Samsung Galaxy Note 8Indifferent face
65.8%
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Very high price

"The Galaxy Note 8 start at a £869 price tag in the UK for the SIM-free version and in the US the Note 8 costs $930 for the unlocked version when you.."

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Camera

80% user satisfaction score (10 votes)
Pros
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Tack sharp images

I've seen the sample images taken by gsmarena, and the Note 8 takes tack sharp images, but I have to say that the texture quality is slightly less than the Galaxy S8+.

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One of the advantages of the Note 8 front-facing camera is its bright F1.7 aperture lens. Usually, the front camera gets less attention than the rear camera. Having said that, we can see more phone manufacturers paying more attention to the front facing camera because of the ever growing selfie...

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4K video recording option

The Galaxy Note 8 can record videos at 4K UHD resolution at 30fps. So you can record videos at very high resolution with more details and those images will look amazing on your 4K display at home.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the first phone to offer dual OIS for its dual cameras. This means that both the wide-angle lens and the telephoto lens have an optical image stabilization (OIS). The helps improve the the low-light performance as well as help stabilize images and videos. The reason why...

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 feature rear dual camera setup. One of the main advantages of this setup is that each camera has a different focal length. The first camera is a 12MP camera with a 1/2.55" sensor/ a f/1.7 aperture and 26mm equivalent focal length (A wide angle lens with 77-degree field of...

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Strong optical distortion (wide-angle lens)

The rear wide-angle camera suffers from strong optical distortion. It usually very prominent when shooting pictures of buildings or images with straight lines. It quite common for wide-angle mobile phone cameras, but still, I would like to see that reduced in post processing by the ISP.

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Second rear telephoto lens has slow aperture

One of the disadvantages of the rear-facing camera is that the telephoto lens has a slow f/2.4 aperture lens that impairs its low-light capabilities.

Performance & Hardware

100% user satisfaction score (3 votes)
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Comes with S Pen for precise work and enhanced hand writing experience

The S Pen has tight integration in many of the built-in apps that the Note 8 comes with and it's an improved version of the S Pen that offers better precision compared to last year's S Pen.

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Plenty of RAM (6GB)

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with 6GB of RAM, which is plenty to support smooth multi-tasking and graphics experience without any lag. Of course it's a flagship smartphone, so we couldn't expect anything less from Samsung with this new phone.

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MicroSD card slot

The Galaxy Note 8 features a dedicated microSD card slot, which you can use to expand over the built-in mass storage capacity.

Cons

Display

71.4% user satisfaction score (7 votes)
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the second phone, after the Galaxy S8, to receive an A+ grade (Excellent) from DisplayMate. The Note 8 uses a 6.3" Super AMOLED display. This screen is 20% larger than the Galaxy S8 and DisplayMate also found it to be 22% brighter as well with a staggering peak...

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Very high Quad HD+ resolution display

The Note 8 display has Quad HD+ resolution, what ensures crisp and super sharp viewing experience. It's excellent for VR and just about anything you do on the phone, whether you browse the web, watch videos or playing games.

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Super AMOLED for better viewing experience

The Galaxy Note 8 features Samsung's superb Super AMOLED display that provides users with a top-notch viewing experience, featuring bright and vibrant colors, deep blacks and overall very rich and pleasing visuals.

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Very durable Gorilla Glass 5 tempered glass

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with Corning's most advanced glass, the Gorilla Glass 5. This glass ensures even better protection against drops and scratches. This is the latest technology in durable glass manufacturing.

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Huge 6.3-inch size display greatly improves the viewing experience

One of the main benefits of owning the Galaxy Note8 is that you get to enjoy a superb viewing experience due to the huge 6.3-inch Infinity display. This display will greatly improve the viewing experience for videos, gaming, web browsing and just about everything you do with it.

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Display too thin, not convenient for taking notes

In my opinion the Note8 is too think so it's inconvinient for taking notes, what it was designed for in the first place when Samsung put that S-Pen inside it.

