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.

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 Month Later: Is The iPhone X Worth It?

Is this smartphone is enough to fill your daily needs?

Apple introduced yet again another beautiful piece of technology earlier this fall, the iPhone X. It sparked controversy all over the globe for its rough price of $1,000 and some customers even complained about the fact that they took away the popular home button.

Though the real question is, Was it worth it?

Yes, indeed it is.

First things first, the price tag

For that price, you get twice as better capabilities than any other device that is out. In my opinion, it was pretty unnecessary to release the iPhone 8 when Apple could've gone straight towards the 10 as it was the 10th year anniversary of the first iPhone this year. They didn't though, but hey who can blame them, its business. As a worldwide billion company, they have to do some risky business decisions in order to succeed in a certain way.

Regardless, the iPhone X (10) exceeded expectations. In fact, I at first wasn't too balls to the wall over this device...even as a huge Apple fan and loyal to the company but mainly because of the home button choice and its design. After a while, I was thoroughly amazed by how powerful the phone was. It didn't matter if it was 256gb or beyond that, everything from its small processor and battery were strong to keep the phone alive for it to work really well.

Design is key

The front screen has a smooth, rich but thin glass covered from all angles with just a simple notch on the mid top that is what detects the motion sensors for the face recognition.

Another thing, face recognition. Introduced for the first time for Apple devices, in reality only for the iPhone X but man, I think of it as some magic from the future. Kind of does seem like technology is upgraded enough that face recognition came early, in the year 2017.

The screen is a 5.8 -inch Retina display that inherits gracious colors to your eyes and responds to absolutely everything. It is the first to have an OLED Screen with 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio. The top mid notch is where the front cameras are hidden, so tiny yet they take the most in-depth stunning pictures, featuring Portrait light mode. The back part of the phone has stainless steel as well.

Welcome to the evolution of a new generation of smart technology

iPhone X evolves into a new generation of smartphone devices and is the start of a new one. Wireless charging came out of the blue for the first time ever for Apple including a few other standout features I was surprised at. Face I.D. Apple Pay, faster 12mp sensor, OIS camera on the back portion of the phone. One last thing that really blew me away was their A11 Bionic chip. It has a quite heavy engine with 600 billion operations per second. Which in this case proves itself to be the fastest, bright, forceful smartphone in the last decade.

What all this means for the competition

Apple is raising the bar, Samsung. Worth the price for all it is able to do. You won't be disappointed with the result. It works perfectly fine with your daily usage of the Health app, loud music through their Bluetooth AirPods, dictates every inch of your heart rate as it has before but better, and workout progress. Every other feature from the Notes to the new advanced App Store compatible with iOS 11.2 is just brilliant than ever before.

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Is texting ruining the English language??

Texting in the 21st century has brought about many shortcuts in our communication with others in order to save time, type faster, and of course, for the sake of being lazy. However, I cannot emphasize the significance of typing the full word out in writing to other people, even if it is your best friend. These habits can carry over to important conversations that might risk your opportunity to thrive in the real world. Is text messaging ultimately ruining English?

Sayings such as: OMG, LOL, BRB, SMH, and WTH are commonly used in everyday texting. Young people are increasingly prone to texting and shy away from making calls, which is a more direct but less permanent form of communication.

Ironically, the speed at which instant messaging or texting takes place means that mistakes and shorthands are common, but we often let each other get away with them because we know what they mean.

Texting is also developing its own kind of grammar.

Take LOL, for example. It doesn’t actually mean “laughing out loud” in a literal sense anymore. LOL has evolved into something much subtler and sophisticated, and is used even when nothing is remotely amusing. Did you actually laugh? Probably not. Maybe you did? It depends what the conversation is, but most of the time it's a space filler. It eases tension and creates a sense of equality. Instead of having a literal meaning, it conveys an attitude.

Writing "lyke dis" reduces the need for in depth conversations, and distracts us from being fully present around other people. It would take more time to write out words in their no-longer-natural form than to spell them correctly anyways.

All in all, a few shortcuts here and there are okay. If used too much, too often, though, it'll become a habit of not being able to communicate with others outside of the texting world. Practicing outside of the classroom on technology will help you in the end if you're taking an English class as well.

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