As a full-time blogger who’s always running off to endless appointments and events, I basically live on my phone and work on the go. And it goes without saying, there’s a real need for me to have top-notch smartphone technology at hand—that is, a device that can keep up with all of the tasks I do and people I meet. Not to mention, making sure the photos the smartphone takes are of stunning quality.
When Samsung invited me to experience their latest smartphone models—the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus—I simply couldn’t turn the opportunity down. I know for a fact that this Korean brand has been a power player in the smartphone market for more than a decade now, what with all the bestselling tech devices they roll out each year! I already had the Samsung S8+ and I own a Samsung 360º camera unit—so I couldn’t wait to give the pop-up store at the Americana at Brand, Los Angeles a visit.
Entering the Samsung Galaxy Studio is like stepping into an ultra-modern interactive museum. There were a number of installations that let people fully utilize every product Samsung has to offer, from a virtual reality theater to art installations that transfers photos from your phone to a screen underwater. I personally had a lot of fun filming myself with the Samsung Gear 360º and watching my animated selfies show up on the Frame TV.
This was my favorite part of the whole thing—exploring the Samsung 360º room—where fluffy flowers move around you as the latest K-Pop hits play. Can I have this in my apartment?
But the main star of the show, of course, is the Samsung Galaxy S8. At first sight, it’s a real beauty to behold, with a super slim profile and a sleek screen that spills around the edges—the Infinity Screen, as Samsung calls it. I don’t know about you, but any stylish gadget earns extra blogger points for me!
Beyond its sleek look, I find that the Infinity Screen does two things perfectly for me. One, it expands my view of graphics and videos, which means that I get to fully enjoy all the episodes that I catch in between tasks. Two, it enables the Multi-Window feature, which allows me to use two apps at the same time. More things done in one screen? That’s almost as good as getting on my laptop.
The Galaxy S8 is also built to withstand elements. The water art installation in the Samsung Studio was there for customers to submerge phones underwater, only to pull the phones out and discover that they are still in perfect working condition. This is good news for me: I’m a regular jetsetter, which is to say that I’m exposed to different types of weather all the time. If I get caught in the rain or drop my phone in wet sand, at least I know my phone is built for protection against elements. There’s a lot that I would lose otherwise—access to email and work files, important contacts and personal mementos.
My creation using the Samsung smartphone doodling app. I tested this out on the Galaxy Note 8, another one of Samsung’s latest models, but this feature is also available on the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
Part of what I do on a daily basis is create crisp and fresh stories that resonate with my audience. Content is at the core of any blogger’s work. Quality is of utmost importance when it comes to images, which is why I usually lug around a bulky camera with me to shoot photos of my day.
Off to test the camera on my own Samsung Galaxy S8+ outdoors. My photo op spot of choice is this tram!
Selfies taken with the Samsung Galaxy S8+! Look at that quality
These are photos straight from my Samsung Galaxy S8+. Look at the rich colors! Also say hello to Sabrina – my good friend and photographer.
Samsung Galaxy S8+, however, eliminates the need to lug around heavy equipment. Its camera produces spectacular photos in colors as rich and vivid as reality. It may be my favorite feature yet. And it doesn’t hurt that I can snap photos and share easily while I go!
The speed is superb—there are absolutely no lags in between shots.
Have to admit—I was very gleeful at spending a workday exploring the Americana mall on this fun tram…and being able to write this off as ‘work’!
Personally, I think Samsung has kept a finger on the pulse of people’s technological needs. The more we interact with the world through our phone, the more there is a need for a device that is intuitive, responsive and long-lasting. It’s good to know that there are gadgets that are built for the hustle and bustle of our lives. With the Galaxy S8+, I know I won’t miss a task to work on—or a moment to share.
Be sure to check out the Samsung Studios to see all the amazingly cool gadgets in person – click here to see all the Studio locations!
What do you think? Would you upgrade your current smartphone to the new Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+?