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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A titan arrives

    Posted
    DemonWolf
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    This new Galaxy Note from Samsung is a real titan of a smartphone. So many things in it that are great. Customization options are through the roof, build quality is phenomenal, and the overall item is worth the high price in my experiences so far. To start, I was getting quite grouchy with my old Note 3 because of the app permissions that were being heaped into updates. And it was an accept them all, or no update/no app. On the Note 8, Samsung (or maybe it was Android) gave us the ability to select which individual permissions for each app are enabled or disabled. Yahoo! The other surprising customization options was icons, themes, and wallpapers. Astounding level of customization there. Icons can have their own theme, independent of wallpaper and other elements. Or, the Samsung themes can have a unified theme for all parts of the device (call screen, contacts, menus, icons, sounds effects, etc). I've snooped around and combined a basic facsimile to a Star Trek theme with custom sounds from the NSTEnterprises and the Red Alert wallpaper to make my perfect "tricorder/Star Trek" look and sounds for my device. The lack of a hard home button and the softkeys was a bit of a transition for me, yet Samsung put in a nice option of having the screen buttons locked on all the time, appearing at a swipe from screen bottom, or having a button to toggle between lock and hidden (much like Windows pop up bar). And the speed of the hardware in astonishing. I've done so much already that my old Note 3 barely did or did only ok on. I run the Knights of the Old Republic for Android game on it and there is not one hiccup. And the S Pen makes playing so many games that much easier. S Pen functions I've still to delve into a lot, yet it seems to have been massively expanded on from my Note 3 era. Very smooth. I've just had such a great time with the freedoms Samsung built in that I can't find much to complain about. Only qualm is moving my Note 3 S Notes over to the new Samsung Notes turned them from editable notes into notes with pictures of my old notes in them. So I essentially have to retype all my notes, though since the originals are there in picture form not too bad. Fingerprint sensor is a bit oddly placed, not too bad for me since I have big hands and a case that helps me find the sensor over the camera lens. Bixby is all but useless for me, as is the dedicated button for it. I've hit it more than I like going for the volume keys. The stock Gallery app is also pretty bad after my Galaxy Note 3. Very, very few options for display and organization. Another small annoyance is the constant reminders from the camera to clean it because "camera works better when clean". Yeah, well, I work outdoors so a smudge is almost assured each and every day. Camera picture quality is not degraded except by the most obvious of smudges. Quality of the camera is top notch too. Still testing how far it can go. So overall, hard to be disappointed with this device. USB-C, wireless fast charging, astonishingly efficient battery, all the great things they advertised plus a number of other things less talked about.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The alph smart phone by a comfortable margine.

    Posted
    Mystro
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    I consider myself multi brand versed. I own many apple products and use their iPad Pro in my office on a daily basis. When it comes to phones, the Galaxy line is always 3 to 5 steps ahead of Apple. The new Galaxy note 8 crushes all its competition this year with such a margine that price is irrelevant. Hoping the iPhone 10 would be a close match but it's still playing catch up to Samsung. Now that Apple is sourcing the new iPhone 10's AMOLED display directly from Samsung from the last generation AMOLED display, it gives the market a clear view of who is leading and who is following. Factor in the Note 8's longer battery life, higher resolution display, significantly brighter display, deeper water resistant rating, S-pen, home button, finger print scanner, bigger screen, no rear camera bump, micro SD upgradable memory, 6gb of ram, etc....the Note 8 really doesn't have any competition this year for the best smart phone for 2018. Too bad Samsung abandons the tablet market and doesn't go after the iPad with the ferociousness it does in the smart phone segment........ Long story short "Buy the Note 8". The Galaxy Note 8 is a monster. It's not only the best, but a bargain for what you get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I am officially an Android person now!

