Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Duos Review

8 May 2017, 03:55:26

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Duos Review
The review units have been provided by Etoren.com

Device maintenance, Apps, Lock screen and security, Fingerprint

Device maintenance is the seventh group of settings and it actually looks and behaves like the dedicated device managing apps found in Xiaomi's MIUI, LeEco's MIUI and other more mature user interfaces from Chinese manufacturers. This feature gives you the current status of your device with options to optimise it. Most often these include suggestions for freeing RAM and cleaning unnecessary files. The first group of options regards the battery, but it will be discussed in the Battery section of this review. The Performance mode comes next. It contains four pre-set modes, the default and recommended one being the Optimized mode. You can tweak it from its settings, of course. The other three modes are called Game, Entertainment, and High performance. For each, you can change the screen resolution and brightness, and toggle on/off the Game mode, Video enhance, UHQ upscaler, respectively. The Storage menu gives you the current status of the system's internal memory with suggestions for its optimisation, storage monitor and the user data listed in folders - documents, images, audio, video, apps. The same pattern in displaying information is used in the Memory (RAM) menu. The fifth and final menu is the Security one. Apart from an option to scan the device, it contains settings for enhancing your privacy and other related features. The Apps group of settings comes eighth and offers the usual list of default applications, options for managing each one of them, application permissions and special access settings.
The Lock screen and security group of settings comes next. It is quite extensive and contains lots of options for achieving the most comfortable and reliable way of protecting your device and data. Of course, you can choose a type of screen lock and register your fingerprint IDs coupled with additional features assigned to them, but the most interesting features are the face and iris recognition. The face recognition is very quick and easy to set up. It works like a breeze if you have managed to save your face in good light, but if your face has changed somehow - for example in the morning if you have bags under your eyes, recognition fails. It is also a less secure way to protect your phone in the context of someone that potentially looks like you, might be recognised as the phone owner. Iris recognition is deemed far safer but is trickier to use. Placing the smartphone the right way to recognise the iris is the trickier part. Once you get the knack of it, recognition and unlocking are instant. The built-in Android Smart Lock feature is on board as well. The Lock screen settings follow, containing the AOD toggle, a choice of FaceWidgets and other content that should be displayed on the AOD and Lock screen, a toggle for the Notifications to appear or not, and options for choosing which shortcuts to apps should be on the Lock screen. The pure security settings include several features, which require a Samsung account. Once you have it, you can manage your Samsung Pass (biometric authentication), a feature for remote location and control of your device, SD card encryption, etc. The Secure Folder is an integral part of these settings and very much resembles the second space feature on other UIs. The information stored in it can be unlocked differently from the Lock screen. It can store second installations of apps you already have installed on the device, and for example have different chats, Facebook, and Google accounts. Moreover, you can hide the Secure Folder icon, so no one would expect you have such a secret space.

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