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  • Sleepingforest - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    I'm really excited about the multi-window support! I find myself switching between two apps (internet and note-taking) far too often on my phone--it's really annoying, even with multitasking tweaks and whatnot. Reply
  • gnx - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    If you're into rooting and installing custom ROMs, AOKP with "last app" in the navigation bar is excellent for that kind of multitasking.

    But as an 8.9 user, I really wish Samsung or someone would build a under 1lbs, 1080p HD, 8.9 tablet. The form factor of 8.9 makes it like a slim ipad4, while the under 1lbs makes it possible to hold with one hand, and of course, 1080p HD in 8.9 would not only look great, it'd make note taking (with an S pen or any other stylus) much more accurate.

    Long ago, supposedly LG's consumer research showed the people felt the 8.9 as the ideal size. LG came out with the first one, and Sammy followed suit with a svelt Galaxy Tab 8.9. That was two years ago. Now, Amazon's 8.9 Kindle erred on being a tad too heavy (1.3 lbs), while this Galaxy Note errs on being too cramped. If Sammy would quite chasing Apple (and making a 8.0), and just go its own way with an upgraded 8.9.
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  • Sleepingforest - Sunday, April 21, 2013 - link

    Thanks for the advice, but I'm actually an iPhone user (jailbroken!) It's starting to feel a bit slow though, and I don't know if I'm going to stick with Apple. I am pretty heavily invested in the app ecosystem here, but I'm sure an Android promotion will come up at some point with a Google Play giftcard as incentive.

    I'll keep your advice in mind though, as I'm looking pretty closely at the HTC One!
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  • enmass90 - Monday, April 22, 2013 - link

    If you're a jailbroken iPhone user, download a tweak called "accelerate". It will make iOS feel alot snappier, and you can choose how fast you want it! Reply
  • TaylorSandler - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

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  • Donniesito - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    Why don't we have the ability to report posts as spam? Can we please get rid of these absurd comments? Reply
  • nerdstalker - Sunday, April 21, 2013 - link

    I kinda like them; they are mostly funny. Especially when they are posted in bold.; easier to spot and read. Ha! :) Reply
  • DanielShaw - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    There is no doubt that Galaxy Note 8 is much more sophisticated and advanced than many other similar devices and Samsung products. It is very intuitive, quick and functional. It is perfect for using it on the go, when you need to take quick notes, write down some ideas, search for information, etc. Since I bought it few days ago, I am not stopping being impressed by this device.

    See my full feedback and review of Galaxy Note 8:

    http://www.squidoo.com/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-8-table...
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  • martie01 - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    I'd agree. Samsung note 8 is certainly a tremendous device, even despite the rather high price. Reply
  • Gadgetguy52 - Friday, June 21, 2013 - link

    I agree. Since I got the Note 8.0, I haven't been annoyed with not being able to open up an additional window. Reply
  • danstek - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    I just have to say that the background used for the photos looks awesome! Reply
  • klatscho - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    just had the same thought - nice one anand Reply
  • hagmamad - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    stole the words out of my mouth Reply
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  • nerdstalker - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    Hey, c'mon Anand... This is AnandTech, the gathering place of geeks and nerds. It's not The Verge. :P Reply
  • mmartel - Saturday, April 20, 2013 - link

    Another thumbs up on the photos - beautiful background and photography. Reply
  • nerdstalker - Sunday, April 21, 2013 - link

