Some people, including yours truly, view the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 as an upsized version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Its name is as obvious as it can be. The tablet has an 8-inch display, though its screen resolution is fixed at 1,280 x 800 pixels, giving it a passable viewing quality of 189 pixels per inch. Colours are well balanced and cool, but the LCD display lacks the rich warm tones of the Super Amoled displays commonly found in Samsung's recent smartphones.
A reading mode, which adjusts the display's colours to a warmer hue, is introduced.
At just 8mm thick, the device fits easily in my bag. The LTE version I tested weighs 345g, a smidgen more than the Wi-Fi version's 340g.
The Note 8.0 uses a smooth plastic chassis that slipped quite easily from my hands. The power and volume buttons are on the right. I noticed an infrared sensor below the volume button, which works in tandem with the Smart Remote app to control the TV in my living room.
The 16GB internal storage is adequate for apps and e-books, but if you want to include your movie collection, it would be better to store it on a microSD card which can be inserted in the slot on the left side.
The S Pen stylus is tucked away in the lower right corner. Click and hold the button on the stylus to draw anywhere on the screen and you can capture a screenshot of the highlighted area. This can be shared immediately via e-mail and even Instagram. This is just one of the many functions of the S Pen.
The show-stopper is the 1.6GHz quad-core processor. It handles Samsung's TouchWiz user interface fluidly. Screen transitions are smooth and apps loaded in three to six seconds. Its Geekbench 2 benchmark score was a strong 2,150.
Compared with newer devices using the latest Qualcomm processors, the device's Quadrant score of 6,985 is above average.
The 4,600mAh battery powered the device for 5 hours and 20 minutes in Digital Life's intensive battery test. Its mileage is average but not mediocre for an 8-inch tablet. With moderate usage - WhatsApp, e-mail, Web surfing and an occasional YouTube video - the unit was active for 20 hours, half of which was in standby mode.
While it costs slightly more than other tablets of its class, this model is packed to the brim with features. Budding artists are likely to spend most of their time doodling on the tablet with the S Pen.