Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review: The Most Capable Smartphone On The Planet

The first thing most people think of when the topic of Samsung's Note line comes up is last year's recall of the Note 7. Exploding batteries have a way taking over the conversation, and rightfully so.

After detailing the flaw that lead to the Note 7's demise, apologizing for it time and time again, Samsung is ready to put the Note 7 behind it. Of course, it will need customer's help to do just that.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 looks similar to the S8 Plus, and has similar specs to the S8, but has a few tricks up its sleeve. The S-Pen is improved, new software features add useful functionality, and there are now two rear-facing cameras.

For the past 10 days or so, I've been using the Note 8 as my main phone. And without spoiling the fun, this is one darn good phone.

Specifications

Operating System Android 7.1.1 with Samsung Experience 8.5
Size 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm, 195g
Display 6.3-inch Super AMOLED QHD+ (2960x1440, 521ppi)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in US, Exynos elsewhere
Memory 6 GB
Storage 64 GB in US, 128GB/256 GB available elsewhere
Rear camera 1x 12-megapixel wide angle (F1.7), 1x 12-megapixel telephoto (F2.4). Both with Optical Image Stabilization
Front camera 8-megapixel auto-focus (F1.7)
Battery 3,300 milliamp-hour
Connectivity 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, NFC, MST, USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0
Colors Black or Gray in US. Blue and Gold elsewhere

Similar design

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The Note 8 looks like a boxier Galaxy S8 Plus, but only ever so slightly. The front of the phone is nearly all screen, and no longer has a home button with an embedded fingerprint sensor. The right side is where you'll find the power button, and the left side is home to a dedicated Bixby button and the volume controls. On the bottom is the headphone jack, a USB-C port, and the S-Pen that pops out with a press.

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Samsung also kept the same fingerprint sensor placement as the S8, on the back of the phone next to the dual camera setup. With the S8, I didn't have much issue with its placement due to the size of the phone and not having to stretch my finger up to the sensor to use it. With the Note 8, my view of the placement has changed. The Note 8 is much taller, and it's far more awkward to reach the sensor when holding the phone with one hand. Often times I found myself using my left hand just to touch the fingerprint sensor while holding the phone in my right hand. The point of a fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone is to streamline the process, not complicate them.

Face recognition and iris scanning are available, however, due to wearing glasses the experience with either feature is less than ideal. Actually, I don't suggest using face unlock due to the fact it can be tricked with a photo of your face.

The first week or so of use, I felt as if the Note 8 was too big. But the longer I've used it, the more I've adjusted. I'd truly love a Note device the same size as the Galaxy S8, or I guess I should say a Galaxy S8 with S-Pen support, but that's not likely to happen.

Dual-camera

As the trend of adding a secondary camera to smartphones continues, the Note 8 is joining in on the fun. Instead of simply saying me too!, Samsung has included some new features that set it apart from how Apple or OnePlus has implemented a second camera.

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