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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A second opinion

Until recently, the last Galaxy Note I could actually buy in the UK was a model released almost three years ago. 2015's Note 5 never reached European shores, and the Note 7 was canned just before the official Euro release could begin. It's been a rough couple of years for the series that brought big phones to the mainstream — and, for better or worse, introduced "phablet" into the smartphone lexicon.

Aside from just being released and not catching on fire, the Galaxy Note 8 needed to remind buyers — particularly in the European market, where the series was met with such tremendous early success — what was important about the Note brand. When everyone has a pretty good, pretty big phone, why choose the biggest and most expensive?

For the Note 8, the answer is part high technology, and part fan service for the Note series' dedicated core following.

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The existence of the Galaxy S8+ required Samsung to go really, really big with the Note 8. As in years past, the Note 8 takes the design fundamentals of the current Galaxy S model, and blows it up into a larger size, with a more angular aesthetic.

I didn't spend much time with the ill-fated Note 7, but the sheer size difference in this year's model is striking. (Remember that the Note had stuck at the 5.7-inch mark for three years at that point.) You already know this is a big phone, on account of that 6.3-inch display size, but now it's a big, tall phone, in a way that dwarfs even the S8 Plus, on account of its slightly chunkier forehead and chin, and the less curvaceous chassis.

The Note 8 is a beautiful phone, almost because it's such an unapologetically huge chunk of technology.

Using it with one hand is problematic, even if you're used to traditionally large handsets; you'll want to become acquainted with the optional one-handed mode, enabled in the Settings app, pretty quickly.

Nevertheless, you can't deny that the Note 8 is a beautiful phone, almost because it's such an unapologetically huge chunk of technology. The minimal side bezels and tall 18.5:9 aspect ratio convey a phone that means business, while the relatively chunky 8.6mm depth measurement give it more heft than thinner, lighter phones like the LG V30.

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Aside from the sheer size of this handset, the Note 8 is an aesthetic marvel for the same reasons as the GS8. The latest evolution of Samsung's metal-and-glass design language brings us a classy, symmetrical chassis that looks phenomenal in lighter colors like gold and blue.

Samsung's biometrics are still trash, but I hate the fingerprint scanner less than the S8's.

If you're after something ergonomic and easy to wrangle without bringing a second hand into play, that is not this phone. But then you're reading a Galaxy Note review, so you probably already knew that.

The Galaxy S8's.... unfortunate... biometric situation returns, with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner you'll have a hard time reaching, an iris scanner that doesn't work in bright daylight, and a face-scanning system that fails in low light. I've been using Smart Lock in conjunction with my Huawei Watch, which has served as a workaround.

That said, I (surprisingly) don't hate the fingerprint placement quite as much as I did on the S8+. It's still unreasonably high up. (One competitor tells me Samsung likely made that decision to free up space for the battery.) But the added clearance provided by having the heart rate sensor and other biometric gubbins between the fingerprint sensor and the cameras means I'm less paranoid about gunking up the lens, and I'm free to reach to the scanner at a more natural angle.

Don't get me wrong, it's still bad. Just not as bad as it might've been.

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On the inside, it's a repeat performance of the Galaxy S8 on almost all counts, save for a bump in RAM (to 6GB) and a slight battery hit (3,300mAh, down from 3,500) compared to the S8 Plus. Besides that, you know the score: Snapdragon 835, 64GB storage, microSD expandability.

The full loadout of extra niceties we've come to expect from Samsung phones is also included — wireless charging, adaptive fast charging (think Qualcomm Quick Charge 2), IP68 water resistance, and the increasingly endangered 3.5mm headphone jack.

More: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs

I'm a little disappointed to see another year pass without a significant bump in wired charging speeds. (Samsung has stuck with the same flavor of 9V/1.67A quick charging for the past three years.) Nevertheless, the added convenience of wireless charging goes some way towards compensating.

