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Weekend of May 7, 2021 – Hour 3

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Tech News and Commentary

Dave and the team discuss Scam callers, a new cashierless Amazon store, SpaceX satellite changes, and more.



Tommy in Guntown, Mississippi listens on SuperTalk Mississippi and asked: “I have a Note 8, and I’ve got a chance to get a free upgrade to the Galaxy – whatever number it is up there, close to their top one – or, go with an iPhone. And I just want your opinion Dave, on which one I should go with. I know what Chris would say – “get an Apple” but I’ve had nothing but great luck with this Note 8 and I was just thinking of upgrading before troubles start.”

Tommy, to give you a few comparisons between your current Note 8 and the newer Note 20 –

The Note 8 runs on an octacore Samsung Exynos 9 processor with 6GB of RAM, the Note 20 runs on a newer version of that processor with twice that much RAM.The Note 20 has a slightly larger screen, with roughly the same resolution.

And I do think the best solution is to get an iPhone… I’m kidding, of course! In my defense, the reason I tout the iPhone so much is that I’m a creature of habit and I’m used to it. I’ve been using iPhones since they came out in 2007 so I’m familiar with their operation, and am not looking to learn how to use a new OS right now!

Back to your comparison, Tommy… The Note 20 does offer double the storage as the 8 does, but it also has pretty absurd cameras that will eat all of it up. The Note 8 has two 12MP cameras, the Note 20, however, has three cameras – a 12MP, a 48MP AND a 108MP – and it’s capable of 8K video (Personally, I’d count that as a win for the Note 8… storage matters more to me than being able to wrap a skyscraper in a picture I took)

The Note 20 has a higher capacity battery than the Note 8 and uses an on-screen fingerprint reader, unlike the 8’s, which is on the back. Also, if 5G is important, the Note 20 supports it, while the 8 does not.

The Note 20 is the clear winner here between the two, but there really doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the Note 8 that would require an upgrade yet except for the fact that Samsung will no longer update it. That may be enough to warrant ditching what would otherwise still be a solid phone (mostly since security updates appear to be out of the picture too).


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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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