Samsung Galaxy Note8: Putting the Fun in Function
Over the last week, I’ve been test driving the Samsung Galaxy Note8. I’ll admit it – I’m addicted. At work, it’s my personal assistant – allowing me to write down my thoughts and keep track of all the meetings in my calendar. Off the clock, it’s my portable entertainment hub – giving me the ability to watch videos on the go, and play amateur food photographer at the dinner table.
Read on and I’ll highlight some of the new features available on the Samsung Galaxy Note8.
Samsung has brought the Infinity Display which was first introduced on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ to the Note8. Watching videos on the Infinity Display is fantastic. At the gym, I’ve been binge watching Game of Thrones on the phone with The Movie Network GO app while I walk on the treadmill. (Side notes: Now you can download and watch movies offline with the app. Also, Jon Snow and Daenerys? Oh. My. God.) The colours are vibrant and bright on the 6.3” Super AMOLED display. And with the curved edges and wide 18.5:9 aspect ratio, most videos fill the screen with no borders – making for an enjoyable viewing experience.
Enhanced S Pen
The S Pen is a tool that has truly differentiated the Note from other smartphones. With the Note8, it’s now even more responsive and intuitive. The new S Pen provides access to a Translate shortcut that provides instant translations when you hover the S Pen over a word on the screen. It comes in handy when I get text messages from friends who like to quote song lyrics. In case you were wondering, “despacito” means “slowly”. Thanks Samsung!
The new S Pen also allowed me to create and add animated GIFs to my messages. All I had to do was save a portion of a video using the Smart Select feature. And with the ability to write and draw on photos with the pen, and add built-in Snapchat-like filters, I was able to create some pretty funny memes for my friends.
Camera with Live Focus
Anyone that follows me on Instagram knows I like to post food pictures. The Note8 features a camera that offers Live Focus – a new feature that allows you to take pictures that keep a central subject in focus, while blurring out the background using dual camera sensors. I snapped a picture of the mac and cheese with cut up hot dogs I made the other day, and got a great shot of my gourmet masterpiece while blurring out the mess on my dining table in the background. With the main camera’s 12MP sensor, F1.7 lens and 2x optical zoom, I was able to capture the delicious details of my lunch. The phone also features a camera on the front with 8MP sensor, F1.7 lens and a screen flash for selfies.
Sleek and sturdy design
The Note8 is slim and light. Crafted with metal, and featuring curved glass edges on both the front and back of the device, the latest Note feels elegant and is comfortable to hold. The body of the phone uses Gorilla Glass 5 for greater resistance to damage, and it is dust and water resistant with an IP68 rating. For someone with butterfingers like me, the improvements in durability are reassuring.
The Note8 features an ultra-thin bezel design, with a screen area that extends almost all the way to the top and bottom of the phone. With an extended screen, you won’t find a physical home button on the new Note. Instead, there is a virtual pressure sensitive home button in the bottom-middle area of the screen. All it takes is some light pressure in the area to activate the home button.
My favourite feature on the Note8 is the IRIS scanner. After recording your eyes in the phone, simply swipe the screen and stare into the front facing lenses to unlock the phone. It’s like something out of a science fiction movie! I wear glasses, so I like to tip them down my nose and pretend like I’m shooting lasers out of my eyes like Superman to unlock the phone. It’s a crowd pleaser with my nieces and nephews, and entertaining for me when they try to unlock the phone with their eyes and fail. You can still unlock the phone with your pass code or fingerprint (sensor on the back of the phone) – but that’s not as fun.
The bottom line
With the Note8, Samsung has brought innovation and entertainment together. I can’t stop raving about that Infinity Display… It truly is a thing of beauty. In addition to the features I talked about earlier, the Note8 also includes other new enhancements like Advanced Messaging capabilities and support for Quad Band LTE Advanced speeds. The Note8 is built to take advantage of the world’s fastest network technology, and when you use it on the Bell network, you have access to theoretical peak download speeds of up to 750 Mbps in select areas* (expect average speeds 25-220 Mbps). That’s up to 2 times faster than before.
If you’re someone that likes to work hard, and play hard, I think you should check out the Samsung Galaxy Note8. It puts the fun in function.
Glenn Calderon is Bell Mobility’s Marketing Communications Specialist.
(*) Available in Ancaster, Barrie, Brampton East, Burlington, Kitchener, London, Niagara Falls, Oshawa, Pickering, Scarborough and Welland.