My Newest Tablet: Not an iPad

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My newest tablet, just acquired today, is not an iPad. It’s the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 –s shown above right between my Nexus 7 and the iPad mini.

I’ve become quite a fan of the 7-8 inch tablet and I saw some very good early reviews of the Galaxy Note 8 and decided to try one out. I’ve had the Nexus 7 for months and been thoroughly underwhelmed by it thus far – so it’s a good time to try out another small tablet. I went to a Microsoft store recently and wanted to see if I liked a Surface RT enough to give it a go – but it didn’t grab me at all.

I’ve had the Galaxy Note 8 for only a little over two hours – just enough time to get to know it a tiny bit and stick it on a charger really. So no deep thoughts on it yet of course – but just as a super quick early impression, I like it. I think I already like it better than the Nexus 7 and I’m very keen to get to know it better.

I’m not ‘switching sides’ here by any means. I sill love the iPad and particularly the iPad mini. I have always been fascinated with mobile devices and I try to keep up a bit with other tablets that seem interesting. I’ve previously owned and spent time with an HP Touchpad, an original Kindle Fire, a Kindle Fire HD, and the Nexus 7.

As I get to know it and use it more I’ll likely write quite a bit more about the Galaxy Note 8 at my other fledgling tablets site – 247 Tablets.

Have any of you used any of the Galaxy Note devices? If so, please share your thoughts and recommendations on them in the comments.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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7 thoughts on “My Newest Tablet: Not an iPad”

  1. From what I’ve read, the GN8 looks pretty nice, except for the fact that it doesn’t run stock Android. I have (or I should say my 7 & 11 year old boys have) an iPad mini and a Nexus 7. I love the form actor of the mini but I must stay I find myself grabbing the Nexus more than the mini. That might be a function of my older boy using the mini or the screen of the 7. Another think about the 7 is how customizable it is. That said, I look forward to reading what you think and how it compares to the mini.

    1. I’ve been using a Nexus 7 on and off for months now, and it has just never wowed me at all. I have never got to where I really enjoy using it. It’s just a very, very early impression, but I already find the Galaxy Note nicer to use.

  2. Hi, greeting from Indonesia. I’m a user of galaxy note 10.1 and so far so satisfied with it. I can use mouse and keyboard like those hybrid win8. It hosts usb so I can plug my flash drive at ease. And yeah of course the stylus. Since Note series have two layer of screen input, digitizer and ordinary touch screen it feels natural to scribble on it. Trust me, it’s not just another stylus, it interacts nicely with apps.
    I also use iPad 2 and up until now still loving the slick apps in iOS app store. I’m a teacher so using both helped me a lot to my teaching. Though apple needs to innovate, they can’t count to the apps developers all the time.

    1. I think the Spen is very interesting too. I’m still trying to work out how to get the most out of it though, looking for good tutorials or usage guides on it.

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