The Note8 (center) flanked by the iPhone 7 Plus (left) and Galaxy S8 (right)

Samsung Galaxy Note8 Review

An analyst’s take

Jan Dawson
Sep 5, 2017 · 17 min read

First, some context

Likely timing of Samsung Note8 and new iPhone launches

The Note8 and its target market

This is a high performance phone

Speed and smoothness

A fantastic screen

iPhone 7 Plus (left) and Samsung Note8 (right) showing usable screen size relative to body size
Eight random app screenshots — Instagram, Chrome, Netflix, Messages, IMDB, Hulu, SoundCloud, and Twitter — showing that most have navigation elements at the top and some have nothing at the bottom, within reach of the user’s thumbs.

Great battery life and fast charging is useful but limited

Error message received when attempting to fast charge using the provided adapter and cable

The stylus is a nice feature but will require habit changes for most

The Note faithful, as shown at Samsung’s launch event

Multitasking

Samsung’s Android customizations are a mixed bag

Lots and lots of Samsung apps

Samsung’s camera has lots of hidden power features

Bixby is the same limited feature as on the Galaxy S8

The always-on display and unlocking both have quirks

The cameras are fantastic

Final Thoughts

A great device

On the death of bezels

On the super premium market

On unlocking without a home button

Beyond Devices

A blog about consumer technology from Jan Dawson and Jackdaw Research. Original home at www.beyonddevic.es. Jan Dawson is an analyst and consultant who helps consumer technology companies understand market trends and devise strategies for success.

Jan Dawson

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Director, Research & Insights, Vivint Smart Home. Previously, Founder and Chief Analyst at Jackdaw Research.

Beyond Devices

A blog about consumer technology from Jan Dawson and Jackdaw Research. Original home at www.beyonddevic.es. Jan Dawson is an analyst and consultant who helps consumer technology companies understand market trends and devise strategies for success.