Whether you’re a long-time fan of Samsung phones or are contemplating the switch from another brand and OS, we’re sure that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will impress you. It’s selling like crazy, and for good reason – it’s got a sleek and polished design, excellent battery life, and intuitive controls that make it a joy to use. Add to that a great camera and HDR edge-to-edge screen, and “impressive” is an understatement.
Speaking of that picture-perfect screen, which delivers 16 million colors and 4.1 million pixels, it’s terrific for watching movies thanks to its 18:5:9 aspect ratio. The S8 has a 5.8-inch screen, and if you upgrade to the S8+, it’s 6.2 inches. Though these specs are plenty to keep you happy, the Samsung Galaxy S8 paired with the fast and reliable T-Mobile network offers additional features and tricks you will love exploring.
Apps Made for Samsung
You can get all the apps your heart desires at the Google Play Store. However, within Galaxy Apps, there is a section titled “Made for Samsung” where you can find apps specifically tailored for the Galaxy S8. Some of these app versions include special offers for Samsung Galaxy owners, too. For example:
- Kindle for Samsung gives you one free ebook every month for a year.
- Workout Trainer for Samsung offers three months free of their Pro+ Premium program.
- Audible offers Samsung Galaxy owners one free month, 20 percent off monthly membership, and four extra free ebooks.
- The Weather Channel app offers Samsung users a feature called Smart Weather Wakeup which gives you extra time to get ready when the weather’s likely to affect your routine.
Bixby is Samsung’s version of Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. It’s a virtual assistant that obeys voice commands, allowing you to set reminders and search for information. It can help you find photos on your phone, and its visual recognition feature uses the phone’s camera to identify objects. If you see an item you love, like those super cute shoes a friend is wearing, Bixby will help you find your very own pair.
Virtual assistants are only as good as their network speed, whether you’re on Wi-Fi or a cellular network. According to a recent report from Open Signal, T-Mobile is now the fastest network, beating out Verizon and AT&T. With that kind of speed, Bixby is sure to serve you well, whatever you ask of it.
Samsung Health is a full-featured app that helps you take charge of your health and improve your lifestyle. The weight management feature tracks your calorie consumption to help you reach your goal weight. You can record your daily exercise routine along with daily activities. Join your friends as you run or walk and compete for distances and other milestones using a game-like interface.
S Health integrates with third-party devices such as blood pressure monitors, O2 sensors, and blood glucose monitors. One of the most interesting features of this app is its integration with the American Well telehealth program which allows you to conduct online doctor visits with board-certified practitioners. You can also use the app to find a physician near you for an in-person visit.
Fingerprint scanners are nothing new, but the Galaxy S8 adds the Iris Scanner as an alternative to passwords and PINs to protect your phone from unauthorized access. The S8 offers three ways to unlock your phone:
- The scanner recognizes the unique patterns in your eyes so that you can open the phone with just a look.
- Face recognition works just like taking a selfie; raise your phone to your face, and it unlocks.
- The fingerprint scanner is located on the phone’s back, next to the camera lens.
These authentication features also allow you to use Samsung Pay to make in-store purchases, check your bank accounts using Samsung Pass, and use their sign-in feature to log on to your password-protected websites. You can also use their private, secure folder to store certain files and apps for an extra layer of security; you can access this folder with the same forms of biometric authentication.
With all the extra features available on the Samsung Galaxy, it may take you a while to figure out some of the hidden treasures it offers. However, you’re sure to have a lot of fun along the way!