Awesome....better for me than an Ipad
I always find it funny when people are so obsessed with bashing screen resolution. this is an 8 inch screen and quite clear and beautiful. It is not a 50 inch LCD. How many pixels can you cram into any tablet screen, before it becomes pointless and frankly entirely ridiculous? Yes, there are tablets that are cheaper with better resolution but these do not employ the use of a fully functional stylus.
Intuitive and fluid OS
Samsung has created a good device here. But is good enough? Sadly, we don't think so. The bar is a lot higher these days.This is a device that does what it does well, but doesn't wow us in too many ways.
It's obvious that Samsung and Google are fighting for your custom from the sheer number of options and the way they sit side-by-side out of the box. Like two parents smiling in front of the kids, as they wrestle for custody in court.
And what's with that price?
Handwriting done right
There's no doubt about it, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a wonderful tablet. While the inconvenient pen support of the first Note looked more like a weird experiment, the technology has been gradually improved to arrive on the Note 8.0 as a capable and reliable feature. The Galaxy Note 8.0, with its sizable screen and optimized software, proves that the S Pen is not just a gimmick, but a feature that can really let you take handwritten notes in a comfortable, almost natural-feeling way.
Stylus works well, Thin and light
The Samsung Galaxy Note sits between the Note 10.1 and the trusty Note 2. It has a digitiser stylus, an 8-inch screen and a light 340g body. 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.
Very bright display, Lots of RAM
During the course of our review, we've called the Note 8.0 a tablet, a smartphone, and a tabphone since we didn't quite know what to call the device. At this point, we are still not sure. The Note 8.0 is too large to be stuffed into a pocket but still claims to be a phone.
The Note 8.0 features top-notch hardware on par with the other tablets and smartphones in the Note-series. Testing shows that the performance is outstanding and good enough for first place in most categories.
Stylish, a decent size, S Pen is still a great tool, brilliant for video
The Note range remains a solid favourite of ours. The Note 10.1 and Note II are devices we adore. The Note 8 is a solid performer too, but we can't help think it's stuck in the middle of two giants. But it's a brilliant size for a tablet, it's less chunky than the 10.1-inch device, and more usable with the S-Pen than the Note II.
S Pen, multi-tasking and pen software, IR AV remote
Much as you might guess, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 offers a more portable and compact experience compared to the company's 10" Galaxy Note 10.1. Which one should you choose? That's a matter of your size preference: if you loved the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 but felt it was too large, this is your tablet.
Light, thin, easy to hold and carry around
Looking for a decent mid-range Android tablet? Well, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch would be a good choice. It is light, portable, and capable enough to be used for not only web surfing and writing emails, but also for watching HD movies and even playing some Real Racing 3 every once in a while. The device doesn't have any flaws that would make it a deal breaker, so if it fits your budget, go ahead and grab one!
Slim, light, microSD slot for expansion
There's plenty of good to be had from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. But less so at this price point. It's pricier than the higher-resolution Nexus 7, and its plasticky construction just isn't as well made as the Apple iPad mini. And for once the Apple device is the more affordable of the two.
Even if the screen's not class-leading in resolution terms, we've found it more than usable in a variety of conditions.
Beautiful display, Comfortable, attractive design
The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is yet another strong tablet from Samsung and a great alternative to the Galaxy Note 8.0 if you don't need the pen capabilities or just can't afford the $380 price tag. At $300 the Tab 3 is less expensive than the iPad Mini and $100 more than most 7-inch slates. The extra screen size is worth the premium, and the combination of long battery life and great design round out what we think is one of the best 8-inch tablets available.
Sort of expensive but VERY good
This was a gift to my son and his family. They played all day Christmas with the tablet. As soon as one put it down, the next one grabbed it and headed for the computer room. Ages 16- 47 and well versed in computer and tablet/pads.... the learning curve was very easy for them.
The Google Nexus 10 is clearly a brilliant tablet. It's got top-end specs at a mid-range price; that alone makes it deserving of attention. Add to that a generally stunning screen and near faultless performance and it really does start to look like an iPad beater.
But after spending some time with it we can't quite be as enthusiastic as we'd like. The lack of expandable storage combined with the fairly limited internal storage really hampers its media capabilities.
Incredible high resolution display
It lacks the razor sharp design of Asus top line Android tablets or the extended wealth of functionality available with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, but hot damn, there's no arguing that the Google Nexus 10 triumphs over them with its hard to believe price point of $399! Considering that it's featuring the highest resolution display to grace a tablet thus far, it's absolutely hard to fathom how it's priced the way it is.
Superb display, fast performance, good ergonomics
I'll be honest, I didn't expect to like the Google Nexus 10 that much. It isn't that I don't like Android, in fact Android is my main squeeze, but on paper the Nexus 10 didn't set my heart on fire. Once I got my hands on the tablet that changed. Why? The display is drop-dead gorgeous and it's faster and smoother than any other Android tablet on the market, including the Nexus 7 that seemed to get a little slower with the Android 4.2 update.
