How highly do we recommend the Galaxy A8? We summarized its features and specs

Created date: 09/30/2018, 12:32:48, Updated date: 04/16/2020, 09:59:24

Detailed review of Galaxy A8's features

How does the Galaxy A8's ease-of-use and capabilities rate? We reviewed this device from a wide range of aspects, according to each type of purpose. From the battery to its camera capabilities, CPU and design, we thoroughly reviewed this phone across a wide range of aspects.

Summary of Galaxy A8 performance and functions

The size and weight of the Galaxy A8

The body of the Galaxy A8 is 3.0 inches (76.8 mm) wide, 6.2 inches (158 mm) long, and 0.2 inches (5.9 mm) thick. Also, the screen size is 5.7 inch, and it weighs 151 oz (151 g). Its size is large compared to normal smart phones. While it may be slightly difficult to use with one hand, the screen is large and easy to see. I think this is a nice balance. It is recommended for those who want large screens instead of operating with one hand. In addition, while it is slightly heavier, its weight is something that can be handled. Your hand may get tired if you operate the phone for long periods of time with one hand.

Galaxy A8
Galaxy S6 edge (USA)
Galaxy Xcover 3
Galaxy A8Galaxy S6 edge (USA)Galaxy Xcover 3
ColorPearl White/Midnight Black/Champagne GoldWhite Pearl/Black Sapphire/Gold PlatinumGray
Dimensions (width x height x thickness)3.0 inches (76.8 mm) x 6.2 inches (158 mm) x 0.2 inches (5.9 mm)2.8 inches (70.1 mm) x 5.6 inches (142 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.1 mm)2.8 inches (70.1 mm) x 5.2 inches (132.9 mm) x 0.4 inches (10 mm)
Weight151 oz (151 g)132 oz (132 g)154 oz (154 g)
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Display of the Galaxy A8

The Galaxy A8 has a Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. Compared to normal smart phones, its screen is relatively beautiful. It shows great images even when up close, such as when using it for VR.

Galaxy A8
Galaxy S6 edge (USA)
Galaxy Xcover 3
Galaxy A8Galaxy S6 edge (USA)Galaxy Xcover 3
Display size5.7 inch5.1 inch4.5 inch
Display typeSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLEDPLS TFT
Screen resolution (width x height)1080 x 19201440 x 2560480 x 800
Pixel density386 ppi575 ppi207 ppi
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The battery life of the Galaxy A8

The Galaxy A8 has a battery capacity of 3050 mAh. The battery's capacity is slightly larger than standard smart phones.

The processing capability of the Galaxy A8

The Galaxy A8 uses the Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 CPU with 1.8GHz+1.3GHz×8(OctaCore). The memory capacity is 2GB. The CPU processing performance is average. This level of processing is perfectly fine for games and Internet searches. It is slightly lacking in terms of high-capacity processing such as 3D games, but there are no real issues for normal usage. It has the memory capacity of a standard smartphone. Having more capacity would make apps less likely to crash and make it easier to use, but the performance is fine for the Internet and emailing. For gaming, you would want the next level up in performance.

Galaxy A8
Galaxy S6 edge (USA)
Galaxy Xcover 3
Galaxy A8Galaxy S6 edge (USA)Galaxy Xcover 3
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615Exynos 7420 OctaMarvell Armada PXA1908
CPU specs1.8GHz+1.3GHz×8(OctaCore)2.1GHz+1.5GHz×8(OctaCore)1.2GHz×4(Quad core)
RAM size2GB3GB1.5GB
Storage size32GB128GB8GB
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The camera of the Galaxy A8

The Galaxy A8 has a back camera with 16 MP. The front camera has 5 MP. Its rear camera has slightly better performance compared to normal smart phones. While there are times when I feel it is lacking, it is able to take pictures with satisfactory quality almost all the time. The front camera performance is also roughly the same as a standard smartphone. The image quality for longer distance photography is less than satisfactory, but on the whole, there are no issues with short distance photos.

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Galaxy S6 edge (USA)
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Galaxy A8Galaxy S6 edge (USA)Galaxy Xcover 3
Rear-camera resolution16 MP16 MP5 MP
Front-camera resolution5 MP5 MP2 MP
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Review of the product design of the Galaxy A8

Rating of the ease of carrying it around and getting it in and out of bags or pockets

When deciding whether to buy an Galaxy A8, the first important factor is its size. Smartphones are used daily, and so it is important how easily they can be carried around and pulled out of bags or pockets. This review assesses how easy it is to carry the Galaxy A8 around and put it away.

