Written by Angel Tong
So a few weeks ago, I managed to get my hands on the new waterproof Samsung A8+ which was launched in January 2018. My first response? OMG this thing is heavy compared to my Samsung S8 (muahaha, my bias). I’m not much of a tech person which means I don’t know the difference between what the A8+ can do and what the S8 can do so; I just played around with the A8+ while testing out how well the phone would works in an influencer’s life.
The exterior of the Samsung A8+ is a beautiful curved screen design and is very sleek. The screen is maximized at all corners so you have this ‘endless’ display feel to it just like in the Samsung S8. The phone also has 2 different ports to hold two Nano SIM or one Nano Sim and up to a 256GB microSD card (for all the pics you’re going to take so you better put a big memory card in!).
The phone, albeit slightly heavy, gives off this very sturdy and solid feel as it fits perfectly into the palm of your hand. The Samsung A8+ uses a USB 3.1 Type-C connection, which means YEAH FAST CHARGING and YEAH no need to fumble about in the dark trying to fit the charger in and inevitably scratching your phone around the charging port area. The back of the phone has a single camera with a tiny but powerful flashlight for lighting up the darkness in your life and for occasional back-camera pictures in the dark.
One of the first few things you would notice when you pick up the phone; is the beautiful dual front camera. The A8 & A8+ is Samsung’s version of the selfie phone as the front camera’s pictures turn out less pixelated, has better lighting, sharper, non-grainy in low light, auto white balance adjustment and wide selfie mode (where you can fit more people into a selfie by utilizing wide angles). This beautiful phone is waterproof as well which means swimming pool selfies are going to be all over your Instagram timeline. The camera also has a live focus function, where they focus on a subject and adjust the blur of the foreground or background according to what the user wants and to have a more 3D feel to each picture (FUTUUUURREEEE).
The back camera isn’t bad either at taking photos of my surroundings at the office. Which probably started to annoy everyone at the office, but work is work. So y’all can’t stop me!
Playing around with the both the front and rear cameras was exciting with all the filters and live focus settings. Which led me to take some shots of these cute Alpacas. Aren’t they just so adorable?
Over the time I have used the phone, it’s been super reliable. This includes me playing Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, taking hundreds of pictures, video recording, connecting to Bluetooth speakers, Samsung Pay and even heavily using Bixby (Samsung’s version of Siri but BEEEETTTTEEEERRRRR). The phone never once overheated, lagged or froze even when running multiple apps in the background; the A8+ is always quick to respond.
The A8+ FHD+ screen was able to show minor details such as thin-gentle lines are visible and the display flashes with bright vibrant colours that definitely illustrated why Samsung displays/screens have been leading the market for years that even Apple goes to Samsung for displays. So, when you take pictures, the right colours are captured to give the picture some life without giving a ‘washed out’ feel to the picture. Thank you Super AMOLED technology.
As for the audio function, even at maximum volume, the music does not sound distorted or frayed to me; the audio output is nicely clean. The phone was able to maintain the bass level of the music even at maximum volume (that’s impressive since I tested it with Lana Del Rey and Panic! At the Disco). Watching some scary Netflix series on this thing is SUPER SCARY cause there is no ‘distorted sounds’ so when the scene is completely silent and suddenly has a burst of sound, the phone pulls it off perfectly without any trouble. As for audio recording, it’s also pretty clear if you are able to pronounce your words accurately and concisely.
The battery life is also amazing with the Samsung A8+, it can last up to 14 hours per charge. With the amazing Adaptive Fast Charging function that Samsung has encompassed into its products, with about 2 hours of charging, it can fill up from 0% battery to 100% in no time.
To find out more information, check out Samsung’s website.