Even with a smaller battery than the S8+ — that S Pen take up valuable internal space, remember — the Note 8 still performs satisfactorily in day-to-day use. Even while roaming, and using my unit's dual SIM functionality, the phone gives me between three and four hours of screen on time, with between 14 and 16 hours of time per charge on LTE, with the Always-On Display feature enabled.

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That's a far cry from multi-day longevity, but broadly in line with competitors like the LG V30 and (OG) Google Pixel XL. What's more, the aforementioned wireless charging makes opportunistic top-ups throughout the day less of a chore.

For a phone with such an enormous, beautiful, bright display, such endurance from a run-of-the-mill battery capacity represents a solid performance.

The unmatched brightness of Samsung's screen is a real differentiator.

The Note 8 builds on the impressive AMOLED screen of the S8, with even brighter pixels capable of reaching a staggering 1200 nits in daylight mode. In the UK in early autumn, that's not a feature you'll rely on with much frequency. But having used the Note 8 in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Taipei over the past couple of weeks, the guarantee of being able to see the display, even in the brightest daylight conditions, is a plus.

Samsung continues to push curved AMOLED through its Edge Display, which gives the Note 8 a symmetrical profile, while allowing for slim bezels. The curve is less pronounced than in Notes past, but there's still some slight color shift around the edges. It's easy to ignore, but undeniably present.

However, the only part of the display I've been disappointed in is its susceptibility to smudges and gunk. The oleophobic coating on my unit has started to wear very visibly, particularly around the home key, after just a couple of weeks. (I saw a similar trend on my S8 Plus, only after several months.) All phones will eventually succumb to this, as the smudge-resistant layer wears off. But the fact that I'm seeing it after less than a month is troubling.

I'm also not blown away by the Note 8's built-in, bottom-firing speaker. Little progress seems to have been made since the S8, and while the speaker is reasonably loud, it's also fairly tinny. That seems like a missed opportunity in a phone with such an awesome display.

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The major differentiator of the Note series, now that many phones can match Samsung on display size and camera quality, and beat it on battery life, is the S Pen. We've reached the point where nobody is even trying to compete with Samsung when it comes to stylus input on a smartphone, leaving the company uncontested in this space.

Of course, there are technical improvements to the pen: Pressure sensitivity has doubled compared to the Note 7.

And Samsung has a wealth of S Pen software features arranged around the Air Command menu — the little radial dial that appears when you undock. These range from useful to pure gimmickry. (There's no reason, for instance, why recording a section of the screen as a GIF should require the use of an S Pen.)

Aside from the added precision that the pen gives me compared to a stubby finger — in effect, allowing me to pinpoint areas of the UI the same way I do with a mouse on a PC — the most useful S Pen features I've found focus on multitasking and quick information retrieval.

Smart Select, for instance, lets you pin captured areas of the display to the top of your screen for reference. Meanwhile "Glance" mode gives you a quick shortcut button which you can hover over to refer back to a particular application.

And yes, note-taking is still a thing on the Note, with up to 100 pages of doodles or grocery lists now supported in Samsung's Screen-Off memo feature. Pull out the pen with the screen off, take a note, then save it to the Samsung Notes app, or pin it to the Always-On Display for quick reference.

The sheer quantity of S Pen features makes it hard to separate out the signal from the noise.

The only problem with all this is that the sheer quantity of features can be overwhelming. Were I not in this job, I probably would've sidestepped most of the S Pen features entirely. I have to question how many Note 8 owners will really want to go digging in the S Pen and Air Command menus to find things like Direct Input, which lets you write directly into text fields in any app.

Outside of the S Pen, the Note 8's software experience is practically identical to that of the GS8. You've got some new animated "Infinity Wallpapers," with visually impressive star fields that scroll into view as you power on and pan through home screens. And we're now up to Samsung Experience 8.5, which combined with the extra 2GB of RAM allows for a more fluid UI, and fewer app reloads than Samsung's other flagships.

