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Samsung Galaxy Note 8, One for the Road

November 20, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Even if it was launched one year ago, Galaxy Note 8 is still a very interesting choice for Android heads as it represents Samsung’s response to Apple’s dominance in this niche. What niche, you may ask? Well, the battle for the best tablet in the world, of course. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, well, google search iPad Mini and you’ll see what’s up with the Note 8.

Samsung is trying to make an offer for those who would like a tablet but without the full “real estate”, as in a really portable tablet instead of a frying pan.

Basically, the Note 8 is a Galaxy Note 2 with all the bells and whistles and then some steroids on the side.

To put it bluntly, the Galaxy Note 8 is yet another attempt from Samsung in its fight for world dominance, a war that starts with a simple battle : that of conquering the iPad Mini’s palace and gaining power over its customers. Why do I say that ?

Well, because the Galaxy Note 8  comes loaded with an impressive list of specs, looks nice and is smaller than its other siblings, which is good news for those of you who want a tablet, but don’t enjoy the idea of having a bulky one. Want to know more about it ? Check out the following review!

The tablet measures 210.8 x 135.9 x 8 mm and has a weight of 338 grams, being heavier than its biggest enemy, the iPad Mini, but in my book, “heavy is good, heavy is reliable”! Not to mention that its rear cover is made from that awesome hyperglaze polycarbonate, which I very much enjoyed on the Samsung Galaxy S3.

The Galaxy Note 8 features an 8 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels and a 189 ppi pixel density. The contrast is fine and the colours look nice and vibrant. You’ll also be pleased with the sunlight legibility and viewing angles.

As you might have guessed, the tablet comes loaded with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and, as a treat, has support for an S-Pen, which can be very handy sometimes, as it comes with a lot of features, like the Quick Commands, which allow you to access certain services by drawing a chosen symbol that you’ve set.
Some other nice features are S Voice and Google Now, your two buddies whose commands are your wishes.
The user experience is wonderful and that’s also due to the rich package of specs that the Galaxy Note 8 has. It holds inside an Exynos 4412 chipset, with a quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, Mali-400MP GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16.32 GB of internal memory which can be extended with a microSD card.

For listening to music, our little tablet features the TouchWiz player that offers equalizer presets, the SoundAlive music enhancement, the Music Square for filtering your songs by emotion (passionate, joyful, exciting and calm) and others. The audio quality is excellent with your headphones plugged in or out.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 One for the Road

Watching movies is also an enjoyable experience, as the Galaxy Note 8 features a very capable video player that supports popular formats such as DivX, XviD, MKV and MP4 and can also handle subtitles.

The tablet holds two cameras, the primary one is a 5 MP autofocus snapper that takes pictures at a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and shoots 720p videos and the second one is a 1.3 MP that produces VGA videos.
You’re being offered settings for face and smile detection, geo-tagging, scenes, effects and so on. The image quality is very good.

The Galaxy Note 8 is a great tool for surfing the web, as it features the neat Android browser, which comes with a very simple look, but packs a lot of goodies for making your browsing experience as good as it gets on a tablet.

Also, our little friend is equipped with some nice connectivity features, such as dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, an infrared port, microUSB 2.0 MHL enabled and so on.

Some other very useful stuff found in the tablet’s backpack are a GPS receiver with A-GPS support, GLONASS and Google Maps for navigation and the Polaris Office, for viewing document files.

Well, I think I’ve covered the most important facts about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and I hope I’d given you an idea about how nice it is. You have everything you could possibly need in a tidy package that’s going to be happy to fulfill your needs and also very cute. And, last but not least, Samsung offers a very fulfilling user experience for Android fans at a bargain price, a niche in which Apple fails constantly to deliver. Cheap, that is.

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