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Here's why you should be excited about the Galaxy Note 8

The last product from the Note range was a disaster, but that didn’t dissuade Samsung from continuing to move forward: the Note 8 will be launched very soon. I can’t wait to see it, and to be honest, I’ll probably buy it. Here's why.

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I've always been a fan of the Note range

This story dates back to the year 2011, when the first Note was available on the market. I was lucky enough to own one, and I have to say I had a bit of a weak spot for this device. This first Note was only 5.3 inches big and In 2011, this seemed enormous. Of course, the S-Pen was already part of the package, and even though we were skeptical at first, we got used to it pretty quickly.

It’s quite a subjective opinion, but I must say after using an array of other smartphones from many different brands, I still maintain a preference for the Note range, and it’s time for me to throw myself back into it.

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The Note range is one of Android’s most well-known phones. © AndroidPIT

I wanted the Note 7, but I’ll get the Note 8 instead

When the Galaxy Note 7 was released, I was already considering going back to the good old Note series. The device seemed perfect on all counts; the design was magnificent, it had a wide screen, it even had iris scanning technology… In short, everything about it was exquisite.

I tried not to succumb to my desires and wait a little longer before purchasing the device, as you never know. We all know what happened next: boom! I still remember thinking “Samsung will solve the problem, and then I can buy it”, but more and more cases of exploding phones were quickly emerging.

Then... silence. The Note 7 disappeared as fast as my hopes of buying it. A little disappointed by the whole situation, but especially by Samsung’s lack of reliability, I bought another phone. However, the water’s now under the bridge and I intend to catch up with the next release. This one will, without a doubt, be just as beautiful and powerful. Let's just hope it won’t explode this time.

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My hopes of buying the Note 7 went up in smoke. © AndroidPIT

The screen is dreamy

Like its smaller cousins, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will benefit from a large, bezel-less display. According to the rumors, it’ll have a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display (classic from Samsung), with a resolution of 1440 x 2960. Samsung christened this type of display “infinity”, because the screen edges appear to be limitless. 

I understand that this type of display isn't for everyone, and that it can cause problems for developers who have to adapt their apps to fit the screen, but for multimedia fans like myself, it’s a real treat to use. Watching videos on a smartphone of such a size is a real pleasure (we experienced it with the S8/S8+ and the LG G6). So although it may not be to everyone’s liking, it is to mine.

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A large 6.3-inch screen that almost completely covers the phone, what more could you ask for? © AndroidPIT

TouchWiz is now a good interface

The theme of software interfaces is usually a bit difficult to discuss, as opinions are divided. A few years ago, Samsung’s interface wasn’t particularly pretty, but it wasn't ugly either. You get used to it, and the quality of the device quickly makes you forget about it, but ultimately we’re very happy to see how much TouchWiz has evolved.

Samsung has done away with colors that don’t match, now there are nice shades of blue, white, and black that give it a suave appearance. In addition, TouchWiz has improved a lot compared to what it used to be, so I have no apprehension regarding the system as I do with other competitors.

Are you a fan of the Note range too? Do you plan on purchasing this device? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Mark
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    1 week ago

    Here's why not to get excited.
    1) price
    2) non removable battery
    3) all glass construction
    4) curved display ( I hate them )
    5) useless Bixby button
    6) to big the thing is going to be giant. Like holding a tablet to your ear

  • solis 1 week ago

    I can't get excited about this phone. I don't like the glass back. I don't think the curved screen does anything good to the ergonomics. Speaking of which, the fingerprint sensor seems placed to spite the users.

    I don't particularly like their stuttery software. I hate the app duplication - Google's are way better. Samsung's are unnecessary and mediocre. I see no need for Bixby whatsoever, together with its dedicated hardware button and dedicated in-camera-app button. It would annoy me to no end.

    I'm looking at the Essential and the Mate 10. The chance of buying a Note 8 is nearly zero.

