Saying goodbye to my beloved iPhone 7 Plus (on the right) as the Samsung Note 8 gives me a ‘Welcome’.

My husband was shocked.

After being an iPhone user since the iPhone 3, am I really jumping the OS ship and riding the Android wave?

The answer is…YES

…for now at least.

What would life be if you did not try something new?

The week-end right after I listened to a replay of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s introduction of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8Plus, and iPhone X, I accompanied my husband to Best Buy. He needed to find a computer part to fix his ageing PC. I stumbled upon the cellular phone section, an area I often ignore since I was blissfully satisfied with using Apple’s smart phones.

But then, in the corner of my eye I spotted a teen playing with a phone that resembled the iPhone X. That could not be. I could have sworn this would not even be available until the latter part of October. So what was it doing in the store? And why is the screen so vibrant and bright that it was drawing me to it.

And like a moth to a flame I gravitated toward the phone and then realized it was the newly released Samsung Note 8. Up close it was even more impressive to look at. The screen was so big that I brought out my iPhone 7Plus to compare. No way.

The Note 8 screen was bigger and it looked more vibrant and impressive! How is this possible???

But big screens are not enough to make me switch. It had to be a feature that I rely on heavily as a blogger-on-the-go. And this was the camera feature.

The stunning Samsung Note 8 and all the peripherals that comes with it.

I was already happy with the iPhone 7Plus. There were a few areas I wish it could be better, but I tolerated the quirks and considered the features doable.

But when I took a snapshot of an item at the store with both the Note 8 display model and my iPhone 7Plus, I was surprised with the result! The Note 8 definitely showed more detail and better color. And the selfie camera? Oh….let’s just say after taking selfie shots I started to rethink about my love for the iPhone.

I went home. I read a bunch of feature stories and reviews. And I watched too many techie videos that I would end up dreaming about it!

And the verdict? I said I was not going to do it. Nope. I invested in my iPhone apps. Not switching. And to further my resolve I even wrote on my Happy Planner, “Reasons why I am sticking with my iPhone.”

Then the following day my husband and I decided to make it a Satur-date. We went to Treasure Island Flea Market, had lunch at our favorite Antoniks’ food trucks (oooh their BBQ fare! But that deserves a post of its own!), and then decided to spontaneously visit the outdoor shopping stores of Emeryville. While walking around we spotted the T-Mobile store.

Now my husband never liked his Samsung Galaxy 7 as much as he loved the Galaxy Note 7. He was torn when he had to give up that phone because of the exploding battery mishap. And I also knew he was salivating on the Note 8 during our Best Buy visit. So I edged him on. I told him I read so many great reviews on this phone. He should at least check out with T-Mobile if he can now qualify for an upgrade with our current phone plan.

Turns out he was! And he was ecstatic! Yes, he loses out on the payments he already made on the Galaxy 7, but that’s just the way it is. I know he would be happier with the Note 8.

The look of my new Samsung Note 8

When the T-Mobileย  Rep was helping him transfer his files and contacts, I was in a watching the entire transaction transpire with pure envy. I was the one who wanted that phone. Why can’t I get it? But there was a voice inside my head that whispered, “You already wrote out your reasons in your journal.”

But I wasn’t listening to that voice. Instead I called the attention of the T-Mobile Rep and started asking questions.

“I am on the ‘Jump On Demand‘ plan. Do I qualify if I switch my iPhone 7Plus to the Note 8?”

Turns out I was on a better position than my hubby. Why? Because my plan allowed me to ‘jump’ to another brand new phone with zero downpayment but with a slight increase in my monthly payments.

Technically my plan is a ‘lease’ with an option to buy later. What I lose out on are the lease payments I already made with my current phone and I would begin on a new lease with the Note 8. But the T-Mobile Rep said, “put it this way, Jump On Demand are for customers who like to try out different phones without the worry of paying the phone in its full cost upfront”. Hmmm…good point.

Sign me up!

Yup, with my husband’s astounded look of surprise and a bemused grin of the T-Mobile Rep, I brought out my iPhone 7Plus, in all its pristine condition (no joke…I kept that phone looking as if it was brand new!) and said I am switching for realzzzzzz.

On the ride home, my hubby was elated with his new toy. He started tinkering to connect the navigator to the car’s bluetooth. I, however, was particularly silent and deep in thought.

Did I just really do this?

OH MY. What about my OS apps? What about the connection to my Apple Watch? And what happens to my workflow when I work using my iPad Pro 12.9? What have I done?

Then I take out the Samsung Note 8 again and turned on the screen. I started scrolling and clicking at the pre-loaded apps. I turned on the camera. I took a picture. Then I gave a big sigh.

It may appear like this decision was a whim. It may appear I have not thought this thing through. But I did my research early on when I considered the Note 8. And despite my earlier journal entry I do believe in my heart I made the right choice. If I were going to switch phones I would risk it to try the Note 8. This gadget simply excites me.

I can figure it all out later about my apps, workflow, etc. It’s all good.

And if it makes me miserable in a couple of months, the advice of that T-Mobile Rep echoed, “that is why you have a Jump-On-Demand plan…you can jump when it does not feel right.”

