Pros Very sturdy and feel well built
Screen is crystal clear, beautiful and easy to read
Camera takes great pictures
S Pen is excellent for drawing/handwritten notes
Responsive touch screen
Cons Device comes with Android 4.1.x and not 4.2.x
Price should be lowered
Summary The new Note 8.0 is very similar to the Galaxy Note 10.1 that I have been using at work and love. That was why, even with the price, I chose to buy this the minute it was released. I also own an ipad 3 and a kindle Fire HD so i have experience with all of them. The size of this was a big bonus as it it much easier for dropping in my purse and hitting the road. I chose this over the iPad mini because of the expandable memory and the S Pen. it was a slam dunk because i also wanted work functions that I don't feel I have with my regular iPad. This is an entertainment tablet as well as a very functional work tool. The S Pen is the major draw...and be careful to not lose it because replacements are pricey.
I love the ease and function of the S Pen. And considering the price, I am pleased that it tucks away so neatly and stays securely. I have misplaced it twice, so it is just a matter of time...however, it doesn't feel as though it will ever just fall out on its own. I really love it because it feels like using a real pen and the handwriting is actually MY handwriting. Taking notes or just jotting things down is much easier on this than on my iPad. It is much clearer and a simpler function. The pen feels much more natural too. I have that rubber-nub ended pen for the iPad and the S Pen BY FAR is superior.
It is slightly larger, obviously than my Kindle Fire HD 7...but that inch makes a huge difference when reading and watching videos. It doesn't feel any more cumbersome than the Kindle. They are both very sturdy and feel well built. My son will now inherit the Kindle HD as this is replacing it. The Note fulfills ALMOST all of the entertainment functions of the Kindle with obviously greater functions for work. The main function I will miss on the Kindle is the Prime Video streaming app from Amazon. Amazon has made the app available to iPad and the Kindles, but no other Android device. ***update*** a helpful soul directed me to download xScope from Google Play and the flash player in that browser works GREAT with Amazon videos. Be sure to set your security to allow apps from other sources, at least during the first run with the browser because it sets up flash from the Adobe site directly.
The expandable memory is a big deal for me and I immediately put in a 64gb memory card. I store and play a lot of music and videos with my Note. The internal speaker is acceptable, but not awesome. The sound on the Kindle is much higher quality as far as the internal speaker is concerned. The headphone jack is loud and clear. I hook into my car speakers and use this as a video device, GPS, and music player. I also use it for audiobooks with the audible app. That app is slightly different than the iPad version, but equally as functional and kind of more sleek in how it operates.
The screen is crystal clear and beautiful. (The S pen is a bonus here too as well. Fewer fingerprints). Watching videos and taking pictures is a pleasure.. The camera takes great pictures. The camera is comparable to the Kindle HD7, but not to the IPad. Front and rear facing cameras...the one in the back seems to take better still shots. I guess the screen isn't as great as my iPad, but I have to admit that I can't tell the difference. That may be because this screen is so small or because my eyes are 43 years old and nothing looks all that clear anymore.
Kindle and ebook reader app differences: I didn't notice this at first, but someone asked about it so I checked. There is a significant difference in the appearance of reading ebooks between this and the Note 10.1. This is much softer looking, like real paper. it seems to be much easier on the eyes and I believe will make a significant difference in how tired my eyes feel after reading for any extended period. It is a nice improvement!
NOTE: before you buy, I suggest for best deal of the "Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" at: www.amazon.com/dp/B00BQH8UEY/?tag=cnet-best-offer-20
I hope this review is helpful.
Pros All the features that make the Note 2 so useful and smooth, but with more space in which to use them.
While the Note 2 allows scribbling some little diagrams, the Note 8 allows them to be larger and more sophisticated.
Cons Not AMOLED display, though it may not make that much difference in the end.
Summary Another likely success story.
Now to correct the reality distortion that this blog fosters:
1) Apple did NOT create the mid-size tablet market. Mid-size tablets from Amazon and Google dragged Apple into facing the reality of the convenience of the size, despite some ideological objections put out by Jobs.
2) The Note 8 was NOT designed as a competitor to the iPad mini. The Note 8 was obviously already on the drawing board before the iPad mini was announced.
3) The Note 8 is NOT a direct competitor to the iPad mini. It has a lot of features designed for productivity that the mini cannot match. It will probably be more expensive than the mini, but its feature set will justify that higher price for those who want them, and the success of the two previous Notes indicates that millions of people do!