    Posted
    oriley2013
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    Before this phone, I had an iPhone for 5+ years. Whenever I needed to upgrade, I never looked at any other phone. My boyfriend has an Android phone and is always pushing me to look at them, so I finally did. I researched for days and narrowed my choices to the Note 8 or the iPhone X. I went with the Note 8 because of the screen size and the pen. I am also someone who gets bored easily so I wanted something different. I always excitedly upgraded my iPhone only to discover that it was pretty much the exact same phone. The customization on the Note 8 is insane. Granted, I am coming from an iPhone so I am sure any Android phone would have blown my mind. I love how much I can change! The pen is also one of my favorite things ever. I can screen shot, pin to my screen, etc. One of the best things I have discovered is the scrolling screenshot! No more downloading an app or taking 10 screenshots to get an entire recipe or set of instructions. The only negative was there was a steep learning curve for me coming from iPhone. In addition, the keyboard is different and I found typing to be quite difficult at first. Guess what? You can make the Note 8 keyboard look exactly like the iPhone. I did this and have had no issues since. Everything about this phone is just better than any other phone I have ever had. I can honestly say that I have no regrets with this purchase and I will be an Android user until something changes my mind.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Note Yet!

    Posted
    777brandon
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    I've had several Note series phones over the years, and still have most of them. Yes actually, I had the note 4 Edge last and loved it so I doubled down on the Note 8 yesterday but I got a better deal at Best buy believe it or not and had to take the one I got at AT&T back. AT&T didn’t have any cases or screen covers so that is why I went by Best Buy immediately after I purchased it. I saved $200 bucks and it was the exact same phone only it was the unlocked version and it will work with any carrier in the US. Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and even the smaller companies like Metro PCS, Kricket etc. They offer any phone you want like that at Best Buy and for a better price so I took the savings and bought the 2 year tap warranty in case I drop it or loose it or whatever I get a new one and it still came out costing less than AT&T was charging me just for the phone with no insurance or anything. Also, when you buy it unlocked it doesn’t come with all the bloatware and silly stuff you don’t need that the carriers always have baked into them so all of that stuff isn’t running in the background all the time eating up your battery and the biggest bonus . . . I don’t have to listen to any carrier “jingle” song every time I turn the phone off or on. It’s just another little advertising trick all the carriers use to get in your head every chance they get and I have always hated that. If you ever need to re-up on a phone, go to best buy, get the unlocked version of whatever one you want and the two year tap. It just makes sense.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Phone I Ever Owned

    Posted
    Marketman
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    As a longtime Apple products user and iPhone X owner I decided to try the Samsung Note 8 despite not being a real big fan of Android phones. To my surprise, I found the switch was well worth it, especially due to the ability to have functional stylus that works with the phone (sorry Steve Jobs, you were wrong on this one.) The Note 8 offered many advantages over waiting for the Note 9 - first, the price was considerably lower through Best Buy although this is last years model. Second, I still can use it with much of my software syncing, though there are some apps that I have to depend on for use just with my iPad. Better display on the Samsung,no "notch" on the screen, did I mention the stylus is great? I actually like it better than the Note 9 stylus, especially not that awful stylus color on the new Note, not to mention the price. Coupled with a nice case it works for me. Its not perfect, there are some limitations, but then again what phone doesn't have some issues? I'll get plenty of use out of the Note 8 before I see any legitimate reason to upgrade. Still like Apple products too but Samsung Note 8 is a much better phone in my opinion than the X, which for the price was somewhat disappointing, especially after all the hype from last year.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love my phone with a few caveats

