Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review

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  •  WatchON app provides universal remote functionality
  •  S Pen allows you to write and draw naturally
  • Multitask with up to 20 apps at once with Multi Window
  • SAFE security features and Polaris Office for business users
  • Access handwritten notes from your PC using S Note with Web Viewer
  • Android 4.1, Jelly Bean and quad-core processor provide smooth performance

Samsung has further expanded its line-up of stylus-equipped devices with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. It sits between the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – a giant smartphone - and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – a full-sized tablet. The Note 8.0 has an 8in display, a Touchwiz-skinned version of Android and the S-pen for note-taking and sketching.

First impressions are mostly positive - built from the same glossy white plastic as the Galaxy S3 smartphone, the Note 8.0 shares a very similar design with a rounded rectangular shape, finished with a chrome strip around the edges. The oblong home button and illuminated back and menu keys will feel instantly familiar to S3 owners as well. The left and right bezels are just large enough to rest your thumbs on without coming into contact with the touchscreen, although we’re currently spoilt by a collection of smartphones and tablets with next to no bezel at all – including Samsung’s own Galaxy S4 – so you don’t get the same impression of a premium device here.
At 340g it’s surprisingly light, even compared to 7in budget models – we had no trouble holding it in one hand without having to give our wrists an occasional rest. The S-pen slots into a holder in the underside of the tablet with a reassuring click, so you can be confident it won’t fall out when on the move. A MicroSD card slot is hidden beneath a (rather flimsy) plastic flap on the left side of the tablet, with both power and volume buttons on the right side. The 3.5mm audio jack sits at the top and the speaker grilles fire downwards from the base of the tablet.

The screen dominates the front of the Note 8.0 – as the name suggests, it’s an 8in display based around a 1,280x800 TFT panel. That’s fairly standard resolution for entry-level tablets, but it’s slightly disappointing in a premium one like this. Even so, both images and text look crisp and fairly detailed – just don’t expect the same level of clarity as a Full HD display. Viewing angles are above average for an LCD panel, although the glossy finish can make light reflections a little troublesome, and colour accuracy is great. However, dark images don’t have the deep blacks you’ll find on an AMOLED or IPS display. As it’s a 16:9 panel, you don’t get quite the same usable space as with Apple’s iPad Mini - which has a squarer 4:3 display - but it’s still noticeably larger than the 7in Nexus 7.

The larger screen has a considerable impact on battery life – the Galaxy Note 8 lasted a little under seven and a half hours in our video playback test. That's some three hours less than the Nexus 7 and it certainly can't compare to the iPad Mini, which managed an incredible eleven and a half hours in the same test.


With an Exynos 4 quad-core processor running at 1.6GHz, paired with 2GB of RAM, the Note 8.0 is very quick when it comes to everyday tasks such as web browsing. In our CPU performance benchmarks, the four cores produced excellent results, scoring highly in both GeekBench and SunSpider – it even managed to outmuscle the HTC One in some tests, although it falls behind when 3D graphics are introduced. It could only score 3306 in 3DMark Ice Storm, making it slower than the Nexus 7 and some 7000 points behind the likes of the Galaxy S4 or HTC One.
All this is powering Android 4.1, rather than the newer 4.2 version found on the Nexus 7 and Galaxy S4. This isn't a big deal in terms of features and performance, but 4.2 does come with support for multiple user accounts – great if you plan on sharing the device with friends or family.
Samsung’s Touchwiz tweaks to Android are fairly comprehensive, with a full set of custom icons, new widgets and a redesigned settings menu. Samsung has also included its MultiWindow technology, which allows more PC-like multitasking. You can open key apps, such as email, maps or browser, in a half-screen window, so you can handle two tasks at once. Add in the stylus and it becomes even more powerful, for example you can quickly make notes in one app while reading another

The Note 8.0 is incredibly responsive when using the S-Pen stylus. It’s based around a Wacom digitiser and can detect 1,024 levels of pressure, letting you use the tablet as a sketch pad or artists’ easel. The pen itself has a single button which, when held, lets you cut out anything on-screen – meaning you can send maps in emails, annotate screenshots and share images from the web, all without having to switch between apps.

