REVIEW: Galaxy Note 8.0
Samsung appears relentless in its desire to dominate the Android device market by introducing devices of various sizes. There are the Galaxy smartphones, with the premium S range, the Mini range, and the recently-announced Mega range. There is the Galaxy Tab, in sizes between 7 and 10.1 inches. For the Galaxy Note range, there are the Note I, Note II, Note 10.1, and here I have the Note 8 LTE (GT-N5120) for review
One of the first questions consumers usually ask is: what is the difference between the Note 8 and the Tab 7.0/7.7 models other than the S-Pen? I hope my review will address that difference.
Galaxy Note 8.0 Specs:
- 8-inch 1280x800 pixels TFT
- 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412
- 2GB RAM, 16/32GB user memory
- 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
- 4600mAh non-removable battery
- 210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95 mm
- 345g (3G/LTE)
- Android Jellybean 4.1.2
- Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, GPS, GLONASS, MHL, USB-OTG
- No NFC
- IR LED for Universal Remote Control Function
- S-Pen for precise screen controls
- Uses MicroSIM Card
- With MicroSD Card Slot (up to 64GB)
Design and Build
The Note 8.0 uses a similar plastic material as the other Tab and Note models. The power, volume and IR are located on the right side, while the microSIM and microSD are located on the left. Stereo speakers, micro-USB port and S-Pen are at the bottom, while the earjack is at the top. It also has the usual touch-sensitive buttons and Home button below the screen.
Runs on phone interface
A significant difference with the Note 8.0 is that it runs on the smartphone interface and not the tablet interface. This means that the Note 8.0 has the taskbar on top which can be dragged down to show the notification panel in full screen.