I’m like most people; I use my smartphone for everything. Talking to my mom, sending work emails, taking pics of my kid. And that’s just the basic stuff. I also shop from my phone, keep my life in order on my phone and use it as an alarm. Don’t even get me started on all the apps required to help me function on a daily basis. Do you get the point? I’m one of those people that absolutely cannot live without her phone.
The only smartphone I’ve ever owned is an iPhone and if I’m being honest, I’ve never even considered trying another brand. Yes, even though I’ve cracked many an iPhone screen trying to capture the perfect Instagram picture. The thing is fragile, but I just assumed all smartphones are, right? Wrong!
I recently was lucky enough to play around with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active and let me just say, mind. blown. I will start by saying that it is a bit heavier and bigger than my iPhone 6S, but not uncomfortably so. It also definitely takes some time to learn all the buttons and functions (especially when you’ve only ever used an iPhone), but I got the hang of it within a few days. Here are some of my favorite features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active:
– The Camera: This is probably the #1 reason I decide to get a new phone. I don’t own a digital camera or a DSLR, so I really rely on my smartphone to take amazing photos. And this phone? Wowza! The camera is so crisp and captures colors so accurately. I started taking pictures as soon as I unboxed the phone and by the end of my trial it was still the most impressive to me.
– The Speed: Second to taking pictures, I used my phone to shop… a lot. I was seriously impressed with how fast and seamlessly I was able to visit my favorite websites and load apps.
– The Durability: I wouldn’t say I threw the phone on the ground with maximum force, but I let my 9 year old play around with it and as you can imagine, it didn’t stay in her hands the whole time. Even after a few slips from her fingers, the phone was completely unscathed.
– The Display: The screen on this phone is gorgeous. I would say this is probably the reason I don’t mind the phone being a bit larger than my iPhone; the screen is just so clear, bright and vivid that I actually appreciate there being more of it. I also found the size and clarity of the screen a real bonus when reviewing pics that I’d taken and also when debating between two pairs of velvet booties. I was able to see lots of detail without squinting or straining my eyes at all. #oldeyes
All in all, I have to admit, using this phone for just over a week seriously made me question my loyalty to the iPhone. There are other incredible smartphones out there and this is definitely one of the best I’ve ever used. Full disclosure: I kind of hate that I have to give it back. I would totally keep it and jump on the #teamsamsung bandwagon in a heartbeat.
[Photo: Best Buy]
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