Today at STYLEanthropy, I’m sharing a long term review of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ smartphone coming from an iPhone user. So for those who are long-time iOS users who are thinking of making the switch, this review is for you. Verizon sent me the Samsung Galaxy S8+ to review as soon as it came out in the market. But it took me awhile to post this review because I really wanted to share my thoughts using this on the daily for several weeks. Note that this won’t be a technical review. If you’re curious about this phone, then I’m sure you’ve already googled the specs and all the tech details of the Galaxy S8 Plus phone, especially since it’s been out for a while now. Instead, I’ll be talking more about my daily use experience.
Long Term Review of Samsung Galaxy S8+ coming from an iPhone user
Coming from an iPhone 6s plus, I was amazed with the picture quality of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ camera. The screen is also very vivid and crisp, making the photos you take look even better. So the moment I tested it out, I was immediately sold on the camera. As a fashion and lifestyle blogger, this was crucial. It meant not having to take out the big DSLR each and every time. If I need to take videos at events, I could rely on the Samsung Galaxy S8+. The video is so sharp and clear even when taken indoors. The same goes with the photos. They were amazing even at low-light conditions. I was also impressed with the food photos I took. Check these out.
Look at how crisp and sharp the photos are…
It also has built-in filters/effects and add-ons (like snapchat filters), that make posting on my social media channels way easier. In fact, I fell in love with this filter shown below that I used and abused on our last Virginia Beach trip here and here. I didn’t have to do any post-processing. I just chose the filter while on camera mode, took the picture, and posted right there and then. Easy peasy.
I fell hard for the camera and thought it was a great investment for blogging/social media, that I decided to make the switch based on JUST that. But then, coming from an iPhone for years, I soon realized that some of my most-used apps were still better on iOS. I will explain more in a bit. But first, let me share other favorite features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.
More Favorite Features of the Samsung Galaxy S8+
- Dual screen mode was great because of the big/long screen. However, compared to the bigger iPhones, the Samsung was easier to hold because the width was a tad bit smaller. So in short, it had a big screen that still felt comfortable to hold and use.
- I enjoyed the display even when the screen is closed. You can set it up to show the time, date and notifications too.
- I like the sleek form of the phone especially the glass-looking material. However, there’s also a con to this… leading me to the things that I don’t like about this phone.
What I don’t like about the Samsung Galaxy S8+
- As mentioned above, the con to this screen/phone material is that it shows all the fingerprints! Both the back and the front screen shows all the dirt and you’ll need to wipe it all the time.
- Another thing? It scratches easily! It has the same screen material as the iPhone but I NEVER had any scratches on my iPhone screen. This phone is always in my bag, in the phone compartment. I DON’T KEEP any KEYS on my bag – they’re in a key pouch. This has never fallen and yet, there are 2 scratches.
- The fingerprint censor to turn on the phone is right next to the camera. When you’re trying to turn on the phone, it’s easy to touch/press the camera lens by accident, making it dirty. Then you’ll have to wipe it down before you take a picture.
- While the curved edge is nice to look at, I actually hate it. Sometimes, while holding the phone, you can press on whatever buttons/spots are there by accident. At the same time, depending on the application you’re running, the screen is cut on that part.
- Finally, what I’m having a hard time adjusting to are the applications that ran way better on the iPhone. Here are some examples:
- On Instagram, the videos on stories looked way better on the iPhone than on the Samsung Galaxy S8+. At the same time, when I add a shadow on my text, they don’t align!
- The USPS Informed app that I use to track my packages always reload like 10 times before I can open it! I’ll have to click back multiple times to make it work.
- On Poshmark, the iPhone app works way better and easier than on Android.
- I have many other apps that I use on the daily that works way better and easier on the iPhone than on Android. But then again, this may not be the problem of the phone itself but the platform. Note however, that when I used the Google Pixel (running on Android), it felt like I was using an iPhone. It was so user-friendly!
In conclusion, if you are already an Android user, then you will probably appreciate this phone more than if you were coming from an iPhone. It will also depend on the apps that you use regularly. However, I cannot deny the powerful features and amazing camera the Samsung Galaxy S8+ have! In general, it is an awesome smartphone to have. I may still switch to the iOS later on. But for an Android phone, this is one of the bests to have/own right now.
Disclosure: Thanks to Verizon for sending the Samsung Galaxy S8+ to review. All opinions are my own.