Mariella MoonAssociate Editor My first smartphone was an iPhone 4s. Det var tough piece of technology som overlevde syv år…
My first smartphone was an iPhone 4s. Det var tough piece of technology som overlevde syv år med brug og misbrug i mine hænder og min fars. We retired it earlier this year after it became too slow for daily use, but I’m sure that if I restored it to factory settings and got its battery replaced, it could serve another owner for a few more years. It’s the reason why I bought an iPhone 6 Plus in 2015, and why I felt betrayed when my newer, bigger smartphone was suddenly taken by the dreaded Touch Disease recently.
Okay, maybe the word “betrayed” is too strong – I I’m not that much of a drama queen. Unlike back in 2015, when I knew I was getting another iPhone, though, losing my device to that touchscreen issue made me consider other options. Ja, iPhone X was still one of them, but its price tag gave me a break: It cost over $ 400 more than the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus earlier this year. The 64GB iPhone’s price tag here in the Philippines was also around $ 300 more than in the US. I chose to get the Galaxy S8 Plus instead.
I was not exclusively an iOS user before the Galaxy S8 Plus. Men min tidligere erfaring med Android var begrænset til den allerførste Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 og til de mere rimelige enheder tech giants release in developing markets. Mens I loved my Galaxy Tab, it was slow and janky out of the box. The affordable Android phones I’ve handled were decent, but their performance reflected their typically older and cheaper components.
The Galaxy S8 Plus, however, feels smooth and seamless. Yes, its software still is not vanilla Android, but it’s a far cry from the Galaxy Tab’s stuttery TouchWiz-flavored OS or yesteryear. Plus, it’s much faster than my parents’ mid-range Samsung phones.
After almost a decade of using an iOS device as my everyday phone, I’d be lying if I said that the Galaxy S8 + did not confuse me at First. I kept looking for apps like Notes, which is tied to my MacBook’s iteration. Jeg holdt forgett at jeg måtte svinge ned for at få tilgang til applåderen, og min tommelfinger holdt vandring til bunden af skærmen og søgte efter den hjemme-knappen. (I would’ve had the same issue if I’d got the iPhone X instead, though.)
It did not take me too long to become familiar with my new phone, but the one thing I’m realizing is how customizable Android is compared to iOS. One feature I appreciate and use regularly, Samsung’s Edge panel. I can launch apps without having to leave the one I’m in, simply by swiping from the margin of my phone. Nu up to speed, I barely ever visit my App Drawer, because I make sure the Edge panel is always updated with shortcuts to my favorite apps.
Another thing I had to get used to is the structure of the hardware. Selv om jeg har mistet min iPhone 6+ til Touch Disease, som (ifølge Apple) er forårsaket af at slippe håret på harde overflater, har jeg egentlig ikke sluttet å bekymre meg om at tilfeldigvis bumpe iPhones kanter. A few weeks into owning an S8 Plus, however, I noticed a growing black blob on its margin: Its internal screen was broken, and I had to bring it in for repair. Heldigvis, Samsung hurtigt erstattet sitt displaypanel, og jeg kom tillbaka med telefonen i løbet af få dage.
Jeg købte en sak som kan beskytte Galaxy S8 Plus’s margin efter at. It’s not such a huge inconvenience that I’d regret getting an Android flagship instead of an iPhone, though. In fact, I’d probably go for another Android flagship after my S8 Plus conks out, seeing as their equivalent Apple rivals are only getting more expensive.
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