Samsung's current UI remains one among my favorites, with a slick sci-fi aesthetic that's fully differentiated from vanilla Android, and highly polished.

Bixby Voice is now available, letting you replace touch input with voice commands in the handful of supported apps. Outside of the fact that you can now disable the Bixby Button for Bixby Home (finally), my position on Bixby hasn't really changed since using the Note 8. The potential is huge, but the execution is just nowhere near fully baked.

Bixby isn't an assistant per se, but interacting with the service so often feels like being lumbered with a personal helper with the IQ of a toddler. Bixby Voice struggles to understand many commands, gets far too many things wrong, and that's in the few apps it actually supports at present.

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The Note series has often boasted new camera features ahead of other Samsung phones, and this year's model the honor of sporting the first dual camera setup in a Galaxy handset.

The primary camera is essentially identical to the Galaxy S8, which is both a known quantity and a very good smartphone camera. Samsung no longer has a monopoly on the best phone cameras, but it didn't really need to push the boat out beyond the S8 for regular photos, and I'm just fine with the company recreating the same f/1.7, 12-megapixel shooter around the back of the Note.

For more on the identical camera module as we've been using it on the Galaxy S8 series, check out our review of that phone. Six months on, it stands up really well.

The secondary telephoto camera is where things get interesting. It's an optically stabilized 12-megapixel sensor behind an f/2.4 lens, and the OIS gives this camera an edge over the likes of the OnePlus 5, and most iPhone models in low-light shots. The result is the that Note 8 can capture zoomed-in shots with more fine detail than either the previous-gen iPhone or the OnePlus 5, despite the latter's higher-resolution 20-megapixel sensor.

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Personally, I still prefer LG's approach to a dual-camera setup, where the wide-angle lens used in the G6 and V30 let me instantly capture a wider, more dramatic field of view. But there's no denying the Note's telephoto lens introduces some unique creative possibilities as well — and the main one is Live Focus.

Live Focus is getting better, but it's still nowhere near 100% reliable.

Live Focus could be described as Samsung's take on Apple's Portrait Mode. And on current firmware it does a serviceable job at keeping your subject in focus, while artistically defocusing the background. (Things seem to have improved in that regard since Andrew first reviewed the Note 8 on Samsung's initial firmware, which is to be expected.) But you can also use it to introduce added depth into just about any shot, provided there's enough light. Food shots, architecture and landmarks, with a little creativity, can be captured in a way that doesn't immediately scream "shot on a phone."

Does Live Focus trip up from time to time? Absolutely. The standard stumbling blocks like hair, glass and liquids can confuse Samsung's depth-sensing algorithms, and Live Focus still fails a little too often for my liking. But at least when it does fall flat, you still get regular photos captured with both the standard and telephoto lenses.

Is the Note 8's camera the best? No. Is any single camera the best, in the age of highly differentiated software features, computational photography, telephoto-versus-wide-angle and other unique things that ultimately boil down to personal taste? I'd argue no.

Regardless, pick up a Note 8 and you're getting two phenomenal cameras all the same.

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The Galaxy Note 8 isn't the best at everything it does. Big battery life? Look at the Huawei Mate 9, or possibly the soon-to-be-launched Mate 10, depending on how the specs shake out. Quick updates and superior HDR+ cameras? Look to Google's new Pixels. A big screen in a manageable size? Local rival LG is hoping you'll consider its V30.

That said, Samsung has stayed true to the essence of what made the Note special when it first appeared six years ago: The biggest, best screen you can reasonably fit in a smartphone-sized device. Solid fundamentals. Great cameras. And unique, unmatched S Pen features.

If any phone is worth $1000 to you, take a look at the Note 8.

The main areas where this Note falls behind is battery life, at least compared to rivals putting bigger cells in smaller phones. Samsung's hesitance to push capacities too far after last year's battery debacle is understandable, but eventually it'll have to address this area. That's probably my biggest criticism of a phone which, while great, plays it relatively safe, and has only a few surprises up its sleeve.

