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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review

Has Samsung gone mad with so many different sized tablets and phones?

Our Verdict

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is a device that does what it does well, but doesn't wow us in too many ways. It's a good device. But there are better out there for the money, and with an arguably better design as well.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel

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For

  • Intuitive and fluid OS
  • Good keyboard
  • Great for watching media
  • Lightning fast browser

Against

  • No flash player
  • Browser zoom and reflow needs work
  • IR Blaster range poor

So who takes photos with a tablet? Some would say fools. We couldn't possibly comment.

Certainly, there'll always be someone you see on holiday who is using their iPad to shoot videos or photos. The majority of people reading this review wouldn't deign to do such a thing. But for those that would (there's always one), read on.

There are two snappers on the Galaxy Note 8.0 - a 5MP effort around the back and a 1.3MP snapper on the front. The front facing camera will probably get the most use, as it's essential for video chat.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review

The rear camera protrudes from the Note 8.0 a fair way. When you put the Note 8.0 down, it lands right on the camera lens. It seems an odd design decision and we imagine there will be a lot of scratched lenses reported to Samsung as a result.

Shooting modes are there in spades - from the normal single shot to panorama and even cartoon. There are also the modes you'll never use, yet seem to find their way onto every camera-phone and tablet out there, like Sepia and Negative.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review

And as was the case with the Galaxy S3, you can control an array of settings - from turning GPS tagging on, to choosing from a multitude of scene modes, to changing the ISO or white balance, or even taking a photo just by speaking to the Note 8.0.

There are loads of options here - perhaps too many given the limitations of the hardware.

That's because sadly, no amount of options can alter the fact that the photos just aren't very good. A 5MP sensor is a bit of a half-hearted effort for those who play the megapixel numbers game - and there is no flash here, which shows that Samsung isn't totally convinced of the camera's worth either.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review

There's not even an LED light. It seems clear that a decision was made to add a camera - and by coincidence, the camera software Samsung had in the cupboard was the one that they used in previous devices with loads of options.

Even in good light, we'd struggle to say that detail was captured well. Photos looked mediocre when viewed back on the Note 8.0 screen - although better on a larger screen.

Videos looked marginally better than we expected - that 5MP snapper manages to film 720p at 30fps, so it's by no means the worst. But as you can see from our samples, there's a lot better out there.

Of course, it's unlikely many people will be opting to use the camera as their main one. It certainly shouldn't be any buyer's sole reason for purchasing the Note 8.0.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review
Harsh light can play havoc with snaps

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review
Luckily, there are pointless effects like Cartoon to negate that

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review
Images can look rather washed out

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review
Unless you use some of the pointless effects like Negative. Who uses this?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review
Granted, the weather was dull - but even with autumn mode on to enhance the colours, this garden still looks glum

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review
This is one of the better photos - taken under normal conditions

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review
Moody photographers will be pleased to see that black and white mode still prevails

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review
There's no flash - night mode helps in minimal light situations, but the shutter is still too slow to be of any use

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerSamsung
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
GPSYes
Product FamilyGalaxy Note
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor Model4412
ColourPearl White
Operating SystemAndroid 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeExynos
Screen Size20.3 cm (8")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)340 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height210.8 mm
Width135.9 mm
Depth8 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelGT-N5110
Product NameGalaxy Note 8.0 (WiFi)
Product LineGalaxy Note
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-N5110ZWANEE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationPerfect Size For On The Go

Designed for wherever inspiration strikes.

Introducing the new Note 8.0, made for the thinkers, the dreamers, the movers and shakers. Scribble a thought, sketch out a concept, organize your ideas and express your creativity wherever inspiration may strike. It feels just right in your hand reading on the subway, giving a presentation, or enjoying a movie in bed.
Package Contents
  • Galaxy Note 8.0 (WiFi)
  • AC Adapter
  • Stylus
Limited Warranty2 Year