I´ve been using the Galaxy S8 for over a month, so I decided to tell you what I like and don´t about Samsung’s new flagship smartphone.
- Screen. Yes, the screen is number one on the list of things I love about the Galaxy S8. Its round edges make the phone look good, and several friends have told me that simple detail makes the phone look “futuristic. You can watch videos full screen on YouTube, and the extra screen does make a difference on your watching experience. And the edge screen puts everything you constantly use one slide away.
- Battery. I start using my Galaxy S8 at 6 am, turning my 4G on to get Google Map turn by turn directions for when I ride my bike 9KM to work; use WhatsApp to chat with my girl; read The Guardian on and off when I have a minute to spare. All of this connected to 4G, which you know, drains battery quicker. I finish my day at day at 6 when I get back home and still have 40 per cent. Not bad for a smartphone. Plus, fast charge rules, especially when I need a full battery in less than an hour before leaving my flat to work.
- Weight. The Galaxy S8 comes at 155 grams. I know this is more than the iPhone 7’s 138 grams, but compared to my recently-stolen iPhone 6 Plus and its 172 grams, the s8 is as light as a feather.
- TouchWiz. I thought I would hate Samsung’s native launcher, but the South Korean giant did a great job not getting too much in the way. To be honest, it’s not too far away from the pure Android experience. And the battery and storage settings give you more control over your files, helping you delete cache and unnecessary files with a tap.
- Videos. With “Videos” I mean that YouTube-aside, not a lot of apps support screen-wide videos, so you end up watching a squared-box clip… Not nice.
- Phone’s back finish. The back of the Galaxy S8 gets pretty dirty, so have a cloth ready to now and then clean your phone.
- Electricity plug. The Galaxy S8 comes with a bigger power plug, meaning you will need to carry the adaptor everywhere you go, in case you need to charge your phone with a regular Android cable.
- Speaker. I´m used to making calls using the speaker. It´s not as tiring as holding the phone to your ear for the whole call. (When taking a call, it is better to hold the phone to your ear.) The S8 comes with a weak-ass speaker, not only for making calls but for listening to music or watching videos.