If you are looking for a good mobile phone, chances are with so many brands present in the market you’ll end up getting thoroughly confused.
If you are looking for a good mobile phone, chances are with so many brands present in the market you’ll end up getting thoroughly confused. The task becomes even more difficult when every other brand—especially the Chinese handset makers—starts to hard-sell its flagship device as a virtual powerhouse and sends the intended buyer into an orbit of indecision, for the simple reason that each of them talk about almost similar quality and experience. The Indian consumer, being acutely price-conscious, tends to rely on a trusted brand that has a good service network and where the device comes with the latest technology. Samsung is a clear leader here as its devices tick all the right boxes. Take for instance, the Galaxy A8+. It is a practical, stylish and convenient device that comes with flagship features. It retails for `32,990 and is available in two colour options—Black and Gold. We got the Black variant for a product evaluation, let us take a look at its key features and overall performance. Put simply, the Galaxy A8+ just feels great in your hands and is built to last. The phone has a decent heft to it, not heavy but just enough to make the device feel substantial. The device comes housed in an attractive glass and metal body with a large Infinity Display. Galaxy A8+’s 6-inch large screen is supported with ergonomic curved glass on the back and front.
Switched on, the Galaxy A8+ delivers vibrant visuals in full detail on its 6-inch FHD Super AMOLED Infinity Display. This goes beyond the bezel with an immersive 18.5:9 display ratio, so that customers can view the whole scene across their screen for a great cinematic experience. Just to make a few things clear here, the Always On Display allows users to get information at a glance without unlocking their phone—a very practical feature. Probing the innards, the Galaxy A8+ comes with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory and expandable memory of up to 256 GB. There’s a 64-bit Octa Core processor inside that ensures the performance is smooth, exceedingly fast and top-notch. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and NFC. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Barometer.
Moving further, the Galaxy A8+ features Samsung’s first dual front camera. Its 16 MP + 8 MP F1.9 dual front snapper allows consumers to take the type of selfie they want – from close-ups with the background blurred to portrait shots with a clear and crisp background. With the advanced Live Focus feature, one can easily adjust the bokeh effect before or after take the picture to create high-quality images. The Galaxy A8+ also allows consumers to customise their photos with fun options, from adding stickers to their selfie or highlighting a culinary extravaganza with Food Mode.
With the voice-powered virtual assistant Bixby, the Galaxy A8+ seamlessly integrates your lifestyle. It is equipped with Samsung Pay, allowing users to transact virtually anywhere they tap or swipe their card. The device comes with IP68 certification, making it water and dust resistance. It is also the first in the A series to support Samsung’s Gear VR. In my usage for over two weeks, the Galaxy A8+ came across as a nifty device that is powerful and versatile. Its high definition screen allows users to watch movies/ play games in a manner that they have never done before. Internet browsing is fast and there is no lag whatsoever while switching between apps. Also, the 3500 mAh battery is pretty impressive and it will last you more than two days of moderate use. In a nutshell, the beautiful design of Galaxy A8+ and good overall performance makes it unique enough to stand out in the over-crowded mobile phone market. Highly recommended.