If you are looking for a techie review of the Samsung S8, then sorry you won’t find that here!! I am just a regular Mum of 3, who doesn’t know anything about techie stuff!! However I can chat to you about my first initial thoughts of the Samsung S8, and being a blogger I do use my phone a lot. So I will chat to you about the things that matter to me, and hopefully it will be helpful for you too.
A little about me, what type of phone user I am, and what I want from my phones. I am a blogger AND a Mum, so take many photos, I use social media a lot, apps, internet searching, text messaging and of course making calls!
I have upgraded from my Samsung S6, which I have had for 2 years. Luckily my contracted ended on the of delivery of the pre-order of the Samsung S8. I didn’t go for the Samsung S8 because I really like to be on trend, or have the latest phone, I just know that my contract is 2years long, and I do use this phone a lot, so will need it to last the 2years. I upgraded to the Samsung S6 from my iPhone, and loved the Android and Samsung set up. I wasn’t disappointed to leave iPhone!
So now you know a bit about my phone usage and me, now I can chat to you about my thoughts.
Comparing The Samsung Phones To The Samsung S8
As you can see we are a Samsung family!! My son now has my old S6, my husband has the S7 Edge, and I now have the Samsung S8. This gives you a great idea on the size comparison.
I have found the S8 to be really comfortable to hold in your hand, it is a bit slimmer so does mean if you have little hands it is easier to hold. It is very lightweight, and although I didn’t really like the edge on my husbands, I have got use to it on the S8 now. You have no option to not have the edge with the S8.
It is VERY slippery, and before I had a case (chat about that further down!) I was so nervous of holding it and dropping it. I can imagine it would shatter if you dropped it.
The back view, the S8 is much more steam line. You will see the camera has got lower and flatter with each phone. This is a big bonus, as I hated the camera sticking right out on the S6.
This is a big thing for me on my phone, I love being able to just capture a photo quickly whilst I am out. I am taking part in A Picture A Day project, so I don’t always want to take my ‘proper’ camera out with me. The camera on the S8 is fantastic, I have been using it whilst doing my weekend in pictures, and I don’t think I could tell which ones were from the S8, or my proper camera that weekend!
Like I said above, they have moved the camera into the phone more. It isn’t raised, this protects the lens, and it also would become very finger-marked. A perfect change!
On the day I ordered my new phone I received an e-mail from Case Hut seeing if I would like to try out one of their mobile phone covers! It was like they had known I was in need of a new one! So I picked out the most super flashy new case!!!
When it turned up I instantly LOVED it! It was sparkly, rose gold and very girly. However very quickly after using it, I was really disappointed.
It made the phone so heavy, it sat on my little finger and caused a huge dent in my finger as it was so heavy. The crystals were a little loose, and sharp to hold in your hand. I was gutted! I can see how this phone case would protect the phone so much when you dropped it, but it does make it really uncomfortable to hold.
You also cannot place the phone on the wireless charger with it in the case, it can’t pick up what it needs to.
I hate to moan about this case, as I really love the protection level, toughness and the look of it. However at £49.99 it wasn’t a cheap case. There were other cases on there, so I think I would go for the same brand of case. but the enclosed waterfall case looks much better.
Samsung have upped their game on the security levels, they have now included an iris scanner! I have installed this and love it, I can just look at my phone and it unlocks it! So much easier and quicker than passwords!
However you don’t just have that option, you have the passwords, and pattern options. Then the fingerprint lock. I found this a little temperamental on the S6, so never bothered with it. However this one seems much more reliable.
Samsung have moved the fingerprint scanner to the back of the Samsung S8, I presume they think it is easier, and quicker to access. However I don’t like it! I don’t know if it was the case, or if it would happen with all the cases. However when the case was on, it couldn’t read the fingerprint at all.
I also don’t like the fact that it is so close to the camera lens, if you miss the fingerprint scanner, you put finger prints all over the lens.
Screen Size & Look
If you’ve seen the advert, you will see that Samsung have kicked off the screen edges. Meaning the phone is a full screen, with no buttons on the front of the phone. It does look super neat, but you have a larger screen size, without the phone getting bigger.
The buttons down the bottom of the phone are not physical buttons, they are ones within the screen. There is no home button, you just place your finger firmly down on the square.
The screen is lovely and bright, really clear and nice to watch videos on too.
They have changed the USB cable to a different type, so bare that in mind, as we had to purchase a USB Type C* new cable to be able to use it in our car. They have included an adapter in the box to help converting them.
*Image order – S6, S7 Edge, S8*
I have been so far very happy with the battery life, although when you get a new phone the battery always lasts OK! So it will be interesting to see how long it does last as the phone gets older. You do have fast charging on the phone, and you can use the wireless charging on it, which I really do like this option.
This is Samsung’s version of Siri, but with added extras! Bixby screen takes information from my phone, and pulls it all together in one place. My schedule, weather, SHealth info, and news. Plus many more things you can add to it. I haven’t really used this very much yet. I have played around with the shopping part though. If there is a product you like the look of, and want to know where you can purchase it from. You use the eye feature and it will scan it, and see if it can find it for sale for you! Or related images. I scanned my Goldendoodle in, and it showed me more pictures of Goldendoodle (or Golden Retrievers!)
I think Bixby is meant to be improving lots more within the next few months.
Quick Access Tab
I like this feature, on the right hand side of the screen is a little tab. You can amend this to add in your favourite apps, or things you use a lot, but don’t want them taking up the front screen with a full image. I have things like the Calculator, my G7X app to download my images off my camera, Spotify, add your favourite contacts etc.
Ways To Save Money On Purchasing The S8
It is an expensive phone, there is no tiptoeing around that, but here are a few ways you can save money on your purchase.
- Always check Quidco and sign up* to it if you haven’t already. You can get cashback for taking out contracts with various different mobile phone companies.
- Purchase the phone separately, and take out a SIM only deal. I spotted a Samsung S8 in stock at John Lewis*
- Haggle with your phone contract provider
I have been really pleased with the Samsung S8, I don’t notice too much difference when using it as it is still running the same Android system as my S6. However I love the look, feel, ease of use and the camera. I don’t think you will be disappointed with the Samsung S8.
*I received a Case-Mate case, all opinions are honest and words are of my own.
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