To assist you there's Air View – which lets you hover the pen over emails to open a preview, without loading the Mail application, just to name one example. Handwriting recognition is excellent too – we were able to send emails without a single spelling error, although there was the occasional misplaced capital letters.
There are several unique Samsung apps provided. The most stylus-friendly is S-Note, which lets you annotate typed documents or create written ones from scratch. There are others like Paper Artist, which let you colour in your photos with vibrant effects, but there’s no drawing app pre-installed on the device. You’ll need to download one from the Android app store if you want to flex your artistic muscle – we recommend Autodesk SketchBook Pro, but gives you a huge amount of features more commonly found in desktop programs like Photoshop.
If you’re more of a photographer than a traditional artist, you’ll find a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front webcam. The rear camera takes perfectly acceptable stills in bright daylight, with a slight tendency towards over-exposure. It lacks a flash, so low-light images were always going to be a struggle – it produces grainy shots that lack any detail.
It’s also able to record high definition video at 720p, although it won’t replace your smartphone or compact camera in terms of quality – or convenience. Cameras on tablets often don't get much use, but the ability to touch-up your snaps with the stylus, or annotate your shots for practical or comedy purposes is a big boon here.

It’s clear that the Galaxy Note 8.0 isn’t for everyone – if you don’t plan on using the stylus heavily, then an Apple iPad Mini or the slightly smaller Nexus 7 would be a far more sensible purchase. If you view the stylus as simply a nice-to-have extra, then the Note 8.0 simply doesn’t feel smart enough to justify its high price.
However, it’s still a snappy tablet that’s well-suited to productivity. Artists, on-the-go workers or anyone that wants a compact tablet with a stylus won’t be disappointed.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (16GB, White)

Price: $399.99 & FREE Shipping. Details

  •  WatchON app provides universal remote functionality
  •  S Pen allows you to write and draw naturally
  • Multitask with up to 20 apps at once with Multi Window
  • SAFE security features and Polaris Office for business users
  • Access handwritten notes from your PC using S Note with Web Viewer
  • Android 4.1, Jelly Bean and quad-core processor provide smooth performance

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Product Features

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
  • 1.6GHz Quad Core Processor
  • 8-inch Display
  • 16 GB Memory, 2 GB RAM
  • microSD Card Slot (Up to 64 GB)
Screen Size
     8 inches
Max Screen Resolution
     1280x800 pixels
     1.6 GHz ARM 7100
Hard Drive   
     16 GB
Wireless Type

Other Technical Details 
Brand Name      Samsung
Series     Galaxy Note
Item model number     GT-N5110ZWYXAR
Hardware Platform       PC
Operating System    Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Item Weight    11.7 ounces
Item Dimensions L x W x H    0.31 x 5.35 x 8.30 inches
Color     white
Processor Brand    ARM
Processor Count    4
Computer Memory Type    DDR2 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size   16
Hard Drive Interface   Serial ATA
Batteries   1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)

Product Description

Whether you're giving a business presentation at work, drawing a sketch in the park, or watching a movie on bed, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is right for the job. Not only does the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 offer fast performance in a sleek, portable form factor, it also comes with the S Pen, making it an ideal on-the-go companion for thinkers, dreamers, and professionals.We thought the S-Pen-toting Galaxy Note 10.1 was a good tablet but it didn’t blow us away by any stretch of the imagination so now bridging the gap between Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has been ushered out with similar multitasking prowess and the capability to make Dom Joly-style phone calls.


Work. Life. Balanced.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Revolutionize TV Watching with WatchON


Samsung's WatchON application is your personalized television assistant as well as a universal remote for your home entertainment system. And if you have a 2013 Samsung Smart TV, you'll even be able to pass live TV from your TV to your tablet.

On Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0,WatchON is the ultimate integrated search engine. Just tell it what content you want to watch and WatchON will search everywhere from your local device or VOD service to YouTube. It will then show you all related content. If you want to watch something, just select play on your tablet or on your 2013 Samsung TV. WatchON will also display complementary content such as reviews and actor bios as you watch.

