Opinion

Switching to the Galaxy S8: My first impressions

I firmly believe that the Galaxy S6 edge+ is one of Samsung’s best smartphones to date. It’s the last handset I remember being genuinely excited about. For some reason, the Galaxy S7 didn’t cut it for me, so I decided to make the jump from Android to iOS and pick up an iPhone 6s, followed by an iPhone 7 Plus.

It’s safe to say that my excitement for Samsung’s next big thing returned when I placed my pre-order for the Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 6. As each day passed, I checked the online order tracking page multiple times hoping there’d been some sort of slip up and it had been despatched early. Unfortunately, it hadn’t.

After what felt like an eternity, I finally got my hands on the Galaxy S8+ last Monday, and coming from an iPhone 7 Plus, it’s a big change. Transferring my data was a breeze, though I was disappointed to learn that some of my content wasn’t compatible, like WhatsApp backups. But that’s not such a bad thing.

The thing I found most difficult to get used to was the edge-to-edge screen. While it makes Apple’s offering look somewhat antiquated, it feels incredibly fragile. I kept thinking that if I drop the device, it’ll smash into a thousand pieces, even if several tests have found it to be pretty durable.

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Once I realized that it’s just a smartphone, however, and not a Qianlong vase, I quickly got used to the slightly menacing design. In addition to looking fantastic, the Galaxy S8+ feels great in the hand. I’d even go as far as to say it’s the first handset from Samsung that actually feels premium (in terms of hardware and software).

Navigating around Android is surprisingly smooth for a unit that runs TouchWiz, or — as it’s now known — Samsung Experience. Applications open quickly and are responsive for the most part, but many developers are still yet to optimize their creations for the device’s 18.5:9 Infinity Display, which is a shame.

Even though I’ve only been using it for a week, I’ve come to the conclusion that Samsung has really hit the nail on the head with the Galaxy S8+. Sure, battery life could be a bit better, but Adaptive Fast Charging makes up for the need to carry a charger if you’re going on a long day trip.

Somehow, the Galaxy S8+ made the iPhone 7 Plus, a handset I hold close to my heart, feel antiquated, cumbersome and sluggish — and I’m thankful. I needed a change and desperately wanted to return to Android, but none of the smartphones on the market were well-rounded enough to compete with the iPhone.

Up until now, that is.

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RoryBreak
RoryBreak

I really have to question your reasons for having a problem with the S7 but your love for the S6 & the S6 &S7 didn’t feel premium to you??? Ok then!

maccyb
maccyb

So now we know where all the negativity has been coming from. I suppose you’re not the only one. Up to now this site seems to have become a psuedo Samsung site with writers promoting iPhone by its often unwarranted criticism of great phones like S7 Edge. An admission of guilt is very refreshing. There’s always a job with iVerge, once you start complaining about S8 in a few weeks or less. 🙂

Kelly Kearns
Kelly Kearns

I’ve had all the Note and S phones and Notes have been my favorite. The S8+ is the best phone I have ever owned. I’ve had it almost a week now and my battery keeps getting better Today at 30% I recharged. I had 20 hours and 10 minutes on battery, 6 hours screen on time and supposedly 5 hours of battery life left. I thought I would hate not having a physical home button, but I’ve been fine with it. I’ve even gotten used to not having an app drawer icon. It is also the first time in a… Read more »

popetillox
popetillox

totally agree with you! (im s8+ owner)

michael doidge
michael doidge

The S variants look to be top devices , I’ve had a quick play with them in store , it does shock me just how small they feel , Sammy has done a good job i think . For my use being an old bloke with big clumsy fingers I think I’ll pass though , I find it difficult enough seeing and typing on a full size/width device without having the new narrow form factor., I also checked out the G6 and passed on that one for the same reason . I’m glad it fits the bill for you mate… Read more »

Willywise
Willywise

Please, does anyone knows any site like sammobile that deals on apple devices

HomerS66
HomerS66

Wait someone who works at an Android/Samsung site uses an iphone as his daily driver?
I’m right back *searches for pitchfork and torches*

It’s like someone working undercover at an enemies place. Maybe you should switch to an Apple site?

vassbak
vassbak

iPhones and Galaxies are in the same family. They are leading the market.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I was thinking that too, I am a writer by trade and applied to write to Sammobile as I’ve always used Samsung Galaxy’s. and we have this iPhone user writing for a Samsung fan-site.

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Mawty
Mawty

Any good and slim case that will protect it? Plus a good screen protector?

Kelly Kearns
Kelly Kearns

I bought the clear Spigen Crystal Shell. It doesn’t add a lot of bulk and it has a two year warranty if it yellows, but it isn’t supposed to yellow.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

That’s a no to both, I still use it naked and had it two weeks. I tried using an array of cases, and though the fingerprint scanner is fast it is very awkward to use when putting a case on it, I’d recommend a DBrand skin instead. And tempered glass screen protector if you can find one for it.