    I bet the photos look awesome on an iPad 4/5, rMBP or late-2012 iMac. ;) BTW, for a long time I expected AnandTech to review the late-2012 iMacs; but it didn't happen. :( I hope they review, at least when those get the next speed bump. Reply
  • jeffkibuule - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    It's an interesting tablet for sure, but eh, we know we're going to get the Nexus 7 II with a 1920x1200 display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 600/800 in a month for $249-299. I'd just sit back and wait for the inevitable. Reply
  • thesavvymage - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    hell, it can keep the 1280x720 res if it stays at the 200/249 price point. Im just hoping the usb otg isnt totally neutered like it is on the Nexus 4. We shall see... Reply
  • MonkeyPaw - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    It's actually 1280x800, but I really hope Google doesn't overdo the specs of Nexus 7.2 and forsake battery life. More than anything, I wish my Nexus 7 got a few more hours on a charge, especially during games. I appreciate a boost in specs, but I hope they are sane about it. Reply
  • teiglin - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    I'm not sure there's a reasonable compromise there, though, without increasing size pretty substantially. Even APQ8064 at 1.5GHz is going to blow through the <20Whr of battery one can fit in a chassis designed for a 7" screen very quickly, not to mention the higher draw of a denser display. Unfortunately, the reality of the OS situation means that Google lacks the luxury Apple has of running a lower-clocked CPU, so when it comes to gaming, the only way to save battery is to run games that look worse or wait for better silicon (or better battery technology, though I don't have the impression that's improving very fast).

    I'm curious what your target battery life is for this sort of thing. I mean, four hours is a long time to be gaming away from a power source; it's within spitting distance of long enough for a cross-country flight (sorry, US-centric here), and when travelling, I tend to have a USB battery on hand anyway.
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  • MonkeyPaw - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    I suppose my thoughts are based on my first tablet, the Iconia A500. Battery life was crazy long on everything. I think I plugged it in once or twice a week, when it seems like my Nexus 7 gets plugged in almost everyday. Most days, I don't even game that long.

    More directly to your question, I don't have a major complaint about the Nexus 7's battery life, but I would rather see batter life improve next release as opposed to getting worse. I don't feel that the general performance of the device is bad in any way, so it seems like a more efficient SOC that performs slightly better is all that is required. Provided they don't increase DPI, of course.
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  • Hung_Low - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    What is the GPS app used for the review? Seems to be very popular amongst the tech community Reply
  • thebigfudge - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    I found it: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.... Reply
  • mayankleoboy1 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    The only problem i see is the last generation hardware. Reply
  • mayankleoboy1 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Just to add, why would anyone not buy the Nexus 10 ? Reply
  • StormyParis - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Size. Pen. SD. Reply
  • lmcd - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Exynos 4 Quad is definitely in the good enough range. Reply
  • Spunjji - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    It's probably a bit above that, being entirely honest. Tends to sit near the top end of benchmarks. Quad Krait / A6 is definitely better, but not a lot else. Reply
  • Spunjji - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    Oh no, so slow.
    /sarcasm
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  • nerd1 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    I think it's better than most people need - it exceeds ipad mini in almost every aspects (except for 10% less battery life) and I think wacom pen + multi-window support is very crucial for many circumstances, like searching for something in one window and writing down a note in the other window. Reply
  • nerd1 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Also I think it is very absurd that just everyone ignores the micro SD slot when comparing prices. You can get 16GB one and put 32GB or 64GB micro SD to upgrade the storage, and most will do because it is way cheaper, which Nexus or iDevices cannot. Reply
  • steven75 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    It still falls down in one massive area that all Android tablets fall down in: app ecosystem. Reply
  • extide - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Apple fanboy much? lol Reply
  • NekoTipcat - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Ipad mini wins in 2 aspects or 3
    1 Battery
    2 GPU
    3 iOS (if you like it)
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  • Spunjji - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    Samsung Note 8.0 wins in 2 aspects or 3
    1 Pen
    2 CPU
    3 Android (if you like it)

    ...sorry, I really couldn't resist.
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  • FlyBri - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Anand -- I see you mention that the Galaxy Note 8.0 has a PLS display, but I have seen other information that states the display is a TFT panel. Could you provide some more color on this? Thanks! Reply
  • B3an - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    ... Err TFT stands for Thin-Film-Transistor. All LCD displays are TFT.

    "TFT LCD" is the general technology and theres many different types of panels for it. PLS is one of them types. The Galaxy Note 8.0 uses PLS which is one of the best kinds of TFT LCD panels.
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  • Sabresiberian - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    "PLS" is Samsung's version if LG's "IPS". :)

    Whether or not it is better - well, there are different versions of both technologies, and Samsung's PLS is newer and so they are still improving it. I would judge on a product-by-product basis.
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  • FlyBri - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    My bad, I meant TN, not TFT -- brain fart. In any case, if it's PLS, that's good, but the thing is still overpriced... Reply
  • nerd1 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Actually S note lags a lot with Ativ smart PC (clover trail) but it's way better with oneNote. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Display analysis: You only show the contrast ratio for the highest brightness setting. In display reviews, you at least have min/max brightness contrast ratios. That is better, but you should really have a contrast/brightness diagram with at least 11 data points (0% to 100% in 10% increments).

