Gadget Review – Trying the Galaxy Note 8

Trying the Galaxy Note 8

– Hey guys this is Austin. Today I'm here in New
York City for the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8. My first thought with the Note 8 is that it actually does
feel a little bit different to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. So when you look at it up front
it looks very, very similar.

Yes, it does have a 6.3 Inch display instead of 6.2 On the S8+. But in hand it actually has
a little bit more of an edge. Before it was very much
sort of like a tapered thing all the way from the screen to the back. But now there's actually
something to grab onto.

The Note 8 still has the Infinity Display. So this means that it
has super small bezels on top and bottom. It does have a curved
display on the edges. And it also does have the
sort of wraparound edge on both the left and right side.

All this jargon means, it actually does feel
really nice in the hand. The Galaxy Note 8 is still
going to be water resistant, which is nice. And taken as a whole, the
hardware does feel very similar to the Galaxy S8 and especially the S8+. It's not going to be a huge jump, but what you're really
getting here is the S Pen and especially that new dual camera setup.

This guy is rocking a pair
of 12-megapixel cameras that are very similar to the iPhone 7 Plus. So there's one wide angle
lens as well as one telephoto. It's a 2x crop, and there's
a lot of cool things that you can do with it. Not only do we have the wide angle lens, but you can also jump into the telephoto, and if we hit Live Focus, essentially what we should be able to do, so we actually just took three photos.

So not only did we use
the wide angle shot, but we also do have the telephoto, and we have version with background blur. So what's interesting about the Note 8 is that you can actually adjust this. So you can basically
turn it all the way off, or go maximum blur. Looking at it closely, it looks decent, but he's a little bit soft.

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Now, I think that's actually an issue I've found a lot with the iPhone
7 Plus with the portrait mode, and this is a sort of similar setup, but in theory they have done a better job of implementing it by actually allowing you to take multiple photos. However this, while it did a good job of sort of isolating
him from the background it looks very similar to
what you get on the iPhone. Now beyond that, it's
a fairly similar setup. Like I said, they're both 12 megapixels.

And to my eye, it looks pretty similar to the photos that you're
getting on the Galaxy S8, but thankfully there's no camera bump. What's not great about that, is that it also means that
the fingerprint sensor is still going to be around back. So it is still very, very easy to accidentally touch your camera, when you actually mean
to unlock the phone. So Jimmy, what are your
thoughts on the Galaxy Note 8? – Dude, it fits in my hand, it's crazy.

It's fine, like, I like iPhone, but the screen is really
nice, and it's fast. – I think I'm gonna take
over the video again. – Yeah, take it. (Laughing) – The Note 8 is rocking a 6.3
Inch, super AMOLED display, and I think honestly, this
is probably one of the best smartphone displays around.

But Samsung has kinda
been on top of the game for a couple years now here. I've got to admit, when
the Galaxy S8 came out, I felt like that was the
best hardware on any phone, and the Note is super similar. So it still does have not only USB-C, but also a headphone jack,
which is nice to see. But of course, being a Note,
it does have the S Pen.

The S Pen has gained a few new features, like you can use it to translate text, as well as of course you can use it to doodle and sketch
and that kind of stuff. Now I know a lot of people
really do like the S Pen, but personally I don't find a ton of use for a stylus on a phone. And that actually brings
us to one of the downsides of the Note 8. It has a very small 3300 mAh battery.

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Now for comparison, the Galaxy S8+, with a slightly smaller screen, has a 3500 mAh battery. The Note 7 was a big part
of the presentation today. So, in case you've been
living under a rock, the Galaxy Note 7 was kind of a big deal. And by big deal, I mean it kept exploding and, yeah, did not go well.

So of course, the battery is smaller here. I think they're being a
little more conservative, and I think that is a good thing, but it also means that,
with such a giant display, and pretty powerful
specs, I'm curious to see what the actual battery
life is going to be. Inside, the Note 8 is rocking
a Snapdragon 835 processor, as well as an Exynos option
in some international markets. It has six GB of RAM, 64 Gigs of storage, as well as a MicroSD card slot.

So this is very similar
to what you're getting on the Galaxy S8. The biggest difference
is that you're getting that two extra gigs of RAM,
but to be totally honest, it's going to be a very
similar experience. The Note 8 also has a Bixby button, because you know, that
was a huge hit on the S8. It launches Bixby, which still exists.

It's slightly better now. Moving on, what is a
little bit cooler is DeX. So this is Samsung's solution to being able to turn your phone
into somewhat of a desktop. So if you get the DeX dock, you can hook up a
monitor, mouse, keyboard, kind of like some of
the Windows phone stuff that I have taken a look at recently.

Now this actually worked
pretty well on the Galaxy S8, and they've done even more improvements with more apps and more
features on the Note 8. It's still not quite there for me, as essentially you're just
running Windowed Android apps, but I feel like, as this
gets better and better it's going to become
more and more of a reason to pick up a Samsung device. Which brings me to my next
point, the rest of the software. It's exactly the same as the Galaxy S8.

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Kind of a trend with this video, I think. So, it's not bad, it's not
like TouchWiz back in the day, but it is nowhere near stock Android. And because of that, this guy is shipping with Android 7.1 Nougat,
as opposed to Oreo, which of course is not quite out yet. But still expect a little bit of a delay on getting updates with this, just like every other Samsung phone.

One cool thing Samsung did with the Note 8 software is App Pair. So this is kind of like
Spaces on your desktop. You can have a pair of apps set to automatically open together. And they will have the correct sort of multitasking setup.

And that is kind of cool. For example, you could have
YouTube launch with, say, Twitter, or whatever you want to do, and you can have that kind of custom. It's not a huge feature,
but I guess it's something. With the Note 8, Samsung have taken what is arguably one of
the best designed phones out on the market right now, and added the S Pen, as well
as the dual camera setup.

Now, if you're looking for
a large-screen smartphone, honestly, it's kind of a
no-brainer over the S8+. I feel like the dual cameras alone are going to make it worth it. But, what do you guys think
about the Galaxy Note 8? Let me know in the comments below, and I will catch you on the next one..

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