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Galaxy S8 / S8+: First 10 Things to Do!

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Now that our Galaxy S8 and S8+ unboxing is out of the way, it’s time to dive into the capabilities of Samsung’s newest top-tier phone. As you know, we do that by breaking it down into tips and tricks, camera reviews, and the first 10 things we think you should.

In this “First 10 Things” video for the Galaxy S8 (or Galaxy S8+), we do our best to be there for Samsung owners who are in for a big change when it comes to using their new phone. Because Samsung has ditched the physical home button and gone virtual, there are a whole bunch of actions that are now different. 

So, you’ll see as we walk through firing up the camera the quickest way, the various ways you can secure your Galaxy S8 while keeping the ease of use there, how to get your Always-On Display just right, whether or not you should care about Bixby, and more. It’s a longer than usual First 10 Things, but there is a lot to talk about with the S8.

  • I love Chickn n Waddymelon

    I gots me my Obama Fone Fo Free

  • Myangzki

    I’m having a hard time finding the setup button for the screen rotation ..could you help me pls!

  • Prototype

    Not sure how many will see this since the site moves so quickly, but Disconnect for Samsung is a must out of the box. Finally found a solution for all the horribad advertiser nonsense on sites like DL. I love the blog, but the pop ups and slow down from all of that was ridiculous.

    Amazing app for anyone on a recent Galaxy device.

  • The Doctor

    I like the back button on the right side on my S8+ because I use it more than the recent apps button and I’m right-handed so it’s easier to press.

  • Arn

    I also have s8 now and my full screen is working fine. Specially when streaming movies.
    Regarding bixby issue.. it is useless if you dont know how to use is. Dumb people always cry on simple things that they don’t even know how to use properly.

    Sometime all you need is brain joel

  • JoeInMO

    Have you actually seen the screen? They count the unusable area as screen size. These are really a downsize in screen size compared to traditional smart phones. You have to buy the Plus to get a decent screen… and pay way too much for it. Then they intentionally FORCED everyone to use their NON FUNCTIONAL Bixby Assistant that is not needed and offers NOTHING over the industry standard Google Assistant. Big screw up by Samsung. They’re getting better at screwing things up than doing them right. They make the iPhone 7+ like a much better option. Hopefully the new Google Pixel phones will be the one to buy, but for now the LG G6 has a bigger usable screen and actually works properly. Another major Samsung screw up. They can’t afford this one.

    • JoeInMO

      Without a case it’s too slick to not get dropped. TERRIBLE idea Samsung. Get some Koreans that can thing for themselves next time.

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    • Jon

      Do you have the S8? What unusable area? I’m looking at mine right now and don’t know what your talking about.

  • shelderman

    Does the camera lens have the protective film on it? I can’t tell on mine

  • droidbeat

    1. Don’t confuse it with the candy bar in your other pocket. 2. Resist the temptation to unsheathe it and stab somebody. 3. If tempted to watch a video on the narrow screen, wear reading glasses. 4. Carry a microfiber cloth to wipe the lens before taking a photo. 5. Hold phone with both hands to fish around for the fingerprint scanner. 6. Before using retina scanner, make sure your vision insurance is paid up. 7. When expecting OS updates, just let it go. 8. To limit eventual lag, do a factory reset every 3 months. 9. If you plan to use phone after lunch, carry a juice box. 10. Charge phone safely outside the blast radius.

  • KleenDroid

    First thing to do:

    Install Package Disabler Pro quickly freeze the 120+ processes and apps that are not needed or bloat.

  • Masri87

    the phone dropped 8% in 18 mintues.

    doing essentially normal OS cruising , horrible.

    • Averix

      Mine did that the first time I used it. Not even close to that now.

    • TC Infantino

      This is actually normal for the first couple of days with a new phone. Getting it set up to your preferences, loading all of your apps, setting up those apps, tinkering with the phones new tech….. That’s why you give it a week or so from initial setup before you really see how the battery lasts through a normal day.

  • JSo

    I understand these videos are for newcomers and all but there should be a pro version of the “10 Things to do” videos.

    • EdubE24

      Fire up dat camera homie.

      • JSo

        If only I had all these phones. 🙁

        • EdubE24

          I kicked the phone addiction a few years back. But still here everyday. Expensive habit, but I would love to have one of these.

          • JSo

            I collect all of mine but I don’t upgrade very often.

          • EdubE24

            I kept the OG, but would always sell the others to make my next purchase. I still pull that phone out from time to time and mess around with it. Running Pete’s Bugless Beast lol.

          • JSo

            Got my Droid X2 still. Don’t even remember what’s on it right now. I think I returned it to stock last time I boot it up

          • Jeremy Turnley

            Only reason I can get the newest shiniest stuff is Jump On Demand leasing. My monthly payment never goes away, but it really only goes up or down $5-6 per phone.

          • Supraman21

            Same but I’m not excited about the $130 for the plus. I had to have that extra battery life

          • Jeremy Turnley

            I decided to not play their obvious cash grab game and went with the regular S8. I’ll get the Note 8, when they can’t use the lame excuse they went with this time.

  • disastrousrainbow

    You forgot to mention to turn on the most useful, crucial, and critical aspect of the edge panel settings: Edge Lighting. Haha. It’s the most superfluous thing on the phone, but I gotta say it brings back Ice Cream Sandwich Tron-level of vibes whenever I see it that it’s like my favorite thing right now.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      Mine arrived at 56% yesterday, and even after doing the whole transfer cable thing I got 3.5 hours SOT. So far it’s looking really good – especially if their claims about the improved battery conditioning pan out. If you can still get 4+ hours SOT at the 2 year mark, that’s a game changer.

    • hkklife

      + or regular GS8?

      • disastrousrainbow

        Regular.