Samsung equipped the Note with an IR blaster so it will work as a universal remote on both your TV and cable box. Once you've entered your ZIP code and selected your service provider, you'll have a complete programming guide. As WatchON learns your viewing habits, it becomes your personal entertainment assistant and recommends shows and movies just for you.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Write, Doodle, and Edit Anywhere with S Pen and S Note

Samsung's S Pen lets you write, draw, and edit with the comfort of a pen and the control of a mouse. The S Pen has a stylus tip that features 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, giving you the precision you need for annotating books, jotting down a grocery list, editing photos, personalizing business emails, creating art, or just doodling. You'll love the familiarity and comfort of a tool you've been using your whole life.

The S Pen also opens up new ways of interacting with your tablet, thanks to built-in gestures. For example, by pressing and holding the S Pen button and drawing a less-than arrow, you'll go back to the previous page you were on. Drawing different gestures will allow you to take screenshots, open a menu, launch a Popup Note, select text to cut and copy, and more.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 includes the latest S Note with Web Viewer app, which is a great companion for the S Pen. Take notes on the fly, and then access these notes and edit them from your desktop or another Galaxy device. S Note makes it easy and intuitive for you to digitally publish your experiences. It includes different templates for journals, photos, text, and more, so you can find the perfect template for your needs. By using the S Pen, you can freely handwrite into your tablet, and S Note will automatically convert it to text. You can also draw shapes and formulas, and they'll be matched and converted by the software as well. S Note is compatible with Evernote and Dropbox, automatically saving and syncing your documents once you've finished.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Run up to 20 Apps Simultaneously


With Samsung's Multi Window software, you can run up to 20 apps at the same time, resizing and switching between them seamlessly. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 features a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM to keep your applications humming along smoothly and improving your ability to multitask.

Edit Documents On the Go with Polaris Office


Finish up your presentation and enter data into your spreadsheet while on the go with Polaris Office. This productivity app lets you view and edit Word, Excel, PDF documents and more--wherever you are.

SAFE for Enterprise and Business


SAFE represents Samsung's Enterprise Solutions that include security and feature enhancements that make the Samsung Note 8.0 suitable for business use. These enhancements include Advanced Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync features, on-device AES 256-bit encryption, VPN connectivity, and top-tier multivendor Mobile Device Management support.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 S Pen and Air View Let You Preview Files and Folders


Hover the S Pen over an app to preview its content with Air View. Air View makes it easy to start playing a movie at exactly the right scene, preview the contents of a photo folder, or quickly scan emails and Web pages.

Awesome Note for Note Taking and To-Do Lists Anywhere


With the Awesome Note app, you can manage your schedule and to-do lists in one convenient place. Awesome Note allows you to combine notes with To-do priorities, so you'll always be on top of your life and schedule. You can customize Awesome Note's appearance with different themes, icons, colors, and fonts.

Android 4.1, Jelly Bean for Fast Performance


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 runs Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, so you'll enjoy an enhanced user experience that feels fast, fluid, and smooth. A 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM adds to the Note's fast performance and ensures that you can switch from one app to the next without waiting. You'll also have access to hundreds of thousands of apps, including games, utilities, and productivity software from the Google Play store.

Ideal Size to Go Everywhere You Go


The Galaxy Note 8.0 goes where you go, from the office to the bus to your home, making it easy to keep your entire life organized. It measures just 5.3 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches and weighs less than 1 pound.

Front and Rear Cameras


A 5-megapixel rear camera lets you take high-quality photos and videos, and a 1.3-megapixel front camera lets you video chat with your friends. After you've taken photos, you can edit them directly on the Note, and you can easily create and send a handwritten postcard.

Galaxy Note 8.0 the same 5-Megapixel rear-facing camera as the Note 10.1 minus the LED Flash but it seems like Samsung can’t decide on a standard for the front-facing camera dropping from 1.9 on the biggest Note to 1.3 Megapixel.

16GB of Onboard Memory and microSD Card Slot


The Galaxy Note 8.0 has 16GB of built-in storage to hold all your documents, music, movies, photos, and more. A built-in microSD card slot lets you easily add up to 64 GB more storage and transfer data to and from the Note.

What's in the Box


Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 16GB tablet (White), S Pen, and user's manual.