The flaws I find to be affecting me are:-
1. No new slow motion modes, after the S7... At least they can go for 1080p120 or 1080p90, or 720p480fps or 360 via firmware update.
2. too heavy and huge, although maybe I'll be looking at something else & not Note series if that is a priority,
3. mono speaker,
The Note8 is undoubtedly one of the most versatile all-rounder flagships today along with the S8+ and the LG V30. I'm sure power users will love it and it is the closest thing to a PC on a smartphone.
Great goodies and content-filled Unboxing. Love it. IP68 on a phone with 3.5 mm headphone jack (and stylus slot for S-Pen), shows others how (Apple, HTC, Moto, Xiaomi) how it's done.
Waterproof S-Pen with 4096 pressure points (bless you Note7) is awesome as usual. Backward compatibility and non-charging passive solution are some of it's awesome attributes. 6 years since the launch of then original Note, there is still not a smartphone that even comes close to the Note series in terms of offering an awesome stylus (Definitely not the LG Stylo, maybe Palm really should come back to challenge the Note).
Fingerprint scanner is obviously not in the optimal position, but after considering the bezel-less design, Iris Scanner and looking at the iPhone X, we should be glad that it is somewhere rather than nowhere.
The screen is one of the best, if not the best, with it's super-high resolution, large screen diagonal, AMOLED technology, HDR. But I am slightly disappointed with the Note8's brightness and the sunlight contrast ratio, which is lower than that of the S8. You see, we have very high expectations from Samsung's flagships. :P
Battery is another area with a very good result but doesn't really convince you fully (especially considering Samsung's usually high scores). The Exynos version is good, but the SD 835's background draw pulls down it's better usage times. That leaves a bit of a bad taste, especially when I remember the huge batteries of the S8 Active and the A9 Pro (2016).
Samsung's Connectivity suite is superb as usual, with the main omissions being FM Radio and Infrared Blaster.
Nice software that is brimming with features, yet looks like it has not been designed in haste. (Multi-windows, Screen Pinning & other features have been available for years on Samsung flagships). Kudos to Samsung for innovating. The good thing about it is if you don't want it you can disable it. Customisability is king and Samsung gets that. Bixby is still a work in progress though and I hope they don't push it down people's throat if they don't want it. Secure folder is awesome though.
The performance is very good for an Android flagship, although the differences in CPU & GPU test between Exynos and Snapdragon in contrasting the S8, S8+ and the Note8 make for a confusing mess. But seeing Apple iPhone X scores, leaves me underwhelmed with the state of benchmark performance in Android. Apple isn't just ahead, it's nearly double of it's nearest competitor (which itself is usually the last-gen iPhone).
The Dual camera with Dual OIS, f1.7 Dual Pixel autofocus main sensor and f2.4 sharper than usual Telephoto with autofocus, look amazing (yep, lots of Duals there). It makes for an interesting Duel (pun intended) with the iPhone X and the V30. Multi-frame stacking gives it an edge too. Pro mode is really professional like the one on LG's flagships. Samsung's Live focus seems like one of the best implementation of artificial smartphone bokeh's. Low-light & Nights shots are just splendid. As for the selfie camera, I really don't think there is a better well-rounded solution out there. 1/3.6" sensor size, f1.7, 8MP resolution, autofocus, QHD video recording, 1.22 µm pixel size, AutoHDR.....Very nice for great selfies, night or day. The fact that they just publishes a rare sample of a selfie at night (with no dedicated flash too) proves it.
Videos are great with OIS and EIS available. HEVC option is bonus. But after seeing Sony XZ Premium and iPhone X, I think the next should go for more than the default of 1080@ 60fps.
The Note4 was one of the best phones of all time, after it's highly three successful predecessors. Then came the Note5, the worst Note of all times, with lowest battery capacity, the shock of removing the MicroSD, Removable Battery and the Infrared Blaster. Plus it wasn't even available in Europe. The Note6 was never meant to be. The Note7 looked like the dark years were over for Note fans, with IP68 water-proofing, HDR screen, Iris scanner, much-improved S-Pen, largest Note battery ever, wonderful camera and other goodies. Alas, those dream went up in flames.
Hope the Note8 steadies the ship once and for all, and looking for towards seeing an all-confident, 4000+ mAh battery, Waterproof, 7nm Powerful chipset & even more stunning Note9!
Watch out for light leaks between the front glass and the frame. I received one with light coming out from the entire left side of the phone between the frame and front glass.