Nevertheless, Samsung has a fantastic contender in the Note 8. Whether any phone is worth almost $1000 is a question for another time. But if that's the kind of cash you want to splash on a telephone, Samsung has a device worthy of your attention.

Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

Alex is global Executive Editor for Android Central, and is usually found in the UK. He has been blogging since before it was called that, and currently most of his time is spent leading video for AC, which involves pointing a camera at phones and speaking words at a microphone. He would just love to hear your thoughts at, or on the social things at @alexdobie.

  • For me the note 8 has been the beast right out the box the finger print scanner is a non issue with a case on your phone and you'll find it every time. The iris scanner is Hella fast. The camera works like it should I've become a big fan of the live mode wow!! Battery last me all day no need to worry about looking for a plug . The price the big topic that seems the start every note 8 post ,it's not cheap..but you knew thst already don't need to keep reminding us . My thoughts if you pay full price shame on you with all the deals out there those that own the notes in the past an havnt pulled the trigger yet ..this is the best of the best note series bar none
  • My thoughts are if you can't afford it at full price maybe you should look at getting other phones. There really was only one discount deal for the note 8, and that was exclusive to note 7 buyers. Only other deal was bogo free offers. As a former note 7 owner I didn't utilize the trade because I like to collect phones, a d have them for backup just in case. Then again I can afford to do so. I never trade in phones and I'm the one ppl go to in my family if they happen to break or barrow a phone for a while. Maybe reevaluate the word shame, or get a better job.
  • You are incorrect.... Samsung offered up to $350.00 for Galaxy S5 and up galaxy s series of phones. If you had a Note 7 you got 450.00. The free promotions and previous Galaxy s discounts made this easy for anyone to buy before October 4
  • Currently I own the S7 Edge, but the one feature that I like of the Note8 is scribbling and pinning notes to the lock screen. You can do that on the S7 Edge or any other phone by using app called Lok Lok.
  • Totally agree on price. So many deals everywhere if you're opportunistic. I got my S8 for $420... Just gotta keep an eye out.
  • Exactly my point if the authors are gonna keep complaining about the price..then you do a disservice if you don't mention there's deals to be had everywhere as a x note 7 owner I got $426 off my note 8 an Verizon had even better deal also there's $300 trade in deals to be had . One more thing the iPhone 10 will be $1000 an there gonna charge you $60 For a charger an no freebies , all this for a beta tester phone haha ....
  • Did you even read the article? No complaint about the price is even mentioned.
  • Did you? Look at the headline "arguably overpriced".
    And look at the last paragraph.
  • Exactly what article did that guy read the author mentioned price many times.He might need to brush up on his reading comprehensive skills
  • Ok. Go back and re-read the article, v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y and tell me where the author is complaining.
  • I picked up the s8+ for 540.00, a deal I could not refuse!
  • No deals if you are in the UK... I had my Note 7 recalled on me twice and still no discount on my Note 8.
  • Damn. I will never understand why Samsung is so cold hearted towards Europe...
  • There's deal in the UK I've seen them even here on AC . It's your job to be A more vigilant shopper. Do your homework
  • I don't know about your situation but it could be that the deal from Samsung is only if you did a return/refund of Note7 with them. They use the email address associated with the return in order to determine the eligibility of a discount. If you never registered with them they won't know you're a former 7 owner.
    For everybody else, I guess, it's dealing with your carrier.
  • The hate for the Note8 is real on Android Central.
  • Have mine delivered today. And I am sooo excited! 🤣
  • About that secondary camera. I wonder if anyone knows that in less-than-ideal lighting, it's actually using the main camera. I tested this multiple times and even in indoor lighting, it would switch to the main camera indicated by the EXIF data.
