Call quality


There’s not a whole lot to say here really. The earpiece on the Galaxy Note 8 gets sufficiently loud during calls, and so does the one on the OnePlus 5. Voices are clear, and there haven’t been any complaints on the other side of the line.

Battery life



Both phones hold 3300mAh worth of charge, which is a fair amount for a phone of this class. The OnePlus 5, however, performed significantly better during our battery test, presumably due to its smaller screen requiring less power to keep all those pixels lit. But in real life, both phones should have no troubles lasting through a full day of moderate use, and maybe well into the second one if used lightly.

Fast charging is a go with both handsets, so you can easily get your dying battery halfway full within 30 minutes or so. However, the OnePlus 5 requires both the stock charger and the stock cable in order to utilize its quick-charging abilities. Wireless charging is only available on the Note 8 here.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 7h 50 min (Good)
OnePlus 5 9h 18 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 102
OnePlus 5 99

Conclusion



The OnePlus 5 is one of the best phones to get if value for money is what you’re looking for. It was far from perfect at launch, but software updates have taken care of many of the wrinkles, and now, with a starting price below $500, it is a phone worth checking out. Thanks to the top-notch hardware under its hood, speed is one of its biggest strengths, and Android enthusiasts could find the clean, bloat-free UI more appealing than Samsung’s software experience.

But is the OnePlus 5 a worthy alternative to the Galaxy Note 8? Not really. Anyone who is even considering the Galaxy Note 8 as their next Android phone is likely someone who does not make compromises. True, you can get two OnePlus 5 phones for the price of a Galaxy Note 8, but with its modern and efficient design, with its superior camera, with its feature-rich interface and S Pen integration, the Note 8 is definitely the handset to go with if you demand the very best Android can currently offer.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Pros

  • Better cameras take clearer photos and videos
  • Water resistant
  • Much larger screen in a slightly larger body
  • Taller aspect ratio is great for work and multitasking
  • S Pen could be useful and fun
  • Available on any major US carrier

OnePlus 5

Pros

  • Half the price, yet just as fast
  • Better battery life

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39 Comments

1. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Like you compare Lamborghini and Kia !

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Was about to point out the same thing. Either way, I think this comparison will appeal to those who are undecided between the OnePlus 5 and the Note8.

16. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Finally got my note 8 the screen is noticeably better than my s8+

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's great, bruh. Which version of the Note8 did you get? What storage capacity?

26. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

It's only one version, I'm in the US

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yeah, though I supposed you could have imported the Exynos version if you wanted... I got both the Snapdragon and Exynos versions Any standout feature you find in the Note8?

21. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

There is no comparison between a real phone like Note and others the difference is enormous only if "those" ignorant !

33. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Haha note 8 may be better but it's not untouchable

9. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Kia and Hyundai.

20. maherk

Posts: 6873; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

He is talking about comparing a Note 8 to an iPhone, not comparing an iPhone 8 with an iPhone 7 :D

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol...

32. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Add the iPhone as Yugo.

25. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

why comparing a pile a pile of poo vs the note 8? compare it to the v30, lambo vs mclaren.

42. II2012

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Given Oneplus5 is the much faster phone maybe you got them the other way around? Not to talk about the longer lasting battery and the fastest charging of any phone.

45. bialh

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

Yes oneplus 5 is a Kia but its faster than the Lamborghini

2. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

One plus 5 got kicked. Lol

14. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

just like how your mom's Camry got kicked by a Merc S-Class. Lol i know

3. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

I like how bezels are now a signifier of looking "dated". Really spoiled in just a year.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Spoiled in longer than just a year. The bezel-less stuff began few years back with the Sharp Arquos Crystal.

5. nikhil23

Posts: 440; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Can someone tell PA that they need to work on their display measurements. Like Note 8 has peak brightness of 1200 nits and Gamma intensity of 2.48 http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_Note8_ShootOut_100.htm

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Can't always expect accurate info from PA... Not even half the time.

10. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I don't think they don't know that. But if they mention 1200 nits for Note 8 , then the iPhones will look miserable. So, better stick to the manual brightness(that no one use)

12. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I agree they are the only website that's saying this. They need to have a good reason for it to have 8.9.

34. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Phonearena ratings are the worst, they gave my Nexus 6p 8.8 while both Nexus 6 and pixel got 9

44. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

That 1200 nit score is likely achieved using 1% white level. We don't know because DisplayMate does not say this anywhere. So is testing a display with just 1% white and 99% black on it a valid brightness test? If you think so, then you can look at their number. We test at 100% white and have done so for every smartphone in the last 4 years.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Is the Note 8 the better device? Absolutely. Is it twice as good as the OnePlus 5? Not in my opinion.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The Note8 certainly isn't twice as good as the OnePlus 5... But how about after sales support and updates? Not to mention the freebies that come along with the purchase of the Note8.

15. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's all absolutely worth considering. These are also very different devices that target very different users and use cases. When it comes to "bells and whistles", the Note 8 is the big dog. The only thing is that a pay a premium for them. It's up to the individual consumer to decide whether it's worth it.

13. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

OP5 is like an Evo, and Note 8 is the BMW M3. one excels on where it should without any extra gimmick, while another is a bit of luxury.

17. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

That poor OnePlus 5 did not even stand a chance. This was summed up very well: "Anyone who is even considering the Galaxy Note 8 as their next Android phone is likely someone who does not make compromises. " Agreed, the OnePlus 5 was not even on my list, in fact most phones were out of the running once I saw the Note8. :)

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