Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet - Testing the Galaxy Note 8.0

Article Index
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet
Closer Look and Specifications
Installation and Accessories
Testing the Galaxy Note 8.0
Camera Testing
Galaxy Note 8.0 Conclusion


Now we’ll jump into the meat of the review.  What does this sucker do?  The Note 8.0 does what most tablets do; runs Apps, can surf the web, play games from either the Google Play store or Samsung’s Store.  The tablet flows smooth without much lag. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 had a tiny bit of lag but the Galaxy Note 8 flows smooth and is fast.  It’s running one of the earlier version of Jellybean – 4.1.2.  When you get everything set up, the tablet also lets you choose which mode to use.  You can choose an easy mode that is geared towards n00bs, or a more basic mode for people that are tablet users.  At times, the calendar seemed to take a bit longer to sync, but eventually it caught up and helped get me to work on time.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 supports face unlock, but it’s picky.  This is good that it’s picky.  I haven’t tried it with just a photo of me, but like most face detection, it’s not the most secure.  If the device doesn’t detect your face properly in five seconds, it switches to pattern unlock.  Of course it also supports pattern, pin or swipe to unlock as well.  
Before I customized my backgrounds it left a cool ripple effect when you swiped to unlock the tablet. It would be interesting if it supported voice unlock as well.

Google Web
Google Web

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Google Images


This Tablet comes equipped with a lot of connection options including Bluetooth.  If you’re using Skype or Google Hangouts – or anything with sound for that matter; instead of using wired earphones all the time, you can use wireless Bluetooth.   
The screen looks great and makes everything look bright and crisp.  The backlight dims and brightens as needed.  Videos play well and smooth like polished ice on a Canadian Hockey Rink, and the sound is nice and clear – not distorted.
Some tablets or phones have the speaker on the back instead of on the ends and these rear-facing speakers can often muffle the sound.  The S-Pen is located in the bottom right corner of the tablet.  This is a nifty feature to play around with and when you pull out the S-Pen, the tablet greets you with a selection of notepads and postcards to doodle on or to make a note. The tablet will vibrate along with a sound once the S-Pen is out and activated.  It will also deactivate when the pen is put away or not in use.  
The tablet will remind you that you're using the S-Pen with it in the notification tray and shows up on the tablet with the extra app pages that feature S-Pen supported Apps. The S-Pen has a button on it that acts like a mouse button and gives you more functions for selecting things and performing other actions.  The S-Pen will also take screen shots by holding it down on the screen and then clicking the button.  Another way to capture screenshots is by holding the power button and the home key down at the same time.  It’s a bit different experience when using a pen on a tablet, but at the same time it is familiar as it has the same mechanism idea as a Wacom Pen Tablet.  The S-Pen does not need batteries to activate the pen, instead it’s built in using a sensor. 

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Candy Crush
Candy Crush

I own a Nexus 7 Tablet and have reviewed and used the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 in the past and have some tablet experience.  Each one has a different feel and finish, and I think that the Nexus 7 comes in slightly thinner than the Galaxy Note 8.  The Note 8 has a lighter feel to it and is more glossy than the Nexus 7.  My Nexus has five pages for apps – and these can be viewed by swiping either to the right or the left.  The Galaxy Note 8 has seven pages for Apps and can be spun 360 degrees.  The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 isn’t straight from Google like Nexus products, so updates are definitely possible but will come out at a slower release cycle when compared to Nexus devices.   Overall, there are a few things that are different, but it’s familiar enough to be comfortable if you’re a current Android user.
The Galaxy Note 8 did what I expected and more.  I’m not a tablet rookie, but I didn’t expect the S-Pen to be as handy as it was.  Between the S-Pen and the face unlock, it had a couple of tricks up the sleeve to keep you interested.