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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Review

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Review
There's no doubt about it, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a wonderful tablet. While the inconvenient pen support of the first Note looked more like a weird experiment, the technology has been gradually improved to arrive on the Note 8.0 as a capable and reliable feature. The Galaxy Note 8.0, with its sizable screen and optimized software, proves that the S Pen is not just a gimmick, but a feature that can really let you take handwritten notes in a comfortable, almost natural-feeling way.

The tablet isn't perfect, of course. The screen could have had a higher resolution, and the design could have been a bit more inspiring, but the good thing is that they are OK the way they are now. An 8-inch tablet is supposed to be light and comfortable to hold, and the Note 8.0 is both. It has an OK appearance and a rich feature set, which makes it one truly versatile device.

The star of the show here, though, are Samsung's decisions with regards to software. Not only does the TouchWiz Nature interface feel polished and responsive, but it also offers a best-in-class web browser and a series of features that you may never notice, but they'll be secretly working to make sure that you're getting a noteworthy experience.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.1.2, Build JZO54K.N5110XXBMB6


  • Handwriting done right
  • Tons of custom features and enhancements
  • Top-notch system performance


  • Screen resolution could be higher
PhoneArena rating:
9 Excellent
User rating:
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posted on 13 Mar 2013, 10:55 25

1. Dimitru (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

9 is fair enough

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:00 17

3. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

of couurse since it has the Note features....it easily beats out all tablets period!

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:22 6

15. Dimitru (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

note 10 is better for me

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:44 8

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

might get one ...first tablet

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:08 5

8. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)

I think it deserves more.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 19:47

30. GTR722 (Posts: 261; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

If its 250$ or less....

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 10:59 7

2. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)

Note series of devices when owned by the right kind of person (artist or someone with good drawing) are unbeatable by any device no matter what!
and for ordinary users like me, and many others, these are the fastest and most reliable devices!
good job sammy! waiting for Good build and unbeatable S4 *fingers crossed*

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:04 10

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Wow, benchmarks smoke the Nexus 10. Interesting.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:11 4

9. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Stock Android 4.2 benches super low. As you can see by the Nexus 4 getting owned in benchmarks by every other S4 pro device.

Plus the 2560 x 1600 is going to affect the readings.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:19

13. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Why is this happening in your opinion?

BTW... what about battery life on the Note 8.0?

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 15:26 2

25. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1522; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

It happens a lot with the Nexus devices, mainly because they are the first ones with the latest version of the Android software, and when they are benchmarked it´s the bechmark applications that are not yet ready for that Android version... and after no one bothers test them again when they are.
Happens a lot with Antutu and Quadrant in particular, and happened already when moving from GB to ICS.
Check GLBenchmark for GPU and Geekbench results for CPU and you´ll get a more accurate picture.
Just my two cents.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:11

33. yyuu1000 (Posts: 206; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

benchmarks are not mostly optimized for andriod 4.2

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:18 1

12. voxmarc (Posts: 332; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

of course they made the N10 so they know how to beat and exploit.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:53

18. Aeires (unregistered)

One was built on a shoestring budget to keep price down, the other was built to price higher.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 12:48 1

21. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

There is a mistake on the Antutu score for the Nexus 10, it should be around 13k, not 8k.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:07 2

6. martinlosha (unregistered)

What's the price of this device?
Because at this price I can buy a nexus 10 and tell Samsung to put their stylus in their a......s

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:15

11. voxmarc (Posts: 332; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

and samsung says why dont you shove OUR nexus 10 to your a.s...

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:22

14. martinlosha (unregistered)

Samsung would rather prefer to shove that nexus 10 in your mothers ass....
By the way why your momma has a picture of my d**k on her nexus 7?

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 23:39

31. imkyle (Posts: 1073; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Samsung also makes the Nexus 10, so they don't care.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:07 1

7. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)

Nearly perfect!

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:11 4

10. voxmarc (Posts: 332; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

as an Architect i love to sketch,design and doodle with graphical ideas so i bought the note 1 later replaced it with note 2.....now i feel that note 1 and note 2 are small...the 10.1 is big....then i prayed for 7inch or anything lower than 10.1....and..whoa...prayer was granted and i am waiting for the official release...

