Display and Design
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 maximized with Samsung’s dual curved edge and bezel-less Infinity Display, this is the point where this phone really feels like a mini tablet from the future. The device looks very impressive but also a bit big and heavy. Exactly 9mm taller than the previous Note and weights 195g.
As the infinity display has come with 6.3 inch in size, if you can stretch your fingers it is worth to physically manage your device. And without the physical home button now the device has an 83% of Screen to body ratio. For comparison the iPhone’s Screen to body ratio is 67%. That is such a huge difference. I guess the iPhone 8 will change this thing.
As we all know Samsung keeps itself up in the Smart Phone market, by providing the world’s best display on their Phones every time. It comes with maximum screen brightness, 3K resolution with Mobile HDR Premium and wider color gamut. These type of display it is hard for anyone to compete with it. Also the Samsung gives us Always-On Display on their smartphone.
The whole screen glows with unchecked notifications. As long as you don’t drop and crack it the display shines. You must be aware of the device as it is totally wrapped in glass. Considering the size of the Note 8, this is one of the most slippery smart Phone. The best idea is to use a safety case with Galaxy Note 8.
The note 8 come in few colors such as Midnight Black and Orchid Gray, as the Maple Gold and Deep Sea Blue colors are launching to other nations. Later on we might be getting those colors. Annoyingly the Samsung refreshes its Smart Phone’s with new colors after a few months of the release.
Also you want be getting a good sound output from the Note 8. As it even a multimedia powerhouse when it comes to the visually, it still lacks with sound.
However the Note 8 is IP68 water and dust resistant, so the device can survive up to 1.5m (5ft) underwater for 30 minutes. Also the Note 8 uses the reversible USB-C standard. Both of these are new for Note fans.
There is no camera bump on the device, which could easily annoy the user. The gaudy Samsung logo and fingerprint sensor are moved to the rear. Unfortunately, the fingerprint sensor placement is something annoying and we hope the fingerprint sensor might attach with the display by next year.
Interface and Apps
All of us waited for the Google’s Android Oreo update and as we guessed, the update was really awesome and also the Samsung’s software is just as good and even better at some points.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gives the best of its software, a great balanced interface that is great streamlined. Still this found the Samsung has more options than what the stock Android 7.0 Nougat provide you.
Has far we have tested, we found the new feature is App Pairing. It is a great new custom slide out menu that removes one step of multitasking and makes it fast and easy by allowing you to launch two apps at the same time.
- While on a video call and needing to immediately refer an emails (whats app+ Gmail).
- You can immediately cross references who is looking at your LinkedIn profile with the Twitter
- You can immediately launch both, one on top and one on bottom apps
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has one of the best ever Camera with it. What makes it so special is the clear capturing, colorful photos and the brilliant new bokeh effect. The bokeh effect lets you adjust the blur of the photos as you want. Also the full feature packed camera App provides the ability to get to all the features in the App itself.
With two rear cameras the Note 8 makes a world of difference for bokeh-rich live focus photos. This is the feature that is a great response from Samsung for the iPhone 7 Plus’s portrait mode. This feature also blurs photo backgrounds. Nothing to worry as still with these feature it keeps both the zoomed-in Live Focus photo and the wider original photo by default on the Note 8, this lets you make decisions.
What is exactly bokeh performs? This feature lets you adjust the depth of the field blur. When you are taking photos, a bokeh slide bar will be displayed on the screen, even after the picture is taken the bokeh provides you more control over the Picture’s background blur effect. This feature power the dual camera option.
Also the Samsung’s telephoto lens is better. As the second rear camera’s offers 2x optical zoom, this benefits from optical image stabilization (OIS). This means the internal lens moves to manage with your shaky hands, and this something that the telephoto camera of the iPhone lacks.
Previously the Samsung’s quick camera launch feature was functioned by double taping the home button and now it has been shifted to the Power button with Note 8. It is a bit ok to get used with it. Also we found the ability to quickly flip between the rear and front cameras by simply flicking the screen up and down. No more need for the screen button for this purpose.
As with all these features the Note 8 does not have any problems with the photo modes: Auto, Pro, Panorama and Food, also the missing modes can be downloaded directly from the Galaxy App Store. There is also a new Full View camera option included into the Camera App, this helps you make things in the right dimensions for Instagram and Snapchat Stories.
But still there is one thing that we don’t like about is, the shoot timer for the camera is now hidden in the settings menu of the App. You have an alternation to activate the timer by using a hand gesture, but this not responsive enough to use it on immediate situations, as it makes the fool out of you.
Next the video options in the Note 8 includes 4K recording with smooth OIS, but while capturing on the Note 8 feels everything directly in front of you.