  • As well it should the mian camera has a lower Aperture. The second camera main job is Optical zoom and live camera shots . There is no deception here from Samsung they said it all along. And the fact that it does it seamlessly and automatically it's a testament to the processing power of 6 gigs of RAM
  • It's much more to do with the image processor though. And the secondary camera also has a much smaller sensor and pixel size.
  • It does indeed
  • I don't understand your point. The second camera is for zoom and the portrait/bokeh mode; no one said it would be used for normal photos or under poor lighting.
  • “It's an optically stabilized 12-megapixel sensor behind an f/2.4 lens, and the OIS gives this camera an edge over the likes of the OnePlus 5, and most iPhone models in low-light shots.” Except the secondary camera isn’t even used in low-light.
  • You keep making that point but that's not the way samsung designed . Not sure what your trying to prove are what point your trying to get at. The main camera is better for low light....thats way it's used why don't you understand that fact
  • Um, dude? I know that. But the article seems to imply that the secondary camera is being used in low light. When in fact it's not actually supposed to.
  • Telephoto lens never are better in low light unless it has a less than 1.7 f stop, which would add tons to the cost. Anyone that knows anything about camera lenses should no this.
  • Coming from the Note 4, one major improvement for me is the ability to hold and use the phone with one hand again. With a case on my Note 4, one hand let me hold the phone but I really needed two hands to use it. The width of the 8 even with a case is so much better. I am not in love with the curved edge screen - which seems to cause issues with resizing apps when using the S-Pen. Other than that, the facial recognition works great or I also have my Zenwatch giving me easy swipe to unlock access. The cameras don't compare to the old Nokias I still use, but that's a tough comparison in general. The live messaging is interesting and buggy at the same time. Can't easily send to iPhone users via text but it works like a charm with Whatsapp. Would like to see that feature developed further as well. Overall, it was well worth the upgrade and the price tag over 24 months with a couple hundred down didn't seem unreasonable.
  • Too much love for this ridiculous phone. Might as well be called Samsung Central.
  • How is there too much love when it's a beast of a phone? Not to mention, haven't seen the v30 release yet. Pixel isn't out yet. What else would you like them to talk about? IPhone?
  • So you just dropped in to troll right....good job. Inders99 ^^^
  • I think you are more anti-Samsung than AC is pro-Samsung.
  • Stop whining. You sound like a 12 year old.
  • If you’re a hater then I suppose it’s your job to hate, right. After all this is an Android beast with no equal, make no mistake it’s my wife who buys that line I no longer do as I need something smaller, but it’s a beautiful beast.
  • Some of the ways the dual cameras can mess up are pretty amusing. I used portrait mode on my iPhone 8 Plus to take a picture of a glass of beer for Untappd, and the portion of the glass without any beer behind it completely disappeared because the software blurred around the more defined edge of the beer, instead of the glass.
  • It's a great phone, the UI grew up, there are trade in deals available and the new Pixel XL and Iphone X are going to hover around the same price. Monthly payments make that less painful. It's the best phone I've ever had and I think the reviewer underestimates the number of Note users who will delight in diving into the things the Spen can do. I love the camera(s). I've had it a month and am very happy with it.
  • Love this device. Sick of hearing these SO-CALLED 'EXPERTS' bash the fingerprint scanner! Most people HOLD their phones, DUH, and when you hold your phone, where are your fingers? Yeah, on the BACK of the damn phone! I love the location, even when I'm so 'inconvenienced' by having to exert the unbearable effort to pick it up if it's laying flat on the desk or table...hey 'experts', get a life! I've not heard ONE **USER** complain about this! You guys must be CrApple fans or something. This continuous bashing of this 'non-issue' is getting very tiring! As for price? Most if not all carriers offer installment plans, 0% interest, mine is $40/mo on my bill with Verizon. Can't afford $40 a month? You probably shouldn't have a phone to begin with. Overall, this phone (device, how many phone calls do we actually make compared to everything else??) is phenomenal in every way, I can't find fault with it. It's gorgeous, smooth, fast, responsive, and battery life is amazing! And those are FACTS from a CONSUMER, not some 'expert' who can't bring himself to give all the credit that is deserved! Go play with your iPhone, 'expert'.
