Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

Note 8 review
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 had a rather disastrous launch, with many of the phones being recalled for exploding battery issues. But the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is here to show that the Note series is better than ever and it can survive without that much of a problem.

Display and design

Right off the bat, you see that this device has 6.3 inch screen, which is a huge screen for anyone. On top of that, they also added the stylus, which can be a productivity tool that everyone may need in the end! You have a squarer camera module and sharper edges that work very well. Moreover, they still keep the Infinity Edge design and the top is ultra-thin too.

Most of the unit is coated in Corning Gorilla Glass, and there are multiple colors to choose from. The camera module does have a border that exists away from the device, a strange design choice that can lead to some camera damage. But during drop tests, the unit didn’t have any issues. At WQHD resolution, you get to have a very good experience and a huge control over just about everything on the screen. There are no blind spots, everything runs fine, and the colors are amazing.

Features

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 runs Android 7.1.1 out of the factory, but it will surely receive the 8.0 support very soon. As for the chipset, you have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 which is one of the best and latest chips in the industry. The dedicated octa-core chip combo runs in the 4x2.4 GHz and 4zx1.7 Ghz combination, which is a pretty good deal. As for the GPU, you have a Mali G 71 MP20 GPU, which worked very well in games. That being said, the unit does tend to heat up quite a lot as you play for more than an hour.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 does allow you to add a micro SD card up to 256 GB, a great thing considering that many Samsung phones don’t do that. You get to have this great feature, 6 GB of RAM and 64/128/256 GB of storage depending on the model you choose.

Camera-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is pretty great. It has dual 12 MP cameras, OIS, 2x optical zoom, autofocus, dual-led flash and some great features. It can do video at 2160p, but not 4k. The audio quality is a pretty good one while using the unit we were quite impressed with how well everything sounds. So yes, it’s a really good audio system, and it works much better when compared to competing devices.

As for the battery life, it is a pretty decent one. The 3300 mAh can give you up to a day of battery, sometimes a bit more depending on what you use. So, it’s a pretty average result here.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a stunning design and build, a great screen and the stylus is a very useful tool for productivity. The cameras are amazing too. The only downside is that the battery life is a bit short, but then again this is something that you should expect from a flagship unit nowadays. And at more than $900, this is not a cheap phone. But as a whole, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful, unique package and it brings in front some of the best features that you may want from a good smartphone. Even the cost is a bit high; the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a great upgrade for any phone user!

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A Letter To My Best Friend On Graduation Day

What are you suppose to say to your best friend on graduation day?
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Have you ever heard of a fairy tale? Where two people meet and then everything else seems to fall into place. Well here’s how this one started: two little girls in preschool, sitting in a little room, with other little people. The teacher comes over and starts to hand out frosted cookies and bunny coloring pages for us all. Somehow, somewhere in here, the two little girls became best friends.

Now, I don’t want to tell you some fairy tale story, because fairy tales aren’t really true, right? So here’s what I really want to tell you.

What do you say? I mean really, what are you supposed to say to someone whom you’ve known for almost 15 years? And this someone isn’t just anyone. This someone is your best friend. Someone you’ve gotten used to seeing every day during the week. Someone you looked forward to seeing every day. What do you say?

Well, I guess I can start off by saying thank you. Thank you for being there when I needed someone to just listen. It doesn’t matter where we are in this world or in our lives, I know you will always be there to listen. As I will always be the same for you. Thank you for always being my best supporter. Thank you for not judging me for my sometimes poor decision-making skills. Thank you for late-night conversations. Thank you for remembering every inside joke we have ever created. And I mean every joke! Even if I don’t always remember them. Thank you for being brutally honest with me when I am being ridiculous.

Thank you for respecting my values and opinions, even if you disagree. Thank you for loving my family like you love your own. Thank you for fighting all of life’s battles by my side. Thank you for celebrating all of the exciting moments of my life with me and the many more to come. Thank you for forgiving me every time I might not have been the best friend in the entire world. Thank you for all you’ve taught me, even if you didn’t realize it at times. Thank you for always sharing your crazy stories with me. Thank you for being there through all of the significant others that I have mistakenly chosen. Thank you for listening to my long stories as though you haven’t already heard them a million times. Thank you for being strong when I was weak. Thank you for sharing your secrets with me, and for keeping mine. Thank you for sharing the past fourteen and a half years of your life with me. Thank you.

