I like the fingerprint reader on the front because I can select a new album to play or switch to a new podcast without having to pick the phone off my desk to unlock it like I would with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
 
2017-04-19 12:21:49 AM  
If Apple Were 100% Honest With Us...(2016 Edition)
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2017-04-19 12:43:11 AM  
I just can't wait for the new Samsung S8 to explode into the market.......
 
2017-04-19 01:22:03 AM  

Vaginosilicosis: Why anyone would want to unlock their phone with a fingerprint is beyond me.   Cops can force you to unlock your phone with a fingerprint the same way they can compel a breathalyzer or piss test but you can't force me to remember my code.


Well, if I didn't use the fingerprint reader, I'd probably have a lot shorter passcode than I do, because i don't want to type in 10+ digits every time I want to unlock my phone.  But you're right - the way my phone is set up, I can be compelled to unlock it unless I had the opportunity to power it off before giving it up.
 
2017-04-19 01:29:08 AM  
Well that will help keep people from putting them into their front pockets.
 
2017-04-19 01:29:16 AM  

veranbryce: I just can't wait for the new Samsung S8 to explode into the market.......


Apple is guaranteeing a 50% larger blast radius and wireless earbuds.
 
2017-04-19 01:56:39 AM  
I have a phone with an ultrasonic fingerprint reader.

I don't use it.

Mad_Radhu:

I usually have my phone sitting on my desk next to me at work and I like the fingerprint reader on the front because I can select a new album to play or switch to a new podcast without having to pick the phone off my desk to unlock it like I would with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

Also my phone allows me to access the music app without unlocking it, so this wouldn't be an issue even if I did use it.
 
2017-04-19 04:07:17 AM  

Vaginosilicosis: Why anyone would want to unlock their phone with a fingerprint is beyond me.   Cops can force you to unlock your phone with a fingerprint the same way they can compel a breathalyzer or piss test but you can't force me to remember my code.


3-4 false fingerprint attempts and the iPhone reverts to requiring a passcode. If you can't discretely power down the phone beforehand, just tap the home button with a different finger a few times and you're passcode locked.
 
2017-04-19 04:39:32 AM  
Does this author think apple started designing the next iPhone last month?
 
2017-04-19 05:36:18 AM  
They going to put in a headphone jack?
 
2017-04-19 05:45:25 AM  
I'm just loving watching Samsung and Apple duke it out with their crappy phones while I bide my time until the Surface Phone comes out.

/ Somebody kill me.
// Please.
 
2017-04-19 08:44:22 AM  
It must be nice running Apple. All you need to do is wait for Samsung to come out with an idea, tell your fanboys that it's a useless feature, all while working on implementing it yourself. Then, when it finally comes out, your fanboys will work overtime at the barista job just to buy it when you jack up the price to 3x what the Samsung model costs.
 
2017-04-19 09:10:11 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Thank god Apple is out there leading the industry.


Lol. Nice one.
 
2017-04-19 09:10:47 AM  

dyhchong: I have a phone with an ultrasonic fingerprint reader.

I don't use it.

Mad_Radhu:

I usually have my phone sitting on my desk next to me at work and I like the fingerprint reader on the front because I can select a new album to play or switch to a new podcast without having to pick the phone off my desk to unlock it like I would with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

Also my phone allows me to access the music app without unlocking it, so this wouldn't be an issue even if I did use it.


Do you have FULL access to the music app, like being able to select a completely different album or switch to a different podcast? I've got some basic access when locked as well, but there are some things that either require you to unlock the phone or are faster when you have the full UI instead of the lock screen widget. It's just much more convenient to have the sensor in the front.
 
2017-04-19 09:13:02 AM  
"multiple cameras on the front and back for augmented reality purposes"
Yeah, because AR has proved so overwhelmingly popular and useful.
 
2017-04-19 09:22:36 AM  

Cormee: "multiple cameras on the front and back for augmented reality purposes"
Yeah, because AR has proved so overwhelmingly popular and useful.


If they can improve the text recognition, it could be really useful for translating.  Apparently the only reliable use for it at the moment is looking up wine reviews.
 