    "Unfortunately one of the hallmarks of TouchWiz is that all icons and widgets are considerably larger than they are under iOS" -> I don't see that in the picture you posted below that. It looks more cramped because it has more icons in the same space (5 horizontal on a 16:10 display vs. 4 on a 4:3 display and 6 vertical vs 4 vertical). If they are considerably larger, I should see it with my eye. But I don't. Can you provide measurements of the icons?

    I agree completely with your tablet size assessment. I've had a 10" Android tablet for about 10 months now. It got used a lot when it was new (as any gadget does). But then the usefulness quickly plummeted and I often found myself wanting to be able to do more with it. Especially shoddy video playback was an annoyance. Any laptop or PC I own that is 5 years old or younger plays anything I through at it smoothly through either MPC-HC or VLC. For Android, I can never be sure until I try and often, even stuff that should play fine (720p downloaded content encoded for iTunes) stutters and has async video/audio on several players. So my 11.6" notebook (Core i3-330UM) took over most travelling duties again and the tablet got used as a toilet device and a portable console for young visitors. Now I have a 11.6" Samsung Core i tablet which I love. Battery life is of course shorter, but I still get through a day of use and that's all I need. If I had to buy a new tablet today, the 7" to 8" form factor would be what I would look at. But personally, I'm looking for a ~6" phone (Note 3 perhaps?) because my 4.7" GN feels positively tiny after a year of use and going to 6" would give me great pocketability, allow me to carry it everywhere while also giving me more real estate and let me stay with 2 portable devices instead of 3. :)
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  • rkcth - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    I use a jailbroken ipad mini with VLC and it plays anything I throw at it, been watching the whole series of true blood and its awesome. The only issue I ever have is with audio syncing after pausing, I usually have to click the done button and reclick the video to get it to resync properly, but I'm pretty sure that's a bug in VLC since it only happens after pausing and playing. Reply
  • herts_joatmon - Saturday, April 20, 2013 - link

    It may just be the codex. I get the same problem on my android tablet with my true blood rips Reply
  • TareX - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    This is making me even look more forward to the Note 3... Now that's a device that should last a long time before upgrading. Sorry HTC/Sony... you've had your chance to produce a proper phablet but you haven't delivered. Reply
  • FlyBri - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    The Note 8.0 is for a niche market at this price to such an extent that I believe sales figures will be considerably lower than Samsung expects. As such, I see a price cut in the near future. I was looking forward to the Note 8.0. While the S pen is a great feature, it's not an absolute must have for me. To me, $399 is WAY too much to ask, and I think the market will reflect this with lower sales numbers. If Samsung even cut $50 off the price they'd be in much better shape... Reply
  • enealDC - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Another Android Tablet that will be useless in a matter of months! They are great to look at and hold and consume content on, but when the novelty wears off and you have business to get to, close the tablet and fire up your laptop (I'm a Transformer Prime owner).
    The next device I get is going to be a Microsoft Surface Pro for sure!
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  • nerd1 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Having used win8 tablet for years and now using galaxy tab 7.7 for my main mobile device (including phone!), I cannot disagree more. Reply
  • thesavvymage - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    please tell me, which windows 8 tablet have you been using for years? There are NONE that have been out for more than a year. Installing the consumer preview on something else i guess was possible a year ago Reply
  • nerd1 - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    W8 developer preview was available july 2011, and I've been using EP121, W500, slate 7. Reply
  • Ashley1989 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Hi, I'm awaiting for the launch of this machine in India, expected somewhere in the end of April. I'm inclined towards its sleek design and its task switcher feature. Its available on S3 too if you update your software. Can't wait to install One browser to it, download and surf at lightening speed. Its gonna be a deadly combo. Reply
  • superflex - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    No Editors Choice award?
    Enjoy the wrath of the Samsung Fanbois.
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  • herts_joatmon - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    This is the first review i've read to date on this that talks about the s-pen as a drawing tool and compares it to a similar product (the surface in this case). The main reason I wanted this was to use as a mobile sketchpad. I have concerns now having read that its not upto the standard of the surface pro. Saying that, I cant afford the Surface pro so I may have no other choice than this. Was it the pen itself that was the issue? Have your tried it with other Wacom pens? I've already gone out and bought the seperate s pen with erraser for the improved ergonomics and functionality assuming it would be a better experience than the standard pen supplied. Reply
  • Arbie - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    This is a real prospect for me. The screen size is just large enough to enjoy videos, while still being portable.

