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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I share more of my life than just food. I share bits about my rescue dog Sandy, bits about triathlon, and bits of beauty that I find everywhere.
Like this tree, dividing the sky between sun and storm.
This moment was captured when I was with my family on vacation in the Florida Keys this summer. Since getting my Samsung Galaxy S8 phone (and its ridiculously good camera) last spring, I have been able to take some of the best photos of my life.
I have had the Samsung Galaxy S2, GS3, GS4, and GS6 before the GS8. And I was content with each at the time. In fact, in My Father and the Oxen …and Blueberry-Maple Ice Cream post, I took those photos on my GS6. But the photos I get with my GS8 are on a whole other level of quality. Ridiculous detail and color, and because I expanded my storage to 256GB with a MicroSD card, I can size the photos up large enough so prints are suitable for framing (the MicroSD card is sold separately).² The phone is also equipped with photo filters, editing capability, even a “food” mode to play with. I don’t use this last feature; instead, I basically use this camera like my DSL because you can adjust exposure, ISO, even White Balance to get your shot just right. Crazy capable.
OK, so our trip to the Keys this summer …For the first time ever, we took a family trip that wasn’t for a triathlon for me or sports tournament for our kids GASP! We were so excited, AND we made the trip in our brand new truck. Sadly, after so many years, I had to part with my Tahoe – it was old with lots of character and lots of memories – but it was time. But, because I had such an old vehicle, my new vehicle is something like out of a science fiction movie to me. Back-up camera, the seat vibrates if you start to drift out of your lane WHAAAT? – super high-tech stuff to me. And there is no key. There is only …the fob. So, in our shiny new vehicle, we drove to Islamorada for our super-so-awesome vacation.
We got to our resort and it was everything it claimed online that it would be (thank God, since I had arranged everything). It was beautiful, there was tons of stuff to do, everyone was happy. Even Sandy.
But the next day, when we went to leave the resort and venture out for dinner, we could not find …the fob. The dang “key” fob to drive the truck. Uggggggg. We searched everywhere, even went snorkeling in case we had accidentally taken it swimming in a pocket, but It. Was. Nowhere. We could use the truck app on our S8 phones to lock and unlock the truck, even start it. But we physically needed that fob to drive it.
Alright, so we did not let it spoil our fun – we paddleboarded, fished, snorkeled, swam, parasailed, and partied our butts off. But we clearly needed to figure out how we were going get the truck going to get home. So, using our phones, because we hadn’t brought computers, we got a hold of the dealer back home, got them a FedEx number to have a new fob overnighted, then we searched for and contacted a local locksmith and arranged for both the new fob and the locksmith to arrive at the same time at the resort to get the new fob programmed and be on our way. How did we even LIVE before smartphones??? My husband and I both have GS8 phones and because they are super fast, have awesome big (biggest available) infinity edge-to-edge screens, and have far better battery life than any phone I have ever had (the GS8 has a powersave mode that extends the battery life for days), getting our situation sorted out pretty easily saved our vacation. Because we were still able to relax and enjoy.
Soooo, after all that, it may have turned out the fob was in my suitcase. 🙄 …Good thing I didn’t get mad at my husband when we thought he had lost it in the ocean huh?! 😅😅😅😳😉
Another feature of the phone is that they are WATER RESISTANT. Yes, you read that correctly – these phones can get wet. That makes the GS8 phone the most take-anywhere phone for me yet. I LIVE for the water – ocean, beach, pool, paddleboard – this is my life. So, not having to worry about my phone getting wet has allowed me to take pictures in ways I couldn’t before.
These phones are platform-charge capable, meaning that they can be recharged on a platform station wirelessly (charger sold separately). This is necessary if the phone has gotten wet, because if the charge port is wet, it won’t charge with the regular cable (safety first!). But it will charge on the platform stand. I like the stand, so I have ditched my 20yo bulky bedside clock radio, and now I use the phone in the charge stand as my alarm clock ..and I have an app that plays ocean wave sound to lull me to sleep.
And another cool thing is that there’s a fingerprint pad to unlock your phone. So, you can either use the keypad and enter your security code to unlock, or just put your little finger on the spot and it will unlock. One side benefit of this is that when I purchase a song online (I use Google Music especially when I run), instead of having to enter my overly-complicated Google password to approve the purchase, I can just use my fingerprint for it. Love this!
Whelp, now the time has come to get our daughter a Samsung Galaxy S8. So, last week I went through Walmart.com and ordered her an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 – that way, we were able to just order it and get it on our plan without even having to leave home. School is back in session for us and life is hectic-er …so, one less thing… Getting an unlocked phone allows you to choose your carrier, data plan, services, features, and apps, so you can get your phone exactly the way you want it.¹ Samsung smartphones work on multiple US networks, so pick whichever carrier and plan works for you.² And the unlocked GS8 and GS8+ phones are only available online at Walmart.
A couple last little things that matter – these unlocked phones do not come with so many factory-loaded apps, and they DO come with the standard US warranty you would expect.³ Just be sure to look for it from Walmart online only too, because that is the only place you can get it. Delivery was quick too.
So that’s it folks. I have been happy with my Samsung Galaxy S8 phone, so I was happy to share. How was life before this anyway? These phones are capable of so much now, and the GS8 has so many improvements over its predecessors (most of which I have owned). Progress, yessss sir. With a crazy awesome camera!
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.