2017-04-19 09:26:10 AM  
I have a Pixel.  While not the prettiest phone it gets the job done and has great battery life.  I'm surprised no one mentioned that the S8 uses Bluetooth 5.0.  This is a huge improvement over 4.0 (4x the range, pair to two audio devices at once), granted you might have to buy new devices to support it.  The S8 looks like it has an amazing display although somewhat odd aspect ratio and a few issues.

1 - Dedicated hardware button for Bixby that can't be remapped.  This would drive me crazy every time I accidently hit this button.  Not sure why anyone at Samsung thought this was a good idea.  It can't even recognize voice commands now.  This is by far the worse design choice about this phone.

2 - Odd fingerprint scanner placement.  Yes, I know not everyone is comfortable using this but I do, it's very convenient.  If you're left handed it's probably in the worst place possible.
 
2017-04-19 09:35:20 AM  

NeoCortex42: Cormee: "multiple cameras on the front and back for augmented reality purposes"
Yeah, because AR has proved so overwhelmingly popular and useful.

If they can improve the text recognition, it could be really useful for translating.  Apparently the only reliable use for it at the moment is looking up wine reviews.


There have been apps that use the camera to translate around for years though, Google Translate being one. How would AR do it differently?

Apart from the Pokemon GO app I can't think of a single other good use of the technology.
 
2017-04-19 12:02:54 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: I don't get the "thumbprint reader on the glass is awesome" thing.  Yes, it's technically cool, but I can either unlock the phone via a thumbprint over the screen (That I want to see) or my index finger on the center back of the phone where it wants to rest anyway (Like my Pixel).  What benefit is there to putting it on the front?


My index finger does not naturally sit where the pixels wants it to be. Very frustrating interaction.
 
2017-04-19 12:55:05 PM  
Why the hell are so many of you worried about being forced to unlock your phones by the police? I can't even remember the last time I spoke to an officer outside of work purposes.
 
2017-04-19 01:26:55 PM  
Identifying touch via ultrasonic tech has been of great interest to phone makers the NSA.

FTFY
 
2017-04-19 03:26:28 PM  

upright: Glockenspiel Hero: I don't get the "thumbprint reader on the glass is awesome" thing.  Yes, it's technically cool, but I can either unlock the phone via a thumbprint over the screen (That I want to see) or my index finger on the center back of the phone where it wants to rest anyway (Like my Pixel).  What benefit is there to putting it on the front?

My index finger does not naturally sit where the pixels wants it to be. Very frustrating interaction.


Which means that even if the sensor was on the front, it STILL wouldn't be where your fingers want to rest.

TBH, Sony's side implementation is worth taking a look at.
 
2017-04-19 08:39:12 PM  

forstmeister: Why the hell are so many of you worried about being forced to unlock your phones by the police? I can't even remember the last time I spoke to an officer outside of work purposes.


It has been a thing when going through customs lately, so less "police," more "border patrol."
 
2017-04-19 10:19:22 PM  

Leishu: forstmeister: Why the hell are so many of you worried about being forced to unlock your phones by the police? I can't even remember the last time I spoke to an officer outside of work purposes.

It has been a thing when going through customs lately, so less "police," more "border patrol."


Ok. Guess I didn't think of that. I just flew on 4 flights last week and they didn't even acknowledge my phone.
 
2017-04-20 02:06:29 AM  

Mad_Radhu: dyhchong: I have a phone with an ultrasonic fingerprint reader.

I don't use it.

Mad_Radhu:

I usually have my phone sitting on my desk next to me at work and I like the fingerprint reader on the front because I can select a new album to play or switch to a new podcast without having to pick the phone off my desk to unlock it like I would with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

Also my phone allows me to access the music app without unlocking it, so this wouldn't be an issue even if I did use it.

Do you have FULL access to the music app, like being able to select a completely different album or switch to a different podcast? I've got some basic access when locked as well, but there are some things that either require you to unlock the phone or are faster when you have the full UI instead of the lock screen widget. It's just much more convenient to have the sensor in the front.


Yes.
 
2017-04-20 02:12:21 AM  
Albeit I've never listened to a podcast in my life.

Double tap to take it to the lock screen, tap the menu button, tap the song name and I'm in the full music app.

Only things I can't access is settings, sharing and connectivity stuff.
 
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