.. but, alas, it is too late.
(Update: Having thought about it, plugged in some figures into a spreadsheet, I am able to switch. I am giving Samsung one more chance. So I’ve pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch. Stand by for a review at a later date.)
I would have absolutely remained on the Note 7 had it not been for the battery issue. But it forced me back to Apple’s iPhone and Apple Watch ecosystem as I was already familiar with it, and given that I went back to the Mac, it made sense at the time.
The Note 7 was a beautifully designed phone – it felt good in the hands, the display was absolutely gorgeous, and Android felt properly polished. And looking at what Samsung has done with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, they’ve absolutely taken the best design parts of the Note 7 and put them in the design of their new phone (obviously without the S-Pen). The display is bigger, and the shape and size of the S8+ feels as though it’ll fit into my hand without any issues. Well, maybe one. I’m not entirely convinced that the fingerprint scanner is positioned well. And I have my doubts about the face and iris scanner recognition – the iris scanner on the Note 7 wasn’t accurate (since I wear glasses). It’s possible that Samsung may have fixed it for the S8 series, however.
So the S8 series looks to be lovely phones. But I still cannot switch because I’m still too heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem at this time – which includes any possible upgrade to the iPhone 8. Of course, if Samsung were feeling generous and felt like giving me an S8+ and a Gear 3 Frontier smartwatch – it may convince me to switch (since no outlay on my part until the next cycle of Samsung devices). But the chances are so remote that it is highly unlikely I’ll switch back to Android for another 3 years. By then Google will have had the Pixel 2 out on the market. Possibly even the Pixel 3. The Pixel was a lovely Android phone too – let down by flaws in the camera lens (lens flare galore) and wireless issues (Bluetooth).
Anyway, here’s hoping that Samsung turns around the misfortune of the Note 7 with the S8. There’s certainly much to love with with the S8 for those that loved the Note 7 as much as I did.
BTW, the upgrade to iOS 10.3 is well worth doing. Apple have switched to a new filesystem called APFS which replaces the 30 year old HPFS+ and the whole system feels a lot more responsive (of course, Apple have also tweaked animations too).