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:44 1

17. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

The next generation of this is certain to have a 1080p screen and a quad core A15 soc.
Add android 5 with whatever software enhancements Samsung slaps on top of it, and, well.. it'll be good :p

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 12:24 2

19. Diego! (Posts: 573; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

Quoting: "As always, this Samsung device uses smooth, glossy plastic for its exterior, which we appreciate. It makes the Note 8.0 easy and comfortable to hold."


I will read your review of SGS IV and see if you complain about the quality of the plastic used in it (if it's made of plastic, that is) :P

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 14:20

22. skullman (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

its ray s article. ...oh look the rating 9/10

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 14:50

23. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

because it deserve to get 9/10.. do you think it doesn't deserve to get 9/10?? why?? because its boring design or its screen "just" WXGA resolution?? or ray s is a samsung bias?? lol..

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 15:23 1

24. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

No use having a conversation with them. They believe that all the accolades, awards, great reviews, personal recommendations, sales etc. All stem from either clueless fans or marketing. Of course they have no hard facts and just speculation to back them up but they will take the Samsung hate to the grave anyways!

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 16:41 1

26. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

^ amen

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 17:12

27. Q1Q10 (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

i would buy this 3x over if it wasnt for the pixel density

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 17:58 1

28. pkiran1996 (Posts: 166; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

Only thing stopping me from buying this is screen resolution. Surely it's not that hard to implement a 1080p screen in an 8 inch device.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 18:22

29. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Remove the google/android blinkers before reviewing a product.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 06:08 1

32. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Awesome review from Ray S, by reading Ray S i thought this one would be a one directional review comparing samsung with apple but it was not, Good work unlike your previous reviews

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 10:48

34. windboater (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

How wonderful, a device that finely does it all. Sends and receives regular cellphone calls and has a decent size screen for surfing the web. Where do I send my money for an international version (with phone!).

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 14:25

35. mohamedra (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

looks nice :)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 14:28 1

36. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Great Review Ray. As an owner of the original Note, Note2 & Note 10.1 we can see Samsungs efforts in making better products. :)

Very clean and unbiased review. Top notch!

Hope to get the S pen features software on upcoming firmwares for my previous note devices.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:17

37. Phaze0085 (Posts: 112; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

I thought the Note 8.0 didnt have an LED flash on it, but theres no mention of it in the video review or the in-depth review. Does anyone know if this thing has LED flash?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 04:29

40. Divya_chauhan (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)

Well I am using Nokia x2 mobile but soon I am going to Purchase this beautiful Samsung galaxy Note because of its good camera and long standby battery.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 14:58

41. DaRKMaGiC (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

What's better Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 or Samsung Galaxy S3 screen,gaming they are the same price in my country please help .

posted on 05 May 2013, 05:49

42. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

Any idea if the IR blaster will work with my Comcast DVR?

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 04:01

43. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

I have both of them : iPad mini & Note 8 n5100.
Note 8 is more suitable than mini for me, specially in terms of display quality, Spen & the brilliant feature called "Multi Window" which lets you work with 2 applications at the same moment without Switching between them, for instance i read a french PDF text on the left window, and translate it on the right window with Babylon, a task which can be done only on a desktop, but thanks to the new feature, i can do it on my slate happily now !!
the only drawback of note 8 is it's shorter battery life, but it's acceptable due to the highest screen resolution and almost 2X more powerful hardware specs. (quad core CPU against dual core, 2GB RAM against 0.5MB)

if anybody has any ambiguity about two slates, contact me at :

posted on 13 Jul 2013, 16:33

44. clayton (Posts: 17; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)

why do people always talk about the price? This is a tablet that comes with loads of great apps. The screen size is perfect for me. I don't think price should be an issue if it serves the right purpose. No one is being forced to buy it. Go and get a cheap one if only it serves your purpose and stop criticizing samsung. This is a company that is trying to meet every budget and I think they should be commended for it.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.2.2 4.1.2
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Display8.0 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (189 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Size8.30 x 5.35 x 0.31 inches
(210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95 mm)
11.92 oz  (338 g)

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