Four things I love about the Galaxy Note 8

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The Galaxy Note 8 was an important device for Samsung, carrying the weight of ensuring the Note lineup comes back with a bang on its shoulders. It’s fair to say the Korean giant succeeded in hitting it out of the park with the Note 8. This phone doesn’t burn up like its ill-fated predecessor, has the best display on an Android smartphone, and finally brings a dual camera setup to Samsung’s smartphone lineup, while keeping all the other features that made the Galaxy S8 and S8+ so impressive.

We called the Galaxy Note 8 a device that’s “more than just a Galaxy S8 with an S Pen” in our review, which we published nearly two months ago. I personally didn’t start using the Note 8 until a week after our review went live, and my love for this phone has only deepened with each passing day. Frankly, I don’t see anything particularly wrong with the Note 8, but there are a few things that I like above all else.

Wondering what they are? Read on to find out, and at the end, maybe you can tell me what you like most about Samsung’s latest flagship.

The display is gorgeous

Four things I love about the Galaxy Note 8

You have to use the Galaxy Note 8 for a few days to truly see how awesome that 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display is. The Galaxy S8 display was great, but Samsung made further strides in the months after and added several improvements for the panel used on the Note 8, including fixing the color balance issue that plagued the edges of the S8 and S8+ display. It’s also brighter outdoors, which has made it easier for me to take pictures of the phone for the articles here on SamMobile.

I also like that the screen doesn’t curve as much at the edges, which makes it more comfortable to use the S Pen and also gives the phone a professional, more sober look. Again, you have to experience the Note 8 to understand why the display’s so good; it’s a joy to use every day, more so than the one on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and it will be interesting to see what Samsung brings to the table with next year’s Galaxy S9.

It’s fast, smooth, and doesn’t show signs of slowing down

Four things I love about the Galaxy Note 8

I don’t know why, but Samsung seems to work in extra optimization on the software front for Note devices compared to the Galaxy S flagship(s) that launch in the same year. Maybe the company finds the extra months of development useful for eking out the last ounce of performance from that particular year’s newest Snapdragon or Exynos chip, or maybe it doesn’t, as otherwise, it would be able to bring those improvements to the Galaxy S devices through software updates.

In any case, the Note 8 benefits greatly, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down (the 6GB of RAM no doubt helps). Apart from maybe a slight delay in responding when I unlock the phone, performance has been consistently fast and smooth and better than the S8, which has started to stutter noticeably for many of us here at SamMobile. I’ve not seen anything give the Note 8 a real challenge (at least not when it comes to my use cases), and I’m hoping it continues to perform like a flagship should in a few months down the line.

The 2x camera zoom is useful

Four things I love about the Galaxy Note 8

I didn’t think I would benefit much from the dual camera setup on the Note 8, but it turns out I was wrong. While I’ve stopped using Live Focus, I continue to use the 2x zoom capability almost every time I use the rear camera. There are plenty of scenarios where it comes handy. For example, we were celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday on Saturday night, and the photos I took of the cake cutting moments include standard photos of everyone present and zoomed in shots of people trying to rub cake on each other’s faces.

I also love taking pictures of my car, and that’s also where the zoom functionality helps. It’s great that photos taken by the zoom lens have virtually the same image quality as photos taken by the primary camera in all but the most challenging low-light conditions, for which the phone simply uses digital zoom on the main camera. Since both rear camera lenses are optically stabilized, blurry photos are few and far between, which is an added advantage.

Read MoreCheck out these Galaxy Note 8 2x optical zoom camera samples

Battery life has been surprisingly good

Four things I love about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

I have been using the Galaxy Note 8 with two SIM cards active since day one, and the phone has impressed me with its endurance. For some reason, battery life is better for me on the Note 8 compared to the Galaxy S8+, and it’s also more consistent. I haven’t seen the phone drain too quickly for no reason even once; this might be down to Samsung doubling down on battery-related optimization to make up for the smaller battery, and it’s certainly allayed my initial concerns for battery life on the Note 8.


As I said at the beginning of this article, I don’t really have any complaints about the Galaxy Note 8. Okay, so that fingerprint sensor continues to be poorly placed, Samsung could have opted for a bigger battery, it’s high time the company started putting stereo loudspeakers on its flagships, and the Oreo update will likely take a few months to arrive. But overall, the Note 8 is a joy to use and excels in almost everything that matters. It’s also the most well-priced flagship in the latter half of 2017 and offers more bang for the buck than its competition (like the Pixel 2 XL or the iPhone X), making it worthy of consideration for anyone who wants nothing short of the best value for their hard-earned money.

What are your favorite Galaxy Note 8 features? Get a conversation going by leaving a comment!

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mocsab1
2 days 22 hours ago
mocsab1
I have been a Samsung Fan since my original S3 and a note devotee since the since the note 2 – I have owned Pixels (including the XL2) HTC devices, Nexus PHones and others – and I personally feel, without any ecquivocation, the Note 8 is without a doubt the absolute BEST Smartphone available today. Better than APPLE X – Better Than ANY OTHER Phone. Yes, some phones have a few features that are either not avaialble on the Note 8 or are better than the Note 8’s, but overall, when you look at everything this phone has, this is… Read more »
popetillox
5 days 4 hours ago
popetillox

The Galaxy Note8 is simply the best smartphone i ever had! Best of 2017 , better than S8 and S8+ , i agree with al the points, yes, battery life is good, but could be better…as always, Screen , Camera and SPen makes a great difference…and of course 6GB Ram with no stutering or lag…. best Samsung Phone ever!