Ease of grasping it in your hand to carry around

The Galaxy A8 is easily held with one hand, and its size allows it to be firmly held. It is small enough to be held in one hand together with things like a wallet, but this may be a bit difficult for ladies with small hands.

Ease of carrying it around when placing it in your pocket

It doesn't feel strange even when you put the Galaxy A8 in a pocket. In addition, when sitting on a chair with the phone in a pocket, it can be kept comfortably as it doesn't get caught on one's clothes or body.

Ease of getting it in and out of your pocket

Sometimes taking the Galaxy A8 out of your pocket doesn't go so well as it gets caught on fabric easily. It's safe to assume that some people will find it stressful that it is difficult to take it out smoothly.

Ease of getting it in and out of your bag

The Galaxy A8 is a size that allows you to take it in and out of your bag and use it with ease. Also, since it is compact, even if your bag is small it won't get too bulky which is convenient.

Assessment of user-friendliness and ease of handling

It is important to consider the ease of using the phone in one hand. It can be said that it would be very useful if it is easier for you to send emails and instant messages or answer calls using one hand while cooking or using your computer. Here, we have reviewed the Galaxy A8 by focusing on the ease of using it in one hand and the ease of typing in letters.

Ease of grasping the phone in one hand

The Galaxy A8 is a size that allows you to have a firm grip even while using it. Since your hand is kept stable, it is difficult to accidentally drop the phone, and it is very easy to use. Since the original body size is small, the phone is still easy to hold even when using a case.

The weight you feel when using the phone with one hand

The Galaxy A8 is a slightly heavy smart phone so using it with one hand for a short period doesn't cause any pain, however when used for long periods continuously it can hurt your hand. If you add a case and accessories it feels even heavier. It is preferable to use the phone with two hands and a proper case.

Ease of pushing the upper button on the screen using one hand

When using the Galaxy A8 with just one hand, it is quite difficult to press the button on the screen edge. We suggest you operate the device with both your hands rather than pushing your luck with just one hand.

The size of the buttons on the App

The buttons displayed on the Galaxy A8 are large, and therefore it is difficult to press the wrong ones. While some buttons may look small depending on the app, you probably won't feel that stressed when you actually use it.

Ease of typing in letters using the flick function

Keys on the Galaxy A8 can be pressed even when held with one hand, but your grip may weaken when trying to flick the buttons at the edges. As a result, it may become unstable in the hand when flicking quickly, but it won't be easy to drop as long as you are careful.

Ease of typing in letters using the keybord funtion

If you aren't being careful it is really easy to mistype when using the Galaxy A8 with two hands since the buttons are so small. In addition, typing at high speeds is pretty difficult and I can't say its very suited for it.

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

For people who use their smartphone on a daily basis, high performance is a rather important factor. When the performance is not good enough, then, for example, applications don't work as they should or the screen is difficult to see, and this causes stress. This review looks at whether the performance of the Galaxy A8 is suitable for making phone calls, messaging, or using SNS.

The size of the letters and the ease of operation

Because the display of the Galaxy A8 is much larger than ordinary phones, characters are displayed quite large. Therefore, it is suitable for reading long bodies of text and exchanging long messages while doing research.

Ease of reading sentences

Since the Galaxy A8 displays characters smoothly, it can display them beautifully. Even when viewing small characters, the jaggedness of the character outline is not at a level seen during normal viewing and is displayed very naturally. Because of this, it is difficult for your eyes to become tired and make the phone suitable for reading long bodies of text.

The beauty of the overal screen

The Galaxy A8 can display photos and videos beautifully. While people with good eyes can see jagged outlines when they look at the display up close, it is not really something of concern.

Ease of writing sentences

For the Galaxy A8, the on-screen keyboard covers part of the screen when typing, but there is sufficient space for operation. Its size is suitable for entering long sentences, but I feel it may be a bit clumsy when editing office documents.

Does it have sufficient performance to make calls and send emails?

Whether it be a phone call, mail, or during a chat, the Galaxy A8 provides smooth performance. Even when using the phone in demanding situations, you can use the phone comfortably since there will usually be no lag.

Does it have sufficient performance to search for things and using Social Networks?

It is more than adequate for applications such as using social media—like Facebook and Instagram—and searching the Internet. Sometimes, though, it may feel a bit slow.

Does it have sufficient performance to do other tasks while searching for things and using Social Networks?

There isn't any sense of inadequate performance even when several apps are used at the same time and there is frequent switching between apps. In rare cases, it may feel slow and the display may lag, but I don't think one will feel stressed during practical use.

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