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  • Ila V. 3 days ago Link to comment

    Well then. I'll just wait awhile til I really need to upgrade my phone & go for an S8, instead of the Note8.

  • Mart L 4 days ago Link to comment

    I don't think there's enough going on to justify the additional cost over a Galaxy S8+

    The S-Pen and secondary camera don't interest me at all, increased memory perhaps but that's not enough in itself.

  • Karl E 4 days ago Link to comment

    Why would I not buy a Note 8: Huge Display, but not that big because of the 18,5:9 ratio. Slippery like the S8 ..... idiotic fingerprint position, to expensive, Bixby is a no go, Not bezel-less, just small bezels (but that´s ok) but curved screen, so the small screen is even smaller to use, don´t like "tower displays". And quality is not getting better I guess, since my last Note which had some software bugs ....

  • Price is a huge factor. Size of the phone is another. With the note 8 both will make me probably not consider it.

  • phonearena as just put on a good page,Barcalays saying only 11% willing to pay over £1,000 for new iPhone 8

  • Samsung & Apple could be losing loads of loyal phone users in 2017,by making there Top Premium phones too expensive to buy,do we really need Dual cameras on phones when all there doing it putting the cost of the phones up,its really got out of hand how the cost of phones is just not helping phone users out,tvs started off selling at high prices but now more affordable,phones started off being cheap now too expensive to buy

  • if the phone is gana be the big and tht expensive make it Indestructible PLS give us a break !

  • NBH 1 week ago Link to comment

    I have an S8+ which I really like but I just can't get excited about the Note 8. The Note series was always bigger than the other phones but this time round it seems to be basically the same as the S8+ but the screen is 0.1 inches bigger and it comes with a pen to draw on the screen. If you aren't bothered about the pen then just get the S8+ and save yourself some money.

  • Samuel 1 week ago Link to comment

    Nowadays there are so many mid range price smartphone that has great performance too, some even almost ON-PAR with those so called luxury phone like S8+ or Iphone 7plus in terms of performance and built-in quality, and yet the prices is almost HALF of those luxury phones. To list one here, and that will certainly goes to "ONE PLUS 3T".

  • storm 1 week ago Link to comment

    I think the phone market is going to move away from flagships. They're becoming overpriced for the value they deliver. Just as car enthusiasts read about high end performance cars but own and drive Hondas, so it is here. There are phones costing hundreds less that come close in performance and weather daily use better. These kinds of phones as nice as they are are becoming impractical for common ownership.

  • Doesn't matter what the price. The true note fan Will line up from here to timbuctoo for the note8!

  • solis 1 week ago Link to comment

    I can't get excited about this phone. I don't like the glass back. I don't think the curved screen does anything good to the ergonomics. Speaking of which, the fingerprint sensor seems placed to spite the users.

    I don't particularly like their stuttery software. I hate the app duplication - Google's are way better. Samsung's are unnecessary and mediocre. I see no need for Bixby whatsoever, together with its dedicated hardware button and dedicated in-camera-app button. It would annoy me to no end.

    I'm looking at the Essential and the Mate 10. The chance of buying a Note 8 is nearly zero.

    • I can tell it's been awhile since you've used a Galaxy.

      • solis 3 days ago Link to comment

        Actually I use my Galaxy Alpha every time I travel (which is often), so I constantly get reminded of both Samsung's poor software, poor Bluetooth implementation (awfully weak signal that cannot keep a connection to my watch when the phone is in my pocket, sent it back to Samsung with the Bluetooth specification and they replaced the board, works exactly the same as before) and exceptionally poor software update policy.

        As for newer models, xda is full of accounts of S7s and S8s stuttering and people complaining about bloatware.

        At least with Huawei you get little pre-installed bloatware and you can remove absolutely everything with the normal uninstall procedure.

        The chance of buying the Note 8 is nearly 0.

    • Ila V. 3 days ago Link to comment

      Uh oh. I like Google. I'm getting motivated now to not wanting to ever get a Note 8.

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