In the smartphone and tablet wars Apple and Samsung have duked it out for a while now and the Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung shows the company is serious about winning this battle. With its immediate competitor being the iPad Mini, the Galaxy Note 8 matches the mini stride for stride and easily compliments other devices you may have in your household.
As an iOS user I’m always curious to see what is available in the Android space and the Galaxy Note 8 like the Galaxy S4 is impressive in every facet. My tablet had a SIM Card with LTE capability which made this device that much better because i could surf the web, watch Netflix and YouTube and use apps without being dependent on wireless. It was also nice to be able to make calls from the tablet as well although it was a bit awkward considering the size of the Galaxy Note 8.
Galaxy Note 8 Hardware and OS Specifications
The Galaxy Note 8 comes with an impressive list of specifications and hardware and of course all that the Android ecosystem has to offer. This includes:
- Android Jelly bean 4.1
- Android Ecosystem including Samsung Apps, Readers, Music, Game, Video, Hub
- UI / Web Browser including Android + Samsung Android Browser and Chrome Browser
- Chipset CP XMM 6262 AP Exynos 4412 (1.6 GHz x 4)
- Memory 2GB (RAM) and 16 or 32GB options for hard drive space. You can also add a microSD (up to 64GB)
- Camera / Flash 5MP AF + 1.3MP
- Dimensions 210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95 mm
- Weight 345g (3G/LTE) / 340g (WiFi)
- Display 203.1 mm (8″) WXGA (1280 x 800, 189ppi) TFT
It was a bit surprising that the Galaxy Note 8 doesn’t have the latest Android OS on it and I did not try to upgrade it to the latest.
Apps and Operability
As I mention in my video review apps are found on Google’s Play Store and I had no issues getting whatever apps I wanted to install. I usually try to install as many apps as I can that I use on my iOS devices when reviewing another OS. The Galaxy Note 8 with Android passed the test easily.
In terms of operability, I found this tablet easy to use and navigate. I’ll admit that it isn’t as smooth as my iOS devices as the iOS interface seems a bit more intuitive and user-friendly.
All in all I give the Galaxy Note 8 two thumbs up. A great piece of hardware that’s sure to impress current Samsung users and those looking for something in the tablet space.