If you’re following a huge phone, with phone features the Note 8 remains a option. Luckily, it’s a fantastic device that ticks nearly every box.
Some idea the Note 8 might never happen. After the launch and subsequent recall that was disastrous and discontinuation of the Note 7, that gets namechecked on some airlines as a object that was banned, you would have forgiven Samsung for dropping the name and beginning again.
The Notice 8, subsequently, is supposed to function as Samsung’s humble return into the tablet market – plus a rival to the X and iPhone 8 Plus – and this phone is a huge success. With a stunning design, incredible 6.3-inch display, fantastic software and superb stylus, there is very little not to like here.
In fact, the only issue I have is that this phone’s battery life might not be enough for significant users.
The Note 8 is a gorgeous piece of design. Though the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 + possess a pleasant curvaceous design aesthetic, Samsung continues to nod during its business customers with a squarer camera module and marginally sharper edges. You get the iconic InfinityEdge style where the left and right sides of the display incline off to the side, and you receive the ultra-thin top and bottom bezel to boot. I really prefer it to the normal S mobiles, although others might disagree.
The entire lot is coated in Corning Gorilla Glass 5.0, and my unit lives up to its color description of Midnight Black. It looks out of the box, but of using it, after some time marks do begin to build up on the trunk. That’s not unique to this phone, and it appears far cleaner than several smartphones do once they’ve been exposed to my palms.
Because I have not dropped it it’s hard for me to comment on the longevity of this glass coating. But experience from elsewhere informs me that the most recent glass telephones won’t survive clumsiness: our phones editor, Max Parker, dropped the Galaxy S8 and cracked it, while my wife dropped her (Gorilla Glass 4) Galaxy A5 2017 from desk elevation and smashed the back panel into smithereens. The Note 8 is IP68-certified, meaning it is waterproof when exposed to a submersion.
I later laid it on a stone desk that is slightly rough, and did drop the phone a few inches onto my kitchen counter at the same point, as you anticipate, and it came off without blemishes. The camera module has a very, very slight extruding border that protects the lenses out of these behaviour. I’d pick up one mark of those exposed antennae on top of the phone, which appears to have happened as it was in my own pocket.
As for attributes, let’s start with front. There’s iris scanner and a front-facing camera within the top bezel in addition to the earpiece and an LED notification light. Although the lower part of the display is really a pressure-sensitive house button which may be used to wake the telephone on the floor there is nothing visible. On the edge you get the Bixby assistant button and the volume rocker, whereas the right is the power button. The lower edge is home to the USB-C connector, 3.5mm headphone socket and pop-out S Pen stylus, as well as the loudspeaker. Finally, on the very best, you get a SIM card/microSD card slot.
The camera module comprises of two sensors behind two lenses (more on those in the Camera section), an optical heart-rate screen, LED flash, and a fingerprint scanner. I will say here on a phone that size, this is the spot for it and is practically impossible to reach when pulling the phone, although I’ll spare the fingerprint scanner later.
Its 6.3-inch screen may seem like a nightmare for its small-handed. In fact, thanks to the sloped edges, tiny top and underside of the bezel, and slightly stretched 18.5:9 aspect ratio, it’s nowhere near as large as the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus along with other high-tech phones.