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


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 X before 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 V30, iPhone 8 Plus, Galaxy 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



That is why we wanted to ask you what would be your main reasons to eschew the fine Galaxy Note 8 and save your cash for another day. Heck, one might even be waiting on the Galaxy S9, just like the iPhone fans are waiting on the X, so inquiring minds want to know.

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%

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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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96 Comments

99. syndicator

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 27, 2017

i dont know but just maybe just maybe i want a phone with a REMOVABLE battery.. I do not like planned obsolescence. just look at what happened to the note 7.

97. GoTstan

Posts: 396; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

The s8 active is where it's at

93. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

I already bought it and it is simply awesome. No competition.

91. jacky899

Posts: 434; Member since: May 16, 2017

I have the Note 8 and I can add reason to it. The camera was a disappointment. The battery life sucks if you set the resolution to the advertised 1440p instead of the default 1080p. The location of the fingerprint sensor is horrible. The biggest reason not to get the Note 8 is because the Iphone X is on the horizon and it is superior to the Note 8 in almost every way.

92. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO you dont have a note 8 then.

98. GoTstan

Posts: 396; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Blow it out your azz, you don't have a note

79. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I love that it is narrow, its easier then my note 5 to hold one handed. The battery in this phone is awesome. I have gotten 7 1/2 hours of SOT with around 30% left on battery. I think i could have gotten between 9 and 10 hours but had to plug in because I was going to town and car charger was in other vehicle. So you people saying battery is to small don't know what tpu are talking about.

78. A_A_A

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Too pricey and too heavy. Almost 200 grams is too much for phone. I would say too big as well. 6 inch in thinner lighter body would be much better.

88. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Are you Katt Williams size? How is the phone too heavy? This phone is perfectly sized.

77. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Price is the main gripe...

76. MartyK

Posts: 1045; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

It's too skinny

75. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

You should have a selection because .it’s made by Samsung. That’s enough reason in itself, oh wait that and it may explode

87. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Wow. Corny, especially the almost year & a half old exploding joke.

74. Ayman123

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 01, 2017

Because there r LG V30+ for the lower price tag

73. Fellwalker

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

1. Narrow and tall. Silly screen ratio instead of normal 16:9. 2. Battery too small 3. Curved edge screen 4. Price I'd rather have had an updated note 4. As it is I have a note 4 if I want an s-pen and my daily driver, a mate 9.

72. Phantom1031

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Phonearena u did not give proper options, one would have been form factor, stupid screen ratio and edgeless design, I have been note user since note 2 till note 5, sammy has taken away all the things i liked, i will be forced to switch bandwagon though, my note 5 is growing old, if I have been using android, it was because of sammy note, but i have to think other options now

71. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 748; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

For me. Here are the following reasons: 1. Looks like a bigger version of galaxy s8+. And is $1000! 2. Doesn't have a good software support. 3. Late updates. 4. Only has 1 speaker. And it isn't even a stereo speaker. 5. 128GB to 256GB internal storage variants are hard to get. 6. Screen burnouts and black spots on the edge of the screen. 7. Much more harder to use by one hand since its a 6.3 inch smartphone. And 8. No radio.

68. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Price and battery capacity.

65. cocoy

Posts: 467; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I was looking for the reason because of its CURVE SCREEN but I haven't seen it that's why I didn't vote.

61. pablumatic

Posts: 24; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Still no non-edge screen version. Passing on Samsung for a while now.

60. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The price is high. I was getting it regardless, because I really hated the S7 Edge they have me to replace the Note 8. But with the $425 discount for Note 7 owners, it's the best deal going. I bought an iPhone 5 off Craigslist for $60 to trade in, but I had $60 in Samsung Pay rewards that offset that. By far the best phone on the market. It just doesn't have any peer.

58. rkoforever90

Posts: 511; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

When I bought note 5 I anticipated note 8 to have 4k display, stereo speakers, and a much larger battery with similar price tag as note 5 at launch well none of these features came in but in addition samsung just put in a hefty price tag

51. Tipus

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Price. Without discount wouldn't have bought it. Other than that, great phone, no complaints.

45. DFranch

Posts: 573; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

It's just too tall and skinny. The V30 is the perfect size IMHO.

42. barondebxl

Posts: 182; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Well the Notr 8 is the most capable phone. I do not agree with none of the prices for these 2017 flagship devices but if one should be more expensive than the others, it definitely should be the note 8 because it offers so much. With that being said I think one reason to not buy the note 8 wpuld be the size. I returned mine yesterday cause its just too damn big and heavy especially with a case. I loved everything else about the phone but I just couldnt deal with the size and weight. So I got a V30 and so far I love it. The size is perfect and battery life seems to be really impressive. The regular S8 is also a solid choice., I love that phone too.

40. jasaero

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Where is the can't stand this long narrow phone trend option???

39. ajwillingham

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Price for me. I wouldn't have bought mine w/o the $425 off deal from Samsung. That was awesome.

38. gd761

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

The Second Reason which is just behind the Price is the Limited Storage Options Here in the United States. For the High Price, We Should be able to get the 256GB Version of the Samsung Galaxy Note8

34. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

the design is so bad for me !! it’s tall and narrow!! it should be more wider or more shorter plus I don’t like edge display

33. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The curved screen is a gimmick that adds zero benefit to the phone, and S Note is way dumbed down from previous versions. There, two more reasons why a person could reconsider buying a Note 8.

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