Productivity overwhelming - App Pairs is one of Galaxy Note 8's best hidden features

There's hardly a software feature you can think of that's not on the Galaxy Note 8, but the phone doesn't just stop there, it builds upon the strong foundations and creates an exceptional productivity-oriented package.

A favorite feature of ours that's an integral part of the Note 8 multi-tasking experience is app pairs, a functionality that lets you create easily-accessible multi-tasking shortcuts accessible from the slide-out edge panel on the Note 8. Sadly, that feature is not available on the Galaxy S8/S8+ and will likely never be, which is a shame.

Say you love to watch YouTube videos and browse Reddit with your favorite Android client simultaneously - with App Pairs, you can create a shortcut that launches both apps in split-screen view as easy as abc.

So, how does one enable App Pairs on their Note 8? Let us show you.

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)



1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1185; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

And PA rated it 8.7. sometimes you guys are literally embarrassing, contradicting your reviews in your articles and vice versa. Note8 is the best phone available right now. While iPhone 8/8+ are good devices, they're still carrying that same old boring design but still get rated so higher. Honestly the only thing Apple has it better than anyone else is A11 Bionic but processor alone can't make it the best phone. iPhone x is ugly as hell. Google screwed up Pixel by removing headphone jack and DAC. So the only real choices are Samsung, LG, Huawei, Xiaomi and some other chinese OEMs. Note 8 beats them all.

3. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Although I agree with you that Android phones are better than the iPhone, you still made a mistake. The reality is only Note8 and V30 are kings. The rest are pure imitators or copycats.

8. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

Why Note 8 doesn't beat iPhone 8 Plus - It lags - Too large - Battery smaller than GS8+ - Gimmicky curved screen - Gimmicky S-Pen - Performance doesn't TOUCH iPhone 8/8+ - Price - GS8+ is better and can be had for far cheaper It's hilarious to see all the Samsung fans butthurt on accurate reviews. The iPhone 8 Plus is simply a beast and the Note 8 doesn't compete. **incoming - paid Samsung idiots and multiple accounts**

13. nikhil23

Posts: 505; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

- every phone lags. including iphone - larger the better. Hence even Apple jumped from ~4 in to ~6 in - and still it has a very good battery life, thanks to optimization - curved screen is awesome. Videos look great on curved screen. - I understand you didn't use s-pen. - beats iphone 8 plus in real world performance. check youtube - you get what you pay for. Don't whine if you can't afford it - GS8+ and Note 8 are completely different devices. I have a GS8+ and I won't be getting a Note 8 but still they really are miles apart Yes I like Samsung because they make great products and so does HTC and LG. ip8 plus and Note 8 both are bests but Note 8 is a beautiful, productive beast vs wild beast

17. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

- Some phones lag more than others, silly idiot - Easy one handed usage the better - battery life is not great considering price, sorry - curved screen is terrible. FTFY - 10% of note users consistently use note users - Please define real world performance? because speed of opening apps is not it. iPhone 8 KILLS the Note 8 in gaming performance and smoothness. By far the smoothest device on the market. Note 8 lags way too much to have better real world performance, sorry - Do you understand the word price? Just because the price is high doesn't mean a person can't afford it. At the moment, I have enough money as a down payment to purchase a $1,000,000 house. However, I won't because spending that much on a home is silly IMO. - iPhone 8 Plus > GS8+ > Note 8

22. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

It's easier to hold a device that's narrower...and guess which device is narrower?! :D

31. Kibzara

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

a typical fanboy trash old are you, anyway??? there are far more fact about Note 8 being better overall phone than any iphone so far. your statements does not "drink water", if you don't mind me saying figuratively.

43. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

I think you mean "does not hold water". I understand if english isn't your first language, which is why I am trying to help by give you the correct phrase

37. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, some phones do lag more than others. For instance:

16. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

To say it's too large when you're comparing it to the iPhone 8 Plus is comical. The Note 8 is 3/16" taller, but 1/8" narrower than the 8 Plus, while having a .8" larger screen.

20. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

And even with a bigger display, has a better screen-to-body ratio.

25. thedizzle

Posts: 203; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Have a note 8, from a v20, where is this lag you speak of? -thinking face emoji-

28. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Its in his fevered, jealousy induced imagination.

29. thedizzle

Posts: 203; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Wouldn't doubt it lol

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

No worries, Note8 beat iPhone8 everywhere except this site

23. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Everything you said is subjective. PA doesn't represent every person who buys a smartphone. Note 8 is the best to those who typically stick with Samsung and the same for Apple consumers. Alot of people will say the Pixel is the best phone because of the clean user experience. Removing the headphone jack is nothing new and they'll still sell phones regardless. Are you going to flip flop on your words if Samsung decides to go that route.

46. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Not on price. When you consider the price of the Note 8 it's not the best phone. Increasing the price after a huge failure with the last note exploding & such was unjustified imo

2. gigicoaste

Posts: 466; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Hidden feature? How is that a hidden feature when was publicly announced when phone was released? All reviewers were talking about the feature.. I guess PA was sleeping under same rock as always does when comes about devices with different os than IOS!

7. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, that struck me, too. I didn't see the launch announcement, but I'm certain I saw people talking about this very feature after.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Best phone out, bar none.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Till note9

11. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

Till never. iPhone 8 Plus is better. 9.2 rating > 8.7 rating

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

So you like ratings? Let's have a look at something even better than that... How about the Best Smartphone award by Mobil Choice Consumers Awards which the Note8 won, a week ago: Such prestigious award is superior to a mere rating from a tech website. So, going by the logic of ratings, the Note8 is the better one..

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed worldpeace.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sitting alone at the top of the stack.

10. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

Note 8 - 8.7 iPhone 8 Plus - 9.2 iPhone 8 Plus > Note 8

15. nikhil23

Posts: 505; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

theverge: Note 8 : 8.5 Ip8 plus - 8.0 gsmarena: Note 8: 4.8/5 ip8 plus: 4.4/5 cnet: Note8 : 8.9 ip8 plus : 8.8

47. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

LMAO is a *FACEPALM* to You_Dont_Say. I guess after reading this he will not say anything.

19. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

He is saying there is no other phone like the Note. It is the "true" phablet, the the name "phablet" was coined from the Note, being a big smartphone that offered tablet-like experience in a smaller device. No other device does what the Note does out the box. Thus it stands alone at the top. No one is talking about inflated or deflated scores on any tech site.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You hold tight to that one instance, keep a death grip on it. The rest of the reviews/ratings out there will make you cry like a newborn. Of course, you managed to ignore all the reviews/ratings of the Note 4 and later devices (all of which were rated higher than the iphone of the time, so I'm sure you'll be able to stick your fingers in your ears and scream, "I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" over and over again. Whatever it takes to avoid your pain. EDIT: Ah, I see others have already posted some of the other ratings. You'll be ok, the RDF will filter most of the information out for you.

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