    • DanSan

      i put my case on the phone, my ability to hit the fingerprint reader increased dramatically. it helps train your finger.

    • Jon

      There’s actually a setting where you can have the iris scanner check right after you press the home button so it happens pretty damn quick. That should be on the must do list. Saves so much time unlocking the phone with IRIS scanner. The iris scanner works nearly flawlessly for me. I love it and rarely use the fingerprint scanner.

    • B!

      “The fingerprint reader’s accuracy isn’t terrible imo, but the placement definitely is.”

      As I’m reading this my index finger is resting (on my S7 Edge) where the fingerprint reader would be. Even though I don’t use it, IMO the reader’s not terribly placed.

  • MichaelFranz

    Download $1.49 Samsung Package disabler form play store. remove samsung internet and anything you dont want

    • Jeremy Turnley

      I decided to give Samsung Internet a try this time, and was pleasantly surprised. It actually has plug in support, so you can run adblock on it. It’s based on Chromium so it’s fast, too. I am going to stick with it for a bit and see if it really stacks up.

      • BSweetness

        It’s one of the few Samsung apps that actually competes with what Google has. Not as convenient as Chrome overall, but still a solid browser.

        • Jeremy Turnley

          The one big thing I like about Chrome is that it moves my favorites around, but I realized today that the favorites I use on my PC and my phone have pretty much nothing in common so that feature isn’t really a must have here. Beyond that, they are pretty much identical feature wise, with Samsung actually getting a leg up with the ad blocker.

          I also use the built in Mail and Calendar app because I use a Hotmail/Outlook email account, a gmail account and an Exchange account for my work, and it lets me use a single calendar app for all of them, and no other free email app does. I also use the default Messages app, just because it works and I don’t see the need to install something else, not because it’s anything special.

          Overall, while I used to badmouth Samsung apps, they actually work really well. I’ve found myself uninstalling Google’s apps instead these last two phones.

          • BSweetness

            The favorites on my PC and on my phone are identical in Chrome. That’s the main reason I find Chrome to be more convenient than Samsung’s browser. I prefer the Google Calendar and Gmail apps for calendars and email, and both pull all of my personal and work accounts just fine – Gmail, exchange, Outlook, Yahoo, etc.

            Several of their core apps are better than many people give them credit for – with the browser really standing out – but Google’s apps just consistently work better for me.

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        • Jeremy Turnley

          Not that I can tell. I use Lastpass for all the autofill stuff, so not a big deal for me. Might not be a good choice for everyone though.

      • Lisarbeams

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    • Turb0wned

      Samsung internet is the best android browser… Chrome continues to be laggy.

      • Mike-Mike

        Absolutely, it is one of the main things I miss if I leave Samsung. Especially the ability to login to websites with your Biometrics

    • DanSan

      whats with the knox notification that pops up when setting up package disabler?

    • Me

      Samsung internet is actually not that bad. Chrome is meh imo

    • Miguel

      Package Disabler never fails, the phone runs so much better.

  • Superman

    This “First 10 things” are basically the main things you need to do and/or the things the phone itself asks you to do to get your phone set up the way you like. I mean, who doesn’t know that? No hating just stating the obvious.

  • xzero425x

    wow a touchwiz or fire joke those are sooo funn..zzZzZzZZzz

  • Evan Yaffe

    Do you notice if the “palming” the phone activates the edge shortcuts?

    • Jeremy Turnley

      Not for me, edge touch rejection works pretty much perfectly this time – you pretty much have to deliberately hit the edge panel selector to get it to come up.

  • Rod

    Turn the “red” component all the way down to zero to remove the red tin….oh, wait.

    https://i.imgur.com/a1e3dTw.jpg

    • trevorsalienarms

      Cool, just like the pink hue on the Pixel and 6P!

    • Bobb

      Saw this on reddit:

      1. Go into the Settings -> Display -> Screen mode -> Colour balance
      2. Move the Red colour bar all the way to the left side
      3. Go into the phone and dial *#15987#
      4. Click on number 3 and exit

      • Rod

        Or Samsung could ship it without issues.

        • Dummy Up Meathead

          Or you could be proactive and do the quick easy fix and not complain….

          • Rod

            Buying an iPhone would be less hassle.

          • Dummy Up Meathead

            Really? To each his own, but I wouldn’t use an iPhone if it was free. Just my 2 cents….

      • litobirdy

        all shipped phones have a red tint? can i see pics of this? Also what you posted is the way to fix it?

        • Jeremy Turnley

          Not all, but many. Mine didn’t, but there are a LOT of people on XDA with the issue.

      • Jon

        Wow! Thanks for this. I suspected my phone might have the red tint issue. Sure enough when I tried this it fixed the issue.

        • litobirdy

          When I tried to dial that, doesn not go thru. am I doint something wrong ?

      • litobirdy

        When I tried to dial that, doesn’t go thru. am I doint something wrong?

  • GalaxyUser

    Buy a fire extinguisher..

    • Dummy Up Meathead

      What’s a contract?

    • B!

      One person actually upvoted this comment?

  • Steve Yobs

    Touchwiz…return it

    • Dummy Up Meathead

      You clearly haven’t tried the S8. Touchwiz is so unobtrusive that I am not using Nova Launcher for the first time in years. I am quite impressed with Samsung’s apps and how tightly integrated they are.

      • Brian Himes

        I like the new look and that they technically don’t use touchwiz anymore. Still, navigating the phone is janky compared to the Pixel/Iphones. Not a deal breaker but still something I really wish Samsung would polish on. They force so many things into their UI that it hinders the performance. Only their note series of phones negate this with the usefulness of some features.

  • Eric R.

    Incoming “return it” jokes. Haha you’re funny! Not