Surprise! Your main reasons not to buy the Note 8 are interface and price (poll results)


Last week, we asked you what would be your main reasons to eschew the fine Galaxy Note 8, and save your cash for another day, just as we did for the iPhone 8, where it turned out that folks are largely waiting on the elusive iPhone X. In the case of Samsung's finest phablet to date, though, the main reason that was cited by no less than 44% of our 2969 respondents was the hefty $930 price tag that the Note 8 carries. 

Next in line were Samsung's heavy Android coat of points called the Experience UI, followed by the sheer size of the device. Heck, some folks are even waiting on the Galaxy S9, just like the iPhone fans were waiting on the X, so there's that as a major reason, too, as you can see in the poll results below.

What would be your main reasons not to buy the Note 8?

Price
44.39%
Size
13.61%
Samsung's Experience interface
14.58%
I've no use for the S-Pen
4.55%
No need to upgrade from my current Galaxy/phone
11.01%
Waiting on the Galaxy S9
11.86%

Given the reports that the iPhone 8 Plus is selling on par with the iPhone 8 for the first time since Apple started announcing two phones with different screen sizes, we asked you last week what would be your main reasons not to buy the smaller iPhone. The results from our 2925 respondents seemed to confirm the analysts' opinion that people are waiting on the iPhone Xbefore they pull the trigger on any member of this year's iPhone crop, and many are using the dual-cam 8 Plus simply as a stopgap phone before wider iPhone X availability, too.

This result made us curious about the main reasons you would point out for not buying other hot phones of the season, and what's hottest than Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, being the first high-end Samsung with a dual camera. Well, the price is certainly not that hot, and some are put off by the sheer size of the device, which, despite its compact for the screen diagonal Infinity Display design, is still much larger than any of its peers like the Pixel 2 XL, the V30iPhone 8 PlusGalaxy S8+, or even the Mate 10 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Dimensions

6.4 x 2.94 x 0.34 inches

162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm

Weight

6.88 oz (195 g)

LG V30

LG V30

Dimensions

5.97 x 2.97 x 0.29 inches

151.7 x 75.4 x 7.39 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Dimensions

6.24 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches

158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm

Weight

7.13 oz (202 g)

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches

157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.17 oz (175 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Dimensions

6.4 x 2.94 x 0.34 inches

162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm

Weight

6.88 oz (195 g)

LG V30

LG V30

Dimensions

5.97 x 2.97 x 0.29 inches

151.7 x 75.4 x 7.39 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Dimensions

6.24 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches

158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm

Weight

7.13 oz (202 g)

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches

157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.17 oz (175 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



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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 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

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38 Comments

1. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

Really? Interface? I am no Samsung fan, but note 8's interface is pretty cool, way better than those Chinese crap.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Some people got no idea about samsung's UI because the never tried it. They just believe that it's just the same old touchwiz with bunch of bloatware

19. KingSam

Posts: 1450; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

My last Samsung was an s3 but what Based on what I've seen on YouTube their skin has improved to maybe top 2 custom skin.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It was actually really responsive and fluid on the Note 5 and 7. The S7 Edge wasn't great. I never tried the S6 or S6 Edge, so I don't know about them. It's pure butter on the Note 8. Now, if only they'd added high quality front facing stereo speakers (with a top end DAC), and put the fingerprint scanner in a non retarded position...

37. MattL

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Yup, it's hard for bad stigmas or good stigmas to go away. Samsungs skin is great, especially in usability and features. While iOS is pretty horrid these days compared to most Android skins as far as usability, intuitive access to quick options, etc.

2. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

This proves Sammy made a spectacular smartphone....

3. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

for me the design (so narrow and tall) and the battery life time and single speaker are the worst things in Note 8

6. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

- Design, sure whatever you say - Single speaker, I agree, would have much preferred dual front facing speakers, but there is a Mod to get the fake stereo speakers on devices like the HTC U11: https://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-note-8/themes/dual-speaker-mod-note8-exynos-t3676091 - Battery life time, I'd have to strongly disagree there given my phenomenal 1st hand experience: https://db.tt/fVeEfMXY2D | https://db.tt/Zgy9PRMVUA https://db.tt/453RlwxEzm

12. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

For what I saw in the videos, the S8 and Note 8 have far far more superior battery life than any of other flagships, especially for the iPhones. Not a Samsung apostle BTW.

30. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Have you used a Note 8 to complain about battery life? I have been very happy with it. Even with heavy usage, I can go about a day and a half.

32. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'(so narrow and tall) ' Really ? LOL Narrow - means comfortable to hold one hand Tall- means great dual-screen multitasking, and wide screen movies. Not much taller device, than iPhone Plus(with only 5.5'' display)

36. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The speaker is not great, and the design is subjective. But battery life has been awesome. By far the best I've had in any smartphone.

38. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

67% & it's been off the charger since 6AM (it's 5:18PM now). I'm sure you probably haven't even used a Note to even say the battery life is a real complaint.

4. CuriousM

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

You guys have a strange way to read polls. Just saying.

33. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

You mean ''creative way, with agenda'' ?

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Price price Price price Price price.... PRICE.. It's way too much for an Android phone yet. V30 is nearly $800 and that's the price Note 8 should have been.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's by far the best phone you can buy, bar none, why shouldn't it be more expensive.

16. chenski

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Sure, to some people it may well be the best, but diff people have diff preferences, so their view of what it offers to them to how much it costs will differ as well. I would definitely recommend it to people who can afford it, but I myself have never been a fan of the note series

23. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I was simply responding to your comment, explaining why its priced at that level. Of course everyone needs to decide for himself what they want to spend on a phone.

27. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

BEcause the last Note was $850. Now to be fair, the increase was only $80. For that we got a bigger higher res and brighter display, premium headphones, dual cameras with OIS and a newer design and the free gifts which more than justify the $80 increase. But they still could have sold it for $850 or $899 because of the Note 7 issue. I don't agree with Piyath the troll who is ok with paying $999 for the iPhone X, which only kinda catches up to the S7 edge as far as features. So he is in no place to call anything expensive. The LG V30 is similar to the S8+, it is nothing like a Note. Shows he is too stupid to understand the differences.

21. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

Lol, iSheep bashing price tag for best smartphone currently while justifying $999 for iPhone X, typical brainwashed iSheep.

28. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31056; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now do reasons to buy one. That will be a 10 week long poll, there just so much to it.

8. afrohoxha

Posts: 254; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Now do a poll 'Main reasons not to buy the iPhone X'. Just to be fair.

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And make it 'Check All That Apply' question, since I got multiple deal breaker cons: - notch - no FPscanner - no 3.5mm jack - price - availability

20. redmd

Posts: 1936; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

DAT notch from hell! *sigh

9. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You state it's much bigger then the other phones you listed, then list specs showing it's norrower than all of them.

17. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's just 4.1mm taller than iphone8+ and It's smaller than iPhone8+ if you count the area size (width x height, ignoring rounded corner) iPhone8+ : 158.4 x 78.1 = 12371.04 mm² Note 8 : 162.5 x 74.8 = 12155 mm²

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

No reason whatsoever for me to not get one.

13. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

So let me guess now that samsung paid a bunch of people to not vote on size over interface the next note phone will have a 9inch screen in a 7inch body. Lol! Kidding not kidding..

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