Thursday, 18 April 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review

By on 4:52 pm

 Samsung NoteSo, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is out.This is Samsung's latest tablet offering. Does Samsung deliver with this tablet? Well, read on and find out.
Firstly, the tablet has a screen size of 8", which is smaller than the Note 10.1. It runs the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS with a 1.6GHz quad core processor. Along with the tablet itself comes Samsung's S pen. Not only does the S pen function in the same manner as a stylus, it also has the added capability of controlling the images on screen simply by hovering over it. Yes, that's right, it doesn't have to actually touch the screen to make whatever changes are required. This is certainly something new  and it does work quite well. One unfortunate disadvantage of this however, is that even when you don't want to make any changes to your screen, inadvertently moving the S pen over it causes an input  to be made. Let me tell you, this can get quite annoying after a while, so using the S pen might take some getting used to at first. 
The  interface for this tablet is quite  user friendly. As in the Note 10.1, you can see your  apps on the top of the screen which allows for easy access. You can also delete some of the apps shown at the top as well. Additionally, there is a multi window mode for those who wish to multitask, something I find this tablet really
caters for. You are able to switch seamlessly between many different apps.
The tablet also has an app called WatchON which allows it to be sort of a tv guide. All you have to do is type in your favorite show and the tablet presents you with an array of options which you can use to view the program. Additonally, through the use of an infrared port the app allows it to act as a universal remote. Both of these features I find to be quite appealing.
One of the major disadvantages of the Note 8 however, is that the screen resolution is not 1080p HD(Max resolution is 1280*800 pixels). I find this to be rather disappointing especially for a tablet that costs nearly $400. It should also be noted that this tablet is WiFi only.
In conclusion I would say that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is overall quite a good tablet. If you're really into multitasking and do a lot of note taking then this tablet is definitely for you. However, if you're used to that HD screen then you should definitely look elsewhere as this tablet falls short in that department. Another thing, if you are not really going to use the S pen, then cheaper tablet alternatives like the Nexus 7 would probably be a better fit. For more on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 including order info, click here and...

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