Excellent performance from a dual-core chip
The 10-inch Google Nexus 10 squares off against the iPad -- and measures up well. With plenty of power, an eye-popping screen and the latest Android software, it'd be worth a look even if it wasn't so much cheaper than Apple's tablet. Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
There's no doubt about it, the Google Nexus 10 is a fantastic tablet that challenges and in the case of the 300ppi display beats - the iPad in almost every department. Google has produced a genuine contender that's slim, light and tactile; fast, effortlessly easy to use and a joy to play with.
The screen is a sensation and deserves the plaudits, but the Nexus 10 isn't perfect yet.
Gorgeous display is among the best on any tablet
So here you have a tablet that looks like every other tablet - yet another black rectangle. And yet, the pure Android 4.2 software (which is the best all-around Android experience out there) combined with the stellar internals and the awesome screen make it vastly better than any other big Android tablet before it. It's clearly the best 10-inch Android tablet you can buy right now. If only we had some apps to spice it up.
Keyboard for prolific typists, S-pen input
The ATIV Tab 3 will suit everyone who is looking for an uncompromisingly good mini-keyboard in connection with an economic as well as a handy Windows tablet. Users who are expecting the power of a laptop should back away and take a device with an Intel Core processor. A list of appropriate contenders can be found in the sidebar; we deem the Intel Core systems to be particularly recommendable.
Good tablet in 10 in range, could have been better
The time has come to fight it out for tablets! I would say go from budget and size. If budget is not a concern, I would say go for Samsung Tab 8". 8" is a sweet spot. If budget is a concern, Tab 3 7" is awesome, otherwise get the Tab 8. If you are business user, most likely the company will give the 10" tablet.
Thin and light construction
Once regarded as the premium tablet offering from Samsung's camp to compete against Apple's mighty iPad, the Galaxy Tab series has now taken the back seat as an entry-level model - leaving the Galaxy Note series to occupy its former throne. Brandishing a $399 price point for the base 16GB Wi-Fi model, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch might seem like a tempting offering, especially when it's priced below the $500 mark, but seriously, it just doesn't seem enough to overpower some of the other noise...
Very slim and light, bright display, has IR AV remote
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 isn't a bad tablet, it's just a bit lacking for the price, and it provides little reason for Tab 2 owners to upgrade. The display, though not high resolution, is bright and colorful thanks to Samsung's PLS technology that's similar to IPS, and the tablet is attractive even if it is cursed with Samsung's love of shiny plastic.
Screen is impressively bright
My experience with the Tab 3 10.1 was more frustrating than functional. Even while cutting it some slack for being a midrange tablet that's impressively small and light for a 10-inch device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 fails to make a good case for taking it home.
The tablet's specs resemble the Tab 2 10.1's too closely to be considered an actual upgrade. The Tab 3 10.1's tendency to lag coupled with its flawed navigation array functionality don't justify the starting price of US$399.
Tablet Experiences Lots of Lag, Lower Resolution Display
Samsung tried to deviate from the standard design for an Android tablet and the gamble almost worked. Sure, the tablet runs Android on an Intel Atom processor, but there are lag issues that plague it such that it is not a good experience compared to the standard ARM based competitors. Add to this the fact that they decided to use a lower resolution display without dropping the price accordingly and the tablet is going to be a tough sell.
Excellent form factor, and good improvement from previous model
Finally, believe me, don't get mired in the spec game. 7" is equally capable as a 8in for `most' day to day apps. If you are reading books, browsing, listening to music, looking at photos 7" is more than enough. Samsung is creating markets for all form factors and I would consider this as an exploratory stage. Just like Ford or Toyota has cars in different shapes, sizes and price range, so are the tablet vendors now.
Dated design, Poor value, Mediocre performance
There's no getting around it - the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is a deeply average tablet that's been way over-priced by Samsung.
Its specs aren't really good enough to show off the best of the Android platform. In particular, the tablet's 1024 x 600 display seems like it's from a bygone era before 720p YouTube videos became the norm. It seems to actively discourage protracted web browsing sessions, too, which is surely much of the point of a modern tablet.
Feels heavy and chunky for a tablet
The Samsung Tab 3 T211 is a real disappointment as it barely improves anything from last year's model. In fact, the performance has gotten worse. With a retail price of Rs 18,890 for the 8GB variant, it's highly overpriced and not worth the premium. The only redeeming feature is the relatively good battery life but it falls flat in almost every other department.
Very fast processor
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is an Android 4.0 tablet made with note taking in mind. Unlike many other tablets, it comes with a special stylus - the S Pen, which offers precision superior to that of generic capacitive styli. In terms of specs, its 10.1-inch PLS TFT display has a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, and its quad-core processor runs at 1.4GHz. A pair of cameras is also on board - 5MP main one with auto-focus and LED flash, and a 2MP front-facing shooter.
Amazing Wacom S Pen is stylus heaven
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is ugly and innovative, powerful and limited, a success and a disappointment. With its superb quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, it's the most powerful Android tablet yet, while its stereo speakers mean it's the best-sounding. Its Wacom-based S Pen and tailored apps/interface make it an amazing creativity tool, and it comes with some great pre-installed software like Photoshop Touch.
