I’ve only had Samsung’s new handset for a day or so, but it’s awesome. The Galaxy S8 Plus is a big phone with a 6.2 inch display, but it’s only slightly taller than the iPhone 7 Plus. The phone has very thin bezels, the smallest we’ve seen on a premium device. There isn’t any physical home button this time around, but instead there are on screen buttons at the bottom of the screen.
The phone might take some time getting use to for people who aren’t familiar with large phones. The phone is pretty tall, but it’s not as wide as most phones. This makes the phone easier to hold in the hand. The UI is much cleaner than previous Galaxy phones and very enjoyable. I haven’t tested much features out yet, but what I have has been great!
Is this a perfect phone? No of course not, but it is close to it. Not everyone is going to like this phone, but I think a lot of people are going to. I’m sure there will be few people who jump from an iPhone to this new device. Check out Grouvy Today’s review of the Galaxy S8 if you want more information on the device, and check out Phone Unboxing’s unboxing of the Galaxy S8.
Smartphones are getting more pricey and cheaper at the same time. The big popular phones like Apple iPhones, and Samsung Galaxy phones are expensive and they go up in price all the time. Many foreign companies make cheap smartphones, so if someone didn’t want to spend $600 – $1,000 on a phone than they could spend a fraction of the cost. Yes, you do get a slightly less powerful device, but you’re still able to do most of the things you’d want to do on a smartphone.
The big question is whether these budget phones are really taking off. Samsung, Apple, and LG are still selling plenty of phones and don’t seem to be really hurting, at least not from these Chinese smartphones. Luckily for Apple you can can’t get budget phones that run the same operating system that iPhones run on. So if you want the iOS experience, you only have a few options and they are only sold by Apple. These new budget phones are in direct competition with companies making Android devices such as LG, Samsung, Google, and other companies. Google used to make inexpensive smartphones, but now they’ve been trying to complete with the likes of Samsung and Apple with a more premium device and premium price.
The budget smartphones seem to be a bigger deal in China than the U.S. Luckily for Samsung they make all kinds of phones. They make premium devices, and budget ones. Even if their sales numbers for their premium devices went down, their budget priced devices would probably go up.
I wouldn’t say that budget priced smartphones are taking over, at least not yet. These big Tech companies push innovation, and that costs money. Consumers want the latest and greatest, and as long as they want that these pricey phones will remain here. However, with innovation companies are learning how to spend less making devices that are powerful. I think more and more people will start buying cheaper smartphones, but it won’t take over the market any time soon.
The Tech company, Huawei has slowly made a name for itself with their android based devices in the last few years. The Chinese company has done very well with pricing their phones at a good price for good quality. I wouldn’t consider them to be budget prices, but not as pricey as an iPhone or a flagship Samsung device. They are getting things ready to release their P10 and P10 Plus devices.
The Huawei P10 has 5.1 inch display that has a 1080p resolution, while the Plus variant comes with a 5.5 inch display and a 1440p resolution. The slightly bigger version is very similar to the 5.1 inch model with the exception of a bigger display, a bigger battery, a f/1.8 summilux lens and the resolution. It seems like a lot of differences, but for the most part you’ll still have roughly the same experience with either device.
Along all these specs, the device also comes sporting a 64-bit octa-core processor, 4gb of ram, and 64gb of storage. Out of the box this sleek device is running Android 7.0 and you can get it a ton of different colors. The P10’s camera is one of the best on the market with a 20mp lens, and a 8mp front facing camera. The Plus variant comes with a whopping 3,750 mAh battery.
Samsung, for some time now has been one of the biggest Android based smartphones, being sold. I have strong feeling that Huawei will give Samsung a run for their money, literally. The P10 looks super promising, and Huawei has managed to cram all of this tech into an extremely slim phone, with it coming in at just 6.98 mm. The only bad thing I can think of about the phone is the fact that it isn’t dust and water resistant like the many phones out in the market are.