  • This ^^^
  • I would also like to point out that all carriers allow for a voluntary down payment too that help with the monthly payments.
    If the phone is $939 and you pay $200 down, then your payment will drop to $30 a month. The payment is whatever you "finance" divided by 24.
    $739 / 24 = $30 a month. Not to mention that you leave the store owing Less which means you can upgrade earlier if you want.
  • Being a former Note7 owner, the Note8 was well worth the wait. I spent a little over a year with a s7Edge and i was not enthusiastic about that. The infinity display makes this phone hard to put down,especially if you play games on your phone. The camera is very good. The best of any Samsung phone so far. The Note8 is like having a Samsung TV in the palm of your hand(s).
  • Being an Android newbie & after nearly two weeks with my Note8 I’m happy I gave it a second chance. No regrets turning my back on the Apple iPhone or the upcoming X........
  • I joined the Note 8 Club after possessing an LG V20. The wide angle thing is ok but since I probably will never sit at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro trying to squeeze off some photos I found a camera with a good zoom lense was much more in demand. In this area the Note 8 gives me everything I need with the 2x optical zoom. Even the digital zoom offers good quality pictures. I sacrificed my of G4 up to the Samsung gods for $300 off plus a free 360 camera. This is more than a phone. It's a portable entertainment center. Well done Samsung.
  • One error I found is the statement that the spen double pressure sensitivity from the note 7.. this is false one of the highlights of the n7 was the bump in pressure and this year Samsung mentioned it again because let's face it the n7 basically doesn't exist anymore.
  • After being a Note 4 owner for nearly 3 years, It was a real learning curve getting used to what I feel is the stupid infinity screen and taller vs wider size of the Note series that I'm used to from Note 4,3,2 and 1. But no denying the thing is freaking fast as hell, I can't believe how laggy my Marshmellow Note 4 was in comparison to my Note 8 after a few days of use. Not real happy with everything going damn glass just for the sake of "looks" as I prefer much more functional and durable plastics over the fashion statement crap that phones are becoming, but it seems like the industry is going that way, so I have to suck it up and adapt or use lower end Android phones
  • Not 8 is a beast. I have zero complaints with mine. Zero. if i hear about the fingerprint sensor blah blah blah one more time. Its fine every single time for me.
    There's also like 5 other ways to unlock the phone, including trusted devices
  • The biggest problem is perception combined with the S8 and S8+ being so damned good on their own. Unlike Apple they didn't force differentiation. The iPhone 8/+ could have had slimmer bezels if they really wanted to (even keeping the LCD screens)... though they created an artificial difference between their IP8/+ and the IPX. Instead Samsung gives the same great design and OLEDs down their line. The Note 8 really does add a ton of value for only another $100-$125 from the S8+. I mean a wacom digitizer and stylus with 4k+ levels alone is easily worth that cost, especially paired with such a great screen...Then you add all the features that adds like smart select, etc, a massive toolchest of new features... then you get a dual camera, a slightly bigger screen. I don't think people value the screen size increase as much as they should... not only is it just 6.2 vs 6.3 but you get a bit more width out of that screen (not just taller), meaning the standard content will fit just a bit better. Additionally you get an improved screen that goes brighter, 2GB more of RAM which tests online have shown can make a huge difference if you like to bounce between a lot of active apps. All that for just over 100 bucks more is a damned value. With that said the S8+ is damned good on it's own, plus it's got a slightly larger battery, it's lighter, thinner, smaller... and has mostly equal features in a lot of places. Really Samsung has a ridiculously amazing lineup of devices right now, Apple can't even touch it with it's massive bezel old school designed iPhone 8 phones.