Granted, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 lacks the one competitive spec that other top-tier tablets specifically the Acer Iconia Tab A700, Apple iPad, and Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 have at the same or lesser price. Samsung's rendering enhancements help lessen the sting of this omission somewhat, but the difference is clear, particularly with text-heavy content.
Stylish, superb media playback
It's a much over-used expression, but the Note is an iPad killer. We aren't pretending that Samsung has quite the same build quality as the Apple, and we know people are beholden to the iTunes ecosystem, but the Note has so much that's unique and features that we'd actually use. Its screen is its biggest letdown, but it's not bad, it just doesn't compare well to the iPad 3. It is, however, a great tablet and is very deserving of its score.
Cutting edge fast CPU
Samsung hasn't disappointed us with their new flagship tablet. The Galaxy Note 10.1 has everything we wish for in a tablet except a full HD display: a bright and sharp display, active pen input, an excellent software bundle with customizations that improve usability, dual band WiFi, an AV remote and more. Though the casing is plastic, fit, finish and quality (including the internal hardware design) are excellent.
Fast performance from a powerful quad-core processor
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is Samsung's best 10-inch tablet yet. It's propelled by a powerful chip and the S Pen stylus marks it out from the competition (so long as you have a use for it). While the underwhelming screen resolution and lack of Android Jelly Bean software are disappointing, if you're willing to shell out, it's still a sound Android tablet.
It's hard not to be immediately sceptical of a device that on the face of it is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with an S-Pen thrown in.
Once you spend some time with it, you begin to see the benefits and understand why having a souped-up stylus on a big screen makes more sense than having it on the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note. It's the closest we've come to a real pen on paper experience on a tablet, but is that enough?
Great hybrid tablet, Good value for mobile productivity and light gaming
I am amazed at how well this runs. I never thought I would use a product with an ATOM chip in it again. The ATOM cpu has finally matured! The speakers are on the front and the loudest I have heard in a tablet or laptop. The screen is lower resolution would prefer 1080p but it does well. Do not let the 2gb ram scare you away. Windows 8 works well on just 2gb. I can open open up 15 large sites and it doesnt miss a beat.
Good battery life, bright and colorful touchscreen
The Samsung ATIV 500T is in a difficult position. On the one hand, it's more versatile than Windows RT, Android and iOS tablets, but it's also considerably less powerful than most notebooks and convertibles on the market running more capable AMD and Intel Core i5 CPUs. Unlike today's handful of convertibles and Core i5 Windows 8 tablets, it's not brainy enough to be your only computer since it offers a brighter than average netbook-like experience.
Bright, beautiful screen, Svelte, light, but sturdy chassis
Our quibble with the speaker volume aside, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T really does justice to Windows 8 and offers a competitive solution to Microsoft's Surface Pro. Its screen is vibrant and a joy to watch video on, and we could also see it as an asset in an office setting or for light duty road work, when you really need to get more traditional computing done.
Convertible form factor
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC is a good Windows 8 tablet with a convertible form factor. Despite its Atom processor, it performs quite well and is good for work at home or office. Of course, increasing the workload does make it a little sluggish. With a screen size of 11.6" and 700+ grammes weight, it might be too big to be used as a portable tablet, but it works rather well as a netbook weighing 1.3 kg.
Good feel, workmanship, and stability
The Samsung ATIV Tab is the company's first tablet running the ARM-optimised Windows RT operating system. The plastic case is of very good quality. The latest wireless technologies, the performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC, and the positioning of the speakers are all convincing advantages. The Samsung 10.1-inch display surprised us with its values, but the resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels seems somewhat antiquated.
The form and size of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 feels perfect for a device you can grab to take with you for a long trip, a meeting, or a trip to the ballpark. It isn't as unwieldy as a 10-inch tablet, but the tradeoff is the screen loses real estate previously devoted to input. As a result, it doesn't feel like a serious business device (unless you pair it with a keyboard) that you would want by your side through a busy day of meetings and projects.
Very fast processor
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the first tablet to feature a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED display. Under the hood, there is a 1.4GHz processor, making the TouchWiz skinned Android Honeycomb 3.2 tick. The tablet sports a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel front shooter and has a 5100mAh battery, which delivers up to 10 hours of non-stop video playback.
Super-slim & great display
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is currently one of our picks for 7-8" tablets. It has a great display, is very fast and is easy on the eyes. It's super-slim, has fast Verizon LTE for data most anywhere and Samsung has finally changed to a classier metallic back and added a micro SD card slot.
Samsung TouchWiz UI looks great
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE is not for everyone. At $700 without a contract (and $500 with), it's one of the most expensive tablets out there, yet it's also on the small side with a 7.7-inch screen. There is something you give up when you approach the 7-inch screen size it's just not quite as capable as an 8-9-inch tablet, but out of all the small devices we've tested, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 may be the best (if you want a bit larger, try the Xyboard 8.2 and then the Galaxy Tab 8.9).
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