"Love It...FLASH!"5.0 starson by YoungAppleFan
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.