Anonymous, 18 Sep 2017Wow, your standards are pretty low. I guess all you care about is the camera, screen and proce... moreActually I don't care about any of that. I run a Blackberry priv which has neither a good camera nor a great processing power. Display is great, but I was satisfied with Sony that I owned before. I care about great battery life.
I haven't handled the phone, but the review shows that it has very good battery, things you said, as well as a ton of other things. I didn't see anything negative from the review at all.
Now, reviews could be biased (not saying that it is here), but you have to agree that the hardware is excellent, probably better than anyone else is putting out anyway.
funny enough the low light pictures that are "flexing muscles" .. when you look at them side by side with the xperias "terrible pics" for example.. well... they have much less details.
WTF? I expected the note to be significantly better, not worse..
Anonymous, 18 Sep 2017Yep, this and the extremely mediocre (At best) battery and speaker (As usually pretty quiet). ... moreSays an anonymous dude who hasn't contributed anything of value to his society in all the years of his insignificant existence. Another jealous pot calling the successful kettle black. Hard to think of something more mediocre than you.
I don't think the camera captures as much detail as the HTC U11.
In other news, Samsung is delaying the preorders from the previous loyal Note 7 owners who preordered the Note 8 through Samsung.com with bonus trade-in discounts so they can provide enough phones for the carriers/retailers to steal customers before the new Iphone is released.
Anonymous, 17 Sep 2017We cant deny the fact that this phone is good only for 6 to one year of used after that it sta... moreI don't think so.
As long as you wouldn't use extension memory via SD card slot it won't.
Anonymous, 17 Sep 2017Its supposed to lose up to 20% within a year not a month.
And so far that's supposed to have... moreBattery technology has remained the same for the past 20 years. Samsung has claimed that the battery now will be still optimal even after a year. Like how? I just do not believe on what their marketing is saying, and no way telling us how they have implemented some magical technology that has solved the retarding the battery degradation.
My conclusions have been from actual use and monitor, and literature pertaining how rechargeable batteries work and last. I stand by my observations at 12.5% drop in Screen On Time usage after over a month. Probably 20% by the second month. Even accelerated when you are fast charging all the time.
SZTadir, 17 Sep 2017Wow...Sony fan here, but I think Samsung is probably the best mobile manufacturer right now (a... moreWow, your standards are pretty low. I guess all you care about is the camera, screen and processor power.
[deleted post]Yep, this and the extremely mediocre (At best) battery and speaker (As usually pretty quiet).
Another mediocre hyper overprised peace of jewelry from samsung.
[deleted post]if you place your phone face down (display close to table) that way one can pick it up while scanning is the best way
The location of finger print sensor is just fine easy to reach with left point finger as this device is for two hand, mobile phone on the left hand and Spen on the right.
My only complain is that the small battery and for deleting iR Blaster... Samsung is following IOS now, they dont listen to what their clients said...
AnonD-669148, 17 Sep 2017Note 8 have better sound quality than LG V30, so it is impossible to believe anything LG promi... moreHave better sound quality?
Hahaha, it is funny and first to hear that!
No phone dares to compete with V series in terms of sound quality.
We cant deny the fact that this phone is good only for 6 to one year of used after that it started to laaaaaag..
Anonymous, 17 Sep 2017There are a few flaws ..
Dual edge screen
Speaker beside usb (... moreWell...I guess those are true. Again, may not be all that flawed. From YouTube videos, the monospeaker seemed very capable, quickcharge is replace by Adaptive fast charge which is very capable, and while I don't like their aspect ratio, I am not sure if it counts as a flaw. I actually didn't focus on the Selfie camera, as I have no use for it (in an effort to go against the crowd).
But...yeah...4K video thing and FPS is annoying.
It doesn't matter in the end though...I still like Sony design more and still crave physical keyboard. Otherwise, I could have bought this (or better yet, Note FE, which is a stunning looking phone).
NichtsGemacht, 17 Sep 2017Why does phones with cameras with OIS support produce better night shoot? what's that makes th... moreOIS is good when you need slower shutter speed. It is hard to keep hands steady. Even if it is just 1s. Useless in daylight or video.
Brighter shots mean bigger aperture and higher exposition.
SZTadir, 17 Sep 2017Wow...Sony fan here, but I think Samsung is probably the best mobile manufacturer right now (a... moreThere are a few flaws ..
Dual edge screen
Speaker beside usb (like iphone)
Bad position of FPS
No QC 4.0 or 3.0
Low resolution selfie, also overexposed shots
4K video probably only 10 min like S8
P2 beside usb ( like old iphones)