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Have you ever just had a phone just randomly look at you and say, “I quit you!”? Well, I just had that happen to me. Let me give you the short version before I get to my five tips for using a Samsung Galaxy S8.
My Samsung Galaxy S5 and I had been rolling hard for the last couple of years. I mean I loved that phone! So much so, I replaced the screen after I cracked it on the pavement. A friend, in Virginia, offered to swap the screen and I said, “cool”. I shipped the phone to Virginia, he had it fixed, and sent it back to me. I told you I loved the phone.
Fast-forward to a few weeks ago. I somehow managed to drop my phone twice in one week. The first time, I dropped it outside on the pavement. No biggie…it still worked even with the screen being a little cracked. Then a few days later, I was walking up a flight of stairs and it hit the floor again. Needless to say, my phone was so over me and the screen went out.
I started using my backup phone but apparently, the backup phone was tired of being a backup. She acted like an angry ex and said forget me since I keep comparing her to my GS5. She said, “You keep saying what I don’t do and what you GS5 can do. Why don’t you go be with it then? I’m done!” Just like that, I was phoneless. Of course, the phone went out while I was sitting at the optometrist waiting to have my eye checked after I poked it with the Q-tip. If you missed that fun, check out my Tropical Makeup Tutorial.
When my phone went out, I was all in a panic. I’m on my phone allll day doing things for the blog and otherwise killing time while in class. Don’t judge me.
I decided to do a full upgrade. I wanted to switch carriers, change my phone number, and upgrade my phone. This was the perfect time to make it happen. I strolled on over to Walmart.com and opted for their Samsung Galaxy S8 Unlocked(2). Yep, I said Walmart.com has unlocked GS8’s.
I thought an unlocked phone would be perfect because it allowed me the freedom to choose one of the major carriers. I’m not locked into my previous phone company. Plus, the unlocked Samsung S8 comes with fewer preloaded apps. When I read that, I was sold. I hate having a regular phone and it has a ton of preloaded apps that I can never uninstall and they suck up a ton of my available memory.
What I didn’t know at the time was that the few apps that do come on the S8 can be uninstalled. I’m legit over here customizing the mess out of my phone.
Let me give you the details on how to grab a GS8 Unlocked of your own. It super easy and will take you less than five minutes to order. First, you need to head on over to the Walmart website. In the search bar, type “Samsung S8 unlocked” or you can just follow this direct link to the search results. 😉
After you add your phone to the cart and have selected any other items you would like to add, click on the cart and the “Check Out” button. After that, you just add your shipping and billing information. Since the phone is over $50, you will qualify for free shipping. I needed my phone ASAP, so I chose the expedited shipping. See how simple that process was to order.
Now let’s get into these five tips!
- App Arrangement – The GS8 comes with four screens to add your app shortcuts. I have my screens divided by app type. All of my blog and social media apps are on one screen. On my second screen, I have my utility apps…calculator, dictionary, grocery list, banking, etc. Each screen gives you a ton of space to play with and customize. Plus, the GS8 has 64 gigs of memory so I have plenty of space to add more apps. I’m loving this part. I don’t have to worry about deleting one app to add another. The biggest plus is not missing out on special moments because I don’t have an app to share or I can’t find it on my phone. I have a ton of apps now and the camera is so bomb!
- Organization – I was able to eliminate one of my note-taking apps because the GS8 comes with the “Samsung Notes” app. That was awesome. It also has Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. For me, that’s a plus because I can work on projects, take notes, and edit PowerPoints on the go. I did add the “Evernote” app to my phone. I keep all of my blog related documents on the Evernote server so that I can access them anywhere. I love having that as a backup just in case something happens to a post on the blog. I can just copy the content and paste it back into WordPress. I would definitely recommend downloading this app. It’s free and it allows you the freedom of creating content from anywhere. When you combine Evernote and Wunderlist, you are able to stay on top of tasks. Wunderlist allows you to create to-do list with reminders. I also love that I can create a note and add a voice recording. So, if something pops into my head, I don’t have to type a thing. I can record my post ideas using the Wunderlist app. Awesome!
- Fitness – Yes, the Samsung GS8 is a huge help when it comes to working out and monitoring progress. Samsung phones come with the “Samsung Health” app to get you started or in case, you don’t have a Fitbit. I used this app before I purchased my Fitbit and it was a huge help. Now, I have the Fitbit app and a few others…MapMyRun, Fatsecret, and HIIT Interval. What is a good workout without a little music? I have both the Pandora and the Tidal apps. One allows me to listen to specific songs while the other keeps me pumped with playing random Soca songs while I’m on the move. What? Soca is awesome to run to because of the tempo!
- Compatible Devices – Samsung isn’t just phones. They have other awesome electronics that easily pair with the GS8. I’m so Samsung loyal that I purchased the Samsun NX Mini to take my Instagram selfies. I love that camera because it has a screen that flips up so that you can see yourself. It cuts out a ton of time when trying to take the perfect selfie. The best part is that I can upload my photos from my camera to my GS8 wirelessly. I don’t have to fiddle with taking the memory card out and uploading to my laptop. That’s just too much work. All I do is tap the camera and phone together to connect, select the pictures I want to send to my phone, and click send. It’s that simple.
- Have Fun – When I purchased my phone, I seriously played with it like a big kid. I didn’t realize the phone came with built-in filters. So, instead of sending the normally number change message, I took a picture of myself and sent it to my friends. Most cracked up laughing and said they saved the number. I would say tinker with it until you see what it does and what you need from a phone. There isn’t anything that I’ve thought of that I’m not able to do with my phone.
If you need me, I’ll be over on SnapChat enjoying my new phone. Be sure to follow me @justtikib.
The next time you have to the Walmart site, be sure to check out the Samsung GS8 Unlocked.
¹ Wireless voice, data and messaging services on Samsung Unlocked Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge devices are compatible with most major U.S. GSM and CDMA networks. For these devices, wireless services are available on GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile and CDMA networks such as Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular®. Visit www.samsung.com for more information on your device. Support for certain features and services such as VoWiFi and hotspot, vary by wireless service provider. Wireless voice, data and messaging services on Samsung Unlocked Galaxy S6 and Galaxy J3 devices are compatible with most major U.S. GSM networks. For these devices, wireless services are available on GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile. Visit www.samsung.com for more information on your device. Support for certain features and services such as VoWiFi and hotspot, vary by wireless service provider.
SIM card must be compatible with area’s available networks. International calling, data services and coverage vary by network provider. Contact provider for details.
.² This Samsung Unlocked phone will work on any GSM or CDMA compatible network. For these devices, wireless services are available on GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile and CDMA networks such as Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular®. Support for certain rate plans, features, and services such as VoWiFi and hotspot vary by wireless service provider. SIM card must be compatible with area’s available networks. International calling, data services and coverage vary by network provider. Contact provider for details.
³ For more information on Samsung standard U.S. limited warranty, go to samsung.com/customersupport/xxx