    Posted
    Jyoti
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    I have had this phone since the Day 1 launch in the US. Its a very good phone with some difficulties. The phone is difficult to hold in one hand because its so big and you will need a good case if you want to save it from cracks. Trust me, that'll happen. The phone flew for the first few months but trust Samsung's bloatware to weigh things down after 6 months or so. Even with 6 GB ram, the phone shows the occasional stutters now and then. I am surprised. I like to keep my phone streamlined in terms of apps downloaded vs used on a daily basis ratio so I am surprised. I keep telling myself that I wont buy a Samsung but I keep returning to them because of their awesome hardware. The battery is a real letdown though. It usually lasts for half a day before I have to plug it in. I keep my location on so that Google can keep an eerie track on my whereabouts but still this is unacceptable from a phone as powerful as this. They played it safe after the Note 7 fiasco but it really handicapped the phone. I don't use the Pen which comes with the phone anymore.At this point its just a novelty item used to bump up the price of the phone. I had a Note 5 before this and the S Pen was much sturdier before. Lastly, with the way the prices are going sky-high and mid-tier phones becoming so good, its hard to justify the price I paid for this phone. Over a 1000 dollars after taxes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    Posted
    sweete
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    Got this phone on preorder and it arrived sooner than promised. I was a bit nervous about the phone after reading early reviews stating that the fingerprint scanner is 'awkward' or 'poorly placed'. I am forced to have my phone encrypted and either on huge password or fingerprint, for security, so I have used the fingerprint scanner on previous phones and was concerned my life was about to get more difficult. Not so!! I don't know what people are talking about with the fingerprint scanner. It's GREAT. you just place your index finger over the back of the phone and INSTANTLY it's unlocked. NO swiping. No having to have it in the perfect orientation. You can actually add multiple 'different' fingerprints and just set it to different parts of your index finger. That way if you're more misaligned than typical, it will still unlock. SUPER smooth. Literally will save minutes of frustration per day from my previous device.. Yeah, other than that, everybody else will tell you how wonderful the device is in every other way. My only 'complaint' is that the phone is too tall [compared to my previous Note4]. It will just take getting used too. The width is smaller than the note 4 which is amazing. I'm in love.. <3 <3

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Another Junk Note Phone

    Posted
    NotHappywithSAMSUNG
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    This is the fourth Samsung cell phone with problems. I had a S5 great phone, then purchased a Note 7, recalled both of them had to replace it with S7 after return and wait for Samsung to fix Note 7 problems. Samsung said they would make it up to all of the Note 7 owners. Their offer was a joke. So I keep the S7, it failed right after the warranty expired. Good thing Best Buy cares about it's customers they worked with me to upgrade to new Note 8. Note8 less than 6 months old SCREEN BURN IN and Battery last less than a day. Contacted Samsung support since it's still under manufacture warranty. You would think after all the Note 7 problems they would be more helpful, NOT! wipe your phone send it to them maybe you'll get it back in 10 business day. This is a know problem, they should over night a replacement to me. If it was an Apple device I could exchange it at my local store. Think I'll stop buying Samsung if this is the service I get for defective devices.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great phone, but beware if you're on sprint.

    Posted
    exiledpreest
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    Normally I wouldn't write reviews, but I felt compelled to write this one. As of this time I pre-ordered and recieved. Was shipped by UPS ground, which was faster then expected. Sadly if you have Sprint don't waste you're time at the moment(9/10/17). I just spent 3 hours on the phone and via online talking with them trying to activate the sim card and through the issues with that. Ultimately it came down to the phone(unlocked version) being not supported on their Network. So as of right now my only options are to hope a new sim card will work maybe work, wait for them to finally add support for the device, or take it back and spend the extra $40+ difference ($30 + taxes) between this unlocked version or the sprint branded one loaded with all the bloatware that should never come preinstalled on a phone. Great phone. But be careful.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome. Best Bang for Buck.

    Posted
    weirdpooh
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    Exceptional piece of hardware, paired with a dynamic integration of Android OS and Samsung's Touchwiz. I've owned every Galaxy Note phone, with the exception of the first and fifth iterations. This phone is a technological marvel and is still cheaper than the iPhone X. Featuring 6 GB of ram, there is nothing that I can throw at the phone to slow it down and you can dock it for full screen computing options. Bluetooth controlled gaming cast to my television, Virtual Reality, dual-sim capable or up to 256 gb on-board storage, a WACOM stylus that goes for around $100, and the camera rivals my Nikon D700 DSLR, all in the palm of your hand. As a Note7 owner/user for over a year, Samsung did their 'screw-up' justice with this piece of hardware. I thought the Note7 couldn't be topped, but the Note8 surpasses it in every way. There are folks who don't like the Bixby key, but the key, and Bixby, are really useful once you set them up. You can also disable the key if it bothers you too much. The button and Bixby also pair well with Google's Assistant, picking up slack where Google's Assistant faces limitations. All in all, you get what you pay for and this is a beautiful phone with endless possibilities of uses.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good phone in general, but not with Verizon vm

