[Video] Samsung S8+ Unboxing Adventure – Trinidad Tech YouTuber


It is 815 am. It is dark and spooky and a lot of rain. I have to travel to Belmont to collect the S8 for review. It is going to be an adventure. Good afternoon Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the internet and welcome to my unboxing of the Samsung Galaxy S8+. Thank you Samsung Trinidad for providing this review unit. I only have one take at this unboxing. Hope it comes out good.

Such stunning packaging. The specifications are on the back.

Dual pixel
Water and dust resistant
64 GB storage and 4 GB RAM
Wireless charging capable
Beautiful Quad HD+ Super AMOLED
The colour is midnight black

Let’s take a look at what is in the box.

The phone of course. Let me set that aside.
Here we have the SIM ejection tool and documentation
Then the charging brick
USB to USB type C connector and micro USB to USB type C connector
Charging cable
Awesome headphones which are tuned by AKG
Replacement buds

Let me turn on the phone now. WOW – This is LOVE at first sight. I picked up the wrong clear view cover. This one is for the S8. Will get that exchanged.

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In the box – phone, charging brick, cable and headphones.

Some key features of this device

LTE Capable
5.2 inch IPS LCD screen
13 megapixel f/2.0 autofocus camera
3000 milliampere battery

Let’s take a look at the build.

Beautiful screen. I wish the glass protector was smoother when swiping. Strong metal frame with chamfered edges. Thin and lightweight with non-removable battery and back. Headphone jack and nano SIM card. Mono speaker. According to Huawei’s website, “It features a number of innovative hardware upgrades showcased in a cutting-edge slim design.”

Some key notes from my review.

More than four hours screen on time and full days use.
Finger print reader center and away from camera.
I wish there was a sorted app draw.
Camera takes decent photos but not as good as a flagship.

In summary I would say the following about this device

Value for money with room for improvement.
Slim and beautiful design that is comfortable in the hands.
Smooth and responsive OS

Let’s see what other reviews had to say about this device

A mid-range gem from Huawei
Solid middle-tier smartphone without much in the way of fancy extras.
Affordable phone that focuses on style as much as substance.

If you had to choose a colour, what would you choose? White, black or gold.

Did you know? The name Huawei roughly translates to ‘Chinese achievement’

Thank you for watching or reading this review and thank you to Huawei Trinidad Office for providing these review units.
My main focus is quality. In the absence of all the needed resources I experiment and make improvements where I can.
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My Review of the Huawei Y6 II

My Review of the Huawei Y6 II

I have been using the Huawei Y6 II for the past two weeks as my daily driver. I paid attention to battery life, camera, build, software, ease of use and overall experience. I researched and looked at other reviews and customer feedback. When I needed help with questions I was able to get them answered by Huawei’s Trinidad office.

Huawei’s Emotion UI on top of Android is smooth and responsive. However, I wish it was easier to find out if and when a model of phone will get an update, in this case Android N and EMUI 5. HSuite is Huawei’s device management software. I wish there was official software to edit and create themes. When you connect the phone to your computer via USB you get the option to install HSuite. To be able to access the phone’s storage as a drive make sure to select Files or Photos from the notification draw when connected to computer. I wish the screen would not timeout when I was watching Instagram videos for example. I was charmed by some of the features I found like built-in screen recording, share contact by QR code and light painting mode in the camera app.

I am a photographer so I was very interested in how the camera performed. The camera takes decent photos but lacks the detail and sharpness and quickness of a flagship model. You can experiment with professional mode and other features to get that perfect photo. One interesting feature is all focus. Take a photo and change the focal point later on. Invest in a tripod and take beautiful timelapses with timelapse mode. The camera is located in the corner and I had to learn how to hold the phone without my finger impeding the view. I wish the video audio recorded volume was louder. One thing I learned from past experience and smartphones is that you need to gently clean the glass in front the camera when it looks smudged.

Many will be interested in battery life. It took me about 3 hours to get a full charge. The phone supports quick charging but you need a special adapter other than the basic one that comes in the box. I got more than 4 hours screen on time and a full days use. Using the camera uses the battery faster on any smartphone. Also streaming video. I got alerted when the software detected that an app was using a lot of battery. The phone did not get hot to the touch with prolonged usage. You do not have the convenience of a removeable battery which is the trend on flagships these days. A battery pack serves me well when I need charge on the go.

Moving on to the build now. The phone is comfortable to hold one handed even being a phablet form factor. For the price and at the sacrifice of other features you get no Gorilla glass. For the time I used it and in my pockets I noticed no scratching. The back cover is strongly secured and you have to apply some force to get it off. Be careful not to break the clips in the process. I wish the speaker would be louder. Maybe my hearing is deteriorating as I get older. I read online where persons were complaining about lack of USB On The Go (OTG) support.

This is not a flagship phone. It is a pocket friendly mid range option. I checked prices in a few places and it was around TT $1400. If you are interested in this phone visit a shop and try it out for yourself. Ask about warranty, support and repair. Huawei phones bought from authorised resellers are covered by local warranty and repaired by Bagalito Enterprises. Huawei as a smartphone brand is quickly becoming a dominant global player. After two weeks of using this phone I feel similar as after my first impressions, this is a really nice phone for the price and category with room for improvements. I received the following message on twitter in response to a tweet that I was reviewing this phone, “Price to performance this phone is really pretty awesome. I paid US $ 140 and it runs so smooth. I have always used Apple. This is first Android.” Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Huawei Y6 II – My First Impressions

Huawei Y6 II – My First Impressions

Thanks to Huawei for providing this device for review. Huawei is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company. They have an office in Trinidad and they are focused on smartphones and devices, communications technology and the smart country. My journey to collect the phone started in Cunupia. There was start and stop rain in Port of Spain. It was my second visit to Huawei’s office. After leaving Huawei, a walk around the corner took me to Pollo Tropical where I sat, setup the phone and gave it some charge from my battery pack. I then walked over to the Savannah to get some test camera shots.

Check out a previous blog post – Some Things to Consider When Purchasing a Smartphone. I am using this phone as my daily driver for the next two weeks to be able to write a review at the end. The review will look at camera, battery life, ease of use and build among other things. Part of my review process is to look at other reviews and also look at what customers are saying. Reviews and feedback are important. These feed into the development cycle and lead to future improvements. This first impressions is a precursor.

The first thing that stood out for me was the bright red and clean packaging. The other thing was the large screen. Something you might not expect for a mid range budget smartphone. The setup was typical. Huawei phones come with their own Emotion UI (EMUI). The software navigation buttons (bottom) was strange to me at first. I am used to hitting the physical home button to wake up my phone. I was happy to see the OTA FM radio app, something that I don’t see in the flagship phones. I was surprised to see support for dual SIMs. However, only one SIM supports 4G. One disappointment was seeing two speaker grills at the bottom but learning that it was not stereo speakers and sound only comes from the right grill. The camera takes decent shots.

My first impressions leave me thinking this is a really nice phone for the price and category. I will have more to say in my full review. My cousin was asking me about smartphones the other day and one of the things that I took away from that conversation was that customers should have the benefit of local warranty, support and repairs. This is something that Huawei provides. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

UPDATES : Videos uploaded to my YouTube channel

A Quick Look at the Huawei Y6 II
Emotion UI (EMUI) on Huawei Y6 II – Tips, Tricks and Useful Features

Full review has been published

My Review of the Huawei Y6 II

Device shots below

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