Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Google Nexus 7
One area where the Nexus 7 will always have the upper hand is software updates. As you can imagine, Google's tablet is running the latest Android OS, while the Galaxy Note 8.0 launches with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. To tell you the truth, we don't see this as a major drawback for the Note 8.0, because there aren't any groundbreaking features in Android 4.2. In addition, the Note 8.0 features Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX which is a wonderful custom user interface that adds many cool features to the platform. On the other hand, having the latest OS version running on your device is always a plus.
We seriously prefer the on-screen keyboard (and size) of the Nexus 7 – it makes for a more comfortable typing experience. The keys of the Note 8.0's keyboard seem to be on the smaller side, which makes them harder to work with. Of course, that's easily remediable by installing a third-party keyboard from the Play Store.
The Note 8.0, however, has another input method, which the Nexus 7 lacks, and it's the S Pen. With the Note 8.0, you can take hand-written notes, and surprisingly, the experience is very good. Thanks to its integration with Wacom technology, writing with the pressure-sensitive S Pen feels almost as if you're writing with a real pen.
Processor and Memory
Always wanting to have its own opinion about things, Samsung has used its own quad-core chipset, the Exynos 4412, in the Galaxy Note 8.0. It's neither the newest, nor the fastest processor around, but it does an excellent job powering the Note 8.0. Meanwhile, the Asus Nexus 7 features the Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, which is also very snappy and manages to deliver a fluid performance.
If we have to compare how the two tablets run, we'd say that the Note 8.0 delivers a slightly smoother, more consistent experience than the Nexus 7, but the reasons for that seem to be hidden in the software of the Nexus 7, rather than the hardware.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0||6747||17013||60,1|
|Google Nexus 7||3599||0||55,7|
In addition, the Note 8.0 also has more RAM - 2 GB compared to 1 GB in the Nexus 7, and it comes in 16 or 32 GB storage options as well as a microSD card slot for additional memory. In comparison, the Nexus 7 can be found in 8, 16 and 32 GB options, but without microSD card support.
Internet and Connectivity
There's no doubt that the Galaxy Note 8.0 is the better tablet when it comes to internet browsing. Samsung has decided to keep the enhanced ICS browser, which is still much faster compared to mobile Chrome – the default browser in the Nexus 7. In addition to being faster, Samsung's browser also has support for Adobe Flash Player, which is still heavily used across the internet. Sure, you can also get Flash with some third-party browser on the Nexus 7, but the experience will be inferior. You can also install Dolphin Browser on the Nexus 7, which will be about as fast as the browser on the Note 8.0, but it won't support Flash.
1. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
price wise (along with updates) the nexus is still the best choice
7. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
i guess $350-360 for wifi only 16 GB
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 !
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 $.
19. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; 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
22. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1018; 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.
2. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1101; 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..
21. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
S3 is beautiful and your opinion is hideous :)
4. tiara6918 (Posts: 1946; 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
6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2150; 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!
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!!
11. Planterz (Posts: 1704; 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.
12. jlp34876 (Posts: 80; 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.
14. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Nexus has a 4500 mAh battery while the iPad has one close to 10,000 ...