    What I really appreciate is the SD card slot. On a device so capable of media playback, it's a no-brainer to include a tiny, low-cost way of instantly swapping libraries of content in and out. The size of the internal storage is irrelevant to this - nothing beats micro/SD for loading and unloading media sets. The companies that omit SD in order to force higher prices for internal storage (!) will never get my business.
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  • nerd1 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Still some company is charging $100 for extra 16GB while you can get 32GB card at $20. Reply
  • antef - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    lol, a menu button on a tablet??? Users will probably never even notice it's there. Imagine such a thing on an iPad or Nexus 10.

    Samsung just doesn't get it.
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  • nerd1 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    It actually helps a lot to have external buttons on tablet, as it won't eat up screen real estate.
    I hate permanent on-screen buttons.
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  • Calista - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Fully agree, have always found the onscreen buttons of HC and ICS a bit akward, to easy to hit by mistake. But I guess real buttons would hinder the idea that the tablet should be able to be turned any way the user please. Unfortunately it still won't work that way since we always have the power and volume button and the speakers in fixed positions. Reply
  • antef - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    The problem with real buttons is flexibility. If you include a hardware menu key (Samsung), it creates a bad, disjointed UI experience and a button that sometimes does nothing depending on the app you're in. An app's functionality should be fully contained with the app's UI and a button off-screen to pull up some functions is not smart design. It's also completely inconsistent ith 10" tablets and thus hard for new users to learn which is why Google axed it. However, if you don't include a hardware menu key (HTC), you're stuck with a full-row black menu bar for legacy apps that expect an off-screen menu key. On-screen keys eliminate this issue and let you have the best of both worlds. Reply
  • HanakoIkezawa - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Im sorry but I fail to see how having dedicated buttons off screen create a broken experience in any way, shape or form. I for one cannot stand having wasted pixels on screen or having no dedicated Reply
  • HanakoIkezawa - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Menu or back button. Hardware buttons and the "experience" are completely objective and chanfe from user to user. Ios devices drive me insane because I only have a menu button ans no back button, but my sister loves having only one button on her iphone. I feel lost on nexus devices because of the lack of hardware buttons but im sure some nexus owners how despise the note 8 layout.

