According to Consumer Reports, the Galaxy S8 Plus won the top spot in the annual ranking because of its high-quality camera, extended battery life and its long, slender appearance.
Consumer Reports said that the Galaxy S8 Plus camera was impressive for being able to take vibrant photos and their performance in lowlight settings. The publication also noted that the phone’s battery life is one of the best it has seen.
The phone’s high ranking puts more pressure on Apple to deliver on the release of the iPhone 8, which is expected to be on shelves this fall. Samsung holds the lead in smartphone sales worldwide, according to consulting firm IDC, despite relatively flat sales in the first quarter from both companies.
“Apple has lost a little bit of its perceptions on innovativeness,” J.P. Gownder, a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester said, adding that recent iPhones have just been incremental updates. “You can also look at things like the virtual reality, these are things that Apple hasn’t done yet.” Both Samsung Galaxy S8 phones will have support for Google’s Daydream VR program added to them this summer.
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