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Some of us are really Spolied lol playing with the Samsung A8.

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Some of us are really Spolied lol playing with the Samsung A8.

I'm setting up, okay playing with my Mother's birthday gift. Her new SAMSUNG A8 that I got for $350.

Clearly I love and addicted but I really cannot tell the difference between the A8 and my Note 9. In terms of performance, hence why I started the other discussion. I get the bells and whistles but as far as for basic needs, it gets the job done.

This is why I don't get the reason for paying $400+ for the 8GB Note 9. I get the bigger storage but just made me think...

Do I really need it, spending double or triple the price or just spoiled? LOL
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They don't even compete in the same space. As you know, the Note 9 is huge in comparison. It also has a much better camera, and the battery life should be significantly longer.

Sure, the A8 may be a fine value phone, but it doesn't really compete well against the S9 or Note 9 overall. Depends on what you need I guess. If you need a texting device that can take a few selfies, the A8 is fine, but if you want more, the A8 may or may not fill the need.
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Fresh phones always feel fast man! You've setup countless phones to know that!
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I also get the A8 for my Mother in law performance wise works the same like my S9+. calling VOLTE WifiCalling Social Media Games Movies fast charging capability the only missing is wireless charging.

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My mom was going to get the A8 to upgrade from her galaxy s3. At the end of the day I told her to go big or go home. Got her into an s9.
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I got the S9 , A8 and the Essential. While the A8 is not bad, it's nowhere near the S9 in terms of screen clarity and it's nowhere near the feel of the Essential. I liked it for its price but there's a noticeable but probably not the five, six hundred dollars worth of noticeable difference. I much prefer the flat screens of the Essential in the A8 over the S9.
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I read the specs that the international version has dual Sims. Is there a way to make a Canadian dual Sims ? Is it just a hidden inside or do we just need a different sim tray work two slots ?
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I like it very much as well. Go into developer options and turn all animations to 0.5x and turn on forced GPU rendering.

The AMOLED screen is much nicer than the Essential phone I have right now.

I just wish the screen was bigger. But thanks to our carriers we won't get the A8+.

The lack of midrange phones at Koodo is a bit surprising. No P20 Lite, Moto, Sony etc
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tkl wrote:
Sep 16th, 2018 8:29 pm
I got the S9 , A8 and the Essential. While the A8 is not bad, it's nowhere near the S9 in terms of screen clarity and it's nowhere near the feel of the Essential. I liked it for its price but there's a noticeable but probably not the five, six hundred dollars worth of noticeable difference. I much prefer the flat screens of the Essential in the A8 over the S9.
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I read the specs that the international version has dual Sims. Is there a way to make a Canadian dual Sims ? Is it just a hidden inside or do we just need a different sim tray work two slots ?
Virtually all Samsung phones sold outside of Canada and the US are dual SIM as the default.

It is not the same model because dual SIM phones have two IMEI numbers. Your Canadian model does not have two IMEI numbers. The software is also different to manage the behaviour of having two SIM cards.

Each country has its own variant of software because Samsung Pay only works with banks in the country the phone was produced for. If you have a dual SIM phone and you bank in Canada or the US, Samsung pay will not work with your bank.
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How is the A8 camera? I saw that it has EIS and not OIS. Is that an issue? I have an S6 now, but cracked my screen (still works) and the battery is horrible. So want to see if A8 is a good upgrade. I can get the A8 32 GB for $199, A5 2017 32 GB for $0 or the S8 64 GB for $349. What do you guys recommend?

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