    It's all matter of opinion.
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  • antef - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    A menu button need not be in a permanent bar that uses screen real estate, it should be with the app's UI, which is what Google's guidelines indicate. It doesn't make sense for a large screen application to require a tiny button off-screen to be pressed to pull up app functionality. It's disjointed and unintuitive. Reply
  • Sabresiberian - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Heh I suggest that the fact that the Surface Pro is based on any Ivy Bridge Core i5 chip could be the reason it is faster at, oh, everything. :) Reply
  • herts_joatmon - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    I mainly want this for sketching. I had no issues when trying it out in the samsung store. I was using Sketchbook pro though not s note. Had 4 layers on there (sketch, inking, backround colour and picture colour). It seemed to work fine through out. I only spent about 15 minutes playing though... Reply
  • GNUminex - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    As a college student I constantly see other students struggling to annotate lecture slides or or pdfs on their tablets, and/or struggling to type on their tablets. It really confounds me why no one has set out to make hardware that comprehensively meets the productivity needs of these people and then market the device to them. Keyboards that don't physically connect to the tablets and act as a base are not practical for all situations. The transformer's dock doesn't make a sturdy base. The Surfaces don't sit well on a lap and are too expensive. The Note finally solves the writing problem with it's stylus but has no keyboard, and the more traditional tablet laptops are too big and too expensive. Reply
  • The0ne - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    You've been using Win8 tablets for years? How can this be? Reply
  • The0ne - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    You've been using Win8 tablets for years? How can this be? Reply
  • nerd1 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Win8 developer preview was released July 2012 as far as I remember. Reply
  • ezekiel68 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    I came in interested in the Note 8. I left interested in the Nexus 10. Reply
  • haukionkannel - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Well, I came to the same conclusion than the article writer. I would take any day Nexys 7 with a s-pen over this product if it only would be available... Better screen, longer usage time, smaller size...
    Hopefully we will some day see "note" version of some of those small size Nexus tablets!
    I don't mind a little bit weaker CPU or GPU as long as you get better screen and longer battery time!
    But not a bad product at all!
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  • herts_joatmon - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    You could always root this, under clock and undervolt the CPU thus giving you Nexus 7 level performance and improved battery life. I also assume that the Wacom digitizer tech used in this uses additional electricity meaning that if it was applied to the Nexus 7, you would probably get reduced battery life anyway Reply
  • HisDivineOrder - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    The reason Samsung is doing a sea of niches is because they've got the advantage of a huge manufacturing infrastructure they can rely on to do it and do it well. They intend to drown Apple in an ocean of different products at different sizes and specs, bombarding the consumer in so much product there's little chance they haven't made something better for you in an Android variety.

    Poor Apple. They aren't destined to win this one. They're going to be shoved back into that niche box by the end and a big part of the reason will be Samsung, their ex-partner they burned with lawsuits and price bickering. Another large part of the reason will be the fact that Apple seems to be tapped out on new ideas or innovative styling.

    Now everything's just, "Thinner, silverer, black/white-er." They're like fans of a dead man who can't appreciate anything new because of a blind devotion to the rapidly decaying chic of the dearly departed.
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  • nerd1 - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    Samsung has some advantage over other OEMs, but not over apple. BOM of apple products are always much cheaper, and they are enjoying double the margin of others. Reply
  • Mercadian - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Hi Anand,

    Why have you stopped benchmarking mobile SoCs with Epic Citadel? I remember you did a great job with iPhone 4S review.
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  • Jumangi - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    I don't know why Samsung thinks this thing is worth $400. I'm not the biggest Apple fan but at that price I would just buy the iPad. Reply
  • herts_joatmon - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    Look up the price of a wacom tablet. then add that price to the iPad to get a comparable price. This is a modern tablet and graphics tablet in one The ipad is just a modern tablet. Reply
  • nerd1 - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    iPad users are actually paying $100 to get JOT stylus to get a half-baked pressure sensitivity... Reply
  • SuperSuperChicken - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    "If you’re the type of person to value, polish and take care of the things you own, the Note 8’s construction doesn’t convey luxury. If you want something you’re not going to feel bad about tossing about like you would your keys or a bag, maybe a plastic tablet is less of a problem."

    I see this a lot on Anandtech lately, with the phone reviews and now this. The insinuation is that if I don't want a metal-cased device, then automatically I'm one that doesn't care about the condition of my devices or how they look, which is simply not true.

    Now, I'm no fan of glossy plastic, I would have hoped the manufacturers would have moved away from it by now. However, I am a fan of plastic and prefer it over metal devices such as the iPad due to the fact that in the real world, I can actually hold onto a plastic device whereas the metal ones tend to slip through my fingers. I think the Nexus 7 is a nice looking device, but even I'm not foolish enough to argue that it looks better than the iPad. However, when I have to encase the iPad in a cover in order to be able to hold it, it seems the point is moot.

