Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 packs a good screen, plenty of power and that all important stylus for sketching. It's quite a lot more expensive than the iPad mini though, and its plastic construction doesn't feel anywhere near as luxurious.
Pros: Stylus is great for drawing; Bright, bold screen; Very powerful processor; Expandable storage.
Cons: Too expensive; Some Samsung software didn't work; Plastic design feels cheap.
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.
Conclusion: Whether the Galaxy Note 8 is your cup of tea will depend precisely on how much you value the S Pen. It has been well implemented and serves as a key differentiator for the Note range against the Tabs. Extras, including the infra red feature that lets you remotely control your TV, won’t be enough to draw you in on their own.
Conclusion: There's one main problem with the Galaxy Note 8.0, and that's its high price tag. The tablet likely will appeal to fans of Samsung devices, but when Asus and Google are bringing out similarly specified tablets at a fraction of the price, we think the tablet will struggle to compete, even given its calling capability.
Pros: Samsung's S Pen is great, smooth performance, good for multitasking, plenty of storage.
Cons: Screen isn't great, poor design, Samsung's Touchwiz user interface can be overpowering., The price.
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 inspires creativity but has it got what it takes to beat the iPad Mini or Google Nexus 7? The gleaming Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a meaty 8-inch tablet with stylus and full phone capabilities – though using it for phone calls feels rather silly...