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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review: The roadster

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review: The roadster  - read the full textEver since Apple's release of the first iPad, Samsung has been churning out tablets to battle them on so many fronts it's starting to look like overkill. With so many larger Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note varieties...

 

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function over form at its best

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  • 2014-04-17 16:37
  • PGHx

> In reply to darkghel @ 2013-10-21 10:17 from Hxin - click to readyes. it is in da specs.

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  • 2013-11-12 10:14
  • t7Ut

F d note 8.0 can use 3g?

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  • 2013-10-21 10:17
  • Hxin

> In reply to Satisfied Customer @ 2013-08-20 15:40 from Sny3 - click to readAgreed re Galaxy Note 8, superb device! Loving mine. :)
(Just got a firmware upgrade via Kies, although it didn't change the Android version number, am still in 4.1.2 here in the UK.)

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  • 2013-09-16 02:16
  • nGNN

Picture quality of the Samsung LED are amazing its picture quality is the very good.
Samsung

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  • 2013-08-21 10:24
  • 6P}0

This is great little device. Coming from an iPad and an 8.9 Galaxy Tab, I was looking for better performance and the legendary S Pen functionality w/ Wacom digitizer. And due to a lucky discount offer, I got this device 10% cheaper than an iPad Mini.

Battery life is sufficiently good, lasting about 7hrs of intense use for me. That would be 2 - 3 days on average use for 2-3hrs, without a single recharge. On Standby, like other good tablets, it lasts for a long long time.

Although it is an extra for me, gaming performance (+ the ability to use the PS3 controller on some titles), is awesome. The benchmarks score it lower than the HTC One X+, which I also have, but my experience gaming is better on the GN8.0.

Getting to the important stuff, the S Pen; this is just unbeatable. Productivity-wise, this product is in its own league. Palm rejection and pressure sensitivity play a great part in this, because input really becomes more natural and drawing, while still digital, feels real. All the styluses for iPads and other Android tablets feel totally useless by comparison. I could never spend more than 20 min. drawing on other tablets, but on the GN8.0, I need to look at the time and stop myself, just like I would with paper and pencil. Sketchbook Pro goes a long way into making this great usability possible, when it comes to drawing.

The processor is fast (by which I mean it feels fast), and videos look great. I have not seen any noticeable lag on this device, but for absolute smoothness, nova launcher works better. I don't feel the need for it on this device though.

Reading and taking notes is good. I can hold this tablet for very long without getting tired (which I could not do with the iPad), although I do keep it on some surface for greater stability and comfort, for example, when taking a sketch.

The size is also great, but when it comes to size, I really can only say that there is no best size for all uses. The GN8 is both portable and usable in size (meaning I never felt it to be too small), so it fits the bill for me.

I think that if someone is interested in doing some creative work and write (with a pencil/pen), instead of type, there is no beating this product-line. It really adds another dimension to the game.

As a pure consumption device, there are other options, like Nexus 7 (new), iPad Mini, or the bigger iPad or Xperia Tablet Z. Samsung will also likely announce their high-end bigger tablet in September.

For those that are into drawing, I believe a bigger tablet would make less sense, due to portability issues. For example, a Note 10.1 on the sofa is ok, but then a Cintiq on the Desktop is much better. This is just my take on it though. Happy shopping!


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  • 2013-08-20 15:40
  • Sny3

> In reply to Bunyip22 @ 2013-04-03 10:46 from vuAk - click to readNo, 8 inch is better than 7.7. Also higher resolution than 12800x720 does not make a difference in 8 inches. Finally, whats the story with the bezels? they are perfect to hold it without touching the screen.
Sorry mate but you are wrong in all proposals.

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  • 2013-07-17 00:10
  • L1D$

Why is there nothing about the battery?? It may be a WiFi device, but that doesn't mean you guys shouldn't test the battery! I was waiting for the details. I mean the Note 10.1 has a sweet 7000 mAh battery. But this has just 4600 mAh battery! Will that be enough for an entire day of usage? I certainly don't think it will not be as good as Note 10.1 as the Note 8.0 has just ~2.0" smaller screen size but close to half the battery of Note 10.1!

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  • 2013-05-01 16:26
  • UNVi

Overall, the Note 8.0 is a very good phone for me. Its size is just right for my myopic eyes when reading sms, ebooks or comic/manga. The images on screen is crisp and clear enough for me. It is also thin and light so carrying it around is not a problem.

