Samsung Galaxy Note 8: do you like it or not?


So, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was revealed today — a powerful top tier smartphone with a curvy Infinity Display front, a glass back, dual cameras, and the unique S Pen. Designed as the best Samsung can offer, it rocks all the bells and whistles seen in the past and then some. It also has the hard task of washing away the shame that the Note 7 brought on and, at first glance, seems to be well on its way to doing so.

It's an awesome-looking handset with a rather steep price to boot. After seeing what it's about, you should be well geared to answer the question "Do I like it?". Well... what was the answer?

Galaxy Note 8: do you like it?

Yes!
58.07%
Meh... underwhelmed
41.93%

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung Experience UI

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113 Comments

104. rishav20193

Posts: 243; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

i'll get it bcoz I m a note 3 user.....only wish if a 128 gb version launches here in india

99. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Sorry, but the 3300 mAh unremovable battery is just unacceptable. They give us all this BS about the 7-point battery check or whatever, then all they do is make the battery smaller! How about maybe making the phone a millimeter or 2 thicker and giving us a 4000 mAh'er!!! They can talk all they want about how they've optimized the hardware & software for better battery life. Bottom line is the battery is too small for this beast of a phone. I love the screen, even though I'm not sure why the obsession with the curved edges. It looks like I'll be keeping my rooted Note 4 a while longer. I really hope the LG V30 rocks it this year with a big battery, and I hope they keep the freaking IR Blaster that's always been in the V-series.

92. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1622; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Honestly I dislike the edge screens, and I'm not happy they increased the prices again. We are looking at what is probably the best camera set up of the year and the only phone with a dedicated stylus. It has your typical premium build and high end specs of any flagship, while having the extras that many others skip like water resistance and wireless charging. The display will be one of the best, if not the best like every year. Battery life will be good, although it won't be industry leading the Note usually isn't. They kept the headphone jack while others are determined to eliminate it. This is IMO probably the best phone of 2017. iPhone won't be able to compete on a hardware level, it will sell better because many people like to use iOS and it is the only phone with iOS. If iPhone ran Android it wouldn't sell as well. Pixel 2 is likely to have enormous bezels again, while lacking things like wireless charging and water resistance. We will have to wait and see, but I find stock Android and Google's apps inferior to what Samsung and even LG offer. Pixel had a good camera if all you do is snap photos in auto, but without manual and a 2nd camera it can't compete with Samsung or LG. The V30 has potential, but it sounds like a slightly larger G6 based on rumors. Even if it is better than expected the continued use of a wide angle camera isn't as effective for daily use as a telephoto lens. Unless there is a different camera module than rumored, it won't be able to match Samsung in low light just as the G6 cannot. It also lacks the S Pen, and will be getting rid of the removable battery and 2nd screen that make the V20 unique today. Huawei doesn't have the presence in the US market yet to grab my attention. Sony basically doesn't exist state side either, and HTC has gone the way of the dodo. I am honestly amazed HTC is still trying to make phones. First phone from Essential is a joke, and Moto has given up on what made them great and gone to thin fragile phones. The days of the Droid Maxx and Turbo are long gone. So purchase a Note 8, or keep rocking my S7 until something comes along next year.

91. ThisIsPatrik

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

The event was underwhelming, but overall I quite like the phone itself, and I'm quite optimistic for it's success. The S8 lineup was already really good, so the things that got carried over from it to the Note 8 should also be appriciated. On top of that the dual OIS on the camera is a nice move. Only gripe for me is the 5% smaller battery but Samsung might've done some optimization to make it work well.

82. pego99

Posts: 125; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

The iphone8 is infinitely better in every way.

89. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What is "things reviewers won't say?" I'll take Sad Trolls for $600.

81. pego99

Posts: 125; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

The iphone8 is so much better.

90. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

How is a phone that is NOT even out better. Damn you trolls are idiots.

72. Deadeye37

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I like it.....but not $899 like it.

112. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

That's a fair argument I can agree.

67. Didick

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Sony Xperia XZ1 and Lg V30 will gain some space this year...

66. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

If not the famous Samsung lag , FS placement and curved screen I would have either S8 + looong time ago or this baby.

64. painnpanic

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Hard to say much about this phone yet. I will wait until the Note 8, V30, and the Iphone 8 comes out and see which one meets my needs. I love the DAC in V20, and love the pen with the note series. Not much to say about apple except probably the best user experience available. Really hard to say I love or hate a phone based on site reviews until I have it in my hands to give it a try.

111. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

"Really hard to say I love or hate a phone based on site reviews until I have it in my hands to give it a try" Well said.

61. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Not feeling the Note 8 but I never feel the larger phablets. I am in the smaller phone game.

60. raky_b

Posts: 465; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Well, i you need s-pen, this is your only option...for all others,i don't see a point of buying this over s8+ (better/dual camera is not worth a premium in price over already great camera)... Nice device, just nothing special.

58. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Note 8 has the dopest camera out. Live focus is plain awesome.

53. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Quite a lot of trolls come to vote lol.

44. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Considering there are just "those" iSheeps in iphone arena, the note 8 does have a lot more meh than expected, kinda make you wonder if note 8 won't have the glory it should have had

39. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Great looking and feature packed phone but it’s not worth leaving the Apple ecosystem to get the Note 8. I would lose many features that I love that Samsung isn’t able to replicate without spending thousands of dollars. It’s just not possible.

110. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Which features would those be if I may ask?

36. JayBEE

Posts: 182; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

I do not like the fact that T-Mobile will initially only be selling the Orchid Gray and Midnight Black models .

33. Camilla81

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 18, 2017

Yes i like it very much but I'll stay with my s8 until the contract ends.

30. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Not going to down it. Good phone especially for those that wanted a larger s8+

56. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nice passive aggressive behind the back try.

29. srgonu

Posts: 574; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Am disappointed with battery size and too tall form factor. Hope they also have a 5.7 incher.

24. mikehunta727 unregistered

My favorite part of the presentation was when the 100 Samsung employees came on stage. Thought that was awesome

23. shnibz

Posts: 523; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Not underwhelmed, I just don't really like it. And goodness was the Note7 far more attractive or what!? Also with how horrible the battery life is on my last phone the Galaxy S7 with a 3000mah battery. I wouldn't have high hopes.for Note 8 battery life.

22. Stakeout

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 28, 2016

disappointment... I'll keep my Note 4 with its FLAT screen.. why would I want a Curved edge gimmicky screen with an elongated footprint... no benefit whatsoever.. and for that $950 price.. madness.. Samsung should be just about giving these Note 8 phones away after that cluster-screw-up with the Note 7 last year .. my Note 4 takes great pics doesn't replace my DSLR but not bad at all.. the Note 8 with its dual camera and its 'whatever IS' but the pics show up like crap with a Curved edge display wake up Samsung.. too many gimmicks-- not enuff substance.. again my Note 4 stays with me

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I'm a bit underwhelmed, so that is how I voted. I didn't see anything exciting from the rumors, so I didn't get my hopes up. The cameras look good, I like the new S-Pen features and the phone looks as stunning as the S8+. The wife surely wants it, so she is going to Jump! from her S8. Once she gets hers, I can always play with it. But I'm on the fence a bit, but I'm basically gonna way for the next model.

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