New Phone! Samsung Galaxy Note 8
5 years with the same smartphone is quite a long time nowadays! I waited so long to upgrade, mostly because I wanted a high-end Windows Phone here in Japan, which never happened, and also due to my perceived complications of being a foreigner in Japan. Here, I'm required to renew my visa annually, yet most phone companies are offering a 24-month contract. Long story short, I needn't have waited so long, and I now have a new Samsung Galaxy Note 8!
Here's a picture from Samsung of the Galaxy Note 8, with the S View Cover (which I also bought).
I thought the old Samsung Galaxy Note 2 did everything that I needed it to do (mostly work related), but the Note 8, especially with the latest version of Android, is a real joy to use and I feel like a kid again with a new toy!
I won't be rooting it this time. It doesn't lack in any department for me at the moment, so I'll leave it as it is for now.
I'm mostly excited because the Note 8 is great for work. I teach English conversation here in Japan, so I spend a lot of time in classrooms with groups or individuals. Being able to access Google or Cortana voice assistants, can be a fun and interactive way for us all to check speaking, spelling, pronunciation, and learn new words and phrases.
Google voice assistant, of course, comes with Android. I'm very much a Windows PC fan, too, so I wanted Microsoft's Cortana on my phone as well. Being in the region of Japan, we can't install Cortana here from Google Play, but we can sideload Cortana onto our Android devices, which is what I did.
Samsung's Bixby Voice assistant will also be on the phone soon, tripling the fun! There are reasons why it's not available at this time in Japan for the Note 8, and I will go into those soon.