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Old Aug 22, 2017, 05:44 PM   #1
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Old Aug 22, 2017, 05:49 PM   #2
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I heard the launch would be explosive
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I'm looking forward to the event. I don't own a smartphone yet. So this will be my first one. The phone will be expensive. I won't be discourage by the 1k+ price tag. I think it's gonna be an awesome and useful device.
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Looks to keep the chocolate bar form factor of the S8. I dont care for that stretched a screen or for the fragile curved edges... but Ill check it out anyway.
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I think we're still a few hours away from the unveiling, but I feel these will be shortcomings unless the presentation today proves me wrong:

a) only 64GB base model available in most countries, including the US -- in Late 2017, there should be larger capacity models

b) camera doesn't sound like it will allow for wide angle shots, have come to really appreciate this feature of my LG phones (G5 and G6)

c) No Android 8.0 out of the box

d) No Snapdragon 836 chip, although it's on the market

e) Still worried about the fragility of the edges, lost my Galaxy S7 due to my case not properly protecting the edges
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I think we're still a few hours away from the unveiling, but I feel these will be shortcomings unless the presentation today proves me wrong:

a) only 64GB base model available in most countries, including the US -- in Late 2017, there should be larger capacity models

b) camera doesn't sound like it will allow for wide angle shots, have come to really appreciate this feature of my LG phones (G5 and G6)

c) No Android 8.0 out of the box

d) No Snapdragon 836 chip, although it's on the market

e) Still worried about the fragility of the edges, lost my Galaxy S7 due to my case not properly protecting the edges
64gb as a base would be a damned good start, and wouldn't be surprised if it has MicroSD. Android 8.0 only just came out for the Pixel, so I wouldn't expect it on anyone else's phones yet.
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I think we're still a few hours away from the unveiling, but I feel these will be shortcomings unless the presentation today proves me wrong:

a) only 64GB base model available in most countries, including the US -- in Late 2017, there should be larger capacity models

b) camera doesn't sound like it will allow for wide angle shots, have come to really appreciate this feature of my LG phones (G5 and G6)

c) No Android 8.0 out of the box

d) No Snapdragon 836 chip, although it's on the market

e) Still worried about the fragility of the edges, lost my Galaxy S7 due to my case not properly protecting the edges
f) Smaller battery than the s8+

Was your Galaxy s7 slippery?
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f) Smaller battery than the s8+

Was your Galaxy s7 slippery?
Looks like they were conservative with the battery capacity this time, understandably so after last year.

With my S7 Edge, I was an idiot.
I walked outside in my pajamas to get the mail, said pajamas had no pockets, so I tucked the phone in my pajamas hoping that the elastic of the waistband would have held it tight enough -- it slipped through my pant leg, hit the pavement along the edge, and the ensuing crack rendered the screen useless.
It had a case, but not a screen protector, not sure if that would have made a difference here though.
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It appears that Samsung is offering up to 50% off for previous Note 7 owners.
This could be a big selling point, not sure if they have elaborated on what this entails.
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So yea, I can get 50% off my note 8, by turning in my note 5.
Meaning, I get 425$ off the note 8, for turning in a phone I owe $410, so I pay 400$ to pay off the note 5, which is then deducted off the note 8, leaving me out 400$....

It would be more tempting if I could turn in my note 5, and have that 425 deducted from what I owe on that phone, so I'm not out any cash, then pay the full price for the note 8. Still out the payments I made on the note 5 all year, but at least I'm not out of pocket any. As it stands, I think this is a pass.
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So the launch has been and gone and yet I can't pre-order it? Its an outrage!
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So yea, I can get 50% off my note 8, by turning in my note 5.
Meaning, I get 425$ off the note 8, for turning in a phone I owe $410, so I pay 400$ to pay off the note 5, which is then deducted off the note 8, leaving me out 400$....

It would be more tempting if I could turn in my note 5, and have that 425 deducted from what I owe on that phone, so I'm not out any cash, then pay the full price for the note 8. Still out the payments I made on the note 5 all year, but at least I'm not out of pocket any. As it stands, I think this is a pass.
Note 5 as well? Hmm wonder how much Id get for my Note 2...

5... bucks... lol
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Note 5 as well? Hmm wonder how much Id get for my Note 2...

5... bucks... lol

Samsung just pushed an offer to my Note 5. lol.

$300 off + free Gear 360 + 128GB SD Card+ free shipping + 2 years free Samsung+ Care = Total cost of me going to a brand new, factory unlocked Note 8 direct from Samsung- $663. lol


Thats a separate offer- I bought the extended protection plan from Samsung when I got my Note 5 for $129. It was cheaper than the $18/mo US Cellular charges for their **** protection plan and at least with Samsung, its a 1 and done payment. Covers everything with just a measly $75 deductible.
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Wow nice. Yeah they usually send you a text message with offers and I didnt get one this time so...

Probably not gonna get one or if I do I dont expect something that good...
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So yea, I can get 50% off my note 8, by turning in my note 5.
Meaning, I get 425$ off the note 8, for turning in a phone I owe $410, so I pay 400$ to pay off the note 5, which is then deducted off the note 8, leaving me out 400$....

