23 January 2018

Why I Sold My Samsung Galaxy S8


The Samsung Galaxy S8. This phone was great. But at the same time it wasn't. Here's why.

Let's start with the process of me buying this phone. Back in August, I was tired of my Nexus 5X. The battery would't last all day, and it had a fair amount of scratches and dings. I had used this phone enough so I needed an upgrade. I went over to Swappa and managed to sell it just shy of $200.  I had been working over the summer so I also used the money I got from that and bought a Samsung Galaxy S8. I bought it, used it, and loved it.

In November, Samsung came out with the beta for Android Oreo on this phone. I downloaded it and played around with it in a heartbeat. I even made a YouTube video about it which did surprisingly well, getting over 30 thousand views in several days. 

By the end of December, I was tired of this phone. I finally discovered what it was I didn't like. It was Samsung Experience. I much preferred the updates, snappiness, and most of all, customization of the Nexus 5X on stock Android. It was this which made me realize I wanted a Google Pixel 2. XL or not, I don't care. I just want a Pixel 2. So I sold the S8 on Swappa for $514, just 1 dollar more than what I bought it for (but then fees and shipping and took 8% of that).

My parents are being rough and saying I may not be able to get a Pixel 2 until Easter so I guess that means I'll be using my iPhone 6S and Nextbit Robin until then.

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