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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

from  $923.33+
89
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

With its exceptional screen, solid performance and an improved S Pen, it's no surprise that Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is its best big phone ever. It also doesn't hurt that it has one of the best dual camera setups we've ever seen. The problem is, Samsung's second-biggest phone, the Galaxy S8 Plus, is nearly as good, and mostly just lacks the gimmicks that make the Note 8 more expensive. If you’ve always wanted to sketch or write on a phone, the Galaxy Note 8 is exactly what you've been looking for. For the vast majority of people, though, the Note 8 remains a tough sell.

Pros
  • Huge, beautiful display
  • Excellent, water-resistant build
  • Great dual camera
  • S Pen is now more useful and fun
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Bixby can be flaky
  • Not a huge improvement over the S8 Plus
  • US version gets less storage than other regions
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Scores

Engadget

89
 

User Reviews

90
BRIJDPATEL
I loved it. Using first time in shop near by, I just tried with s pen which...read more
80
louispark
Switched from an iPhone 6 Plus to the Note 8 and am quite pleased so far. Biggest...read more
90
kstagg
I love this phone. I've always been an Android user since the OS first was...read more
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89
Average Critic Score

Display

98
 

Battery life

82
 

Camera

88
 

Ease of use

85
 

Design and form factor

82
 

Portability (size / weight)

70
 

Media support

80
 

Durability

76
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

82
 

How It Stacks Up

88

Engadget

88
 

Critic

81
 

User

93
 
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80
 

Critic

80
 

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84

Engadget

84
 

Critic

81
 

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79
 
87

Engadget

87
 

Critic

83
 

User

90
 
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How It Stacks Up

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