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!