    I appreciate quality materials, however, in my case it doesn't take precedence over practicality. With plastic bodies, I can run my phone and tablet without cases, keeping them slim as designed - which is something metal bodied devices wouldn't be able to offer. I just ask that you keep that perspective in mind and don't just assume that everyone who has a plastic-bodied device doesn't care how it looks and is want to mistreat them.
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  • nerd1 - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    I see lots of plastic cases for metal phones - I wonder why nobody makes a metal case for plastic phones. Reply
  • SuperSuperChicken - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    Companies do, actually (search for "metal case galaxy s3"). I'm not sure how much I'd trust them not to degrade reception though. Reply
  • boomhowler - Friday, April 19, 2013 - link

    I really like that you included a NAND-test. Those memory chips can be a real performance killer if they are bad. A request: it would be interesting to see if the NAND performance is about the same when the storage has been filled to ~90%. I have several colleagues who experience large performance degradations on their androids when the storage starts to fill up. And if you can, also add comparisons to Win8/iOS models as well. Reply
  • awehring - Saturday, April 20, 2013 - link

    Anand,
    you are missing an universal remote to control a home cinema. Me too!
    But I found TouchSquid Remote at the Android Play Store, which claims to be just that. Have you ever tried it?
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  • arifmahmud - Saturday, April 20, 2013 - link

    This review is a compact review of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 & help any readers at glance about the awesome device. Reply
  • Commodus - Sunday, April 21, 2013 - link

    Like it or not, Samsung is going to be burned by that $399 price.

    Is it fair for what you get? Sure -- but most people don't need a pen and Wacom digitizer. You could safely argue that most customers at this size are buying for cost, not features; otherwise, they'd get a 10-inch tablet or a low-end laptop. While the iPad mini isn't the best value-for-money deal in its current state, it also costs $70 less, carries more tablet-native apps and first launched several months ago.

    Personally, I'd be more curious to see what Apple does for the second-gen iPad mini than the Note 8.0. Put in a Retina-ish display and an A6 at $329 and the tiny iPad could be a killer combo.
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  • herts_joatmon - Monday, April 22, 2013 - link

    I be suprised if Samsung designed this as an "iPad killer". Unlike Apple and some other manufacturers, Samsung dont have a one size fits all policy. Rather, they have segregated the market into smaller segments. This tablet is aimed at creative types, where as most tablets are designed for consumption (reading, gaming, browsing etc).
    Like the original Note phone. They wont have expected it to sell in abundance, but if other market segments take it up, it will be a bonus to them.
    For me, the closest rival is the Surface Pro. Thats the only other tablet that you can actually draw on with pressure sensitivity support and good accuracy (that im aware off) and that is over twice the price. So is $399 a fair price? Compared to $999, its a bargain.
    What I want is a mobile sketch book. Any other functionality is a bonus in my opinion.
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  • nerd1 - Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - link

    $500 Ativ smart PC has the same wacom support. Reply
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  • A_Smith - Thursday, April 25, 2013 - link

    Is that a painting colored by fabric colors at the back of photos in the review? Reply
  • fteoath64 - Friday, April 26, 2013 - link

    Only 1 comment that is most important is the aspect ratio of the screen!. The iPad Mini's 4:3 ratio is just perfect for web and reading and it is nor less good for movie watching either!. The 16:9 ratio of Note makes it look long and web reading is constrained by either too narrow a width on portrait mode or too shallow if put on landscape mode. I suggest a 1600 X 1200 screen be used with minimal bezel on the sides. All other things are perfect as they are ... Reply
  • Pessimism - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - link

    Plastic housing and no cellular telephone capability = no care. Reply
  • martie01 - Saturday, May 18, 2013 - link

    I'd agree, but the other features are just way to cool. This is truly a Great "Phablet"! The price is bit steep. Check out my review for lowest prices and cool features as well if you care to.

    http://squidoo.com/samsung-note-8
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    Makers S8U Detachable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Folddable Leatherette Protective Case and Stand for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

    its amazing with this red and white colour...totaly differnt....and very low price for that quality...just 50 $
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  • Gadgetguy52 - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - link

    As a southpaw, I appreciate the functionality of the S pen for writing. I wrote a review on my reasons for buying and made a comparison chart with the iPad mini and other devices.

    http://www.squidoo.com/samsung-galaxy-note-8-0-pri...
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  • vipuls1979 - Monday, May 27, 2013 - link

    Features are cool of Samsung but the recent tablet launched by Sony Xperia Z tablet is awesome for more details you can checkout on http://mobiknowhow.blogspot.com Reply

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