Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

Note 8 review

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.


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.


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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What I Learned Going Technology-Free For 24 Hours

Hardest challenge turned easiest day

Over Spring Break, one of my teachers challenged our class to go without technology for a whole day for extra credit. At first, I thought that I would just write the reflection to get the extra credit without actually trying to go without my phone because there was no way I could go a whole day without electronics. But, once I thought about it more I figured that I might as well try.

Thankfully, I was on vacation with my mom so it would be easier to not use my phone. To my surprise, I actually lasted the whole 24 hours and enjoyed it somewhat. The beginning of the day was the hardest because I usually go on my phone immediately when I wake up. The temptation to check my snapchat and Instagram was great at the beginning, but soon it subsided.

I found that as the day went on, I slowly stopped caring about what snapchats I wasn't responding to or what Instagram posts I was missing and started becoming more aware of what was going on around me.

I found that the conversations with my mom became more meaningful when both of us were not distracted by our cell phones. In some ways, I felt lighter without the weight of constant notifcations going off on my phone.

That day, I was more present and aware of my surroudings. I was also forced to sit alone with thoughts that I would usually distract myself from. This allowed me to refocus my energy and become more aware of my feelings that I usually push away by a scrolling through Pinterest or Twitter.

I now find myself logging out of snapchat and Instagram for a couple of hours just to refocus myself. I had been so involved in my phone that I didn't realize all the things I was missing.

I would highly recommend trying to go at least cell phone free. It truly changed my perspective on how much I should be using my phone.

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Are You Really Addicted to Your Phone?

We know about the risks, but we just don't care.

What if I told you that cell phone addiction is no longer just a “teen” thing? And what if I told you it wasn’t even a twenty-something thing?

As cell phones become more ingrained in our culture, studies are finding that 98% of adults 30-49 own some sort of cell phone, and 94% of adults ages 50-64 own a cell phone. These staggering statistics reveal that cell phones are no longer just a teenage fad, they’re an integral part of our society.

With numbers like these, it is important that we evaluate what cell phones mean to us, and what is a healthy balance of use.

Many people are quick to jump in and say that almost every cell phone user is addicted to their devices, which is a heavy claim seeing as though cell phone addiction has been known to be linked to anything from mental health issues, to walking hazards, to even serious cancer risks.

But if you’re anything like me, you’ve already heard all of that. Anyone my age or younger has been told a thousand times about the risks of cell phones, and it’s obvious we don’t really care.

Cell phones have already become a part of our everyday lives, part of our learning, working, part of how we interact with our friends and the world. To lose that connecting piece is crippling in many professional and social instances.

Cell phone addiction, reliance, or dependence can be serious problems. These diagnoses shouldn’t be thrown about lightly, and they shouldn’t be accused on everyone who fits the typical profile. Not every young adult is addicted to their phone, even though we use them frequently.

Perhaps there is a difference between addiction and functional use.

Are you addicted to your car because it gets you places? Should the risk of car crashes force you to bike to work, or should you try a horse and carriage instead? Are you addicted to your frying pan because it’s more efficient than open flame? If you’re a ‘bookworm,’ does that make you addicted to books? Where do we draw the line between real addiction and convenience?

Many psychologists define the addiction line with a few simple questions, which mainly fall under: Can you be off your phone for a few hours at a time without feeling anxious? If you can’t, maybe you should work towards limiting your cell phone use, or following guides to a more healthy relationship with your phone.

Whatever the case, it’s important that we think about our relationships with the technology around us and how they affect the quality of our lives. We shouldn’t be quick to reject or make fun of people for their technological reliance either, especially now that the majority of us own cell phones. We have to accept that many people use their phones as useful tools in their lives, while others are dealing with serious addiction.

We’re all in the same boat, or, I suppose, we’re all on the same screens. Let’s work together to figure out what that means.

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