Galaxy Note 8.0 Design
The design stays in line with the other Note devices, featuring mostly the same glossy plastic and light feel making it pleasantly to hold but in the same time giving the rather fragile sensation. Having an 8 inches screen you can figure that only a large hand will be able to hold this one handed.
Galaxy Note 8.0 Screen
The display is rather modest, at 8 inches and 1,280 x x 800 pixels with no high pixel density (189 ppi), which can be remarked on the latest iPad Mini, nor any OLED contrast as we can see on the Note 2. However the screen is very bright and with vivid colors.
Galaxy Note 8.0 Functions
The Note 8.0 keeps the stylus pen giving you the option to keep it safe in a cubbyhole on the bottom where it fits perfectly. The screen is improved with a Wacom digitiser layer that works together with the S Pen providing full pressure-sensitive stylus input when used.
When you remove the S Pen from its socket you get the relevant apps on the screen that work with it. Together with the Multi Window feature you can really do some serious stuff on that 8 inches screen and the S Pen.
Galaxy Note 8.0 Power
There's no real impressive performance under the hood of the Note 8.0, but it is definitely enough to handle with. It runs on a quad core 1.6GHz Exynos CPU at 2GB of RAM memory, nothing new as we said, but apparently enough. You will not have any issues running numerous apps in the background or using the Multi Window feature as the 1.6 GHz make the Note 8.0 run at top speed.
Samsung's TouchWiz UI will make your experience really neat and intuitive while the Multi Window feature making its way as the top feature. You will not have to worry about battery life because a 4600 mAh battery will provide you with more than enough running hours.
You can have enough of the 16Gb or 32 GB built in memory or you can expand it further more with a high speed SD card. You can do that if you are thinking about using the 5MP front camera for pictures and videos, even though the quality isn't top class. However this is not what the Note 8.0 is about after all. Of course the tablet will use the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 Android for now as 4.2 is only available for Nexus devices.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 seems to offer exactly what it states, a perfect choice if you consider the Galaxy Note 10.1 to be too big and if the Galaxy Note 2 is not what you had in mind. It has amazing stylus functionality that basically puts the tablet ahead of other similar products, since the specs aren't in the top. Basically the Note 8.0 concentrates on increased functionality and usability and not high class specs, so it might just find its place on the market in the following period. But with the iPad Mini already playing the role of a strong competitor and the iPad Mini 2 on its way out the Galaxy Note 8.0 seems to be the right choice for true Samsung Fans, especially fans of the Note series.
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February 25th, 2013
Updated on May 30th, 2014