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I don't know why Samsung opted for curved screen edges in the Galaxy Note 8. This devices was designed to be used with a its accompanied S-Pen Stylus and I think that a flat display provides a better writing experience. When you hold the phone in your hand you don't want your hand to obscure part of...

Design

66.7% user satisfaction score (9 votes)
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IP68 water and dust resistance

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 like the S8 features an IP68 water and dust resistance, that helps protect the phone from environmental damage.

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Available in a wide variety of color options

The Galaxy Note8 is available in a wide variety of colors, including Black, Gold Silver and Blue and as we know Samsung, it will probably add new colors to the mix in the near future, maybe rose pink or red, who knows.

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Durable metal design

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is made out of durable and lightweight aluminum. This also makes the phone look and feel sleeker and we all love our phone to have that luxurious look and feel, aren't we?

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Most of the front of the phone is governed by the screen. The Note 8 have almost non-existent bezels on the sides of the phone, but do employ some small top and bottom bezels. Still, the phone sports a very elegant ergonomic design. One of the main advantages of having a phone with ultra-slim bezels...

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I've just came back after Even Blass posted what is allegedly the press images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phablet. I also spent a bit of time reading the comments in the twitter feed, and I was surprised that some people don't like the rear design. Many of them liked how it looks from the front,...

Cons
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Curvy screen hinders screen protectors

One of the reasons I don't like phones with curved screens is that it makes it hard to find a good screen protector for it if at all. Even if you find one, those who fit are very expensive, like the BodyGuardz Pure Arc protector that costs more than $30.

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The Galaxy Note 8 weighs 6.84 oz (194 grams). This phone is certainly on the heavy side of things when it comes to mobile phones. The average weights for mobile phones is around 5.4 oz (156 g) according to phone arena website. I mean, it's close to 200 grams! I know that many of you might never paid...

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Awkward fingerprint reader placement

The fingerprint reader is positioned in a really bad placement at the back near the camera. What it's bad? because you can easily rub you finger and put oil residue on the lens which can impair image quality. It's also very uncomfortable to reach with the finger.

Audio
100% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
Pros
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3.5mm headphone jack is still here

I was glad to here that Samsung didn't opt to remove the 3.5mm, so all of us can still use our current 3.5mm headphones.

Cons
Software/Apps
0% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Doesn't come with Android Oreo pre-installed

Considering its release date, it's quite disappointing not seeing the Note8 coming with Android 8.0 Oreo. By the time Note8 is out, Android 8 is already out as well. I understand that they have designed the phone over the previous OS and I do hope we'll get an update soon.

Connectivity
0% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Hybrid microSD slot
Dual SIM model

The single SIM model has a dedicated card slot, but my issue is with the dual SIM model that has a hybrid slot, which means you can use two SIMs and a microSD card at the same time, its either a second SIM card or a microSD card, which obviously limits its usability.

Battery

66.7% user satisfaction score (3 votes)
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Instituted an 8-point battery safety check

Samsung made sure that the Note7 battery explosion phenomenon won't repeat itself by reducing the battery size and capacity, instituting an 8-point battery safety check and partnering with UL for certifications of its Note 8 phone.

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Wireless charging support

The Note8 support WPC and PMA wireless charging, so you can conveniently charge your phone by just putting the phone on the charging plate.

Cons
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Sealed non-removable battery

For me not having a removable battery is a deal-breaker. I know many people don't care about it, but if there is a problem with the battery, you just can't solve it yourself or replace it and after what happened with the Note7, I don't want to take any risks.

Other

0% user satisfaction score (3 votes)
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The Galaxy Note 8 start at a £869 price tag in the UK for the SIM-free version and in the US the Note 8 costs $930 for the unlocked version when you buy it through Samsung. I've also checked the prices on the popular carriers. On Verizon Wireless you can get the Note8 for $960 (retail price) or pay...

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If you buy the new Note 8, you need to buy the latest Gear VR headset, because it doesn't fit older Gear VR headsets. Some people might modify it to make it fit, but it personally wouldn't do that. According to an article that I've read on the Verge, Samsung announced that it's bringing a new Gear...