The Tech company LG is well known for it’s Tv’s, and smartphones, as well as their refrigerators and washing machines. Lately however, their smartphones have been a bit flip floppy to say the least. The LG G5 was suppose to be some what groundbreaking by featuring a module design. You were suppose to be able to switch out pieces of the phone to have a better camera, or to have a better speaker. This was a very cool idea, but it really was just an idea. They compromised design for features that not many people wanted. In the end the phone didn’t sell well and caused LG to push their secondary flagship phone called the LG V series a little harder this year. Now in March, LG is releasing their next LG G series with the G6. This phone looks extremely promising.
The phone features a more clean and sleek design from last years phone. The phone is glass on front and back, with metal siding. The phone doesn’t seem to have much curving like some of the past phones had. The phone itself is a bit thicker by a few mm’s when comparing it to the likes of the iPhone 7. The phone has a dual camera on the rear of the phone, along with the home button and fingerprint scanner. Inside you have a 3,300 mAh battery which is one of the biggest batteries to be featured in LG’s smartphones. This is the first G series phone to have no removable battery, but in doing so it has aloud LG to make the phone water and dust resistant. On the front side of things, LG has made the bezels of the phone even smaller than previous models. The bezels are ultra slim, much like what we are expecting to see on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8. The phone comes with a 5.7 inch screen just like the Galaxy Note devices and a Quad HD resolution. The phone looks great, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. If you want to know all of the exact specs of the phone, be sure to check out Android Authority’s video featuring the Lg G6.
Late summer 2016 Samsung released The Galaxy Note 7 and it was a fantastic device with a great update to Samsung’s user interface “Touchwiz”. Unfortunately, the Note 7 was destructive and had a massive call back and was removed from all stores shelves. Recently however, The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge just got an update that contained a lot of the features that the Note 7 had. The other big thing is that the Galaxy S line is now on Android’s latest operating system known as Nougat.
The Galaxy S models usually come out every spring, while the Note line of phones come out close to the fall. These are supposed to be different phones, aimed at different people. However, Samsung likes to make the next phone always better than the last one no matter which line of phones they are working on next. So the people who just got one phone a few months ago usually get a little upset when it’s already inferior. The other thing that is usually strange is how the last phone that came out won’t get some of the updates or features that come with the new phone. That’s why it’s actually a relatively big deal that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge got an update that contained a lot of the things that the Note 7 came with. This begs a question though, will be continue to get these updates for the latest Galaxy S phones and the latest Galaxy Note phones?
We carry these rectangular slabs of plastic and metal everyday and we get concerned about what’s going on with our social media apps when they run out of battery. If we carry these things around all the time wouldn’t you want it to be something that you can do a lot with or it be something unique, something that is different from what the person next to you has? With Android you get to pick from tons of different phones rather than sticking with basically one phone that Apple offers. Everything about Android allows you to make your phone, your phone.
With iPhones your pretty limited to what you can do and with what you get out of the box. If you want a new phone and you want to stay in Apple’s ecosystem your choice is between the normal sized phone, or the plus variant. That’s it, nothing else to choice from and both phones look identical with the only noticeable difference being the size of the device. When take out the phone from the box and turn it on you’re greeted with the same lock screen, and same home screen like always. You can’t really make your home screen look too different. Everyone is going to have the same looking phone as you in every way possible. Sure you can change the wallpaper and have your own ringtone, but it’s just not going to stand out from the crowd. What you really need is an Android phone!
Android is a very unique operating system and you can do a lot with it. First off you got tons of phones to pick from. You have the expensive flagship phones that lots of companies have that most cell phone service companies promote. You also have cheaper phones you can choice from if you’re on a budget. There’s a smartphone out there that will fulfill your needs. Once you pick the phone that best fits your needs you can go ahead and customize the phone’s user interface! You can do whatever you want with the apps on your phone, you can make widgets on your home screens, have live wallpapers, and have different keyboards for texting. With android smartphones you can also do true multi-tasking which Apple doesn’t quite do. You can download different launchers on your phone from the google play store which in some ways turns it into a different phone all together. With all of this at your disposal, there is almost no way that you’d have a unique device on your hands and have people wondering what kind of phone you have! Having an Android phone in my opinion really expresses what kind of person you are and sometimes shows off our creativity.