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The Samsung Galaxy S8 reviews are great. Just wanted to know if anyone has it then how is it? Is it worth buying?

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Samsung Galaxy S8 issue

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personal cell search experience and initial S8 comments

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In response to the question :is it worth it. I guess it all depends on what someone is looking for.
I pre-ordered because of the 2 promo deals, the $99 one was what I wanted, could care less about the VR... Of course ya'll know what happened with the promo mess. Been using cell phones since 1990, the brick phone days. Never pre-ordering previously because I like to see if the kinks are worked out. But I've been looking for a new phone for 18 mos to replace my S5. Desperately needing more than 16 G internal and since I have had a consistent problem with battery life on both the S3 and S5, I wanted something with removable batteries. Another requirement of mine was a good rear camera. Researched, researched, researched. I thought maybe that the LG V 20 might be my answer. But after testing it in store 3-4 times, I found the camera totally lacking in quality. Same with the Pixel plus it didn't meet my other needs.

So finally had to give in and since I am used to the Samsung interface here I am.
I've been using S8 for 3 wks + 1 day now. The first 2 wks of my S8 life were spent just dealing with the settings and familiarizing myself with phone. About 5 days into phone there was some kind of system update, not sure if it was Samsung or TMO. After that my phone started giving me alerts that there was an issue with the SD card not being formatted. Phone was also randomly shutting down and rebooting itself. Both issues were noted on Samsung forums and other tech reports. Without me doing a single thing including any fixes from Samsung both issues have magically stopped happening the past 5-6 days. And if I did shut it down overnight when I turn back on certain apps on SD card
appear blanked out on home screens unable to open, but if I go to the Apps drawer I am able to open those apps. Then they will once again appear normally on home screens. Weird.
I'll be generous and start with the good points : 1) Bright, crisp screen display
2) fast, really fast (but I came from the S5 so difficult to compare)
3) camera shots are extremely crisp, bright and clear. Definitely a learning curve for making the most of the camera's settings.
4) space glorious space on internal memory.
5) ability to add a 256g SD (even if I am winding up paying a lot for a decent one rather than the infamous $99 offer or really the bait n switch trick)
6)Charging : very fast using the plug n cable it came with. One hour and 35 minutes from 9% to 100 %, as long as I have the screen off and don't touch it. Longer if I start reading news, etc. I noticed that when charging once power is at 100 %, the little icon that shows its charging disappears. I'm assuming that means that it can't do damage to the battery. MORE ON BATTERY BELOW
7) like the way it fits in my left hand due to its narrow stature. More on that below.

The Bad or what I'm unhappy with:
1) the battery life sucks. Yesterday tur

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Part 2, hit submit accidentally

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Apologies... Battery : Overview, I am a heavy user I guess. 99% of time I use phone, I'm hooked into my home WiFi network as the only user. I have it set to the medium battery option, have the screen set so dim I have trouble reading it., have Avast set to shut down all running apps constantly, almost hourly I use the device mgt settings to clear things out and I shut down any open apps using that left bottom do-dad many times/day.
My use: I'm constantly fidgeting with phone, Googling stuff , doing emails, reading things online with my preferred browser Firefox, using the calendar, have rarely been on FB since I started with this phone. and 2 very low impact games. Oh yeah some phone calls. I never watch movies or listen to music on my S8 or phones. Maybe a few 15-30 second CNN video or other news clips. The majority of the time since I started with this device I'm working on the phone settings!

Am extremely disappointed with the battery life and the fact that I can't just swap it out for an extra. (side note, I have 6 batteries for my S5).

2) I'm not impressed or happy with the curved screen. Reasons: most new S8 owners are aware of the issues of trying to get protection with screen protectors or generally good overall case protection especially for drops. Spent hours researching what type of screen protector would work with which outer body case. Maybe I'm too fussy but I like a case that has holster clip and raised edges that protect the screen when dropped. Got the screen protector that had the best reviews for working on the S8 with the case I got. Nope even with having the phone store tech applying it, it's all peeling at the top and bubbling along sides.

Yesterday turned phone on at 8 am, by mid afternoon I was down to 15 % and had to recharge. So 1 ½ hrs on charger with no use until it reached 100%. Then from full charge it lasted 6 hrs before needing to be charged again. I get warnings at 30% which I haven't found how to adjust yet.

3) the Screen : I don't like the narrowness for reading stuff. And the fact that it's difficult to click on anything that's on the curved edges. Really difficult to X out things on the edge and I use a narrow tipped stylus. I'm hoping as I get more used to the device things like that Edge screen and Bixby won't be popping open all the time. No comments on Bixby since I just close it off since it's not functional and use Google.

That's all for now. Apologies for the long post. Now I'm back to searching for the best and lightest wgt portable power pack so that I can be away from ac power outlet for at least 6 + hrs.

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It's nice

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I liked it, both design and functionality. The battery life seemed okay to me, but I don't do battery-consuming tasks a lot, so it's all depends on what you do, I guess.
I was somewhat worried about bloatware (and news about McAfee weren't a relief either), but some of it can be uninstalled (McAfee too), and what remains on the phone doesn't consume much energy, so it's really okay.
All in all, I find it useful and fast, and worth its price, actually.

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