Judie got a first look at the Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 during Mobile World Congress, and I was immediately impressed from afar. I love the size of my iPad mini, but I still miss the ability to write on the screen without having to dal with all sorts of vectoring caused by other parts of my hand touching the screen. (I am, after all, left-handed, and it is an ongoing issue for many of us South Paws.)
The Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 has the S-Pen which lets you write on the screen to take notes, edit pictures and much more. It also includes Samsung’s Air View technology. This means that the S Pen simply needs to hover over a screen in order to let you access previews of videos, pictures, emails and appointments. The specs of this latest entry into the Samsung GALAXY universe of devices are actually quite good. The Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 has a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and an 8 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. It has a five megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video chat. It offers Wi-Fi 8/B/G/N on both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. It has Bluetooth 4.0,supports Wi-Fi direct and has a digital compass and accelerometer built in. The battery capacity is 4600 mAh. The device ships with android 4.1.2 – jellybean. It has 2 GB of RAM, comes in 16 and 32 GB versions, and you can add a microSD card of up to 64 GB for added capacity.
We’ve got one in hand, so here’s our first look.