    Posted
    sth0875
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    I would rate this phone a 5 for its battery life, clear display, stylus, and overall functionality, however, I can only give it a 4 because it is not compatible with all Verizon apps as the sales representative stated. I brought this as a gift, and we waited to activate for convenient reasons (i.e. work), but we should have activated automatically. First, the phone would not activate with the Verizon SIMs card in place so we had to take it to the store to get activated, and 2 weeks later (outside of the return/exchange date) we found out that there is a Verizon voicemail app that all new Samsung phones must download to receive notifications of voicemails. I was not told of this at the time of purchase, otherwise, I would have brought the locked phone. In general, this is a great phone, however, if you want to be stuck checking basic voicemail everyday because you won't be notified of incoming voicemails or finding another app to support your voicemails then I suggest you purchase the locked version of this phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Samsung Phone EVER!!

    Posted
    John
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    Had my reserves but took the plunge in buying an unlocked Note 8. No regrets. Only issue was getting a new sim card from a Sprint store, 1st store didn't have any sims for the Note 8 but 2nd did. After activation it's only gotten better. 24 hours so far and I haven't had any issues and haven't experienced anything I don't like about the device. It's very responsive, fluid, and highly configurable. I'd rate it a 10 out of 10!! Battery life so far is much better than I anticipated. And both the Iris Scanner and Fingerprint Scanner are Fast!! Even though the Note 8 is currently the highest priced Samsung phone, I use my phone daily and don't have any regrets on paying the premium for this phone. If you can get it for less and can afford to have one as your daily driver then don't hesitate and just pull the trigger. You won't regret it. Just make sure to protect it with a good case and screen protector.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome telephone

    Posted
    Dash
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    I bought the Note 8 to replace my slowly dying Moto G 4, which had been a replacement for my dead Note 4. Both of these previous phones had died as a result of the constant need to connect a cable in order to charge them. The Note 8 has wireless charging so I'm hopeful it will have a longer life span. This phone also has NFC (Near Field Communication) that works with Google Pay. It didn't take long for me to love the ability to pay for purchases with my phone. It's much faster. I never realized how much time I used to spend just trying to pay for purchases with a card. I no longer have to carry around a separate stylus in order to keep the greasy fingerprints off my telephone screen, as it comes with a stylus that also offers lots of functions not readily available on other phones such as partial screen captures and the ability to create .gif files from video. The cameras work in much lower light environments than my previous phones and the image quality is much better. Overall, this is an awesome telephone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good camera

    Posted
    Ashh
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    OMG - What a phone. The picture is fantastic. I am going from a S7 edge and this phone is great. Plus bixby saves alot of typing. Hit side button tell bixby what you want and you get it. Yes its pricey but you get on promotion a 128 card and cordless charger or 4 k camera. I paid around 800 for edge. I got mine thru ATT. It is thin and waterproof and has duel camera on back for crystal clear pictures and too many formats to mention. This is not an everyday phone for non enthusiast. But if you want all the buttons and whistles with a very clear screen - this is for you. the pen is smooth as pie and you can write quick notes on your screen And for someone like me who is tired of typing everything - works for me. Field any question my way i will do best to answer. to rate the phone on price is unfair.Plus the battery consumption is nil compared to my samsung galaxy edge 7.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    Posted
    LAWD
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    I've been purchasing Samsung phones since '01. Samsung never fails to amaze me. This phone has blown me away. I gave it a test at a festival that was an all day and night event. Videos, features, and pictures have amazing quality. The best thing that stood out with this phone is the battery. Yes we know they had a lot of flack about the Note 7's battery issue but man did they make up for it. I started recording, taking pics at 98% and ended with 45% by the end of the night.. That's 12:30pm -10:45pm without charging..Wow! I love this phone. The design, power, battery life...I can go on. Samsung did a great job by focusing on the consumers feedback! So go out and purchase one. It's a definite must buy!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Samsung Note Is a Premium Smart Phone

