Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Android tablet

An 8in Android tablet that includes the S Pen stylus, let down by an expensive price tag

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  • Expert Rating

    3.75 / 5
  • User Rating

    4.00 / 5 (of 3 Reviews)
  • Price

    $ 459.00 (AUD)

User Reviews:

HertsJoaTMoN

5.0

1

Pros
Stylus (and everything else)
Cons
3G version and 32GB versions difficult to aquire.
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More expensive than its similarly spec'd rivials so if your just after a tablet, look elsewhere. If your looking for a device to replace your notepads and sketchbooks as well as do all the awesome tablety things the rivals can do as well then take the leap. The stylus is brilliant and you will be able to do things that just arent possible on non digitizer enabled tablets.
Another reviewer complains about magnetic interference. This is a genuine concern but one that isnt specific to this samsung device but all digitizer tech (Wacom tablets etc). The official case has a weak sheilded magnet. One that is just strong enough to active the auto screen on off feature. Cheap 3rd party cases will have stronger, un shielded magnets and should be avoided! This is not an issue with the samsung manufacturing process but the technology itself.
The issue has been raised a few times on the XDA forums and the general consencus is that there is no long term effect, but magnets should be avoided if you wish to use the stylus.
The internal storage is low (10gb of free space after the OS has taken up room). This can be expanded with the micro sd card slot. I have a 64gb card in mine and use folder mount to store my game app data on the external card allowing to have over 30gb of apps currently installed. I consider my device to have 80gb of storage.
Battery life and performance is very good. 4 hours if intense gaming. 8-9 hours general use.

MarcelVS

4.5

2

Pros
Everything
Cons
Nothing yet
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I have had mine for just on a fortnight any it has not missed a beat. I purchased mine in Europe where they sell the 32GB version and I installed a 64GB Sandisk MicroSD.
Simply love it.
I might be on lucky here but I get approx 2 days out of the battery. This includes watching a movie once a day, approx 5 hours of internet, emails, and then reading eBooks as well as some music each day.
Really heavy usage on weekends, and it will last a full day.
Sure it might be a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for!!
Not sure why the first reviewer is having any issues (if any). Surely, if you had that many returns, you would stop at perhaps 2 or 3 but to say he has returned 8, I find this impossible to believe.

I love mine and it might just replace my Alienware 11inch laptop soon.

fotojourn

2.5

3

Pros
Handwriting recognition
Cons
Poor magnetic shielding
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I'm now on my sixth Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and all of them, this one included, exhibited a dead section of the screen that is unresponsive to the stylus.

Emails even as high up the chain as the office of the Samsung president ( officeofpresident@sea.samsung.com.) have gone unanswered.

Further testing has shown that the unresponsive screen sections are an engineering flaw resulting from insufficient magnetic shielding inside the devices case and caused by the small button magnets used on cases to hold the screen flap in place.

The shielding is so poor that even cases in close proximity - several centimetres away - interfere with the screen and there is a short term memory effect even if the device is removed from the case.

The unanswered question is what the long term effect of this will be, in addition to what effect older airport x-ray machines in use by less developed countries will have on the device, or its contents.

Definitely not up to the engineering standards of an iPad.

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