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The Galaxy S8 comes in really nicely packaged, as for arriving at your home its encased in a cardboard box but the actual Galaxy S8 box is nicely placed in it with bubble wrap and a cushion to not damage the content. The actual box that the phone comes in is really nice, displaying the "S8" logo really nicely with its blue filling color, bonding with the black box beautifully. It really got me excited just pulling the box open, and seeing the phone right in front of my eyes. Pulling out the phone you get several items and all of them are packaged beautifully. Truly does feel like a premium phone comparing it to several budget phone boxes.
Comes with the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ depending on your choice, comes with AKG headphones which are said to be a value of $100, now, I've heard people complaining that the AKG headphones aren't actually AKG. Let me clarify this, Samsung purchased AKG, but they have a seperate team of AKG workers who work on the headphones, technically its owned by Samsung and can be considered to be "Samsung headphones", but they are still made by AKG, just owned by Samsung. Please use these headphones as they are GOOD. Use these, they sound great and have a nice tone of bass to it, they're comfortable and don't tangle like the rest! What also is included are several connectors, such as:
- Charging Cable (5.0 Volts Per 2.0 AMPS) which are adaptive fast charging.
- USB-C to USB-A cable
- microUSB to USB-C adapter
- USB-A to USB-C adapter
They also come in with a SIM ejector pin which can be used to replace your SIM card and/or add an SD Card of your choice. They of course come with...user manuals that no one reads.
When you remove the phone from the box, you're automatically greeted with the cold, and glassy device. Its protected by a screen protector and a back protector which I recommend you leave on until you have a case on hand for it. When holding it, you feel its a lot more comfortable than holding the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7 edge versions, as the edge sides are a lot more rounder and suttle. I purchased the S8, not the S8 plus, worried that I wouldn't be able to use the finger print sensor, but it really wasn't an issue as I've held both and I can still use both. If you have the Midnight Black edition, you'll be able to see that the glass on it is a lot more finger print addict. The Midnight Black version of the phone is a deeper black than the black editions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7, and I love it. It's sexy, and mysterious at the same time. Without a case of course. If you get the Midnight Black edition, the aluminum section of the phone where the headphone jack and speakers rest is colored black. If you purchase any other color, it comes in a reflective aluminum. Having it all black definitely looks amazing. The camera is definitely more flush in the case than its predecessors, and so is the fingerprint sensor. I was mindblown by the bezel-less design, even though very little of it is still present.
Overall, I love everything about the phone's exterior. Lovely color, and you get used to the fingerprint sensor. Camera is beautiful, with opitcal stabilization and lots of different camera options. There are also several ways to unlock your phone which I adore, you can use face recognition (not very protective), fingerprint sensor, pattern, pin, and my favorite, Iris Scanner. The Iris Scanner works well throughout the day and can be a little difficult in direct sunlight, works great at night though.
If you drop your phone, the back is more likely to shatter first, while the screen stays a little more protective from the Gorilla Glass 5 which is on it. I still recommend you buy a case or a protector (can be a skin from ColorWare or DBRAND).
Phone runs on Android Nougat, which is quite nice and simplistic but I'll still stick with Nova Launcher (can be found in the playstore), as Nougat still has some work to finish off and polish. Bixby is your assistant which I honestly won't use as I'll stick with Google Assistant, and already comes preloaded so just by holding the virtual home button will activate Google Assistant.
Always On Display is a great addition to the phone and I have it on all day, and the battery just drains little to no battery. I love it. Battery is a 3000 MaH battery, so not much of an improvement but still lasts you through the day!
I could go on, but the overall, the phone is great. It's fast, sleek, beautiful, and does the job. I recommend this to anyone regardless of being an Apple user or not.
Hope this review helped.
Most Kind Regards,