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DON’T Buy The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – A Note 8 Review



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Hey guys, this is Karthik, and this is my full review of the Samsung Note 8! We are on the verge of a primary refresh cycle of all smartphones with Samsung already out with the S9+. And at this time I want to take a look at Note 8 and see if this is still a better option.

Throughout this review, I am going to touch on Note 9 and see if Note 8 is still a better option given how affordable Note 8 is now.

Just like how S8+ and S9+ have the same screen size, Note 8 and Note 9 are going to share the same screen size and the Note 9 is slightly larger than the S9+.

When you hold both phones, you can’t tell the difference in size, but the Note 8 has a slightly larger screen with 6.3″ display and 83.2% screen to body ratio.

We get a resolution of 1440×2960 pixels which sums up to a weird 18.5:9 aspect ratio which gives us a whopping 521 ppi.

We have an always-on display, and the screen is HDR10 compliant and supports 3D touch, but it’s limited to the home button area only.

Android Oreo developer preview was released in March 2017, and it was released to the public on August 21, 2017. So everyone had at least six months to prepare for Oreo but Note 8 released on August 23, 2017, came with a year old Android Nougat 7.1 which was released in Aug 2016.

I finally we get the Oreo update on my device sometime in March 2018. Personally one of the biggest reason I prefer a Google Pixel or a OnePlus device over any other phone.

To check what OS you are currently on, go to the Settings – About Phone and check out the Software Information and you should see Android 8 and Samsung Experience Version 9.

Now we have all the goodness of Oreo, like the app icon badges that shows you more information when you press and hold the icons and you can customize the settings even to show the notifications as well. Another vital Oreo feature that shines on this big screen is the picture-in-picture mode.

One thing I passionately dislike about the Note 8 and the Galaxy phones is how this particular area is designed. Why do they need to stick to this design time after time users complaining about smudging the camera while trying to use the fingerprint scanner? Even in the new S9 phones, they are pretty close to each other. While every other phone has this perfect placement of the sensor far from the lenses and close to your fingers, Note 8 it’s just the opposite. Following the design of S9+, Note 9 will also have its fingerprint sensor moved a little lower. And this should make it easy to reach and avoid smudging the lens.

Note 8 come with Snapdragon 835, Adreno 540, external storage up to 512 GB, 6GB RAM and up to 256 GB RAM. With all these fantastic specs and a tremendous display, it feels super responsive when you are doing anything not related to the Samsung skin.

There is no question Samsung’s build quality is one of the best, and I don’t think if there is any room for improvement. Remember how Samsung went overboard with the edge display in it’s earlier version? The Note 8 has a very well refined design where you can’t tell where the screen ends and how it floats over the edges on the side of the phone and we have a seamless skinny bezel at the top and the bottom of the screen. It’s not entirely bezel-less, but you can’t even tell it’s there sometimes.

Your fingers won’t get holding this hone for a long time because of the improved frame design which makes it easy to pick up the phone from the table and feels secure in your hands.

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