I am happy that Samsung has given an option for voice calls: loudspeaker AND receiver/earpiece (for privacy purposes unlike my first Samsung Tab wherein i have to bring my earphones/headset with me at all times). Voice calls coming through either on speaker or earpiece are clear and crisp and seems to block external/background noise.

With the Note 8.0, i can multitask and open 2 apps at the same time or more and not compromise its processor. The S-pen is ergonomically designed and more responsive. Even if my palm touches the screen while i scribble using the S-pen, my note writing was not interrupted.

As for games, i was able to install Play Station games to the Note 8.0 (King of Fighters, etc) and am able to use an actual PS controller via bluetooth. Other kinds of games can be downloaded via google play. There was no lag time during the game too.

When it comes to battery life, this phablet is much better than my old galaxy tab - well, at least, the Note 8.0 can last up to 12hours time from the last charging. At least I dont have to bring a charger at all times. So this is an added bonus for me as I always surf the net, listen to music or read ebooks most of the time.

So overall, this phablet is just right for me. =)

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  • 2013-04-22 20:31
  • v0qJ

your note 8 has black theme as observed from settings to notif panel. did you install theme? please tell me how... i have note 8 and all is white. white theme tends to drain battery much faster...

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  • 2013-04-19 17:55
  • t7P1

Not adding a flash to cam is nt a wise step. has been a drawback of tab 2 p3100 too.
Otgerwise a decent tab. Hopefully will be priced at mid range .
7` was gud enough and easy to carry

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  • 2013-04-18 14:32
  • 7wxM

Cool stuff lol

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  • 2013-04-13 14:09
  • 9ExW

> In reply to issak @ 2013-04-09 18:16 from 39me - click to readBut those are as versatile and powerful as the Note 8. No phone functions.

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  • 2013-04-12 05:49
  • v0qJ

> In reply to szymon247 @ 2013-04-03 11:24 from 3ZH5 - click to readI know right!
The first thing I remembered when I saw it was my first smartphone: samsung galaxy i5700. Cheap white plastic.
I couldn't believe they were actually going to release this ugly thing.
Of course, beauty is relative, but design wise, ipad mini and nexus 7 are in the lead here :D

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  • 2013-04-09 18:16
  • 39me

great Device
i hope it will be released before the end of April in egypt or ksa

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  • 2013-04-07 08:06
  • fkB7

I hope Samsung can come up with note 8 that can accept 2 mini sim.

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  • 2013-04-06 21:02
  • t78u

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-04-05 10:22 from PGXj - click to readWell, the battery stamina remains to be seen for the Note 8. I was assuming the stamina with the almost the same specifications of the Note II. It could reach my desired 18 hour heavy usage.

I can create digital paintings with the Note II, and I'm not stuck with carrying 3kgs and a big bag to be able to do paintings anywhere. The Note 8 can give me an advantage of portability and a bigger screen and not as big and heavy as an iPad.

128 GB of the iPad sounds great but the cost for a limited device will not work out for me personally. Once rooted, I can connect the Note 8 to my NTFS 1TB portable HDD via OTG USB cable to retrieve any of my media. This is what I've been doing using my Note II. An iPad is incapable of ever doing that and I don't prefer 1080p files as they take up a lot more space. 720p is great as it is on a small screen.

Other than that, I plan to use it with the AllShareCast wireless HDMI dongle for presentations/lectures and live drawing process demonstrations. It just means I can still move about in the classroom while my screen is mirrored onto the projector screen. Oh, wait, I'm already doing that with my Note II.

Yes, it's really a personal choice and preference for my set of needs.

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  • 2013-04-05 11:34
  • v0qJ

> In reply to TheNeighbor @ 2013-04-05 02:33 from v0qJ - click to readiPads do not have the 4GB filesize limit.

Nor do i believe this note 8 will provide more battery life then iPad mini nor the full size iPad.

When it comes to consuming media, nothing can beat iPad in terms of battery life. Nor the storage space since the new iPad comes with 128gb.

But when it comes to create media and ease of file transfer, i would agree note 8 would be better. But then again.. i rather create media on a full size desktop pc.

Personal opinion thou. :)

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  • 2013-04-05 10:22
  • PGXj

In my opinion an S-Pen like stylus, and a Windows Surface like stand and keyboard would make any tablet favorable. A tablet needs good usability alongside its specs and interfaces. I'd love a new nexus with those features! Mainly because I know I can rely on Google making an affordable tablet that is pleasing to use. Hoping it comes true soon! XD

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  • 2013-04-05 06:16
  • 40FV

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