Samsung DeX hands-on review- The new technology introduced for galaxy s8
Alongside with the launch of the 2 new Samsung phones, that are Samsung galaxy S8 and S8 plus, Samsung has also launched its new technology Samsung DeX. DeX stands for the Desktop Experience. The DeX is introduced by the Samsung company after Microsoft’s Display Dock that was launched with windows 10 on mobile. According to Samsung, the latest technology of DeX is the way of using your Samsung smartphone as the brain behind your Personal Computers(PC). It basically lets you connect your Galaxy s8 and s8 plus to your computer monitor, mouse or keyboard for a desktop experience powered by your phone.
Samsung DeX- A new thing
Samsung DeX gives you what you want from a desktop experience like a big screen, mouse, full-sized keyboard etc. Since you just have to put your galaxy s8 or s8 plus into the Dex station to use it, still there are some things to remember and that are
- In this, Microsoft office requires users to purchase licenses
- Ms-word and Powerpoint requires a download to use
- Also, UI of the actual product may be different etc
Body and looks of DeX device
It folds out from its flattened puck shape to form a dock, with the backrest incorporating a fan for cooling the phone and a USB type-c in the base for power and the data transfer.
It has a built-in cooling fan and also acts as a phone charger. The around weight of the Samsung DeX device is 230 grams.
The DeX device features the following connections on the base:
- 2x USB 2.0
- USB Type-C
DeX device working
When you dock your Galaxy s8 or s8+ into DeX it will give you a desktop layout on the display you have connected. It is arranged like a conventional windows display but still all android. You will be able to access your apps tray in the bottom left corner, rather like the start menu and can also get a multiple windows support.
You can access multiple apps here, move things around, can be able to resize the windows etc.
There are shortcuts on your desktop with all the system icons and the notifications dropped down to the bottom-right. So it becomes very easy to see that what is happening. You can open and use your apps as normal, with the support for keyboard shortcuts and mouse actions.
Samsung has worked with Microsoft and adobe to ensure that apps like lightroom mobile and Ms office work with the keyboard and the mouse.
DeX station limitations
Since there are many things that DeX device can do, but everything in this world has some limitations. Though, Samsung DeX too has some limitations after it connects your Samsung galaxy s8 or Samsung galaxy s8+ to your PC or a Mac.
Some of the limitations are:
- Apps that requires touch, like games, are not guaranteed to work
- Only the apps that have been optimized for DeX will adapt to the desktop properly
- It is more for the productivity reasons but less for play etc.
Answering a call
Yes, answering a call. Everything here seems to be easy but what will you do in case if you get a call? You might be thinking of disconnecting your phone from the DeX station in order to pick a call up. But my friends, no need to worry about it. You can easily pick up your calls without even touching your phone. There will be shown a notification at the bottom right of your monitor and you can choose to answer your call via a speaker. But it might take over your privacy. So in the case of your privacy, you can pick your phone up with your hands.
DeX station is the latest update by the Samsung brand. You can order one for you from the official site of Samsung at the price of $149 or if in INR, it may costs you near about 10,000.
There are some more things that a DeX can do. That is, you might be able to access the applications that you do not have on your android device. And also the applications that require more horsepower than you will get from an android device. This device is much more productive as we are thinking but for many people, it might also be of no use. The DeX station is the technology produced by Samsung but still, not everyone can find it worthy. So according to me, after reading the whole article, it is on you people that if you find the DeX station worthy or not.
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