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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 REVIEW: Price drops make this iPhone X competitor a smart choice

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 REVIEW: Price drops make this iPhone X competitor a smart choice Samsung earlier this year lifted the lid on the all-new Galaxy Note 8 – and it would appear they have put past issues firmly behind them The Galaxy Note 8 takes many of its design features from the stunning Galaxy S8 but adds a few tasty extras that you won’t find on its smaller sibling

Perhaps the biggest new feature is the inclusion of a 12-megapixel dual-lens rear camera which has a number of nifty tricks up its sleeve These include the ability to zoom without losing image quality and add DSLR-style depth of field to your family snaps Samsung is also allowing users to tweak this clever effect after the image is taken and even remove it altogether This is because the Note 8 always keeps a copy of the original image Along with the new camera is an updated, and more accurate, S Pen stylus which is water resistant and offers the ability to write notes, up to 100 pages long, on the giant 6

3-inch display even when it’s off Like the Galaxy S8, the new Note’s curved screen covers almost the entire front of the device This clever always-on display means Samsung can fit a much bigger screen into a phone that’s physically smaller to hold To make full use of this monster monitor, Samsung has also included a new feature called App Pair which instantly loads two of your favourite apps side-by-side on the display This means you can surf the web and check your emails, or watch Game Of Thrones and chat on WhatsApp at the same time

Other features include a huge 3,300mAh battery that can be charged wirelessly and a massive 64GB of expandable memory The Note 8 is also water resistant and includes AKG headphones in the box Sadly, it does not come cheap, with prices starting from a hefty £869 The Verge – There was a time when if you wanted a big phone, the Note was the king of the hill It had the biggest screen and the best tech and it didn’t matter that it cost more than other phones

It was the obvious choice But that’s not the case anymore Now there are a lot of great big phones available, including other options from Samsung, that provide most of the Note’s experience at lower prices That means this year, the Note 8s value all comes down to how important the S Pen and the second camera are to you In my experience, the camera doesn’t do enough to justify its existence

It needs more work before it’s truly great and worth the cost of admission If you’re an S Pen diehard, though, this is the phone you’ve been waiting for, the one that can finally replace that creaky old Galaxy Note 5 You’ll like almost everything about the Note 8 But I can’t call the Note 8 the best big phone, because the rest of us will likely be just as happy with an S8 Plus, LG V30, iPhone Plus, or any one of the other big-screened phones available this fallPocket Lint –

Theres no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the best phones of 2017 It takes everything that the Galaxy S8+ offers and pushes it a little further This is bigger, a touch more powerful, packs in more camera and adds the S Pen, as well as offering Mobile HDR support for better entertainment The cost, however, is that this isnt the strongest performer when it comes to battery life, beaten by its older competitive sibling the Galaxy S8+ We also think that the S8+ has the edge in design: it offers move curves for a more striking profile and its around £100 less

That might cause a buying headache for some, because these two devices are closer than ever If youre a die hard S Pen fan, burnt by the Note 7s demise and patiently waiting, then yes, go for the Note 8 because its everything you wanted and more But if youre a big screen fan wanting the best experience out there, then the Galaxy S8+ is a serious consideration Putting price to one side, if you were waiting for the comeback kid then look no further The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a pleasure to use, packed full of innovative features and practical functionality

Regardless of price, it hits the ball out of the court with power, camera performance and its customisation options Tech Radar – The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the best big phone you can buy For once, it’s more than just the size of the screen and the power of the S Pen that count It also captures superior telephoto and bokeh-rich photos with its new dual-lens array, and it clocks in faster with 6GB of RAM There a price to pay, however

It’s a taller phone with a steeper price tag It takes a lot of finger-stretching to reach the outer edges of the screen, and costs more money than any previous Note phone You’re also only getting all-day battery life that’s lower than expected, probably thanks to last year’s recall It’s less, shall we say, Note-worthy The Note 8 is Samsung’s big phone homecoming, its dual-lens camera debut and its 6GB of RAM premier wrapped into one

It makes quite an entrance Let’s just hope it doesn’t make another quick exit

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