VIDEO: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review
Samsung has revolutionized the design of the smartphone with the Galaxy Note 8 and its stunning infinity display.
With virtually no bezel, the slightly curved screen smartphone is still convenient to hold in your palm. The phone sports an unbelievable edge-to-edge screen that makes a perfectly smooth and seamless surface forming into a wonderfully curved, symmetrical and unique object. The shimmering device is available in black, bright silver and grey colors with a bluish tinge.
The Galaxy Note 8 has one of the best cameras in the mobile industry. It is capable of producing crisp and gorgeous images with very punchy colors even in low-light conditions. The Note 8’s primary rear camera is 12 megapixel and a secondary lens enables 2X Zoom that works spontaneously with a tap of the screen in photo or video mode. In short, cameras on the Note 8 are superior quality, and definitely best in class. The 8-megapixel front facing camera works excellent in broad daylight and at night using special beautifying software to enhance your selfies.
Like all previous Notes, the Galaxy Note 8 has the S-Pen, a thin plastic stylus measuring 4 inches which can be stored easily inside the bottom of the device. The tip of the pen is 0.7 millimeters with 4,096 levels of pressures, making it remarkably fine and delicate to sketch. Although Note 8 has the 6.3-inch screen which is a bit larger than your standard smartphone, the stylus works impressively well with it. Upon removing the stylus, the ‘Air Command’ pop-up menu will instantly appear over the full screen. From here you can use specialized S-Pen features like Action Memo, Screen Write and Smart Select. Another amazing addition to Note 8 is Live Message that lets you draw an SMS which will be converted into an animated gif. The animation shows the strokes you made with the stylus and can be shared via any chat app. The stylus can also do perform tasks like expanding a picture to see a preview of the shot or annotating documents.
The Note 8 is taller than previous Note phones and has a water repellent feature keeping it safe for 30 minutes under 1.5 ft of water. The dual curved edge of Note provides nearly no-bezel and resembles a mini tablet. The powerful and lofty Note requires more stretching of your fingers to grip its worth, but Samsung provided gesture controls to scale the interactive screen down within finger range. Just swipe up from the bottom corners to activate and the whole screen shrinks temporarily.
Samsung has upped the brightness levels by 22% at 1200 nits. The Galaxy Note8 is the first Note smartphone to realize 3K QHD+ (2960×1440 pixels) resolution and is certified by the UHD Alliance for MOBILE HDR PREMIUM™, which allows it to play the same 4K High Dynamic Range content produced for 4K UHD Premium TVs. This brings heavy competition for the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL display.
Extra care is needed while handling this glass-encased aluminum frame which makes for a slippery smartphone. We recommend getting a case and were impressed with Otterbox’s rugged ‘Commuter’ which also provides a solid grip for the device.
As for audio, Note 8’s bottom-speakers had issues. Cupping the bottom of the phone muffles the sound. Samsung could have delivered dual front-facing speakers and Hi-Fi audio like Sony Xperia and LG V30, but that would mess with the screen. Don’t cup the bottom of the phone.
The fingerprint sensor has comparatively improved in Note 8 but hasn’t been popular with its off-center rear location beside the cameras. Samsung has even enhanced the flash and monitor in between the sensor and cameras to accept fingerprint blemishes because of this. Face Unlock needs some improvement and rarely worked.
Another big feature that was introduced by Samsung is the Bixby voice assistant similar to Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. Bixby is rather new in the arena of artificial intelligence assistants but Samsung aims to make Bixby an indispensable complement to our daily life. Though Samsung is confident enough about the success of Bixby and its dedicated key, it is not only late in the market but has had issues with voice functionality in some languages.
The Galaxy Note 8 has the same powerful Snapdragon 835 processor as the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but bumps the RAM up from 4GB to 6GB. Like the Galaxy S8, the Note 8 comes with 64GB of internal storage that you can expand to up to 256GB using a microSD card. Despite having only a 3,300 mAh battery, the Note 8 provides around 11 hours of battery, like the Galaxy S8+. On average, we saw four to five hours of screen-on time which is amazing for such large, high pixel resolution.
The Galaxy Note 8 is an excellent phone. Waterproof with a stunning 6.3 inch infinity display. The camera is just awesome and the best we’ve seen yet. Like most flagship phones of 2017, The Galaxy Note 8 comes at a price of around $1,000, but it’s worth it if you want all the special features that come with this phone. Get one!