AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Review

AT&T Galaxy Note 8.0 ReviewAT&T released their version June 21st, 2013.  As per the norm around here we actually use things for several months before we write a full review.  (Shrugs) We don’t like to give you initial impressions because they change frequently and by then you might have read our article, gone out… spent your money… and a few months later said “Wow I wish I bought… ANYTHING other than this.”

So… when we say something is GOOD.  It’s because we KNOW it is GOOD through months of daily use.  It’s November now and you are looking for some cool gifts to give people.  You could pick up the 10.1 version of this (it just came out) and I’m sure it is just like this AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0… except bigger.

For me… bigger isn’t always better.  There is room for a tween device in my life, something bigger than a phone, but not as big as a full blow tablet.  That special place is the device I use when I don’t have a lot of room to bring a ton of stuff, that’s the device I use as a reader, but also to work on if I need to (to write, check emails, RDP into my work computer, etc…).

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 – Giving is receiving!

The AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is one of those devices I just don’t want to give back to AT&T.  (Yes you read it here first Erin you aren’t getting it back! HAHAHAA!!! I kid! I kid!)  It’s perfect.

It’s lightweight for one (12.6 ounces on my scale, yes I have a gram/oz/lb scale at my desk don’t you?), well.. maybe not after I put the Otterbox case on it, but it is now indestructible which is damn near as cool as being light weight!  The battery on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 lasts FOREVER.  No… seriously… forever.  Like a week with moderate use.AT&T Galaxy Note 8.0 Review

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 – Battery Life

The Battery on the Galaxy Note 8.0 is a huge 4600 mAh lithium-ion battery.  Most phones come with 1400–1800 mAh batteries to put that in perspective for you.  The AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has a 1.6 GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 SoC processor. I could probably install Ubuntu and run a virtual machine on it because it also has 2 GB of RAM in it.  Which makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 about 200 times faster than my first desktop computer (literally).  It comes with 4.1.2 Android Jelly Bean on it.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 – Storage

The Galaxy Note 8.0  has 16 or 32 GB storage capacity (depending on the model you buy) and it also has a microSDXC slot that supports up to 64 GB additional storage.  Major points to Samsung for putting a microSDXC card slot in the Galaxy Note 8.0 and not being a greedy girdy like Apple who likes to limit everyone and make them buy versions of their devices with more storage space built-in.  (There is on average a $200 difference between Apple’s 16GB version of any device and their 64GB version of any device, the problem with that is we are talking about (like) $12 worth of hardware (give or take)).

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 – Graphics

AT&T Galaxy Note 8.0 ReviewThe AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has great graphics, love games on it.  They are smooth and fast and the screen is sharp and crisp so graphics and text really pop off.  The screen on the Galaxy Note 8.0 is multi-touch, which means… you can touch it with more than one finger and it will actually respond!  It’s great for drawing, finger painting, doing whatever and it has a digital compass, proximity and ambient light sensors, accelerometer and a Wacom Digitizer all built in.  The 1280×800 pixel display from the Galaxy Note 8.0 is big enough and the resolution is fine enough to do just about anything you want.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 – Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has a really decent camera for an 8” tablet.  5.0 MP AF rear facing camera and a 1.3 MP front facing camera, so you can video conference, or shoot some good photos/videos where ever you go.

The AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 that we tested has full 4G LTE radio, with WI-FI.  The signal strength was AT&T Reliable (meaning we didn’t have an issue anywhere we went) and it was very fast.  We were able to record 50 mbit down and 23 mbit out at times while roaming around the Chicagoland area.  We are in the process of doing an extensive 6 month speed test with AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint and will be reporting more on our findings soon.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 – Conclusion

All in all I can’t say enough about the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.  It’s terribly fun, easy to use, lightweight, powerful, the only thing it can’t do is beat a mugger over the head.  It’s too light, with my old 10.1 xyboard from Motorola I could beat a mugger to the ground… this one… not so much… so if you are looking for personal protection you might want to get on eBay and find something older, slower and heavier… like an iPad <grin> :)

5 out of 5 stars for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet.  It’s really great.

Brade Smith is the Editor-In-Chief of Reviewboard Magazine. He has been working in the industry for 20 years, and with Random Publishing for a little over a year now (Jan/2013).

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