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A solid tablet, even if you rarely use the pen

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Even if you rarely use the S Pen, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is a solid tablet in its own right.

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    7.2
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    7.0
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8.0
Engadget Apr 9, 2013

All told, the US Note 8.0 is a solid product. In fact, it's quite nearly the Swiss Army knife of Android tablets. Or, it would've been, if Samsung had just left those damn HSPA+ radios intact.

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8.0
CNET Apr 9, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a stunning tablet with a truly useful stylus, but it's not worth $400 unless you're an artist or prefer pen input.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Apr 9, 2013

With deep pen integration, remote control capability and superior multitasking, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is one versatile (but pricey) Android tablet ... if you're willing to pay a premium for a pen-enabled tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is the slate for you.

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7.0
PC Mag Apr 11, 2013

If you want a tablet with a pressure-sensitive pen for writing or drawing, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is a top choice, but it'll cost you twice as much as other leading small-screen slates.

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7.0
AllThingsD Apr 18, 2013

With the Galaxy Note 8.0’s built-in stylus and integrated apps, Samsung had a chance to set itself apart from the competition. But an expensive price limits its appeal. Unless you really want the S Pen capability, the Nexus 7 or iPad Mini is the better choice for now.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Apr 24, 2013

It is a well-built device and in the time we've spent with it, we've found ourselves thinking "I could really enjoy owning one of these" far more than we thought "eugh".

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7.0
Mashable Apr 9, 2013

As it stands, the Galaxy Note 8.0 feels like a product Samsung rushed out so it would have something to directly challenge the iPad mini.

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7.0
TechHive Apr 20, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 offers stellar performance and a plethora of features, but suffers from a high price and a glut of bloatware.

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6.0
CNET UK Apr 23, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 packs a good screen, plenty of power and that all important stylus for sketching. It's quite a lot more expensive than the iPad mini though, and its plastic construction doesn't feel anywhere near as luxurious.

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8.0
Ubergizmo Apr 9, 2013

Nonetheless, the latest Samsung tablet packs serious performance in a thin and light body that can still be hold with one hand.

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8.0
TechRadar Apr 17, 2013

A scaled up Samsung Galaxy Note 2 it may be, but there are a lot of positives on offer thanks to that larger screen.

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8.0
Digital Versus May 3, 2013

Either way, the stylus/touchscreen combo on the 8.0 performs magnificently, the PLS LCD screen is entirely satisfactory and incredibly well lit, and the processor and RAM provide a fluid user experience.

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7.0
TrustedReviews May 15, 2013

It’s too big for pockets, but is otherwise a practical on-the-go Android tablet. However, starting at £340 it feels a bit too expensive when its screen in particular feels slightly dated, and will only seem more so in the coming months.

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7.0
BGR Apr 9, 2013

In my eyes, the size is the star of the show as it’s far more manageable than a 10-inch tablet but far more versatile than a 7-inch slate. Beyond that, this tablet is just another Galaxy Note.

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7.0
Business Insider Apr 9, 2013

Unless you absolutely must have that stylus or the ability to run two apps at once in a split screen, then there's no good reason to buy the Note 8.0 over your other options.

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7.0
HotHardware May 13, 2013

To justify the cost, you would need to regularly take advantage of the Note 8 as a productivity device, and leverage the S Pen and other TouchWiz features unique to Samsung at this time.

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7.0
PocketNow Apr 9, 2013

Where the Galaxy Note 8.0 may lack in appropriate, high-end hardware, it makes up for it in horsepower and useful software features that make it great for a portable work companion.

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Engadget Feb 23, 2013

With a 1.6GHz Eynos 4 Quad CPU and 2GB RAM under the hood, you'd expect the Note 8.0 to showcase nothing but brisk performance. Unfortunately, that didn't appear to be the case as there were occasional moments where the tablet seemed to slightly hesitate before executing actions.

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PC Mag Feb 23, 2013

This time, I was really impressed by the hand rejection; if you lean your hand on the screen while using the pen (in a pen-aware app) the touch screen pays attention to the pen, not your hand.

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Laptop Magazine Feb 23, 2013

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 could be the best Galaxy Note yet, because it provides enough screen real estate to do some serious note taking while weighing only three quarters of a pound.

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Gizmodo Feb 23, 2013

The Note 8 is exceedingly comfortable to hold, though its plastic body doesn't have the solid feel of iPad Mini, Nexus 7, and Kindle Fire HD.

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AnandTech Feb 23, 2013

The 8-inch form factor is honestly a good balance between portability and productivity ... I would like to see increased emphasis on higher quality materials, a more streamlined/lightweight Touchwiz stack and aggressive adoption of new features.

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Ars Technica Feb 27, 2013

The Note 8.0 improves both the screen density and the build quality, and the Note tablet's software appears to have matured since our original review—we didn't have long to try it out, but at least on the surface the software appeared to be more reliable than in our Note 10.1 review unit.

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ZDNet Mar 11, 2013

Under its glossy white exterior lies a 1.6GHz quad-core A9 processor and 2GB RAM that keeps the Note 8 ticking along nicely. In ZDNet's short hands-on testing the device showed no sign of lagging or stuttering that can ruin user experience in some devices.

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ZDNet Jul 16, 2013

Overall, I enjoyed using the Note 8.0 and saw I could pick up a WiFi-only refurb for $320, which really interests me. The full price of the WiFi model is $380, but if you buy at Samsung they are also offering you $25 in Google Play credit.

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SlashGear Feb 23, 2013

Some of that sugar comes in the form of some new WACOM technology allowing your S-Pen to control not just the elements inside your display, but the Back and Menu buttons below it as well. Just like you’ve always wanted!

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Wired UK Feb 25, 2013

In summary, the 8 was familiar and new at the same time -- easy to use and pleasingly responsive. As a tablet it has some game; as a phone handset maybe not so much, and the lack of 4G LTE is a shame (the iPad mini ticks this box). Overall, a solid addition to Samsung's family.

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Consumer Reports May 17, 2013

The newest tablet in Samsung's lineup, the Galaxy Note 8 ($400) received top marks in our latest Ratings of 7- to 8-inch Wi-Fi tablets. It's largely the Galaxy's versatility that puts it at the top, with its innovative stylus and a feature lineup that includes GPS and a memory-card reader.

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Phone Scoop Feb 24, 2013

The real story with the Note 8 isn't the hardware, though, it is the software. Aside from Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and TouchWiz, Samsung has added a lot of custom features to make the Note 8 an ideal living room companion.

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TrustedReviews Feb 25, 2013

However, this is where the limited screen resolution comes into play a little. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 doesn’t make apps look dinky, but when multi-tasking, a little extra sharpness can come in handy.

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TechRadar Feb 25, 2013

It obviously lets itself down on the design – that polycarbonate shell still hasn't come close to growing on us – but it hits the marks laid down for it, so for now we'll give the Note 8.0 a cautious thumbs up.

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GSM Arena Feb 24, 2013

The finish of the portable slate is very similar to that of the company's flagship smartphone, too. Now, that may not sound too bad at first, but the design is really starting to wear off at this point, so we really wish Samsung went in a different direction this time.

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Android Community Jul 15, 2013

The overall experience between the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and the AT&T model is close to the same, however there is one key difference. That difference is in the connectivity. In addition to having WiFi, the AT&T branded Galaxy Note 8.0 also brings connectivity for the 4G LTE network.

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