I have enjoyed using this phone so much that I feel the need to write one of my first online reviews.
My last two phones were the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6. I enjoyed both very much; the only thing i disliked about either was the battery life. Neither of these phones lasted me a full days use, which often left me without a phone late at night. This was a huge issue when I was out late and needed uber or to contact friends, and was something I wanted to avoid with my next phone purchase. I loved iOS, and my iPhone six was still working fine minus the awful battery life.
After reading some reviews on the iPhone 7, i decided to look into android phones due to the mediocre battery reviews.
The s8 had good reviews for battery life, although not the best for Verizon models (moto z play), but it had the best reviews for almost everything else, which swayed me. Best buy also had a deal going on when i purchased it that made it the same price per month as the moto z2 play. That made the decision to buy it much easier.
The user interface is easy to use and highly customizable, the screen is amazing, it comes with 64 gigs of storage (my last phone had 16 so this was huge for me) and the battery life is incredible! I've tried it on the two main battery settings, high and mid, and both lasted me at least a full day. My first day with high use and heavy downloading on full power lasted me from 8a-1a with over 20% left. On mid battery saver mode, it had over half the battery left. I've ended up around 40% on full power since that first day. All days referenced were around 17 hours. I use my phone pretty heavily, and see the biggest drops on apps like reddit, groupme, and youtube. The phone also charges very quickly.
I never could play games on my last two phones due to storage. I've downloaded a few, including final fantasy 9, and all run very smoothly. It's kind of blowing my mind that one of my favorite playstation games can run so well on a phone.
The edge to edge display is as advertised; it's the first thing that draws you in in-store. The pressure sensitive home button is great and I've had no issues even when using a glass screen protector. The finger print sensor is also located in a place that's apparently bothering many users, but I have a case that makes it very easy to feel where it is, so I have no complaints. I went with the clear otterbox symmetry because I liked the way the orchid gray back of the phone looks.
I wouldn't recommend purchasing one of the $50 tempered glass screen protectors they sell due to the price. I love glass protectors because I'm accident prone, and I've been using a $6 protector from amazon. Tempered glass protectors are all getting panned online, but I've had no issues. I'd be really nervous using this phone without the extra protection.
In regards to my purchasing experience, Best Buy was great! I had only upgraded phones in Verizon stores since my first phone in high school, so going to Best Buy made me slightly wary. The associates were all incredibly helpful and not pushy at all. They actually talked me out of purchases. I was heavily considering the s8+ for the extra battery and I'm very glad I passed. It was way too big in my hands, and it wouldn't have been worth an extra hour or two of battery life I wouldn't end up needing. I was able to easily add the phone on to my monthly plan, just like at Verizon, only at half the cost.
Overall, I can't imagine there's a better phone out right now. It's the most unique and fun user experience I've had since my first smart phone.