Samsung’s latest tablet is the Galaxy Note 8.0, a device that’s good for business, students, or general users. We have a full written review of this device but this video shows it in action:
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Overview
The Note series stands apart from its rivals because of the S Pen. This is a pressure-sensitive stylus that is paired with a collection of apps for drawing, note taking, and handwriting recognition that go beyond what most other Android tablets offer.
The 8-inch display on this tablet has a resolution of 1280×800 (WXGA). It also has a 5 megapixel main camera, a 1.3 megapixel rear camera, and a 4,600 mAh battery.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 runs Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) on a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. The tablet has a typical 2GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB of storage. There is also a microSD memory card slot, which will support cards up to 64GB.
So I’m Jamison Cush for TabletPCReview, and here we have the Galaxy Note 8.0. This is Samsung’s 8-inch Galaxy Note Android tablet, and before we dive in, let me just show you the size comparison. This is the Galaxy Note II. It’s the 5.5-inch smartphone that some have called the phablet, so you can get a sense of how big this is in comparison. In fact, it’s just about the size of an iPad mini, and that’s the iPad mini right there, which is about 7.8 inches. So this falls squarely in the middle between the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Note 10.1, which is a 10.1-inch tablet.
So the defining characteristic or feature of any Galaxy Note product is the S Pen, and this is the Samsung stylus. It features Wacom technology, which a lot of old Windows tablet users will be familiar with, and it has a pressure-sensitive tip. It has a little button here, and it has all kinds of functionality for the device. Most notably, you can use it to navigate through home screens and move things around, and you can also use it to take a screen shot by holding the button and pressing it to the display. If there’s something you want to copy and put in a presentation, just grab it and copy, and you can paste it right to your clipboard. So it’s very similar to a PC in terms of that functionality.
You can also use it to write things and notes, and one of the applications that really takes advantage of that is Samsung’s S Note app. So here we are in S Note. We’re going to start a new note, and this is a pretty robust application. You can do all kinds of things. I mean, you can write, obviously, but you can also do handwriting to text. You can also do shapes. It has shape recognition. So if I draw a circle, it will create a circle. So there are all kinds of things you can do. You can grab things from the clipboard and paste it in. You can paste in images. You can record sounds, all kinds of things. It’s a really robust application.
Another Notes application that is actually exclusive to the Galaxy Note 8.0 at the time of this video is Awesome Note, and Awesome Note is actually much more robust. It takes all your notes, your calendar. You can create a shopping list, a to-do list. You can keep tabs on anniversaries, check out your calendar. You can segment notes by work, study, scrap, recipes, thoughts. It’s really a robust application. It’s almost like a daily organizer exclusive to the Galaxy Note 8.0.
So the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 for specs, it has an 8-inch display. It’s 1280 x 800, I believe. It’s powered by a quad-core Exynos 1.6 GHz processor, which is really top of the line at the time of its release. It has on the back a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing shooter, and that’s pretty standard and compares to other tablets available today.
At launch, it will cost $400, which actually makes it a little more expensive than many other tablets. That’s $20 more than the $380 iPad mini, and certainly more expensive than the $200 Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire tablets.
So looking at the Galaxy Note 8.0 from the side, we have a power button, volume rocker, and this is an IR blaster, which is an interesting feature. It’s not on many tablets, but Samsung likes to include it. Essentially through the Peel Universal Remote app that’s included on the tablet and this IR blaster, you can turn this into a universal remote to control your HDTV and home entertainment center.
Right here, this is where the S Pen docks, so you will never forget it or leave it behind, hopefully.
On the bottom, we have a couple speakers and the little pen-charging connector. And then on this side, this is where the micro SD card hides. Now, the international version of the Galaxy Note 8.0 has a SIM card slot, so you can make phone calls with it. But in the U.S., you can’t make phone calls with it. It doesn’t have a SIM card slot. And at the top, that’s just a headphone jack.
For more information, check out our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 right here.