I won't upgrade to Samsung's Galaxy S8. Here's why

Samsung had a bad 2016 after its Note 7 disaster, so it needs the Galaxy S8 to be a major success.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7, both shipped out with Microsoft apps pre-installed and now it seems like the "partnership" between the two companies will leave a mark on the Galaxy S8 too.

It was one thing for Samsung to partner with Google a few years ago to sell a "Google Edition" version of the Galaxy S4. The new Gear VR and the Galaxy S8 will fire up the market on April 21. Yet Microsoft has got in on the action with a Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition - but what's that? It's created to turn a Galaxy S8 into a PC, with Android apps running in a desktop-like environment. We've all ooh'd and aah'd at the gorgeous curves and the large screen - but there's more to the Galaxy S8 than just good looks, Samsung made sure of that.

To avoid any PR disasters like the Note 7, Samsung says the S8 cells will go through multiple inspections that include X-rays and extreme temperature stress tests.

There is also a control centre pre-loaded on the Galaxy S8, which lets users manage and monitor the smart devices in their home. So Microsoft and Samsung can benefit by finding ways to depend more on each other and less on the two mobile giants.

Microsoft's moves to cozy up to Samsung and its Android ecosystem of phones won't help sales of Microsoft's own flagging mobile devices running versions of Windows 10.

The DeX Station is a small puck-shaped dock that plugs into an external monitor and essentially gives Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus users a desktop experience.

Samsung launched a new Gear 360 camera featuring 4K resolution at its media event on Wednesday, 29 March in NY.

It's worth noting that regular Samsung Galaxy S8 devices still come bundled with basic Microsoft apps like OneDrive, Skype, and Office.

  • Carolyn Briggs