keithsanantonio
5 days 6 hours ago
keithsanantonio

Im using Galaxy Note 8. The fingerprint sensor is no issue for me because i can reach it with my finger. I register both right and left finger for easy access. Battery is great as well. Can get 5 hrs + screen time

SAMgalaxyXXX
5 days 8 hours ago
SAMgalaxyXXX

Also I still don’t understand why Samsung has removed the touch sensitivity feature which is so useful and handy.

preime101
5 days 6 hours ago
preime101

I was wondering that. I have been trying to find it in the settings but it is gone now. No more ability to use standard gloves 🙁

SAMgalaxyXXX
5 days 5 hours ago
SAMgalaxyXXX

Yes, that’s unfortunate indeed and one of the few reasons I’m still using and will continue using Note 4 side by side. I live in London and though it hasn’t been too cold yet those super cold days are just around the corner especially in the mornings. I work outside London where it could be even colder and I’m not buying any special gloves, I still enjoy my Note 4 and its practicality over Note 8.

SAMgalaxyXXX
5 days 9 hours ago
SAMgalaxyXXX

I agree with all 4 but I just wish it was 2-3 mm wider and with a bigger battery though I must say the battery life is better than I expected but this should not be a 3300mAh battery phone. 
There is a lot to like about it and I use it for everything except watching videos on the go most of the times, for that I still use my Note 4 eventhough the screen quality it’s not as good but I prefer the screen form factor

5 days 16 hours ago
Prabash Paul
Next Year in 2018 Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9 need big battery for 3,900mAh for Galaxy S9, 4,000mAh for S9 Plus, and 3,900mAh for Note 9. Dust and Water Resistance 6 feet for to 40 minutes. The Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9 needs Dual Camera. Keep the Bixby button. Needs Better and good glass on front and back. Needs Beautiful and sexy Colors. Fix the heat while charger the phone and Fast Charger and Wireless Charger too. Needs loud and better sound. Keep Headphone Jack too. Fingerprint scanner on the screen, Keep the front Iris scanner… Read more »
o0MHJ0o
5 days 9 hours ago
o0MHJ0o

Also a 120hz refresh rate would be pretty nice! like the razer phone, 120fps on a display makes everything look so much better!

Saranan Majilya
5 days 13 hours ago
Saranan Majilya

Agreed. One useful feature for few people is still missing. We really miss the IR Blaster remote control.

heisenberg001
5 days 9 hours ago
heisenberg001

Perhaps Samsung doesn’t know the importance of IR blaster especially in the 2nd and 3rd world countries. Not everybody has smart TVs. IR blaster remains the easiest and best solution cos it works all round with complications. Pls Admin, forward this compaint to Samsung. I know some Samsung fans that didn’t change their phones because of IR blaster while some changed to phones with it

o0MHJ0o
5 days 7 hours ago
o0MHJ0o

Seriously, you’re going on about 2nd and 3rd world countries not able to afford Smart TVs – These Samsung Flagships cost MORE than a standard smart TV. The IR blaster is history, you all need to accept it. you can get smart TVs that are Full HD and less than $200 now!
4K ones at less than $400.
$900 phone but cannot afford a $200 TV – there is no logic to that argument.

SAMgalaxyXXX
5 days 3 hours ago
SAMgalaxyXXX
I’ve never used IR blaster and never will but it seems to be a feature a LOT OF people did / do use it, then why remove it? Remember most people don’t pay full price for flagship phones so it might still be cheaper(ish) and more convenient than paying full price for a smart TV. Also, IR blaster is not just useful for TVs. It would be interesting to see a poll asking people “what do you prefer, wireless charging or IR blaster?” I couldn’t really care about either but I’ve got the feeling that more people would say IR… Read more »
o0MHJ0o
5 days 1 hour ago
o0MHJ0o
I’ve never used an IR blaster either and in todays tech world, I can’t see its uses; everything is WiFi and IoT – that is where the industry is headed. I’ve used wireless charging daily since I got my S6 edge+ it is so convenient. I just can’t sympathise with IR blaster lovers, they control their TV, maybe their air con with it. both have their own controllers and you only use it to press a button or two. its not like you can set an IR blaster on your phone to control a device at set times of the… Read more »
SAMgalaxyXXX
4 days 23 hours ago
SAMgalaxyXXX
“… – that is where the industry is headed” Well, we could say the same about the removal of the headphone jack by a lot of OEMs but we are happy that Samsung has kept it and are begging it to not remove it. Of all the people I know with galaxy phones from S6 to S8 (and variants) and Note 8 (no less than 15) only one of my colleagues uses wireless charging and only at work not even at home. Samsung could remove that feature any time that I couldn’t really care but at the same time I… Read more »
SAMgalaxyXXX
4 days 19 hours ago
SAMgalaxyXXX
Leave it anyway and when the IOT Is more mature then remove it. It’s handy and useful even if it’s for a small sector. Also, it would be good that if Samsung is going to remove a feature at least try to explain why and if possible explain to your costumers what alternatives we have. Instead of releasing useless videos mocking Apple it should do that. I just have the feeling that Samsung’s market research team is just living in the clouds like when someone told Samsung that releasing a phone without microSD card, smaller battery than that of the… Read more »
19 hours 11 minutes ago
greggscell

Samsung has given wireless chargers away with the purchase of a phone, I now have 5, 3 free and 2 bought for less than $15. I have them thru-out the house and it’s awesome,just set the phone on them & it charges away!…Don’t knock it till you try it.

tampa8
4 days 18 hours ago
tampa8

Was surprised to find it has the FM radio chip enabled I hadn’t caught the feature in the reviews. My Note 4 is still a great phone which says alot of how much it was ahead of others at the time. But the Note 8 is so much faster and has a few very usable features my Note 4 doesn’t.

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