User manuals for smartphones are normally fairly simple affairs, but the Samsung Galaxy S8 guidebook that’s made its way onto Scribd for public download is a 234 page monstrosity that goes over just about every detail of the phone’s software in fine detail. If you read through the whole thing, about the only things you’ll come out the other side not knowing how to do with the phone are obscure things like changing the size of the quick settings grid, though you’ll either pass by or manage to stumble across most things of that nature. The aforementioned example can be found in the same menu as reordering the quick settings buttons, for instance, which is covered in the guide.
Throughout the course of the manual, you’ll see how to customize the software user interface pretty extensively, just about every trick in the book to get the most of the Galaxy S8’s excellent camera, and even how to view the device’s FCC ID. One highlight of the manual is a very stark statement that installing custom firmware of any sort or playing around with the device’s system firmware in unintended ways will not only void your warranty, but is actually a violation of the licensing agreement that you agree to by using the phone. This includes modifications that don’t actually install anything, such as unlocking the bootloader or opening up root privileges.
The early pages of the manual give away what’s going to be in the phone’s retail packaging, though that can vary by carrier. Direct from Samsung, you get the phone, a USB Type-C cable, a pair of headphones, a USB power brick, a USB to USB adapter for transferring data between mobile devices, a SIM ejector tool, and of course, the device’s manual. Samsung also warns users that even though the phone is water resistant, it can’t stay under for more than 30 minutes, and should never be exposed to water that’s moving with some force behind it. That means that taking the Galaxy S8 kayaking or jumping into a pool with it in your pocket is probably a bad idea. Overheating procedures and limitations are in the manual, as well. When the device overheats, the brightness will go down, and the processor and GPU will go into low performance mode until the system cools down. Meanwhile, users are advised to close apps they’re not using, turn off interfaces they’re not using, and as a last resort, stop using the phone for a bit. If it gets hot while charging, on the other hand, users are advised to stop charging immediately. The bottom of the device heating up could be a sign of a bad USB cable, and heating up while wirelessly charging could mean that there’s a foreign substance or object interfering. If you’d like to give the extensive manual a read for yourself, simply head through the source link. You’ll have to register a Scribd account, but you can do that in one click with Google or Facebook.