4) App store size does not mean much if the device comes with the most useful productivity apps designed specifically for it. The type of people for whom the Notes are designed are those who would tend to have fewer apps, but use them to a deeper level.
Pros good hardware
Cons poorly tested updates of software
Summary Bought a few weeks ago -- it worked fine until Samsung updated it to 4.2.2. Multi Window feature stopped working. This is not just my problem -- the discussion boards are seething with outrage that Samsung's advice is to use factory reset of the tablet to have this feature back (which by the way, Samsung peddles as a distinct feature of note 8). Factory reset is time consuming, poorly defined as to the results of it, and certainly requires backing everything up. Samsung is irresponsible, and I will continue posting this on any board available until Samsung fixes the problem. To verify this post just Google "Multi Window Note 8 stopped working". Do not buy Note 8, it is a disgrace of customer support.
"Very happy!!"on by MissyJ1985
Pros S Pen
Bright and clear screen
Perfect size for travelling
One of the most powerful hardware in the tablet market at the moment
Cons Battery life could be better
A bit expensive
Summary I've been looking for a 7 or 8" tablet to use during my daily commute. My mind was set on an Android because it is important to me to be able to simply drag & drop movies (or any file for that matter) between the tablet and any computer without using any software (such as iTunes), besides I also have an iPhone so it would be nice to diversify.
After much comparison between the Nexus 7 and Note 8, both specs wise and side by side comparison, I noticed that one inch extra made a big difference in video and browsing experience, plus Note 8's screen is much brighter and more pleasant to look at. I also just wanted to mention that comparing these two to the iPad mini, the iPad mini screen looks terrible in comparison due to the low resolution.
Only after buying the Note 8 did I come to fully appreciate the S Pen, the writing-to-text recognition is quite impressive, of course it is not perfect, sometimes it still gets words wrong (when my writing is very messy), most of the time it's really good, and I will soon be using this function for meetings (in replacement of pen & paper), will update my review again once I have tried it.
Another function I'm really pleased with is the multiwindow function, I like to keep video/movie playing at the same time I browse or write something in S Note or check my emails etc, so this function is very welcomed.
It doesn't really bother me but battery life could be a bit better, it lasts me two days at most. It's usually on 30-50% by the end of the first day, I tend to charge it every night to ensure it won't run flat during the next day.
All in all I have thoroughly enjoyed using this tablet so far, simply can't put it down at times. And the size is perfect to fit in my bag, and I can hardly feel any addtional weight. I highly recommend this tablet over the iPad mini, especially if you already have an iPhone (the iPad is just a bigger version of the iPhone, so you won't find anything special about it).
Pros Your Desktop Will Get Dusty
Cons Your Desktop Will Get Dusty
Summary NEED TO HAVE Apps for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8
This App replaces your keyboard and enables you to hand write in every App, email and on the internet using the S/Pen. Most people have difficulty reading my hand writing and yet this App is able to consistently convert it into text. I find that hand writing with mazec3 on the Note 8 is noticeably faster than typing or swipping on a keyboard. With this App and the Note 8, you'll get more done than you could on any other tablet.
This App comes pre loaded on the Note 8 but I am highting it to urge you to use it...because it is so amazing. I have tried several Apps to create and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents-nothing comes close to Polaris Office. It is extremely easy to use and the editing tools closely mirror the Office Desktop Software. So far, I haven't found anything that I used to do on my desktop that I haven't been able to do with Polaris Office. In fact, when combined with mazec3, I prefer Polaris Office to the desktop.
This App backs up all of your files including documents, music, contacts etc... Just install it on all your devices - including your old tablet, then back-up all your files and you can easily download any of the files on the Note 8. I also use Drop Box, but the reason I love this App is because I can easily get all my music from all my past and present devices onto my Note 8 and all my documents are backed up daily so I can't lose anything.
This App stores all your passwords and log in information. What makes this App stand out from the pack (and will save you time) is that from mSecure in a click or two you can instantly login to your favorite Websites-without having to open your browser and type in the URL... mSecure does all the work for you. I also used to use the same 2-3 passwords over and over. With mSecure, I now have unique passwords for all my logins using their password generator.
I hope this gives you a better idea of what is possible with the Note 8. You are going to love it!
Other Apps to Consider if the Note 8 is your First Tablet:
-Google Voice Search