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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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.

We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.

2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^

8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.

14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.


17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.

18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”

23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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It's High Time To Set The Phone Down

Use this summer to escape technology, and you won't regret it!


I bet you don't want to have this talk: the one where I tell you how good it'd be to take a tech break, to escape the internet.

And you'll ask me why I say escape, why I think technology is bad and should be fled.

Yeah, I said you should run from it, escape. Don't run from it like you're scared, but run away for freedom and joy of it.

But it is called escaping when you are a slave. . .

I didn't realize that I was a slave to my phone until I put it down for a month.

Actually, I was forced to relinquish it at camp, to put my phone in a plastic box in a closet that is, but that's beside the point.

I learned a few things when I lost my right-hand companion, and I learned how much I'd been missing out.

Phones give you this serious disease that is clinically termed "FOMO," or "fear of missing out." When you get free of the phone, you usually get free of the FOMO, and it is the GOAT (not explaining this one). We have a God who tells us to be not afraid, and He is sovereign. We can choose to be at peace right where He has us with the people He has given us, and it is an easier choice without a daily stream of comparisons. When you flee from the phone, beautiful things like contentment and peace can come to dwell. It is a turn from the surreal to the real. When you flee the phone, you stop fleeing life and thought in all its reality.

It is work to put your phone down, to walk outside, to pick up a book or to have a hard conversation. But as we've all experienced, tasted, and seen, the rule in the life is that anything worth having takes work. And communication on a phone pales to the vibrancy of in-depth, face-to-face conversation with another person. Our brains weren't made to relate to people in the form of pixels on a screen! But we are addicted, and it pulls us in, the ol' easy click and scroll, the FOMO.

So, whenever I was robbed of my tech, I was so blessed. The gadget that I thought I needed did not even cross my mind. The addiction that pulled, the ease that beckoned me to spend each spare moment entertaining myself, they vanished.

Because of this newfound freedom, all of the camp staff were able to create deep friendships and to be blessed by serving one another. Minutes we would have spent with a screen were spent sharing testimonies, playing games, and helping others out in their various jobs around camp. We noticed each sunset and took the time to stare at them from our rocking chairs (it was the dream). Technology creates a lot of noise in your head, a sort of constant hum so that your brain is always running, always busy. Without it, we were given time to think and process. I grew more thoughtful and at peace. With that extra time, I found myself scheming about how I could serve those around me.

On top of all this, I think that tech is dangerous in that it makes us self-focused, it makes it so easy to compare, at least that was my experience. A phone is your own, and it is a reflection of you, a mini-you, and you primarily use social media to promote yourself, to create an online version of you. We may scroll through pictures of other people, but we too often are thinking of and comparing ourselves to those other people.

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