    Posted
    DSyx
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    I have had my Samsung Note 8 since December 2017 and so far it has been great. I love the ability to unlock my phone with my finger prints which you can set it to use multiple fingers so you can unlock it whether you are holding it in your right or left hand. I also love being able to take it in the shower with me. And as with all Samsung Notes I love having a stylus, You can create surprisingly in depth sketches and even finished art work with a Samsung note because you can zoom in to an area to add further details. The only con I have is probably due to my lack of research and that is the fact that I have not found a user friendly way (aka I have not stumbled) on to a good and quick and convenient way to write quick notes with it that stores the note in an intuitive way. In other words I still feel it is kind of clumsy with taking quick notes. Not user friendly enough for that. But I am certain that there are solutions for that problem out there with one app or another. I just wish it was already set up in way that I find intuitive to take quick notes and save them for later.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Paradise right in my hands

    Posted
    AudioPhile01
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    This is The Best phone in the market right now. Absolutely loving every aspect of it. Dont be disheartened by the fact that it has a 3300 mAH battery. It is well tuned enough to last for a day with average use. I'd recommend a case or a skin just so to avoid the smudges at the back of the phone since it is made of glass. The AKG tuned headphones are another gem of an accessory. They really saved me the trouble of looking a decent one in the market. Thirdly, I am spellbound with the camera. Images are crisp, clear and sharp. The OS is super awesome and the software features in the phone know no boundaries. Its been just 2 days since I've had the unlocked model and its just not enough. This is a product well worth it. Buy it without any secomd thoughts. Worth every penny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Phone, bad promo service

    Posted
    CarlosP
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    Got my Unlocked Note 8. Big phone, but does so much for me. I bought my phone and was told I'd get electronic instructions to claim my free gift. Either a Fast wireless charging dock + 128 GB MicroSD card, or the new Gear 360 camera. I registered my product with Samsung within a few days. Never got an email from Best Buy or Samsung about how to claim my offer. Since it's been a few weeks, I went ahead and tried to find some kind of info. I had to call BB support, and was told how to do it...finally! BUT I was too late to register for it by 2 days! They told me they couldn't do anything and to call Samsung. Called Samsung, apparently there's a resubmission deadline, but I can't take advantage of that b/c I never registered during the initial promo period. Bottom line, is that I'm SUPER upset that I am now missing out on an offer that was promised to me, and was told by the Best Buy employee that I would receive all my info via email. Which, I never did, and now I'm SOL. Hoping Best Buy will reach out and make this right.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, but overpriced

    Posted
    Rolo
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    I've used all kinds of phones from the iPhone 5s, Galaxy s3, Galaxy s6, Galaxy s7 edge, and Huawei Honor 8, and I have to say that this phone is the best phone I've ever used. Everything from the 6.3" display to the s-pen it's a quality product whose everyday usage is almost flawless. Iris scanning is fast when it works which is 95% of the time. Fingerprint scanner is as fast as the s7's. The zoom lens is nifty if youre the type that comes into contact with objects that are just a bit too far at times. The phone is also just good to look at, but at $929, the cheapest price for unlocked models, it better be. That's a steep price to pay and honestly it should be worth closer to $829.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Current daily driver, great phone

    Posted
    Alquek
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    This is my current daily driver (I carry both this and an iPhone for work). I typically consider myself pretty brand agnostic when it comes to phones. I've switched between Apple, LG, Samsung, Nexus, and Motorola, so I have used a lot of phones. I don't consider myself loyal to any one brand, as long as they make a quality product, I will try it out. That being said, I have found myself coming back to Samsung more and more. I had the S4, S7+, Note 7, S8, and finally the Note 8. The Note 8 is my favorite so far and is a solid product. The design is great, screen quality is excellent and performance is good. It does lag sometimes when I have a lot of things going on, but nothing too upsetting. Battery life is ok, especially since they reduced the size from the Note 7, but I guess better for safety. The camera quality is excellent, I like it more than my iphone's camera which people usually compare it to. Overall, solid phone, looking forward to whatever innovations Samsung will put into the Note 9.

    I would recommend this to a friend