I honestly cannot believe that high school is over and soon we will both be going our separate ways in life. It’s hard to fathom that we won’t live a few houses down from each other anymore. Only on weekends when we are home from college. It’s going to be tough, but it’s OK. Because I know that no matter where we go in life, whether it’s a quarter mile away from each other or halfway across the world, you’ll always be my best friend. I’ll never come across someone who will be able to take your spot as my best friend. We’ve just got to remember that even though we change and we are both finding our own places in this world, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we’re not still best friends. Later on in life I know I’m going to be able to look back and remember that you were the one who lifted my head when I was losing faith in myself. I know I’m going to remember how you were that one person who knew who I really was. Most importantly, I know I’m going to remember that you were that one person who made the biggest difference in my life.

There really aren't enough words to even begin to describe how much you mean to me. We have the highest expectations for each other and I know that you will be successful in anything you choose to do. Writing this to you is hard, because honestly, I’m scared to admit how truly sad I am to know this will be the end of school with you. There are so many things that I will miss about you next year, from how much of an angel you were to your contagious smile. There’s no one else who can make me laugh so hard that my sides actually begin to kill with pain. I’m going to miss the countless hours we would spend playing Mario Kart and Wii Fit. I’m going to miss you sitting in my kitchen eating cookie after cookie. While you may be one of the craziest individuals that I have ever met in the last 14-and-a-half years of my life, I know you will always be making others laugh if you’re not there making me laugh.You always manage to light up a room. You’ll forever be the life of the party and you never fail at making everything interesting.

It’s going to be hard not being able to run up to each other every day and share our crazy stories or rant about something that just happened during the previous class. I know there will be times after a long day of classes or work when I wish I could just head over to your house, plop down on your bed in your room and play Mario Kart while we talk about our day. I want you to know that whatever happens, whoever you become and whoever the future shapes you to be, I will always be here for you. Whether a drive or a phone call away, I will always be here. We may not be able to spend the next few years seeing each other every day, but I know that you will make a huge impact on those who meet you in the time to come.

The past 14-and-a-half years of my life have been fantastic. I want to thank you for simply being the person you are and for letting me have the honor of being your best friend. I will see you up on that stage when we sit there in the gym at Carrabec High School for the last time together. As soon as we march out that door, you can bet that I will be the first one to run up to you and hug you, and probably cry, and tell you that we made it. Here’s to an amazing future and to a lifelong friendship.

Back to the fairy tale thing for a moment. Now that I think of it, I don’t see why I called our friendship in the beginning a fairy tale. Fairy tales have happy endings, right? Well, our friendship may be a happy one, but it will never have an ending.

Cover Image Credit: Jeff Pouland

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Social Media Can Be The Best And Worst

Looking at your phone all the time can be really detrimental if you're not careful.
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I love social media. Of course, I do, here you are reading my article online. It's a great way to connect with people. Never before have we been able to have contact with so many rights at our fingertips. I have met countless people during my trip to Thailand and exchanging an Instagram or Facebook account is a must to keep in contact when we go our separate ways. I think it’s great to share life events and things you’re doing, especially for those that you’re friends with but don’t talk to every day. Unfortunately, there can be some downsides to the convenience of social media.

If we’re not careful we will lose genuine human connection.

I have found that looking on your phone when you’re in an amazing moment can be so detrimental. On my trip, I have now stayed at two hostels and those looking at their phone are automatically making it harder for someone to reach out and speak to them. Hostels are great places to meet people, but it’s unlikely that someone will reach out if you’re on your phone.

It is so important to live in the moment and not always care about posting a million pictures or videos online. I’m not going to say I don’t do these things, but I will say I do them very infrequently. I would rather put my phone away in my purse and listen to what those around me are saying. Snapping a couple pictures is fantastic to remember the night, but It’s not my first priority. I would rather feel the moment.

I met someone who had his phone stolen while traveling and afterward he experienced the most amazing peace.

We need to realize not all that is important is on our phone. Looking at Instagram and scrolling through Facebook might be cool in a taxi ride when you need some time to yourself, or just want to see what’s going on with your friends and family, but when we rely on it to always be there as a crutch we are abusing it. We also have to remember that people are choosing what they share with the world, so don’t judge yourself based on the lives of others.

Pure human interaction and reaching out to strangers feels absolutely terrifying. You might think there is no purpose, but I truly believe you can learn something from each and every person. You have no idea how sweet or kind someone you randomly talk to can be, and when you come away from that conversation you have a new friend. You might even keep in touch with them for the rest of your life.

Take a chance and put yourself outside of your comfort zone. Start small and chat with someone in line at the grocery store. I promise you it will be rewarding.

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