The Samsung Dex may be one of the greatest wins from the Galaxy S8 launch, with the smart little dock that provides a completely different world of usability to your Samsung mobile phone.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review, more prestigious, journalist pointed out), had it been done by Apple, would have observed the net go crazy with sexy takes on how Apple is trying to cripple its own iPad / Macbook business… where with Samsung it’s very likely to go under the radar.
The Samsung Dex will launch for $149 from the US (we are still awaiting regional pricing details), so it’s definitely won’t be the least expensive device ever made by the Korean company.
But it’s impressive, and may herald a big shift in the way we use our phones in the future — after all, they’re getting to the point where there’s more than sufficient power packed inside to allow them to function as actual computers, so why not do something like this?
The design of the Samsung Dex isalso, as mentioned, a little, bulbous puck with a few ports around the back.
Simply flip open the top, slide the Galaxy S8 into the dock (no wireless charging here… it is all done via the dock) and you’re off.
The rear of this device offers two USB ports, an ethernet socket and the HDMI output for a track. Sadly it seems you can not connect Bluetooth keyboards and mice to the phone, which means you will need to use the USB interfaces for that, but maybe that is something Samsung can provide in the future.
It’s also powered, so this is not something you can take around with you… but when could you also carry a monitor and keyboard with you?
It is clear your phone will get hot during this time, and that’s why Samsung has also left the pier a cooler to get your handset, dissipating heat while it’s working overtime for you working on files a-plenty.
Once the telephone is slipped in, you are met with the loading display on the screen. It is a slow, slow encounter to have the telephone to boot to the desktop mode compared to how quickly apps open in your handset, but in relation to establishing a PC it’s pretty rapid.
You’re then greeted with an extremely Windows-like environment, and that is something that’s been added into Android for a while (we’ve seen the same with devices such as the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet in the past too).
But now that a lot of people are becoming accustomed to using Google Docs and Sheets in the cloud, this is pretty much all you may need — using Android apps running there also.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Battery Review, such as Windows’ Start Menu, and it’s quite easy to move through and start whatever you need.
During the demonstration, there were several jumps and lags in the smoothness of opening and closing apps, or the mouse moving windows around the webpage — it is not as slick as a top-end notebook by any means.
But at exactly the same time, everything that has been needed to be shown — mostly opening documents, which is what most would largely do here worked pretty much perfectly.
There is also the full package of Microsoft Office apps on offer here, which means you have got everything you need so as to work with whatever that’s been emailed to you on the go.
This was probably the most impressive part of the presentation, as once you place this remote desktop into fullscreen you are in a position to interact with your PC or Mac with no difficulties. It’s unlikely that this would work seamlessly all of the time, but it is something we are looking forward to trying out.
The phone within
The cool thing about Samsung Dex is that your phone will still function as normal in the background, with the handset still doing all its ordinary updating and receiving telephone calls.
The notification bar shows up at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, which means that you can shoot and receive calls and (presumably, although it was not shown) produce and reply to messages through the full keyboard.
If you want to make the call more private, a simple pull of the phone out the dock will let you take the dialogue via the handset — but again this is a slow transition, even together with the telephone needing about four seconds before we can begin speaking, which might be a very long time for the person on the other end to wait.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review, with devices such as this offered up by big brands and never taking off. But there is something about the Samsung Dex that seems to be a step ahead… we were amazed.
Perhaps it’s the fact that the planet is becoming much more comfortable with the notion of functioning in the cloud, even using Chromebooks currently an acceptable laptop substitute.
There did not seem to be much missing from what we’d want from a computer after connecting the Galaxy S8 using Dex, except perhaps the demand for picture manipulation, which might be handled via a remote desktopcomputer.
If just Samsung would make a laptop dock edition of the, an empty shell that’s powered by the telephone… this could practically be the headline of the entire launch.
But still, Samsung has proved the humble smartphone is a real PC rival, and the afternoon at which we throw our phones onto a wireless charging pad in the office and also have our full range of computing needs instantly fire is a step closer.