The disaster that was the Galaxy Note 7 did quite the number on Samsung’s reputation as a quality manufacturer of mobile devices. In an effort to try to regain its customers’ confidence, Samsung is releasing the Galaxy Note 8. But does this device have enough of an allure to make everyone forget about its predecessor’s issues that sparked its recall and end of production? With competitors like the iPhone 8 also available, the Note 8 has quite a lot of hurdles to overcome. Here are a few of the best features to look for in this newly released device.
Packed With RAM
The Galaxy Note 8 is one of the first Samsung phones to come loaded with a whopping 6 GB of RAM. This means it should be able to handle whatever tasks you throw at it, from watching 4K video to listening to music to editing your photos. While the Samsung Galaxy 8 comes with a still-impressive 4 GB of RAM, this is nothing compared to the power of the Note 8.
Another first for the Samsung brand is the use of dual cameras found in the Note 8. These two 12-megapixel lenses on the front of the phone enable you to take a photo that’s zoomed in and a wide-angle photo at the same moment. In fact, the f/2.4 telephoto lens comes with a 2x optical zoom, as well as the usual 10x zoom you can utilize in the photo app. No matter which lens you decide to use, both offer image stabilization to keep your photos crisp and clear.
Extra Large Display
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Compared to the measly 5.7-inch display of the Note 7, the Note 8 reigns supreme with a 6.3-inch display. The edge-to-edge display reaches to the far corners of the phone, providing an immersive experience that will bring video and photos to life. In addition to the size, you’ll enjoy a quad HD+ Super AMOLED screen for crystal-clear resolution that makes everything pop. Samsung also added a fingerprint sensor to keep your phone secure at all times.
If you’re a fan of multitasking, you’ll love the new App Pair feature on the Note 8. It enables you to pair two apps and have them both automatically launch when you tap their shortcut. This eliminates the need to back out of the app you’re in, head back to the home screen, and find the other app you want to use.
To get full use of this feature, make sure you’re using your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on a network like T-Mobile, which offers blazing-fast 4G LTE speeds. Your apps will load instantly and have no problems downloading data from the web.
Screen Off Memo
Since the Note 8 is marketed as a productivity device, it makes sense that there’s been a major update to the Screen Off Memo feature. Previously, you were limited in where you could take notes, but now, you can use the included S Pen to write whatever you want directly on the lock screen. There’s room for up to 100 pages of notes, meaning you’ll have plenty of space before you have to unlock your phone.
Have you ever wanted to send a handwritten note to a friend? The Live Messages feature now makes that a possibility. It works by letting you write directly on the screen with your S Pen. Your scribbles, words, and images are recorded and then sent to your companion via a GIF. This means that any recipient with a smartphone can see your messages, not just people who also happen to have a Note 8. There’s no need to download extra apps or services – just doodle and send.
It’s clear that Samsung has tried its hardest to make the Galaxy Note 8 a worthy competitor in the smartphone field. Whether these efforts are enough to make everyone forget about the travesty of the Note 7 is yet to be seen. For now though, the Note 8 is a feature-packed phone that will satisfy the needs of even the most demanding user.