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" 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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96 Comments

1. afrohoxha

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Don't compare S9 with Note 8. Where is the option "Don't have any reason not to buy it" ? So the poll would be fair.

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Or the "I got other phone to buy..." option. I got no heart for the SPen so Ill choose V30 over this.

19. afrohoxha

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Well, there is an option for that. 'No use for s-pen'. Bet you found other values in v30, not found in note 8, which makes you choose the former

63. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Or iPhone X......!!

66. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Please stand in the line till it get released.....

30. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

To be fair, you should probably not vote in the poll as it doesn't relate to you. Don't feel as though this is PhoneArena insulting a phone you like or your taste in consumer electronics, it is their attempt to understand what turns people off to what is highly considered to be one of the best phones released each year. I personally only like stock Android. I'm not saying that Samsung's GUI is crap, I'm simply saying that I do not like it.

54. afrohoxha

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

It doesn't relate to people who just despise the brand also, but nothing will prevent them to choose one of the options, and I think they've done so. This makes the poll kind of useless. Anyway your reason is fair and is included in the poll. I would include 'I don't like the brand', and 'I don't have a reason not to', so you can squeeze more useful data from the poll.

89. chenski

Posts: 770; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I would recommend it to other people, but I myself have never been a fan of the note series

95. Brewski

Posts: 696; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I wanted to select all the options except the last one. But I could only choose one option. Point is, I will not be buying the Samsung Note 8 for many reasons. Not just one.

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

It wasn’t a large overhaul from the S8. The major hardware improvements will be with the S9; especially since Samsung is going to want an answer for the iPhone X

24. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"It wasn’t a large overhaul from the S8." Why do people keep forgetting that the Note series isn't meant as an upgrade to the S series? A new Note is upgrade over the previous Note, and the S is meant to be an upgrade over the previous S! The Note8 is a large overhaul over the Note7 and the Note5.

83. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

A picture is worth 1000 words, namely his. But the Note 8 isn't worth $1000. It does have a $1000 value though. I would have voted price if carriers weren't doing BOGO deals on the Note 8. So since I got 2 Note 8's for the price of one, then at basically $500 each I feel I got a good deal. It is a substantial upgrade over the note 5 for sure. But over the Note 7? I can't agree with you on that point.. Its honestly is just a bigger Note 7. Sure it has an extra camera, and there are some UI upgrades, but they are not substantial over the Note 7. I agree the Note is not an upgrade to the S and anyone who repeats that loses all credibility. The Galaxy S preceded the Note by almost 4 years, so they are certainly not the same phone today vs any other time. The only reason Samsung uses the S hardware in the Note, was to cut costs. When the Note has slightly higher hardware, it costs them extra to make the device possible. Which I why I am against the price increase of the note 8. Even though I feel they did add enough to justify $80.

31. MrFreeman

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

It's not supposed to be a complete fresh from the previous flagship. People who buy the note series are different in many ways and hence they look at a phone with a large screen and the S-Pen to match. The hardware is sufficient to power the tasks needed to complete the phone and the battery is good despite Samsung having to back off in order to prevent battery issues like the Note 7. They are pretty much testing the waters, the Note 9 should have better battery life and will benefit from the extensive battery checks in place.

47. MrFreeman

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

Woops typo, Refresh*

3. mrochester

Posts: 1000; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Android.

48. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What is the most popular, powerful, flexible and functional mobile operating system in the world? I'll take potpourri for $600, Alex.

4. heyitsdimitri

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Excessive price, no real upgrade, useless fingerprint sensor.

80. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

No real upgrade from what?

84. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Why is the FPS useless?

5. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

The price made me want to wait for the S8.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

But the S8 came out first.

37. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

I mean wait for the S9 x)

6. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

I already have s8, which is more beautiful than note 8.....I'm OK with 4gb RAM

82. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

No way, dude. The Note 8's definitely better looking.

7. psychorzr

Posts: 12; Member since: May 05, 2012

Most important - battery life!!

81. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

My Note has been off the charger since 6AM. It's 5:17PM & I'm at 66% left. Battery life compared to what?

90. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

What's wrong with the battery life? I easily get through 2 full 10 hour work days on 1 charge and still have 21% battery left on my Exynos Note 8: https://db.tt/453RlwxEzm You're probably just judging based on merely the battery capacity, which is just ignoramus to say the least...

8. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I bought already lol

9. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Battery life to price ratio is really bad. Also, after buying flagships for nearly 10 years, I don't think they are worth it anymore. My next phone will be sub $300.

70. drifter77

Posts: 401; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Exactly my thoughts. Coming from previous Xperia Z3 / Z3C, Note 3, Note 5, and other flagships that I paid top dollars for, I now rock a $280 Lenovo P2 that does the job and with a battery that lasts me 3 days. No more coughing top earned dollars for brand names.

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