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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Google Nexus 7

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Google Nexus 7
Introduction

Released in the middle of 2012, the Google Nexus 7 by Asus remains a worthy competitor in the small tablet space. Armed with more than decent hardware and an ultra-aggressive price tag, the Nexus 7 is not to be taken lightly, not even by more ambitious products such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

Samsung's new tablet is entering a very interesting market. Between super-affordable, yet potent tablets like the Nexus 7 and more premium offerings like the iPad mini, will the Galaxy Note 8.0 and its S Pen find a way to capture a decent share for themselves?

Let's see how the Note 8.0 can handle its opponents of the affordable type, namely the Google Nexus 7!


Design

Although the Nexus 7 is the smaller tablet, as it only features a 7-inch display, it strangely isn't more comfortable to hold and carry than the Galaxy Note 8.0. Quite the contrary, we find it easier to hold the Note 8.0 with just one hand (like a small notebook), and then even swipe left and right using the thumb of the same hand. We find it harder to replicate this on the Nexus 7, as it starts to fall from our hand.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (left) and the Google Nexus 7 (right) - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Google Nexus 7
Front cameras - The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (left) and the Google Nexus 7 (right) - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Google Nexus 7
Android keys - The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (left) and the Google Nexus 7 (right) - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Google Nexus 7
 

Front cameras

Android keys

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (left) and the Google Nexus 7 (right)


We attribute this to the slipperier type of plastic used for the Nexus 7, as well as the more ergonomic shape of the Galaxy Note 8.0.

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (bottom, left) and the Google Nexus 7 (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Google Nexus 7
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (bottom, left) and the Google Nexus 7 (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Google Nexus 7
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (bottom, left) and the Google Nexus 7 (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Google Nexus 7

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (bottom, left) and the Google Nexus 7 (top, right)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Google Nexus 7
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Google Nexus 7

In terms of weight, both tablets are almost exactly the same, but as we said, the Note 8.0's shape and materials make it the more comfortable tablet to work with.


Display

While the Nexus 7 features a 7” display, which is as small as you would want to get when it comes to small tablets, the Note 8.0 naturally comes with a slightly larger, 8.0-inch screen. The difference isn't small, as everything on the Note 8.0's screen looks bigger and easier to read.

Both devices have the same resolution: 800x1280 pixels, which means that the Nexus 7 has a slightly higher pixel density, making things look a bit clearer. Still, we actually find it easier to read text on the display of the Galaxy Note 8.0, as it finds a better balance between sharpness and size.

Color tones, however, are somewhat more natural-looking on the Nexus 7, as those on the Note 8.0 seem to gravitate heavily towards the colder side. As far as visibility and comfort go when using the tablet in very bright or very dark lighting conditions, the Galaxy Note 8.0 easily takes the first prize as it can get both brighter and dimmer than the screen of the Nexus 7. One complaint we have about the screen of the Nexus 7 is that it actually can't get very dim, which makes reading in the dark a bit of a pain.



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posted on 18 Mar 2013, 06:58 7

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


price wise (along with updates) the nexus is still the best choice

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 07:06 10

3. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


release the DAMN price samsung !!!

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 07:22 1

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Won't be cheap.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 07:34 4

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


i guess $350-360 for wifi only 16 GB

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 08:21 3

8. Ray.S (Posts: 250; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


I expect the same.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 11:59 1

15. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


if its above ipad mini then obvious NO and wait for mini 2 or nexus HD to happen !

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 13:34

18. eli577 (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)


LOL....you think that it would be this much cheaper than the Note 2? With the same specs and bigger screen I think the starting price will be about 500-550 $.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 14:46

19. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


well the Note 10.1 has the same specs as both , and costs $448 ...so logic says that $100 less for the small one

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 17:32 1

20. menny07 (Posts: 89; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Note 10.1 is going for 329 @cowboom.com

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 18:22 1

22. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 961; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


Id go with the Nexus 7 as well. I have the 32GB Nexus 7 and it does everything I ask for in a tablet. The only reason I would consider buying the Note 8.0 (b4 buying the Nexus 7) was because of the price. Samsung is talking about pricing it as high as the iPad Mini...........NO WAY im buying that lol

I can wait another year to upgrade from the S3 to the Note III.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 07:04 9

2. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 718; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I don't get something, why doesn't phonearena talk about the build quality of the devices? If i'm buying a device i care about the quality of the exterior too, and if the Note 8 is made by the Note 10.1 standards it is a shame, not to mention it must be the most hideous thing since the SIII..

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 08:35 3

9. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Ur just a Samsung hater.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 12:07 2

16. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


^^ get ONE bro !

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 18:05 4

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


S3 is beautiful and your opinion is hideous :)

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 07:16 3

4. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


If the price of the note8 is in between the nexus7 and iPad mini then it would be a great deal but if it has a higher price tag than that,nexus would be the better choice

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 07:25 5

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Hey PhoneArena. Not to be critical (actually it is criticism) but I think we'd prefer more in-depth reviews, more explanation of features, deeper benchmark tests ranked in more competition scores, battery life test (video playback time, browsing time, talk time, standby drainage), screen tests (color saturation, brightness, pixel size) etc. Don't be lazy haha!

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 08:40 1

10. apple.bb.htc.sony.nokia.rip (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


like it or not, nexus 7 lose in every spec, and not rear-facing camera? what a joke, note8 win all the spec!!

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 11:07 2

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


JK Shin ...is that you?

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 12:08

17. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


looks like he's balmer brother man !

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 08:47

11. Planterz (Posts: 544; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Flash works just fine With Dolphin on JB 4.1 if you have it installed. At least, it does on my Razr Maxx.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 09:46

12. jlp34876 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


I have a nexus 7 and it will only last for 5-6hrs of continouos usage even on lowest display brightness, while my iPad 2 can last for a whole dayeven more.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 11:08 1

14. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Nexus has a 4500 mAh battery while the iPad has one close to 10,000 ...

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