Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (16GB, Brown-Black) Review

Whether you’re giving a business presentation at work, drawing a sketch at the park, or watching a movie in 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.

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The Note can run up to 20 apps simultaneously. View larger.

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WatchON turns the Note into your personal television guide as well as a universal remote for your entertainment system. View larger.

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Work. Life. Balanced. The perfect on-the-go companion for thinkers, dreamers, and professionals. View larger.

Work. Life. Balanced.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Add appointments directly into your calendar with the S Pen. View larger.

Android 4.1, Jelly Bean for Fast Performance

The 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.

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 (Brown Black), S Pen, and user’s manual.

Logo Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (16 GB) At a Glance: WatchON app provides universal remote functionality S Pen lets you 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

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)

2 responses to “Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (16GB, Brown-Black) Review”

  1. Justin J says:

    Almost the perfect tablet —Update 12/18/2013 – I’ve moved all “updates” to the end of this review for easier reading—My main reason for buying this tablet was/is to use it for taking lecture notes and reading books (college/work/technical books). I wanted something more portable than the Note 10.1 and this seemed to fill the void.Since this product has only been out for a day (when this review was written), I’ve had a chance to play with most of the features but not all. This review is meant for those of you hanging on the fence, unsure of whether or not this tablet will work for you.First off, to save yourself some time, if you have no intentions of using the stylus for taking notes or modifying photos then stop reading this right now. The stylus IS the reason this tablet costs more than the competition and in my opinion it’s worth the price. Yes, there are more powerful tablets out there that are much cheaper but they don’t have a stylus! This tablet is designed for…

  2. animalsrush says:

    The reason i bought Galaxy Note 8.0 I have had the Galaxy Note 8.0 for a week now and decided to share my thoughts. I come from a heavy iOS/OSX background owning Ipad3,ipad Mini and Macbook air. This is my first Android tablet . I also own a Sony Xperia Ray android phone but use it mainly as phone. I also bought Xperia Tablet Z recently and had to return due to build issues after few weeks .. I won’t get into specs or detailed reviews ( there are quite a few good ones out there) but will list out why i chose Galaxy Note 8.0Build : Everyone is complaining about the plastic build of Galaxy note 8. It is actually very solid and has no squeaks. The backplate gives a little when you push it. However most will use a case to put their tablets so this is a non issue. the white plastic looks classy. Also as this is plastic the Wifi and bluetooth connections are solid. I get min 4 bars even in bedroom with router in living room. Compared this to ipad mini barely went upto 2 bars. Sony Xperia Tablet z was terrible ..It…

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