Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review

On-paper, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is backed by all the top-of-the-line features and technical specifications.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

1 / 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Features & Specifications

2 / 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Design & Build Review

3 / 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Display Review

4 / 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Performance Review

5 / 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Primary Camera Review

6 / 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Secondary Camera Review

7 / 8

Secondary Camera

7.8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 houses a 8-megapixel secondary camera up front with f/1.7 aperture for selfies and video calls. Interestingly, it’s also backed by Autofocus and Auto HDR for better results in low-light conditions. We’ve clicked many indoor selfies with adequate light. You can check out some of the selfies that we have clicked below in different lighting conditions. As you can see from the selfies that we’ve clicked already, they managed to capture details with great amount of accuracy. In addition to all that, indoor selfies turned out outstanding as well, which is commendable. I’ve often seen many high-end phones (in some cases, selfie-centric ones) struggle while taking indoor/low-light selfies. Thankfully, it’s not the case here with the Note 8. Focusing is fast and accurate too, courtesy of autofocus. Although it easily detects faces, in some cases, you’d manually want to adjust the focus. This way, it’d be easier for you to avoid taking blurry selfies. But it’s not really a big problem as such in natural lighting conditions.

But I do have some other issues when it comes to taking selfies on Galaxy Note 8, and they are more of design limitations that one would have to bear anyway. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is undoubtedly a huge phone. Bigger the phone, harder it is to click selfies, which is exactly why people avoid taking selfies on tablets. Same is the case with this phone. It has such a huge form factor, and as I mentioned during my design and build review, operating the handset using one hand is not feasible. Or I’d say, it’s risky as you may accidently end up dropping the handset if you do not hold it carefully. Coming back my selfie experience, I specifically had a problem while holding the device in my right hand and clicking the selfies. I couldn’t use on-screen capture button but since I had to stretch my thumb way too much in order to reach the button. Also, unlike some other phones, volume controller on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is on the left. So, it was again troublesome. From the design perspective, Galaxy Note 8 may not be the best option to click selfies, unless you hold the device in your left hand while taking selfies.

What I liked the most about Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s selfie experience is live stickers. There are many to choose from and I had a great time playing with all of them. Check some of the selfies that I’ve clicked using live stickers below.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Software & UI Review

8 / 8