Sam­sung Galaxy Note 8: Sat­is­fac­tion Noted

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The next-gen Note se­ries phone is here with loads of im­prove­ments and power packed hard­ware. The gor­geous de­sign with in­fin­ity dis­play, ex­cel­lent sty­lus and amaz­ing soft­ware, all in one pack.

Amaz­ingly beau­ti­ful: As like pre­vi­ous, Galaxy S8, Note8 is also de­signed with sim­i­lar aesthetics but has slightly sharper edges and a squarer cam­era mod­ule. The iconic In­fin­i­tyEdge de­sign with ul­tra-thin top and bot­tom bezel and Corn­ing Gorilla Glass 5 pro­tec­tion, makes it look great out of the box.

The back is also pro­tected by glass adding more beauty to the en­tire body, but after us­ing the de­vice for a lit­tle while, it at­tracts smudges. Galaxy Note 8 is IP68-cer­ti­fied, mean­ing it can sur­vive in some bad weather con­di­tions eas­ily and even ac­ci­den­tal drops.

At the front, it holds a cam­era and iris scan­ner along with the ear­piece and an LED no­ti­fi­ca­tion light. The fin­ger­print sen­sor and dual cam­era setup with dual LED are placed at the back along with heart rate sen­sor.

The 6.3-inch screen de­vice has smart bal­ance mak­ing it easy to carry in one hand, yet it can feel bulky to some. Sam­sung added one hand op­er­a­tion fea­ture to make it more us­able sin­gle-hand­edly.

Amaz­ing Screen and Cam­era: 6.3-inch QHD+ Su­per AMOLED dis­play is quite vi­brant and smooth to op­er­ate. The bright­ness lev­els are pretty much high, en­abling you to use in any light con­di­tions without any sort of trou­ble.

The AMOLED screen pro­duces rich col­ors so you can en­joy movies, games and other con­tents with the breeze. No doubt, you can use the screen from var­i­ous an­gle without los­ing color and other de­tails.

Sam­sung Galaxy Note8 Re­view Cam­era: Note8 comes with two sen­sors at the back – 12+12MP. The main cam­era is ex­cel­lent to cap­ture clear, col­or­ful and de­tailed im­ages. Plenty of modes avail­able for dif­fer­ent shoot­ing modes as well as pro mode is there for fur­ther cus­tomiza­tion. Even night shots are great how­ever the deep dark shots come with some vis­i­ble dither­ing creep­ing in. It is ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing slow-mo­tion video at 720p at 240fps.

The front cam­era is also per­fect for click­ing nat­u­ral shots with loads of de­tails and col­ors.

Bixby and S Pen: The smart­phone is loaded with so many unique fea­tures in­clud­ing Bixby that comes with a ded­i­cated but­ton. Sam­sung’s per­sonal as­sis­tant has learned a lot since its launch to re­spond to com­mands in English. You can do the whole lot of things with it as like Open Face­book and write a new sta­tus, open Set­tings, make a phone call and op­er­ate cam­era.

Sam­sung is of­fer­ing more cus­tom­iz­a­ble ex­pe­ri­ence to con­sumers and loads of Edge apps to add as per your taste. It also has splitscreen op­tion to open up two dif­fer­ent apps si­mul­ta­ne­ously. KEY SPECS: 6.30-inch screen, 1.7GHz octa-core pro­ces­sor, 12 MP rear and 8 MP front Cam­era, 6GB RAM, An­droid 7.1.1, 64GB In­ter­nal Stor­age, 3300mAh Bat­tery PROS: Desing and build qual­ity, cam­era, dis­play, per­for­mance, S Pen CONS: Slightly heavy

Sam­sung Galaxy Note8 Re­view S Pen: The S Pen sty­lus sits in its own ded­i­cated nook and doesn’t have bat­tery. Us­ing the pen, you could re­mind your old school days when you were writ­ing on pa­per, but now it’s on screen. The dig­i­tal writ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence it amaz­ing as the over 4000 pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity points, even the tiny ad­just­ments in pres­sure will change how your scrib­bles ap­pear. The PenUp app has var­i­ous op­tions like a dig­i­tal color­ing book, built-in notebook shrinks your messy writ­ing so it goes be­tween the lines. You can eas­ily ac­cess all the tools from the S Pen menu.

Per­for­mance: The Note8 is backed by pow­er­ful hard­ware that let you play with the de­vice without any wor­ries. While us­ing the phone for more than three weeks, I loaded sev­eral apps and games. It was able to han­dle more than 10 apps si­mul­ta­ne­ously without any hic­cups. Play­ing high graph­ics in­ten­sive game like Fifa, As­phalt, NFS, etc. was a breeze, even while switch­ing be­tween them, there was no vis­i­ble lag.

The phone bat­tery gives you enough juice to last for more than a day even with heavy us­age. In mod­er­ate us­age, it can eas­ily last for more than 48 hours. In video loop test, it man­ages more than 12 hours of backup when watch­ing videos over wifi with full bright­ness and vol­ume. Bottomline: Sam­sung Galaxy Note8 is a per­fect ph­ablet with stun­ning de­sign, amaz­ing per­for­mance, ex­cel­lent cam­era and in­fin­ity dis­play with sev­eral S Pen fea­tures.

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