Certainly no loss, but brownie points for trying something new.

So Samsung and Samsung users give me all the tips you have to maximize this Note 8! I intend to saturate every info and trick I can get while I am on the Android bandwagon!

How about you? Are you a Android phone user or iOS? What are some of your tips and feedback?

43 Responses to Goodbye iPhone…Hello Note 8

  1. robin rue says:

    I am an iPhone girl for life. My son has a Droid and I just can’t seem to get it like I get the iPhone. Glad you are happy with your new phone ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

  2. Kristi McAllister says:

    Oh my gosh lol! I almost fainted when I read that you gave your iPhone for a Samsung lol! Youโ€™ll have to pry my 7 from my cold, dead hands unfortunately! Ha! Really though, I hope youโ€™ll love it!

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Haha! I know right? But no regrets! I have been an iPhone user since the iPhone 3 so that is many many years of loving the iPhone. I do not mind the switch to try something new. The great news on my phone plan is I can switch anytime.

  3. All technology has good and bad points and benefits and advantages. When it comes down to it the phone you use will always be your favorite because you are used to it and its quirks. I use an iphone but i am sure the Samsung could be good too.

  4. theclutterboxblog says:

    Oh I hope you love it! I have never been an apple fan. My android phone is everything, mostly because I love to customize and geek out and 90% of the options I love aren’t possible on a apple product.

  5. I’ve heard many things about this, all good things. We are completely android users, so I hope that you stay! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. tarametblog says:

    I just lost my iPhone ๐Ÿ™ It might be a good time for me to consider other options like this.

  7. I am a die hard Samsung/Android User. We have apple products at home but as soon as I started with Samsung I knew there was no looking back. (I was a crackberry user for so long). I’m so jealous. I want the Note 8 but I’m not up for an upgrade anytime soon.

  8. Honestly, for bloggers, this is a great option especially if you use a lot of google’s services like gmail, blogspot, google drive, and all that! It’s going to make utilizing everything easier! Welcome to the Galaxy fam! Lol.

  9. I’ve been a loyal Iphone user since the 4. I’ve heard a lot of great reviews about the Note 8. Hope it works well for you!

  10. Erica says:

    My husband is a big Android uses. I use Apple. I think either of us would be shocked if the other one switched over. So I imagine you really pulled a good surprise on your husband.

  11. Jessica T says:

    This sounds like such an amazing switch to make! I am glad you are happy with the choice, I have heard so many great things about the Note 8.

  12. serenalissy says:

    I just switched from iPhone to Pixel 2. My first non iPhone in 10 years. Slightly painful but getting use to it.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      I love the camera of the Pixel 2! My brother just bought the Pixel 2 XL and it is awesome. I also love the One Plus 5T. The problem is neither one is offered by my cellphone provider, which would help because I can do a lease or monthly payments.

  13. Shoshana Sue says:

    I used to have a Note 3 and I can say it was life!I haven’t owned a Samsung since but if I were to go back, a Note would be my pick over any Samsung phone. Unfortunately I don’t own the Note 8 so I have no tips for you but I sure hope you will do a review and let us know how the love affair with the phone is going.

  14. Rachel says:

    I have considered switching at times but I’m like you. I am totally committed to my apps and use of the phone. I am not that impressed with the 7 yet though. I will have it for a while I guess.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thankfully I have the iPad Pro which means I can still use the Apps I have bought (if I do not want to pay again for the Android version bec. most of my apps are actually available in the Google Play store).

  15. I have a friend who loves all phones Samsung. Not sure which one she has now. I just barely have a smart phone, so I’m nowhere near your level to help you out! LOL Have fun with it!

  16. I am a total iPhone person. I don’t think I could even consider switching to a different smart phone. Love the review you put together. Now…time to upgrade for me!

  17. I’m a die hard Apple fan. All my tech is apple and I love how they all integrate together. I did have an android phone before and really didn’t have any complaints but I can’t see myself every going back to it.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thanks Cindy. The workflow of my blogging business will certainly be tested because I now have a mix. I have an iPad Pro 12.9 and the Note 8 as a phone. But thank goodness the apps I need both systems have it so it seems seamless so far. But again, we shall see.

  18. Jeanine Macintosh says:

    We both tried Android at one time and just couldn’t do it. I wish we could because it would save us a lot of money, and energy on phones but I just cant!

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Hi Jeanine -in a way I do agree with you with the cost of the Apple phones. They are definitely more expensive. Not that the Note 8 was cheap either. It was nearly 1K. The perks were the freebies, such as 128 GB memory insert and the wireless charger, which cost nearly at $300. But still, this is now even more expensive than a laptop LOL!

  19. I jumped the iphone ship a few years ago and I just LOVE my android. The operating system is sooooo much better than the iphone.

  20. Carolyn says:

    Sounds like the perfect phone for you. I just had to upgrade my Apple because my 6 died. If I used my camera more I would probably be looking at Android too.

  21. This looks awesome. I love my iPhone so much and am nervous about switching but the price of the new phones is just crazy.

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