Best Android Phablet (over 5.5 inches) Samsung Galaxy Note 8

             Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 is nothing less than a triumphant return for Samsung's flagship phablet and the best phone it has ever made.


The Galaxy S8+ was our favorite phablet of 2017 until we got our hands on the Note 8. While it’s only a fraction of an inch bigger than the S8+, and comes with the same processor and storage, Samsung has upgraded its productivity phablet in a number of meaningful ways.The most important change is in the camera. For the first time in a Galaxy flagship phone, Samsung has added a second camera to the rear setup, bringing 2x optical zoom and a true portrait mode. That’s on top of the already great camera that’s in the Galaxy S8. The Note 8 has one of the best cameras we’ve used in a smartphone, and the addition of a second lens makes a noticeable difference, most notably with a new portrait mode that lets you adjust the intensity of the bokeh effect.
And there are other little upgrades as well. The bigger display makes it feel more substantial to hold, and with a higher maximum brightness, it’s much easier to read in direct sunlight. The battery in the Note 8 is actually smaller than the Galaxy S8’s (3,300mAh vs 3,500mAh), but Samsung’s OS optimizations make it last just as long. And even with the same processor, the phone feels faster, thanks to 6GB of RAM and a newer version of Android Nougat.
But the best reason to choose the Note 8 over the Galaxy S8+ is the S Pen. Like Notes of old, there’s a slot on the bottom of the device to keep the stylus tucked away until you need it, and Samsung has added a few new tricks to maximize its usefulness, such as Live Message that lets you send animated notes and better third-party app support. Samsung has tailored the whole Note 8 experience around the S Pen, and the result is a unique, remarkable phone.
At $950, it’s not cheap, but if you want the best phablet, it’ll be worth it.

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