Is the Galaxy Note 8 Worth It In 2018? Is the question I am going to be asking today. So we will cover the main four topics which are:
The Galaxy Note8 has a 6.3” AMOLED display which packs a resolution of 2960×1440. Take note that it has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 so this makes it super tall. It has a maximum brightness of 1200 nits, currently one of the highest and dual curved edges plus rounded corners. The bezels are also almost non-existent.
But enough about the specs! How does it handle the real world? Well, it’s actually quite a good display if not one of the best. The brightness is very good, you can easily read the display in direct sunlight and no matter how close you put your face to the display you can’t see the pixels.
The edge display, well, some people like it, some don’t I personally like it. It gives you the feeling that there is no bezel on the sides and it elegantly melts into the metal band. But on the other side, I see why some people don’t like it – the palm rejection doesn’t always work thus the screen becomes glitchy when you try to use it. There is minimal distortion but the glare is almost everywhere and that can annoy people. Plus if you’re using the phone with one hand then you have to slide it up and down in your hand to reach the top or bottom.
This is still one of the best smartphone screens to date. But there are some caveats. But I definitely say the screen of the Note8 is worth it.
P.S. Forgot to mention the Note8 is capable of HDR.
So the Note8 has a 3300 mAH battery. Sounds quite good, doesn’t it?
Well, that’s not the case I find the battery is disappointing. When I use my phone on 50% to 100% brightness (QHD+) it only has around 4 hours of Screen on Time. I use LTE on my phone always, WiFi, BT, NFC is off, but Sync and Location are on.
So if you’re in the market for a phone with a huge battery the Note8 might disappoint you.
The Note8 features dual cameras, the primary sensor is 12 MP and has an aperture of 1.7 F-Stops, the second sensor is a telephoto 12 MP sensor and has an aperture of 2.4 F-Stops. The camera is still great on this phone. It can take crispy photos both in good and bad lighting, not mention it can create fake bokeh and has 2x optical zoom which can come in handy. You can also record at 4K in 30 FPS and QHD 30 fps. But there is a mod that can give you QHD 60 FPS but that requires root.
But you can’t really tell how good the camera is without some pictures. So here are some of my best (and worst) shots.
Quite Grainy and you can’t make out the lights very well
In this picture, you can see that the details in the snow are lacking.
Fails with HDR doesn’t show the white in the angels.
The front camera has an 8MP shooter and an F1.7 aperture. This is great for all of you selfy fanatics, especially for the low light selfy takers. If you use your front camera to make video calls or just record video you will be pleased with the QHD 30 FPS mode which is very good in my opinion. So this camera is all around great. Also, you get your stickers (SnapChat filters basically) and beauty modes.
In this area, also, the Note 8 is Worth It!
So this is the final and most important factor. Is it still fast and reliable? Yes, the phone is still very fast while using daily for YouTube, E-Mail, Internet etc. It really hasn’t changed since I received it back in November. For gaming it still enough also.
The phone also receives Android updates recently updated mine to Android O, plus it gets monthly security updates which not a lot of companyies do. In my opinion this is a huge plus.
In conclusion yes the Note8 is Worth It in 2018.