Taiwan through the lenses of S8+ and P10+

I’d never have imagined being able to lug 2 of the hottest phones all the way to Taiwan to document my trip.

Since one of the units only support USA sim cards, I opted out of the battery test with 4G+ and the overall connectivity tests. This will focus plainly on media.

How is one better than the other?

Huawei P10 Plus

The P10 Plus worked extremely well under direct sunlight. All of the details needed for the shot are present. The monochrome lens gets depth and feel with contrasty shadows and texture.

The depth of field function or bokeh effect is sometimes too heavy and, more often than not, too agressive on the image that it starts looking obviously fake even to the untrained eye.

It’s great for capturing some sort of emotion, detail, a stills with great lighting specially when playing with shadows.


It seems trivial since dialing down the saturation to zero emulates the same effect if not by a hair’s difference to the version taken on a true monochrome lens included in the P10 Plus co-engineered by Leica. Trust me in saying, for someone who has been taking photos even before digital photography became a thing (I miss film. I wish it wasn’t so expensive to shoot in analog), that there is a difference. The experience on looking for your shot in monochrome that forces you to contemplate on the angle, the composition, and the lighting. You will really have to get a feel of the camera yourself to understand what I’m talking about.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

This phone took on a different role and perspective altogether as the entire feel of the phone and of the camera was to document on the experience itself. Less serious, more entertaining.

Samsung makes it easy to just take the shot and keep it for later so you can post it when convenient. It’s simple, quick and fun. Not the type you’d peg for the experience of the P10 Plus, for example that focused on wanting to get the proper shot meant for enthusiasts.

The expanse of the screen allows for a more immersive photo taking cue as you are given a better view of what you are trying to take.

The side panels do get in the way sometimes as holding it horizontally would require a part of your palm to activate the zoom and the focus targeting mechanism causing you to miss the opportunity.


Outside of that, it’s the simplest point and shoot technology that gets most of the technical out of the way and lets you hit the shutter button as many times as you want. The placement of the physical shutter button in the form of the volume rocker does get awkward if you keep forgetting to turn it the other way since most Androids place the volume buttons on the right side, not the left.

Overall, it’s your vivid, full color, vibrant, night sensitive camera companion to take those night market runs, and the Taipei 101 selfie.

Yes, it’s one of the very few cameras available out there that can take evening shots in the heart of the city.

Verdict

The Huawei P10 Plus works well for enthusiasts that don’t have the budget to spend for an SLR or a mirrorless camera (not mentioning lenses, filters, accessories, and other peripherals that will allow you to take better shots and experiment on techniques). It’s not a replacement but a decent alternative to those that are looking to try out photography.

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is the excellent tourist/traveler companion looking to show the world the places you’ve seen and the street food you have been munching on in your journey to gaining more weight and culture.

Don’t take my word for it. If you happen to have friends who have either phones, ask them to lend it to you for a few minutes and get a feel for yourself.

Let me know if you agree or disagree and why. You can find me on Twitter and on Instagram @ginuhit.

Always remember, #StandoutMNL

Drew Uy

I do words, food, coffee, and photos.

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