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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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Score Breakdown

 
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
 
 
90
The Verge
I can’t call the Note 8 the best big phone, because the rest of us will likely be just as happy with an S8 Plus, LG V30, iPhone Plus, or any one of the other big-screened phones available this fall. The Note used to be the best and only truly great big phone. Now it has company.
 
80
Wired
Other than the battery I had zero actual problems with the Note 8, and it’ll make lots of Note People really happy this upgrade cycle. But Samsung missed a couple of opportunities to blow everyone else out of the water. Metaphorically, of course.
 
90
CNET
The Galaxy Note 8 retakes the throne as the ultimate Android phone for now, but some intense competition is just over the horizon.
 
90
BGR
It is by far my favorite Android phone on the market right now and monthly payment plans make that sky-high price tag a bit less painful. It’s still a tremendous amount of money though, especially when the Galaxy S8+ can be had for $745 unlocked.
 
90
Android Central
For everyone who just wants a fantastic phone with excellent hardware, a massive screen and just about every feature imaginable, the Galaxy Note 8 is here and owners will definitely enjoy it. For those who are drawn to it but need something smaller, or cheaper, Samsung will happily sell you a Galaxy S8.
 
90
Tom's Guide
The Galaxy Note 8 is one of the most expensive phones ever, but it justifies the premium ... because of its great dual cameras, better S Pen and jaw-droppingly beautiful Infinity Display. We just wish the fingerprint sensor were somewhere else.
 
90
Mashable
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is the company's best smartphone and the best phablet ever made.
 
80
Time
With its dazzling screen, long battery life and useful productivity features, Samsung's Note 8 is a top notch smartphone. But it's expensive, especially when the Galaxy S8+ has most of the same features but costs roughly $100 less.
 
100
Stuff
You can’t help hold this phone and be impressed by just how much it’s capable of. For anyone in need of a super phone, there is no better alternative.
 
90
Gizmodo
The Note 8 is a great device (especially that screen) and I think Samsung has rightfully regained its spot back on top of the Android dogpile. But for a phone that this expensive, I still want more.