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Showing posts with label Android Phone. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Android Phone. Show all posts

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Samsung A8 Plus (2018) Review

Finally purchased Samsung A8 Plus on the launch weekend on Jan 21, 2018 after getting frustrated with the need to keep rebooting my OnePlus One. As part of the launch, it was bundled with a 10,000 mAh power bank (which allows me to have two micro USB to USB-C adapter - one from the power bank and one that comes in the box) and 64 GB memory card. I planned to purchase A8 initially but bought the A8+ instead because of the additional memory (6 GB vs 4 GB) and storage. Difference between the two models are as follow:

3000 mAh
3500 mAh
(5.6" full rectangle) /
(5.5" rounded corners)
(6.0" full rectangle) /
(6.0" rounded corners)

Performance is great, I did not feel any lag even with after launching multiple applications. There a Device Maintenance options that allows me to clear the memory and also residual files. I noticed that the option to clear memory will not clear the recently opened applications (left software button at the bottom). Those applications will still occupy memory unless I clear it using the recently opened application options.

Split Screen

The recent application button can also be used to convert to split screen, allowing multiple applications on the foreground. It is a nice feature but when since the keyboard takes about ⅓ of the screen, it will cover most of the screen of the bottom application.


Battery is much better on this phone. In my previous phone, I had to charge the phone in the middle of the day but with this phone (if not the battery will be below 20%), I still have about 50% battery at 6 pm (starting with 97% at 6 am).

I had better battery life by keeping the phone on mobile data only (instead of mobile data and Wifi on). The battery life will probably depend on the stability of the signal.

Dual SIM with memory slot

The phone comes with SIM 1 + SIM 2 + MicroSD slots. Using both SIMs at the same time significantly reduces the life of the battery. Both slots use nano SIM. The tray feels fragile, probably not meant for frequent swapping.


In order to access the different modes for the camera, swap to the right when the camera is on. I did not know about this for the first month. Finally found it after some trial and error. Camera is speed is pretty fast. However, occasionally it is necessary to point on the object to force the focus. Majority of my photos were clear (but encountered a few blurred photos because I failed to force the focus).

Panorama mode:

I was not able to find the beauty mode (had it in Note 3 and also OnePlus One). Here are more photos taken using the phone.

Tried to get the flowing lights here but caught the plastic instead.

For Gif, only 20 frames are allowed. Unfortunately, the animation does not carry over in blogger.

HyperLapse mode is something new to me. Unfortunately, the animation does not carry over here, but you should be able to see the animation through this link.

Monday, August 21, 2017

To Delay My Phone Purchase

I was tempted to buy a new phone with One Plus 5 was announced. A few things had driven my initial decision to select One Plus:
  1. There was the Screen Overlay Issue, which I finally resolved.
  2. Then there was the ability to create multiple user, but the reason disappeared after I learned about work profile (also known as Android for Work).
Another driving factor was the thought of better camera (previously affected by the Screen Overlay Issue). However, One Plus One still provide great photos. Low light photos are still a problem but that is still true with One Plus Five. The other factor I look for in Android phones are the upgrades provided but it seems the maximum number of years for most phones are still two years - One Plus One appears to be among one of the exceptions.

So for now, I will continue to stay with One Plus One for at least another year. The following are some of the photos I took with my phone.

Maximum Zoom is 3x only but I do not use it that often.

Plant without zoom:

 Plant with Zoom: