Conclusion: The Galaxy Note 8.0 is a good tablet for those who are looking for a device to browse the web, play a few casual games, and maybe create some documents for work or school. The performance has been improved and now works better than its bigger brother the Galaxy Note 10.1 The strong point of the Note 8.0 is that it really much more than just a media consumption device, and it is suited perfectly for students and business professionals.
Summary: The Note 8.0 is one of the best Android tablets on the market, but it’s difficult to recommend over the cheaper and in many ways superior iPad mini, based on the latter’s app selection alone. You can find the Galaxy Note 8.0 for around $400 from major retailers, but it should come down in price fairly shortly. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it at $299 or even $349, but at $399 it’s a bit of a stretch.
Pros: - Fast, stable and phone app friendly - Screen is relatively sharp with good viewing angles - S Pen is hugely improved over previous generations - Battery life is sufficient for most use cases - Preloaded pen-centric apps are useful
Cons: - Build quality leaves a lot to be desired - Strange array of hardware buttons biases portrait mode - Expensive - Limited selection of tablet apps - Rear camera is grainy and unnecessary
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on review: supersize me
8 March 2014
Conclusion: There’s no doubting that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a great device that finally gives the Korean firm a chance to compete at the 8-inch size range with a tablet that doesn’t skimp on specs. However, the big caveat is the price, and as long as Samsung remains tight-lipped on how much we’ll have to shell out to use the thing, giving an opinion on our early impressions is very difficult.
Excerpt: AT&T released their version June 21st, 2013. As per the norm around here we actually use things for several months before we write a full review. (Shrugs) We don’t like to give you initial impressions because they change frequently and by then you might have read our article, gone out… spent your money… and a few months later said “Wow I wish I bought… ANYTHING other than this.” So… when we say something is GOOD.
Excerpt: In the global smartphone market, Samsung ( 005930 ) is a force to be reckoned with. The company extended its lead during the fourth quarter as it shipped an astounding 63.7 million smartphones, representing 29% of the global market according to research firm IDC. Samsung’s next closest competitor was Apple ( AAPL ) which sold 47.8 million iPhones for 21.8% of the market during the same time span. The story is much different when it comes to tablets, however.
Excerpt: In the highly competitve world of tablets, there can only be room for so many products before the category begins to feed on itself and sales begin to suffer. These punchy little processing powerhouses become a commodity like anything else and consumers tend to vote with their wallets when there is no point of differentiation.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 – the premium tablet that is also a smartphone
4 July 2013
Conclusion: The Galaxy Note 8.0 launched last month, at a starting price of $399 for the Wifi-only model – yes, that is a pretty steep price considering that the iPad mini starts at $329 . Even more puzzling is that the US is only getting the Wifi-only model for now, which is weird since the ability to make calls is a touted feature of the Note 8.0.
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is going to be your perfect Samsung GALAXY S 4 companion - it's got the same design aesthetic, it has a lot of the same features, and they both come in white! Of course when you find yourself marveling over the fact that the GALAXY S 4 is able to compete with this tablet for processing power, you'll be a bit baffled about your Note purchase.