  • I honestly don’t find the s pen that useful. The issue with the Note is the size of the device. I’m already tiring of the iPhone Plus models, so I’m certainly not going to get a Note. The S phones are too damn narrow to use comfortably (typing, etc. ) and the edges screens are still too prone to accidental touches. I had this problem when using a friends S8. The reason why the iPhone X seems attractive is because the phone has a screen better and comparable in size to the Plus, at a size similar to the iPhone 8, with battery life approaching the 8 Plus. And it gives you better cameras on top of that. While Samsung’s phones do look stunning in pictures, I find them to be an ergonomic nightmare to use and they no longer give those of us who want a more traditional form factor any choice. Therefore their devices aren’t up for consideration with me. I will not buy an LG and I’m not buying a Pixel because I still feel Google is charging more than the phone is worth. Plus, I still have a 🖥
  • This obsession with tall and thin is beyond me. How is it practical? The note 4 was great though I'd have liked a bigger battery. To me the note 7 was just about OK though for s-pen, the curves were annoying. The 8 seems way out of proportion. As a powerhouse for actually getting stuff done, it doesn't seem enough. And finding that the speaker is not to good is depressing. My Tab S3 has bottom speakers and is feeble compared to my mate 9. It isn't long since reviews complained of top and bottom bezels which made the phone too tall and out of proportion - even when they were sensibly used for dual front facing speakers. Now the front is all screen that you cannot possibly reach all of one handed.
  • Tab s3 actually have 4 speakers an there on the side both the bottom . The mate 9 has bottom facing speakers . You clearly dont have a tab s3 ...Sorry the speakers on the tab s3 are some of the best in the business Quad stereo
  • I most definitely DO have a Tab S3. Yes it has speakers at all four corners i.e. one at each end of the top and bottom. But that does not make it LOUD enough. When trying to listen to a podcast in the car we gave up. Playing the same file on my Mate 9 using the same app on the same journey it was perfectly clear.
  • No reason for me to upgrade over the Mate 9, it offers nothing that i want, heck it's a downgrade in screen real estate and battery life. On itself the Note 8 is good phone, next week the Mate 10 Pro will be unveiled, can't wait.
  • Huh downgrade in screen.....1080 vs 2k .5.9 vs 6.2 mate 9 has a bigger battery but has lost in every battery drain test on YouTube to the s8 plus . S8 also has the better camera . It's ok if your like the mate 9 but know the facts . An don't even thing about comparing to the note 8
  • I stopped reading this article at the moaning again about the finger print reader placement. I found the placement on the front of my S7 sucked. On the Note 8, I find it VERY easy to place my finger in the right spot. I prefer it on the back.
    I have to believe that the majority of the people either do not care, or prefer it on the back. And since we get more display space on the front, that is a good thing.
    Maybe they should just get rid of it altogether. I hear that is the latest trend.
  • Your points are spot on check the forums those that own the n8 an s8 have no issues with the finger scanner after a day of use. You know you have a good phone when all they can complain about is the finger scanner an price hahaha
  • There's a reason why The Note 5 never made it to the UK... it was rubbish (even compared to an exploding Note7). Note 4 was better, if not for the lack of Samsung Pay. 2015 Samsung was just their version of "courage" (thankfully they didn't go full Apple and delete the headphone jack). Note 8 is even better than the Note7, a sorely missed phone. I mean, the S8 was great, already. Sort of like a rounded Note7 w/o an SPen.
  • Is that a Note 8 in your pocket or are you happy to see me?
  • Sadly Alex fails to mention two critical options the Note 8 has, the wonderful eco system of VR and of of the best in class 360 cameras to pair with, DEX part of my daily driver at work now as a basic computer that allows me to also use most important app on the phone at the same time.. What other phones do this.. Alex ? hello ? Alex ?
  • This phone does not understand a word I say. Dictation for emails is TERRIBLE. My 3 note was much better. NOT impressed.