It would be more tempting if I could turn in my note 5, and have that 425 deducted from what I owe on that phone, so I'm not out any cash, then pay the full price for the note 8. Still out the payments I made on the note 5 all year, but at least I'm not out of pocket any. As it stands, I think this is a pass.
Here's what I did since I was burned (figuratively) by the Note 7 twice.

a) go to Walmart.com
b) find the cheapest approved trade-in phone I can
c) buy it, in this case the iPhone 5 for $100
d) use that as my trade-in option to get $425 off -- netting $325 as a result

Next
e) sell my existing phone on Craigslist (G6) for ~ $360
f) Craiglist the Gear 360 camera for $150

Effectively, the phone will come down from $1000 (w/taxes) to:
$1000 - 425 + 100 - 150 - 360 = $165
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Iphone 5 isn't on the list for us...only iphone 7 would net 50% off.
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Iphone 5 isn't on the list for us...only iphone 7 would net 50% off.
I believe that may only be the case for previous Note 7 users registered with Samsung.
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Wow nice. Yeah they usually send you a text message with offers and I didnt get one this time so...

Probably not gonna get one or if I do I dont expect something that good...

You can go direct to their site and get the same deal minus the 2 year protection plan.

http://www.samsung.com/us/galaxy/note8/buy/s/Trade-In/
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Meh fine print:

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The following devices are currently eligible for trade-in under the Samsung Trade In Program in exchange for the applicable Trade-In Values listed above: iPhone 5 and above, iPhone SE, Galaxy S5 and above (including Galaxy S active models), Note 5, LG G4 and above, Google Pixel & Pixel XL.
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lol. Note 2... wow.

But I am weighing my options here. I love my Note 5. Was planning on the Note 7 but...

I can only afford to do 1 thing right now. Either get a Vega 64 or the Note 8. Not both. I can wait till November/December and get Vega though.. So.. More than likely I'll forgo Vega till prices stabilize, manufacturing is sorted out and AIBs get their models out and hopefully mining dies out again.

I'd love a phone thats water resistant. I hate using my Note 5 in the rain for that fear. lol. The ONE thing I don't like about the Note 8- They made it longer. Jeeze........... Note 5 was perfect size. Not to big. Not to small. I'd have water proofed that, bumped the specs up along the way and called it a day.

The other minor thing which I ran by my employer and got an "exemption" to use Qualcomm SoCs as long as I have a remote kill software installed on the phone. lol.


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That much better than the other voice apps like Cortana, Siri or Alexa? I do like the non pron name of Bixby a bit better tho...

Note 8 is extremely expensive... but I do have a corporate account I can use from work to get it cheaper at Telus. But I hate going on another contract even if its just 2 years max now.

And I cant afford both either, (the roofers being here right now tells me that more than ever) and vega doesnt seem worth the price right now vs my RX 480 GTR BE unless I got a new mon that was at least 1440p.

Both seem too much for the money TBH.
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That much better than the other voice apps like Cortana, Siri or Alexa? I do like the non pron name of Bixby a bit better tho...

Note 8 is extremely expensive... but I do have a corporate account I can use from work to get it cheaper at Telus. But I hate going on another contract even if its just 2 years max now.

And I cant afford both either, (the roofers being here right now tells me that more than ever) and vega doesnt seem worth the price right now vs my RX 480 GTR BE unless I got a new mon that was at least 1440p.

Both seem too much for the money TBH.

Blows Siri out of the water. Alexa is about equal, if not a little behind. Cortana... Voice recognition is worse on Cortana. Bixby just seems to have a better algorithm on that front. Basically, they each have their strengths. Bixby just has the ability to do EVERYTHING. It can even lock your phone, restart it, edit pictures, control the camera... You tell Bixby to "Open Camera, take photo in UHD and edit photo" It will do all of those things in that order.
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Blows Siri out of the water. Alexa is about equal, if not a little behind. Cortana... Voice recognition is worse on Cortana. Bixby just seems to have a better algorithm on that front. Basically, they each have their strengths. Bixby just has the ability to do EVERYTHING. It can even lock your phone, restart it, edit pictures, control the camera... You tell Bixby to "Open Camera, take photo in UHD and edit photo" It will do all of those things in that order.
Wow.
That sounds impressive...very eager to get my hands on this phone, that pre-order can't ship soon enough.
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Side Note- You can sideload Bixby on your Note 5 and S6+ devices. No Root needed.
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Pre-ordered today. No luck getting a trade-in offer like in the US but they are offering a bonus 256GB MicroSD card with the pre-order, so that's something I guess. I still have the 128GB they gave me with the note 7. I kept all the accessories from the two note 7s that were recalled

Delivery date is set for later this month, can't wait to get rid of my Galaxy 7 edge, if I had a choice I would have gone back to my Note 5.
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Looks like they were conservative with the battery capacity this time, understandably so after last year.

With my S7 Edge, I was an idiot.
I walked outside in my pajamas to get the mail, said pajamas had no pockets, so I tucked the phone in my pajamas hoping that the elastic of the waistband would have held it tight enough -- it slipped through my pant leg, hit the pavement along the edge, and the ensuing crack rendered the screen useless.
It had a case, but not a screen protector, not sure if that would have made a difference here though.
Off topic but what case? I've dropped my S7e a number of times (once while riding around 30km/h on pavement) and have never damaged the screen at all.
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Lucky? Its the most common complaint I hear from people with the Edge version of the phones. Because of the way that screen is designed most of your common case's don't provide the same level of protection.
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Anyone here preordered the note 8? Did you get charged for the order?
or does Samsung do it when it ships?
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Anyone here preordered the note 8? Did you get charged for the order?
or does Samsung do it when it ships?
Dont recall when I was charged, honestly havent looked at my CC statement, but I received my preorder unit last night.

No complaints thus far -- this thing is sweet!
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