Here's my 2 cents. I've had the Note 8 for about 6 months and I've really enjoyed it. I got it at a time when they had a promo where you could trade a phone in for, in my case, $300 plus an accessory freebie. So those discounts made it affordable for me. If you need a phone right now I would go with the 8. It's been in the real world use for 6 months now so all of the glitches have already showed themselves and there's lots of info out. With the 9S series you're dealing with a device that's new and full price in most cases and it has had little time in the world. So if I were going for the 9S and 9S+, I'd wait for some discounts and field time.